Purposeful Work Job Shadow Program

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Through the Purposeful Work Job Shadow Program, students experience “a day in the life” of a Bates alumnus or parent at work. This is a smart first step in the exploration process, allowing students to test the waters in roles, industries, and cities or regions they might want to more deeply explore. Furthering the college’s Equity Promise, the Purposeful Work Job Shadow Program can build lasting bridges to professional alumni contacts for Bates students, regardless of their own family-and-friends network of support

CDIP Job Shadow. Andrea Abbott P.20 - Book Publishing Director, The New Yorker and William "Carlyle" Turner '19 Bates student

Andrea Abbott P ’20, Book Publishing Director at The New Yorker and William “Carlyle” Turner ’19

The Purposeful Work Job Shadow Program, formerly known as CDIP or Career Discovery in Practice, has been connecting Bates students to alumni since 1978. Hosts offer job shadows for one or two days. Students from all four class years may apply for up to three job shadows each that can take place anytime between November and May.

Through a job shadow 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
For Sponsors For Students

Job Shadow Program Timeline

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

“I volunteered for this because I also took part in the [job shadow] program while at Bates, and I wanted to give back. The [job shadow] 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.” – Job Shadow 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!” – Job Shadow Student

Examples of Past Job Shadow 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
  • Food52.com – 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 jobshadow@bates.edu or 207-786-6232.