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SJC Introduces New Job Shadow Program

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Melissa Nocco ’15, a criminal justice major interested in law enforcement, shadows Delilah Ortega ’10 at the New York City Department of Correction.

Job shadowing allows students to spend a few hours or a day with a professional that currently works in a career field in which the student has an interest. The Job Shadow Program at St. Joseph’s College debuted last winter and connected students with our extensive alumni network.

To participate, current students filled out a short application — designed in conjunction with the Office of Career Development — and participated in an interview with Assistant Director of Career Development Jennifer Rooney ’04 to gauge their career area(s) of interest (students could indicate up to three areas).

Once the interview was completed, it was up to the Office of Alumni Engagement to seek out and invite alumni to participate. Students were then matched with an alumnus or other friend of the College.

The list of career areas ranged from health care to accounting to speech pathology to clinical psychology, just to name a few. Alumni were recruited from an ongoing list of volunteers that participate in activities and programs such as the Alumni Mentoring Program, and also by using the popular professional site LinkedIn to connect with new alumni. 

Our first class included 25 student participants and 13 alumni. Many students were placed in January, and therefore could conduct the shadow during intersession, while others had the opportunity to shadow at any given time during the spring semester.

This fall, we will invite a new group of students to apply for the Job Shadow Program and look forward to engaging new alumni to participate. If you are an alumnus and would like to get involved in our Job Shadow Program, please contact Director of Alumni Engagement Paige Napoli Carbone ’02 at 631.687.2653 or pcarbone@sjcny.edu.

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