Co-ops & Internships

Professional Shadowing Program

Overview

The primary purpose of the COLA Professional Shadowing Program is to provide students unpaid and short-term opportunities to experience a profession first-hand by partnering a student with a working professional for a 1-5 day immersion into that professional’s daily work activities.
 
Benefits for Students
 
● Gain valuable insights into different career paths
● Begin developing a professional network and career mentoring opportunities
● Enhance your ability to acquire professional opportunities (co-ops, internships, and full-time employment) in the future
● Learn about requisite skills and day-to-day functions of particular professional positions
● Be introduced to strategies for linking ideas and concepts from inside and outside the classroom
 
 
Benefits for Employers
 
● Provides an opportunity for students in the area to try out a career path or occupation
● Develop professional relationships with the RIT community
● Find potential candidates for future opportunities
● Increase exposure of your organization’s mission and goals.
● Play an important role within the surrounding community
 
 
How to get Started - Students
 
Please email the following materials to cola_sab@rit.edu:
2. Resume
 
The Shadowing Program Committee will review your application packet. Students will then be selected to interview with the committee, who will ultimately determine if the student is a good match for the program and match the student with a host. Logistics, such as transportation, dates of shadowing, and so on, will be determined once a student is selected to continue.
 
 
How to get started - Employers
 
Please email the Professional Expression of Interest to cola_sab@rit.edu. The Shadowing Program Committee will then review the opportunity. If approved, a shadowing opportunity will be contingent on finding an appropriate student match to the particular opportunity the organization presents. You may register more than one opportunity, but please fill out a separate application if doing so.