Kennesaw State University strives to provide students with an array of experiential education opportunities outside of the classroom. The Owl Job Shadow Program provides students with a one-day shadow experience to help them explore different career opportunities and see what it is like to work after graduation.

How Does it Work?

  • Job shadowing opportunities will be available at a variety of companies during the dedicated job shadow week each semester (see "Important Dates" on the right for the dedicated weeks).
  • Each shadow experience will last up to 6 hours on one day of the job shadowing week.
  • Students will apply to attend a job shadowing opportunity and if selected, will be matched with an employer based on the student’s listed preferences.

The objectives of this program include:

  • Observation opportunities to see what a career field looks like “in real life”
  • Connect classroom learning with workplace experience
  • Broaden the view of opportunities for students at many different companies
  • Create a starting point for learning how to network with professionals
  • Practice professionalism and business etiquette
  • Help to define potential career paths after graduation

This program is a definite "Win-Win" for everyone involved. 

    • Visit a company to see how it runs on a daily basis
    • Get a real look into different career paths you can potentially take
    • Use this time as a “pre-interview” for potential internship, co-op or job opportunities
    • See different ways you can incorporate your major into a career
    • See the specific benefits or unique perks to working for a specific company, and see what their work culture is like
    • Practice using professionalism and gain some hands-on experience networking with other professionals
    • Publicity for your company to the students
    • Opportunity to showcase your company and how it runs on a daily basis
    • Help students in their career exploration see different paths they can potentially take
    • Meet potential future interns, co-op students, or employees
    • Show students how many different majors could potentially work at your company in different areas
    • Highlight benefits or unique perks to working for your company and show them what a work culture can be like
    • Help boost the students’ confidence and level of professionalism, as well as networking skills
    • Provide an opportunity for your employees to mentor and lead the next generation
    • Deepen your partnership with Kennesaw State University

Answers to some of our most frequently asked questions:

  • Q: What are the requirements to participate in the program?

    A: You must have a 2.0 GPA or greater, and must have completed one full semester at KSU prior to the shadowing semester. 

    Q: Can I participate in more than one day of the job shadowing week?

    A: You can request to participate up to 5 days. We will try to assign you as many days as possible, but cannot guarantee how many of your top choices you will match with. You may also apply and participate again in a future semester.

    Q: Can I choose which employer I want to shadow?

    A: You will be given the option in the application process to rank your top 5 choices. We will do our best to pair you with as many of these choices as possible.

    Q: What if I do not want to shadow the company that I have been paired with?

    A: We will do the best we can to pair you with one (or multiple) of your top 5 company choices. If you are matched with a company outside of these choices, we will contact you first to discuss other options. Each company that has been chosen for the Owl Job Shadow Program will provide a worthwhile experience for each student.

    Q: What if I do not have a Handshake account?

    A: You do! If you have not logged in before, you still have an account as long as you are an active Kennesaw State University student (or Alum). Make sure to activate your account at

    Alumni can access their account in Handshake Here. First time users must submit the form listed in link below.

    Q: Can I edit my application once it has been submitted?

    A: No. If you need to change anything, please email Sheri Blight at

    Q: What if I cannot go to one of the Owl Job Shadow Orientation Workshops?

    A: Each participant in the Owl Job Shadow Program must attend a pre-experience workshop. If you are unable to attend one of the available workshops, please email Sheri Blight at BEFORE those dates.

    ** If you participated in the Owl Job Shadow orientation in the past, you DO NOT have to attend again.

    Q: What if I have an emergency on the day of the shadowing experience?

    A: Please contact the Department of Career Planning and Development at 470-KSU-INFO (470-578-4636).

    Q: How long will we be at our host company’s facility on the job shadow day?

    A: Up to 6 hours.

    Q: What happens if I do not show up for my assigned Job Shadow day(s)?

    A: Unless there is an emergency, you will be held to the DCPD’s “No Show” policy. You can find a copy of this policy on our website here

  • Employer FAQs:

    Q: Can I participate in more than one day of the job shadowing week?

    A: You can request to host students for multiple days of the job shadowing week. We ask that each set of students only attends one employer for one day, so if you participate in multiple days, it will be with an entirely different set of students on each day. You can include this information on your application.

    Q: Can I select which students shadow at my company?

    A: The Department of Career Planning and Development reserves the right to pair students with approved employers based on (but not limited to), the industry of the company, location of the company, student’s reason for participating, date availability, and proposed agenda.

    Q: How many students can I host at my company?

    A: There is no limit for the number of students you can request. We will fill as many students as possible based on the number of requests we get from students.

    Q: What are the qualifications for my company to participate in this program?

    A: All companies with an approved Handshake account linked to KSU are able to apply. The requirements to be approved with KSU in Handshake include (but are not limited to) an active organization website, a matching email address to the website domain, a physical business address and phone number. You must also have posted a job/internship/co-op with the Department of Career Planning and Development at KSU within Handshake within the last 12 months. The application will include all information that we will need, including a basic agenda for the shadow day, which colleges you are willing to host students from, and how many students you would be willing to host. 

    Q: How long must the students be at our facility on the job shadow day?

    A: Up to 6 hours.

    Q: What are the requirements for students to participate in the Owl Job Shadow Program?

    A: They must have a 2.0 GPA or greater, must have completed one full semester at KSU prior to the shadowing semester, or be a graduate of KSU.

    Q: If I have specific qualifications I would like to include for the students that attend my company’s job shadow day, can I request those?

    A: Yes, you can include that on your application form.

    Q: Am I guaranteed at least one student if I am approved?

    A: We will match students with employers based on their requests and availability. We will do everything we can to include as many employers in the program as possible, but there are no guarantees. 



Employer Application Instructions

You will need to have a registered account in Handshake. For more information about making an account, click here

Apply using the appropriate button below. We will review all applications as they are received and contact the employers with an answer on if they have been selected to participate.

Apply for Spring 2021

Student Application Instructions

You may only apply during open registration periods (see Important Dates on the right).

Follow these steps to apply:

  1. Login to your Handshake account.
  2. Be sure to have an APPROVED resume in Handshake BEFORE applying. For instructions on how to do so, click here.
  3. Search for Owl Job Shadow Program.
  4. Apply using an approved resume and be sure to complete the survey at the end of the application to complete your submission.


Past Participants:

KSU appreciates our alumni and organizations that host shadowing opportunities for students.

  • Aaron's Tech
  • Atlanta Film Society
  • Chick-fil-A
  • Coca-Cola
  • Czarnowski Display Service Inc.
  • E*Trade
  • Feminist Women's Health Center
  • Georgia Department of Transportation
  • MetroPower, Inc.
  • Mutual of Omaha
  • Norfolk Southern
  • Open Hand Atlanta
  • Primus Builders
  • SurveyMonkey
  • THS National
  • Tidwell Group
  • WellStar Health Systems
  • Woodruff Arts Center
  • Yamaha Motors Corporation


Program Reviews

" I did not know about this program but it's the best thing since sliced bread."

- Chidi Ogbuagu, Mechanical Engineering Student '20


"This was the best shadowing week we've had so far. I think all of the students were hungry to learn, and as more people get to know us at the career fairs, there's some face recognition as well as brand recognition.

The students aren't just picking a company from a list, they're picking it because they want to be here.

Overall, these students were prepared, showed up on time, asked great questions, and were engaged."

- Aaron's Tech, 2018 Job Shadow Host