UShadow host Rick de la Guardia speaking UShadow host Rick de la Guardia speaking
UShadow host Rick De la Guardia from DLG Engineering, Inc., speaks about the benefits of job shadowing.

Wondering if you’re on the right career path? Learn more about a career or work environment through the UShadow program at Toppel!

UShadow gives you the opportunity to shadow UM alumni and other employers, showing you what a typical workday is like in a career field of your interest. Shadowing during the Fall 2021 semester will be virtual and take many shapes and forms, but the most typical formats include:

  • Full or half-day of shadowing
  • Lunch meeting followed by a virtual tour of their office
  • Informational interviews
  • Discussion with various individuals and departments about their job responsibilities
  • And other relevant professional activities!

Shadowing during the Spring 2021 semester will take place virtually due to the University's COVID-19 guidelines.

Benefits of the UShadow Program

UShadow Program participants have the unique opportunity to investigate a potential career field while connecting with knowledgeable alumni or employer hosts. By participating in the program, students will:

  • Explore an industry of interest and gain a realistic expectation of specific professions
  • Make valuable networking contacts
  • Grasp a better understanding of what is involved in a particular career choice or workplace
  • Enhance their career education by confirming or exploring their interest in a career option following graduation

"This program was simply amazing. I really fell in love with the workplace at Carnival and was able to meet so many different people throughout the day. I learned so much. Upon talking with my host about his background he mentioned that throughout his college career he worked as a Port Agent at the Port of Miami for Carnival, which is what I want to do. He told me that he knows the hiring manager and that when I apply to email him so that he could tell the hiring manager that I applied!" - Sophomore shadowing UM Alum at Carnival Cruise Lines


The UShadow program is open to all University of Miami students who are classified as sophomores or juniors. Students from all majors are encouraged to participate!

Fall 2021 Timeline

The UShadow program takes place every fall and spring semester.

  • Registration Period: August 22 - September 3
  • Mandatory Virtual Orientation: Dates/Times TBD
  • Matching Period (by UShadow Coordinator): September 17 - October 13 
  • Match Notifications: October 4 - October 13 
  • UShadow Experiences Completed: By December 3
  • UShadow Reflections Due: By December 8

Apply for UShadow

Student and Host Application

Students and hosts who wish to participate in UShadow must first join Cane2Cane, our virtual platform for mentorship and connections within the UM Community. Please email for more information. 

Notes for Applicants

  • All shadowing during the Fall 2021 semester will take place virtually.
  • If you are selected to participate in UShadow, your participation is MANDATORY. By submitting your application, you are agreeing to a one-day UShadow experience with the host that is assigned to you.
  • The Toppel Career Center strives to make the best possible matches based on students' indicated preferences as well as the host participants' industries. 
  • Submitting your application does not guarantee you will be matched with a UShadow host.