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Today, the SU Alumni Association network encompasses more than 65,000 alumni. Because they know the university best, alumni are a vital part of the campus community and serve an important role in Shippensburg's continued success.

Pilot Job Shadow Program Launched

Twenty-two students recently had the opportunity to shadow a Shippensburg University alum on the job.

Students Melanie Powell and Megan Reeser with Tony Frey, Bert Wendle ’89, president and CEO, and Adam Dillon at The Carlisle Group.

Students Melanie Powell and Megan Reeser with Tony Frey, Bert Wendle ’89, president and CEO, and Adam Dillon at The Carlisle Group.

Job shadowing is an opportunity for a student to connect with a business professional who has specific knowledge about a career in which a student is interested.

Each student learned from the host’s responsibilities and tasks associated with their career and
had the opportunity to ask questions about knowledge, skills, talents, and level of education
required for that position. Students gathered career related information, expanded their networking connections, built interviewing skills, and recognized trends in the field.

The Pilot Job Shadow program during spring break was extremely successful. Colette Raebiger ’95, demand manager at Johnson & Johnson Consumer, and Nathan Neil ’12, COO, Purple Deck Media, raved about the experience. “We enjoy connecting with students and sharing our experience with them. Creating an interactive environment is at the core of our values.”

Tim Smith ’91 (left), president of OnPoint Consulting, with Darren Fosset.

Tim Smith ’91 (left), president of OnPoint Consulting, with Darren Fosset.

Darren Fosset, an MBA student who shadowed Tim Smith ’91, president of OnPoint Consulting in Washington, DC, said, “The job shadow was an extremely motivating experience. It gave me clarity and insight into a potential industry of future employment.” Natalie Johnson, an accounting major who shadowed Craig Hinkle ’92, vice president of finance at Knouse Foods, said, “On a professional level, this program has benefited my resume and has allowed me to network with some very successful professionals in my field. On a personal level, this experience pushed me out of my comfort zone and has given me more confidence.”

The Office of Alumni Relations, in conjunction with the Career and Community Engagement Center, will expand the job shadow program to include shadowing opportunities during
fall break 2017 and spring break 2018.

Please contact Lorie Davis at ladavis@ship.edu if you are interested in learning more.