Friday, November 3, 2017

Applications will only be accepted from September 23 - October 10, 2017


Spend one day with a professional or company

Take a Patriot to Work is a program that allows you to spend one day with a professional in a job or company that you are interested in. You will "shadow" them as they go through their work day. Some companies will have special presentations or projects for you to experience or try.

Get a behind-the-scenes look

You will get an employee-only look at what they do and where they work. You will gain a realistic perspective on what it really means to work in an industry you like and what skills you need to get there.

Explore careers
Not sure where to intern? Or even what you want to do? This is a great way to explore your options. You can apply for up to three shadowing opportunities each day. You will learn more from a job shadow than you can from just a conversation with a recruiter without the long-term commitment of an internship or job.

Meet people!
Take a Patriot to Work is a great way to meet people in the career field you like and to learn about potential internship and job opportunities.

What will I do?

The job shadowing experience varies depending on the organization you are visiting but here are some examples:

  • Conduct informational interviews with employees
  • Tour the organization's facility
  • Attend meetings and other company events
  • Observe and ask questions
  • Assist with a research project
  • Prepare reports or spreadsheets
  • Work directly with or observe interactions with clients
Who can participate?

All degree-seeking Mason students can participate! First, complete the mandatory orientation then apply for the shadowing experiences you are interested in. Be sure to let your professors know you will be participating if you have a class that conflicts with your shadowing experience. If you are currently working, be sure to ask for the day off with your scheduling supervisor.

Please note: Some employers may have specific restrictions such as major or year in school.

Is there a cost?

There is no cost to participate, however students are responsible for their own transportation to the location, parking, and lunch.

What about transportation?

You are responsible for your own transportation.

How do I prepare for the day?
  • Research the organization and the person you are shadowing.
  • Come up with informational interview questions. You can find examples in the Career Readiness Guide.
  • Get a suit or business professional outfit ready.

How do I apply?

  1. Create your resume and upload it to HireMason.
    If this is your first time uploading a resume to HireMason, it will need to be approved by University Career Services. This can take up to 2 business days.

  2. Apply through HireMason.
    Log in to your HireMason account, click the Jobs tab, click Advanced Search, and select Job Shadow Listings from the Show Me drop down. You may apply to up to three job shadow positions each day.

  3. Complete the mandatory orientation.
    If you did not attend an in-person orientation, please complete the online orientation on the top right hand side of this page.

After the application deadline, job shadow hosts will rank their preferred applicants, and our software will create matches. 

Please note: It is not guaranteed that everyone will receive a match. If you are matched, you will be able to view your match under My Applications in your HireMason account. An email notifying you of your match will also be sent.

Patriot Experience Approved Event

Required Orientation!

Complete this brief required online orientation.

For issues associated with accessing the online orientation, email Debbie Zuiker

Please confirm completion of the orientation by submitting the form at the end of the presentation.

Important Dates

Wednesday, September 20
Job shadow opportunities made visible in HireMason


Saturday, September 23
Begin applying for job shadow opportunities. You must complete the Take a Patriot to Work orientation to participate in this program.

Tuesday, October 10
Deadline to apply to job shadow opportunities

Friday, October 20
Deadline to withdraw job shadow applications

Week of October 23

Job matches created. Check your HireMason account for your match! Watch for an email from your matched employer.

By applying to a job shadow posting, you are committing to attend the job shadow if you are matched to the host.
Remember to check with your professor or boss BEFORE you apply in order to ensure that you can get time off.
Can I withdraw my application?
Yes, you may withdraw your application in order to apply to a different host or to withdraw completely by selecting Withdraw under My Job Applications in your HireMason account by midnight of the Application Deadline.

After the Application Deadline, withdrawal must be made by midnight of the latest date to cancel by emailing our Experiential Learning Coordinator your name, G#, and the applications you would like withdrawn.

Questions?