UC Davis Job Shadow Program

Leadership Job Shadow Program

About the Program

Leadership Job Shadow Program

The UC Davis Leadership Job Shadow program provides undergraduate and graduate students with an opportunity to learn more about UC Davis by spending a day with a campus executive.  Participants may observe and participate in meetings, attend events, meet other staff and faculty, and learn about the day-to-day functions of the university.

Participants should have an avid interest in learning about the university and its structure and be committed to sharing the information and experiences they obtain with other students throughout the university.  This may be accomplished by speaking to a class or student group, writing a letter to the editor or using social media to discuss your experience.

This is a particularly promising opportunity for those students who may have an interest in exploring a career in higher education.

Students are selected through a competitive application and screening process.  Applicants must commit to an entire day of “shadowing” a campus administrator and agree to complete an evaluation form and a plan for communicating and sharing with other students the insights gained from the experience.  Students are assigned to administrators on a random basis and there are no guarantees that students will be paired with any specific administrators.

The program is offered one day per month throughout the academic year.  Interested students should think of their availability to participate in four hour or eight hour blocks.

Students agree to:

  • Be punctual
  • Wear business or business casual attire
  • Attend the entire day or scheduled time of activities
  • Share their experiences with other students

Benefits for participating students include:

  • Learning about the structure of the university and its functions
  • Meeting a variety of campus administrators, staff and faculty
  • Gaining an appreciation for the multitude of issues that impact the university
  • Developing a greater familiarity with the UC Davis campus

If interested, please fill out the application below.

Thank you for your interest in the UC Davis Leadership Job Shadow Program. The application period for the 2017-2018 academic year has closed.

We encourage you to re-apply when the program opens again in October 2018.