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Program Overview

The School of Chemical Sciences (SCS) Job Shadow Program provides students the opportunity to learn about an occupation or industry. Students are matched with your organization for a one day visit. The Job Shadow provides the student a chance to shadow an employee (or UIUC alumni) to help develop their professional skills. In some cases, it also gives the employer a chance to identify potential student interns and/or full-time hires.


Company Benefits

  • Brand your company by exposing students to company culture and career opportunities
  • Showcase what professionals in your organization do on a daily basis, and their daily challenges
  • Provide students a chance to gain exposure to specific applications of their major and career interests
  • Get a head start in identifying potential candidates early in their college careers


Student Selection Process

  • Freshmen, Sophomores and Juniors in all majors are eligible to participate
  • Employers post their shadow in Handshake @ Illinois
  • To apply, students submit their resume on Handshake @ Illinois, just like they would for a job posting
  • Employers screen and RANK students based on preference. Handshake @ Illinois processes the employer-student matches
  • Students are only matched with ONE company
  • If applicants are NOT ranked, then the system will NOT match any students for the shadow


Dates for the Job Shadow

The Job Shadow Program will take place on a mutually agreed upon date, preferably during the University’s Winter Break:  December 26, 2017 – January 12, 2018.


 Sep. 1 – Oct. 13:   Employers post Job Shadow opportunities in Handshake @ Illinois
 Oct. 16 – Oct. 27:   Students submit resumes
 Nov. 1 – Nov. 15:   Employer ranks students in Chemical Sciences (SCS) Handshake @ Illinois
 Nov. 16:   SCS runs the matches within Handshake @ Illinois
 Dec. 1-8:   SCS will notify students of matches
 Jan 2-12, 2018:   Job Shadow visit occur
 Jan 13:   Online evaluations available
 Feb 1:   Deadline for receipt of evaluations

Interested in participation with the SCS Job Shadow Program?

Contact Gayle Nelsen at or 217-333-1051 to receive an Employers Guidebook and get started meeting Chemical Engineering and Chemistry students at the University of Illinois.