Job Shadows

Engineering Freshman and Sophomores – participating in a job shadow opportunity can provide you with helpful insight into life as an engineer. This one-day experience occurs during Winter Break.

As a participant of this program, you will spend a day at a company over break at a time that works for you both. For 2017, companies will host students one day between January 9-13, 2017.

Job Shadow Program Checklist

  1. Students wishing to participate in the Job Shadow Program have to log into I-Link, and must submit their resumes between November 1 – November 18.  Review the ECS Job Shadow Program Student Guide for information on how to search for Job Shadow Opportunities.
  2. Students should plan to attend a Job Shadow Info Session please RSVP in I-Link Under “Events – Career Development Programs – ECS – Job Shadow Info Session”
    1. November 1, 12PM; Location: DCL L410 (in basement)
    2. November 8, 5PM; Location: DCL L410 (in basement)
    3. November 10, 12PM; Location: DCL 2240
  3. If you’re selected for an opportunity, you’ll be contacted by the employer so that arrangements can be confirmed for your visit over the break, one date between January 9-13, 2017.
  4. Review the Job Shadow Agreement, clicking “Submit” to indicate your agreement.

Students are responsible for all costs including travel, parking, and overnight hotel stays that may be associated with their job shadow.

2016-17 Job Shadow Timeline

  • November 1 – 18: Students apply for Job Shadow opportunities on I-Link
  • November 1-10: Students attend a Job Shadow Information Session (Nov. 1, 8, 10)
  • December 9: Deadline for employers to contact students to arrange details of visit
  • December 16: Deadline to respond to employers, if you were invited by the employer for a job shadow
  • January 9-13, 2017: Job Shadow visits occur
  • February 1: Deadline to submit feedback/evaluation to ECS (Survey will be emailed to you)

What Companies Have Participated in the ECS Job Shadow Program in the Past?

The following list includes companies that participated in the ECS Job Shadow Program during 2015-16 Winter Break:

  • Akuna Capital
  • Allstate Insurance Company
  • Allston Trading
  • American Transmission Company
  • Amped I LLC
  • AT&T
  • Baker Tilly Virchow Krause LLP
  • Bluewolf Group
  • BP
  • BW Container Systems
  • Capital Construction Solutions, LLC
  • Caterpillar
  • Centric Consulting
  • Chatous
  • CITES Field Consulting
  • Computer Aided Technology
  • Crane Composites, Inc.
  • CSG International
  • Deere & Company
  • Deigan Associates, LLC
  • Dynatest Consulting Inc.
  • Enablon  NA
  • Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory (“Fermilab”)
  • FMC Technologies
  • FTI Consulting
  • InContext Solutions
  • Ingersoll Machine Tools
  • Intel Corporation
  • Intermatic Inc.
  • JPMorgan Chase
  • Hovnanian Homes
  • Kenrich Group LLC, The
  • Lin Engineering, Ltd.
  • McCain Foods
  • McDonough-Whitlow, P.C.
  • Mitsubishi Electric Automation
  • MulticoreWare Inc.
  • One North Interactive LLC
  • Parker Hannifin Corporation
  • Parsons Brinckerhoff
  • Plote Construction Inc
  • Prairie Engineers of Illinois, P.C.
  • PricewaterhouseCoopers
  • Siemens Energy & Automation, Inc.
  • The McShane Companies
  • ThyssenKrupp Crankshaft Co., LLC.
  • Trunk Club
  • Turner Construction Company
  • V3 Companies Ltd.
  • Whirlpool Corporation
  • Wills Burke Kelsey Associates, Ltd.
  • Wozniak Industries, Inc.

To learn more, contact Engineering Career Services at, call (217) 333-1960 or, review the complete ECS Job Shadow Student Guide.