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Job Shadow With a Company in Your Field and Explore Your Future Career

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LEXINGTON, Ky. (Oct. 26, 2021) — Would you like a sneak peek into your career field? Consider job shadowing.


  • Explore potential careers
  • Obtain great career advice
  • Network with professionals in their field

Time Commitment: Typically, four to eight hours in-person. Upon selection, University of Kentucky students will be connected to employers for job shadowing opportunities occurring between November 2021 and February 2022.

Requirements: Undergraduate and graduate students are welcome to apply. There are no specific class requirements for this experience. Just come prepared with questions and the Stuckert Career Center will help you prep.

Job Shadowing activities provided by employers may include:

  • Providing a tour of the facility or office space
  • Inviting you to observe meetings, conference calls or other events
  • Shadowing client interactions
  • Providing an overview of the organization’s mission, vision and organization
  • Sharing career history and industry trends
  • Arranging informational interviews for the student with colleagues
  • Discussing your career interests and questions
  • Reviewing your resume, LinkedIn profile, and other professional documents
  • Providing a mini-internship or volunteer experience at the organization, including completing small tasks or assisting with projects
  • Exploring potential career paths within the organization and the profession

How this works: Students and employers will be matched accordingly to:

  • Preferred industry type (aerospace, consulting, government, real estate, nonprofits, etc.)
  • Preferred job type (accounting, contracts, finance, human resources, marketing, engineering, etc.)
  • Preferred majors

The application window closes Nov. 5 (11:59 p.m.). To apply, please visit the Stuckert Career Center website here:

The University of Kentucky is increasingly the first choice for students, faculty and staff to pursue their passions and their professional goals. In the last two years, Forbes has named UK among the best employers for diversity, and INSIGHT into Diversity recognized us as a Diversity Champion four years running. UK is ranked among the top 30 campuses in the nation for LGBTQ* inclusion and safety. UK has been judged a “Great College to Work for" three years in a row, and UK is among only 22 universities in the country on Forbes' list of "America's Best Employers."  We are ranked among the top 10 percent of public institutions for research expenditures — a tangible symbol of our breadth and depth as a university focused on discovery that changes lives and communities. And our patients know and appreciate the fact that UK HealthCare has been named the state’s top hospital for five straight years. Accolades and honors are great. But they are more important for what they represent: the idea that creating a community of belonging and commitment to excellence is how we honor our mission to be not simply the University of Kentucky, but the University for Kentucky.