Fairfield University now offers a unique program that allows students to gain valuable knowledge about potential careers in their given field. The Alumni Job Shadow Program, offered by the Career Planning Center, is designed to give Fairfield University students from all majors the option to observe real world work experience firsthand. Students apply online and if accepted, are paired with an alumni working in their field of interest and are able to shadow them during their work hours. Fairfield University students complete their job shadowing during their Winter break on January 6-10, 2014 or at a time that is mutually convenient for both the alumni and the student.
Junior and senior students from all majors are offered the option to participate and Communication students in particular have expressed an interest. Kimberly “Kimi” Kurata ‘14 spent her time in the program shadowing Aimee Hoffman, a ‘95 graduate currently working as a recruitment manager for Fox Filmed Entertainment in Los Angeles. During their pairing, Kimberly had the opportunity to spend the day on set of the TV show “The New Girl”, had lunch with executives with Fox Sports, and was able to receive advice about resumes and internship options. “The most significant lesson I learned in the importance of networking in the business world,” said Kurata. “When I’m looking for the right internship this summer or career choice after I graduate, it is all about who I know and who can help.”
Currently, Communication students also have the option of being matched with potential internships or jobs after graduation through the Stags4Hire program. Companies in the Fairfield/Greater New York area with Communication related positions include CBS Sports, American Red Cross, Indeed.com, Make-A-Wish CT, Legg Mason, Subway World Headquarters, and Prosek Partners, to name a few. Both options are offered under the Career Planning Center and are wonderful resources for students.
To apply for the Alumni Job Shadow program, please visit Fairfield.edu/jobshadowsignup. For more information, please e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org or call (203) 254-4081. The deadline is November 1, 2013.