Our goal is to better assist students as they graduate and enter the workforce. This annual program connects students to alumni and professionals working in their field of interest, in companies located near their hometowns. That way, students can participate while home for winter break. Alumni, professionals, and students in any field can sign up, and we will do our best to match you!

Why shadow?

The intent of this program is to provide you with a meaningful experience by connecting you with a fellow Lancer who is currently employed in a role or industry that is relevant to your career goals. This opportunity can be a great way for you to ask questions and receive advice, gain insight and enhance skills.

Shadowing can help students:

  • Clarify career aspirations and professional goals
  • Explore a certain career more in depth
  • Experience the professional environment first hand
  • Connect with professionals in the field
  • Develop network skills
  • Decide whether that industry is the best fit for them or not
  • Determine where their citizen leadership qualities fit best

Why host?

By connecting one or more students with you, they will have a chance to see a “day in the life” in a field of interest through your eyes while also gaining meaningful professional development experience. You’ll also be giving back to our alma mater in a new and impactful way! Interested in hosting a student? Register here!

This intent of this program is to help students:

  • Learn more about a career field
  • Determine if this is the field for them
  • Learn professional etiquette
  • Increase networking skills and gain professional contacts


"Hosting a student from my alma mater was an excellent experience and a testament to how Longwood is preparing students to be citizen leaders. My student was insightful, intelligent, and very eager to glean from my experience and that of my staff. She was well prepared to network and gain insights into the field that I work in. I would host another work shadow student tomorrow!"

- Eric Fehr, Class of 2010, Director of Student Life at Liberty University

What would a shadowing day would look like?

If you are matched with a student, we will share tips and tricks on how to make the most of your work shadow day. While every company is different, here are some ideas to include on your itinerary:

  • Designated time to discuss your journey from Longwood to your current role
  • Plan a meeting on a major project that relates to the student's career interests
  • Connect the student to other professionals on your team 
  • Offer to review the student's resume
  • Have lunch with any other Lancer colleagues
  • Tour the company facility and/or department
  • Work through a case study together


2019-2020 Timeline

August 5 – September 16, 2019: Alumni & Professionals registration

September 23 – October 28, 2019: Student registration

November 4 – 22, 2019: Matches announced, students visit the career center for work shadow prep

December 17, 18 & 19, 2019 & January 6, 7, 8 & 9, 2020: Shadow Days

Frequently Asked Questions

How does matching alumni/professional and students work?

  • When students sign up, we collect information on major, field of interest, and location. We use this to compare with the alumni sign ups that include location, company and professional role. Once we match as many students and alumni as possible, we send an email connecting the two and providing a few pointers on how to move forward.  

How much of a time commitment is job shadowing?

  • The time commitment is limited to one day, plus a little preparation time. Students are asked to visit the career center to get their resume ready to go. We also request that alumni share an itinerary ahead of time so students can be appropriately prepared.

Am I guaranteed a match after applying?

  • Because of the way we match, we cannot always guarantee a connection. However, this is an annual program so there is always another chance!

Still have questions? Contact Teresa Dodson at dodsonts@longwood.edu

"It really impressed me how invested the alumni was in my experience for just a single day at her agency. I feel very fortunate to have been able to make great connections, learn from people who have decades of experience in my field, and to hear various opinions on issues important to me."

-Joseph Siverd '15, Masters of Science in Counselor Education '18