Purposeful Work Job Shadow Program

Taylor Wilson’19 and Mike Mulach ’17 host Adama Diaby ‘22 at Morningstar in February, 2020

Through the Purposeful Work Job Shadow Program, students connect with Bates alumni and parents to learn about professional options, personal perspectives, and how others have navigated pathways toward purposeful work. This is a smart first step in the exploration process, allowing students to test the waters in roles, industries, and organizations that might align with their interests and skills before committing to an internship, job or advanced degree. The Purposeful Work Job Shadow Program also builds lasting bridges to professional contacts for Bates students, regardless of their inherited family networks, and creates important connections around work experience and identity.

In 2023-24, the Purposeful Work Job Shadow Program will offer both virtual and in-person shadows. As such,  job shadow sponsors will have the option to offer either virtual or in-person shadows to students this year. Here is our list of 2023-24 Job Shadow Opportunities.

All matches have been made for 2023-24! Students should follow these Student Guidelines to plan their shadows.

Students from all four class years may apply for up to three job shadows each that can take place anytime between December and May.

The job shadow experience will support the following goals for students:

  • 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 opportunities

The Purposeful Work Job Shadow Program, formerly known as CDIP or Career Discovery in Practice, has been connecting Bates students to alumni since 1978. Through the help of generous alumni and parents, we continue to evolve this signature exploration program. 

Job Shadow Program Timeline

September:Sponsors register online until September 24, 2023
October:Students submit applications via Handshake; Review our list of 2023-24 Job Shadow Opportunities!
November:Applications are now due on Wednesday, November 29, 2023 at 11:59pm. See our Student Application Instructions for more information.
December – May:Review of applications; Sponsors and students are notified of matches.
Job shadows take place, as 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.