What is a Job Shadow?
- A job shadow is a non-hands on observational experience. You'll spend
limited time with a professional in the health care area of interest in
order to see what their daily job is like.
Are there different kinds/lengths of Job Shadows?
- Most definitely. Please read below to understand the different kinds so you can fill out the correct
forms. If you are unsure, please ask us! Here they are:
School (8 hours or less): For students interested in the healthcare field; the experience
lasts 8 hours or less. As of September 2010, high school
students are required to first attend a 3 hour "Career Experience
Event" in the Fox Valley area before being considered for a
one-on-one job shadow. Visit the
Career Experience Events page
for further information.
Adult, Dislocated Worker, or Career/Job Change (8 hours or
less): 8 hour or less job shadow experiences may be available
- An adult who is enrolled or considering enrolling in a higher education
program (technical college, university, etc.) and wants to
spend a day or less with a healthcare professional. Some schools make this a prerequisite,
but once you need more than 8 hours, requirements increase.
- An adult who has been dislocated from their job and is
considering a healthcare career.
- An adult who is considering a career change, or a even
position change within their field.
Extended Job Shadows (more than 8 hours, additional requirements
apply): Occasionally, higher education programs will require
additional hours of job shadowing as a prerequisite to apply for
their healthcare programs. Examples include Physical Therapy,
Occupational Therapy, and Physician Assistant. Requirements vary
by school. To be considered for an extended job shadow, there
are additional things you need to do, including a signature from
the school requiring the experience and a separate application.
Is a job shadow different than a clinical placement?
- Definitely. Job shadows are observational
experiences, most of them for a day or less. Clinical
placements are for advanced students already enrolled in a higher
educational program. Further information can be found on the
Student Clinical Placements page.
I want to shadow in Pediatrics, Obstetrics,
Gynecology, or the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU), or at the
Orthopedic & Sports Institute of the Fox Valley. Do I need to do
- Yes. For the specialty areas above, you
will need to provide proof of current immunizations by completing a
student health requirements form, which is then sent in with your
application. The student health requirements form and
application are provided later.
My family member/neighbor/friend works at an area
medical provider and they know someone who said I can just shadow them
without going through this process. Is that OK?
- No. Due to the high number of requests,
the job shadow system was restructured. As mentioned before,
high school students can now attend one of many "Career Experience
Events" in lieu of a one-on-one experience. Because of
potential liability and insurance concerns, various forms/paperwork
need to be completed. So while we appreciate the fact that
someone offered to help you, everyone must follow the same process.
If I follow all of these steps and turn in my job
shadow application, am I guaranteed a placement? How long does it
take to hear back once I turn in my information?
- Unfortunately, job shadows are not, and cannot,
be guaranteed. Area health providers do their best to
accommodate reasonable requests, but it depends on staff
availability, administrative direction, and other factors that can,
and do change. Staff try to respond within a two week period
once a request is received. If it's been two weeks and you
haven't heard back, feel free to inquire, but please, no earlier
than two weeks.
Can I do more than one job shadow experience?
- While we'd like to accommodate every request,
that is not possible, so we prefer you take some time to really
research areas you are interested in and then narrow it down before
selecting an area. If you are a high school student, remember
to check out the career experience events first as it's a
I'm an adult student enrolled in an out of state or
an online program. Am I able to do an extended job shadow
- It depends. We suggest you fill out the
application and send it to a facility which offers the career area
you need, but please note that the first priority of the FVHCA
partners is to assist local students who are going to school in the
area/state of Wisconsin.
Once you have identified which length of job shadow fits your needs
based on the information above, click on the correct link below to begin
the application process.