FSUshadow program connects 135 students with employers over spring break

FSU students had the opportunity to explore career options and learn from professionals at Ascension Sacred Heart over spring break as part of the FSUshadow program.

This spring break, 135 Florida State University students seized the opportunity to connect with employers and explore career fields through the FSUshadow program.

FSU student April Schmidt visited the Audubon Center for Birds of Prey over spring break as part of the FSUshadow program through The Career Center.

Students could choose from 150 unique job shadowing opportunities at 40 companies in an array of industries. Some of the participating employers in this spring’s session included the Audubon Center for Birds of Prey, ESPN, Hyatt Regency, Northwestern Mutual and VEZ Productions.

“My FSUshadow experience opened my eyes to new career paths,” said Astryd Machado, an international affairs major. “I thought I knew what I wanted for myself, but it turns out I have capacity for more. FSUshadow is by far one of the best opportunities FSU has to offer for personal and professional development.”

FSU student Kimasia Ayers learned from professionals at WPTV in West Palm Beach over spring break as part of the FSUshadow program.

Launched in Fall 2016, FSUshadow allows students to get a closer glimpse of the industry they hope to pursue and allows them to make more informed decisions about their prospective career. Through the program, students learn directly from experienced employees who share insight on standards and trends in the workplace.

“FSUshadow extended me the opportunity to learn more about the ins and outs of my intended career field and make valuable connections with those whose footsteps I hope to one day follow.” said Alyson Mizanin, a media and communication studies major.

In addition to benefiting students, FSUshadow allows site hosts to showcase their organization and workplace while meeting potential candidates for future employment.

“Hosting students through FSUshadow has been giving us all an opportunity to highlight our work while teaching a prospective future colleague,” said Molly Donovan, academic career strategist at Tallahassee Memorial HealthCare. “The students are highly engaged and professional. It’s a really enjoyable experience.”

Employers Interested in Hosting FSUshadow

Employers interested in hosting students for job shadowing this summer can sign up by April 2 to participate or email FSUshadow@fsu.edu to learn about future opportunities.

FSUshadow Summer 2024

The FSUshadow Summer 2024 session will take place both in-person and virtually:

  • Tuesday, May 7
  • Wednesday, May 8
  • Thursday, May 9

Student applications for summer FSUshadow opportunities are open April 3 through April 14 in NoleNetwork.