TALLAHASSEE, Fla. — A new matched job shadow program initiated by the FSU Career Center is helping students gain knowledge and skills related to career decision making while also leading to internship opportunities for some.
Launched during fall 2016, the FSUshadow program provides students with the opportunity to shadow employers, community partners, alumni and friends of the university to gain insight into a wide variety of career fields and industries. Following the successful fall launch, student participation increased by 181% for its Spring Break 2017 session, which included businesses and organizations throughout the nation. Students participated in 149 unique FSUshadow experiences ranging from the U.S. Army, healthcare, a federal intelligence agency, to film industry opportunities.
Kindred Lubeck, a psychology major, chose to spend her Spring Break networking with employers and organizations through three unique FSUshadow experiences, including the City of Palm Bay and the 12th Judicial Circuit Court. After a successful FSUshadow experience, Lubeck was offered an internship with pre-trial services at the 12th Judicial Circuit Court.
“With little previous experience, I considered not applying at all to the FSUshadow program because I wasn’t confident that I would be matched with any of the opportunities,” said Lubeck. “Had I not taken the chance and applied anyway, I never would have been given the opportunity to shadow with the 12th Judicial Circuit Court, nor would I have been offered this internship. I am so thankful that I applied to take part in the FSUshadow program.”
The next opportunity for students to participate in FSUshadow is during Winter Break, December 18-21, 2017. All FSU undergraduate and graduate level students are invited to participate with various employers, gaining first-hand experience in the career field of their choice.
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Learn more about Lubeck’s experience at http://career.fsu.edu/students/seminole-success-stories/kindred%20lubeck.