Leadership Job Shadow Program Application

About the Program

Leadership Job Shadow Program

The UC Davis Leadership Job Shadow program provides undergraduate and graduate students with an opportunity to learn more about UC Davis by spending a day with a campus executive. Participants may observe and participate in meetings, attend events, meet other staff and faculty, and learn about the day-to-day functions of the university.

Participants should have an avid interest in learning about the university and its structure and be committed to sharing the information and experiences they obtain with other students throughout the university. This may be accomplished by speaking to a class or student group, writing a letter to the editor or using social media to discuss your experience.

This is a particularly promising opportunity for those students who may have an interest in exploring a career in higher education.

Students are selected through a competitive application and screening process. Applicants must commit to an entire day of “shadowing” a campus administrator and agree to complete an evaluation form and a plan for communicating and sharing with other students the insights gained from the experience. Students are assigned to administrators on a random basis and there are no guarantees that students will be paired with any specific administrators.

The program is offered one day per month throughout the academic year. Interested students should think of their availability to participate in four hour or eight hour blocks.

Students agree to:

  • Be punctual
  • Wear business or business casual attire
  • Attend the entire day or scheduled time of activities
  • Share their experiences with other students

Benefits for participating students include:

  • Learning about the structure of the university and its functions
  • Meeting a variety of campus administrators, staff and faculty
  • Gaining an appreciation for the multitude of issues that impact the university
  • Developing a greater familiarity with the UC Davis campus

If interested, please fill out the application below.

The priority application period for the Leadership Job Shadow Program is open and will close April 12, 2024.

Be advised that you must be a currently enrolled UC Davis student to participate in the program.

Type of Student
Have you previously applied to the Job Shadow Program?
Have you previously been selected as a Job Shadow?
Be advised if you select Health, you may need to travel to UC Davis Health in Sacramento.
Secondary Areas of Interest (choose as many as you wish)

The following questions are used to match you with a leader. Please take some time to provide detailed answers, as these are used to evaluate your application.

Job Shadow Testimonials

Job Shadows: ‘More Eye-Opening Than I Ever Anticipated’

One of the most common reactions from students who spend a day with top administrators through the Student Leadership Job Shadow program is surprise. Whether it’s because they expected the leader’s job to be different, they didn’t expect to be able to share their thoughts in a meeting with top campus officials or they didn’t expect the chancellor to actually have good sleep habits, students who participated in the program this fall reflected on their experience.

Their experiences are presented in their own words, below.

Job Shadows: Meeting, Listening

Being an administrator at UC Davis involves a lot of listening, as students who participated in the most recent Leadership Job Shadow Program can attest. They sat in on meetings, took tours and attended events with Chancellor Gary S. May and others. Here are some of the participants’ experiences, in their own words: