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ClarkCONNECT Alumni Job Shadow Program 2020-2021

The ClarkCONNECT Alumni Job Shadow Program is an opportunity for students to connect with alumni already working in careers they are interested in pursuing after graduation. For students looking for more than “just a job,” connecting with alumni helps students validate their passions, realize their potential, and set goals to help them move closer tfinding meaningful work in the future. For alumni, the job shadow program is a chance to reflect upon their own career path and share their wisdom with students who are eager to learn.  

New Changes to the Program!

In response to the changing COVID-19 landscape and participant feedback, we have made several changes and enhancements to this year’s program including:  

  • The transition to a fully virtual format to keep our students and alumni safe 
  • A more streamlined, userexperience as a result of the program’s complete transition to ClarkCONNECT 
  • Three new flexible job shadow options to choose from in the form of information-focused, experience-focused, and networking-focused experiences  

The ClarkCONNECT Alumni Job Shadow Program is open to current undergraduate sophomores, juniors, and seniors. First-year students may apply with permission of the program manager.  

The alumni job shadow program will take place over three weeks during winter intersession in January of 2021.  

Alumni application window  September 28, 2020 – October 18, 2020 
Deadline for alumni to apply
 
October 18, 2020
 
Student application window
 
October 19-30
 
Deadline for students to apply
 
October 30
 
Matching Period
 
November 2-6
 
Notification of Matches
 
Week of November 9
 
Students reach out to alumni
 
Week of November 9
 
Job Shadow Program
 
January 11-29, 2021*
 

*Students and alumni who need to plan their shadow day outside of the program dates may do so. Please let the program manager know if this is the case.  

Before the application window opens and before you apply, please take the following steps to prepare. Not only will this improve your chances of being accepted into the program, it will also help us make an optimal match for you.  

Resume Review

Have your resume reviewed by the Career Lab by:  

  1. Logging into Handshake.  
  2. Clicking your user icon in the upper right-hand corner 
  3. Selecting “Documents” 
  4. Clicking the “Add New Document” button in the upper right-hand corner 
  5. *IMPORTANT* Rename your document by clicking on the box under “Document Name” and typing in the phrase “Job Shadow” and the names of the industries you are hoping to shadow in. For example, if you are hoping to job shadow in education, the arts, or theatre, you should name your document “Job Shadow – Education/Arts/Theatre.
  6. Click the blue “Add Document” button. 

 Update Your ClarkCONNECT Profile

To update your ClarkCONNECT profile:

  1. Click on your user icon in the upper right-hand corner of the page.  
  2. Select “My Profile.” Make sure your profile includes the following:
  • A professional profile picture 
  • A brief headline that includes your major 
  • Your graduation year  
  • A comprehensive “About” section that tells who you are, what you’re passionate about, and what type of opportunities you are seeking 
  • A comprehensive list of your experiences (professional, volunteer, extra-curricular, study abroad, athletics, etc.) 
  • Education information 

The ClarkCONNECT Alumni Job Shadow Program is hosted through ClarkCONNECTTo apply to the program, alumni must first join ClarkCONNECT and create an account.  

To Create a ClarkCONNECT Account

Creating an account is easy!  

  1. Visit ClarkCONNECT.  
  2. Click the red Join ClarkCONNECT button, where you will be guided through the steps required to set up your account.   

To Apply on ClarkCONNECT

The application window for alumni to apply will open on September 28, 2020Once you’ve created an accountyou can apply to the program by taking the following steps: 

  1. While logged into ClarkCONNECT, click the “Programs” tab athe top of the page.  
  2. After reading the “About” section, click the green “Join Program” button at the top of the page. 
  3. Select Mentor.” 
  4. Answer the application questions and submit your response. 

The ClarkCONNECT Alumni Job Shadow Program is hosted through ClarkCONNECTTo apply to the program, students must first join ClarkCONNECT and create an account. 

To Create a ClarkCONNECT Account

Creating an account is easy!  

  1. Visit ClarkCONNECT.  
  2. Click the red Join ClarkCONNECT button, where you will be guided through the steps required to set up your account.   

To Apply on ClarkCONNECT

The application window for students to apply will open on October 19, 2020. Once you’ve created an account, you can apply to the program by taking the following steps: 

  1. While logged into ClarkCONNECT, click the “Programs” tab at the top of the page.  
  2. After reading the “About” section, click the green “Join Program” button at the top of the page. 
  3. Select Mentee.”
  4. Answer the application questions and submit your response. 

Students will receive notification of their acceptance to the program and information about their alumni host during the week of November 9, 2020 

It is the student’s responsibility to reach out to alumni within 3 days of receiving the name of their host.  

There are numerous resources on ClarkCONNECT to help you make the most of your job shadow day.  

The following resources may be helpful during the application process: 

“I really enjoyed this experience because it made me think about what I do in the classroom that is effective and worth sharing. My student had a list of well-thought-out questions about various aspects of ESOL education that made me reflect on how much I love this job and why I do it.” 

Alumni Volunteer 

“I was excited to participate in the job shadow program. I care deeply about mentorship, and the program only reaffirmed my interest in supporting undergrads and law students. To the extent I can provide insights into the work our organization does, I’m excited to continue participating.” 

Alumni Volunteer 

“I am so jealous that Clarkies get to have these experiences – what a cool opportunity for students and alums alike!”  

Alumni Volunteer 

“Through the program, I realized that one is capable of excelling if you’re surrounded by people who inspire you to do better. I was so impressed with the image that our school has out there, and this challenged me to maintain that standard. Every now and then when the host introduced me to an attorney, there was always a Clarkie doing something good out there.”  

A Third Year International Development and Social Change Major 

“I would recommend this program to my peers because it is a step outside of our comfort zone in terms of what we do at Clark. It gives us the chance to see what we can do with our degrees after Clark. It can also help us decide if we would like this possible career in the future.” 

A Fourth Year Biology Major  

“I felt like I really benefited from some of the meetings in which we talked about graduating from college and starting to work, and I left at the end of the day feeling a bit calmer and more prepared.” 

A Third Year Media, Culture and Arts Major 

For questions about the ClarkCONNECT Alumni Job Shadow Program, please email Elizabeth Gittens, Associate Director of Early Career Development, egittens@clarku.edu.

alumni students

MIT Solve

Alumna, Sharon Bort ’14 hosted multiple Clark students at MIT Solve, a hybrid business incubator and idea marketplace from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and provided a tour of their Bootstrap Compost facility, introductions to colleagues, and a hands-on project.

student with judge smiling at camera for job shadowing

Court Day

Clark student, Elliot Anderson ’22, job shadows, alumnus, Judge Brian Stern ’88, an Associate Justice at the Rhode Island Superior Court for a closer look in to a day in the life in law.