Career Discovery in Practice Job Shadow Program

Career Discovery in Practice (CDIP), established in 1978, involves a partnership between the Bates Career Development Center and Bates alumni, parents, as well as local employers from a diverse range of industries and locations. Alumni and parent sponsors offer job shadows for one or two days, at a time that is convenient to the sponsor and the student. Students from all four class years may apply for up to three CDIPs each that can take place anytime between November and May.

Through the CDIP experience, students have an opportunity to:

  • Explore and clarify potential career preferences
  • Gain insight into a “day in the life” of a specific occupation and culture within an organization
  • Identify skills and competencies needed to succeed in a particular job
  • Develop contacts that may facilitate the search for internships and permanent employment

Student Information Sponsor Information

CDIP Timeline

September: Sponsors register online
October: Students submit applications
November: Sponsors review resumes; Sponsors and students notified of matches
November – May: CDIPs take place (to be scheduled by student and sponsor)


“I volunteered for this because I also took part in the CDIP program while at Bates, and I wanted to give back. The CDIP I did really gave me a look into how that career worked day-to-day, and it was especially useful, because I was considering a field that does not offer internships. I really enjoyed meeting a fellow Batesie who was unsure of her future path, much like I was at that time…the feeling that you have helped someone, even in just a small way, to understand what they are meant to do, is a powerful one.” – CDIP Sponsor

“It was great to meet with so many people, all in different positions…it allowed me a full understanding of the work that is done…and to ask a bunch of different questions. I left the office that afternoon with more information than I could remember!” – CDIP Student

Examples of Past CDIP Sponsors:

  • Accenture –  Boston, MA
  • A + E Television Networks – New York, NY
  • Bigelow Laboratory – Boothbay, ME
  • Bloomingdale’s – New York, NY
  • Boston Children’s Hospital – Boston, MA
  • CBS Productions – Los Angeles, CA
  • Columbia Sportswear – Portland, OR
  • Converse – Boston, MA
  • Decision Economics, Inc. – New York, NY
  • Department of State – Washington, D.C.
  • ESPN – Bristol, CT
  • EF Education First – Cambridge, MA
  • – New York, NY
  • Genentech – San Francisco, CA
  • Hope Animal Hospital – Brooklyn, NY
  • Heywood Hospital – Gardner, MA
  • IBM – Washington, D.C.
  • ImmunoGen, Inc. – Waltham, MA
  • JMA Ventures, LLC – San Francisco, CA
  • John Snow, Inc. – Boston, MA
  • Maine Coast Waldorf School – Freeport, ME
  • Maine Office of the Attorney General – Augusta, ME
  • Maine Red Claws – Portland, ME
  • MaineToday Media, Inc. – Portland, ME
  • Mercy Corps – Washington, D.C.
  • Morning Glory Farm – Edgartown, MA
  • National Aquarium – Baltimore, MD
  • National Institutes of Health – Bethesda, MD
  • National Safety Council – Itasca, IL
  • NOAA Fisheries – Seattle, WA
  • Plimoth Plantation – Plymouth, MA
  • Ransom Consulting – Portsmouth, NH
  • Rippleffect – Portland, ME
  • Sports Illustrated – New York, NY
  • TJX Companies – Framingham, MA
  • Triumvirate Environmental – Somerville, MA
  • UBS Financial Services – Boston, MA
  • Under Armour – Baltimore, MD
  • U.S. Attorney’s Office – Detroit, MI

Questions? Contact us at or 207-786-6232.