The Center for Life Beyond Reed

Winter Shadows Program

Reed College Winter Shadows are a chance for currently enrolled Reedies to spend an intense period during winter break learning more about a career path of interest.

See the list of currently available Winter Shadows here.

If you're a student wanting to create your own job shadow, learn about how to obtain shadow opportunities.

2017–18 Timeline

May–Sept 12 Recruit sponsors and hosts
September 15
Application open for students
September 22 Information session from 12pm-1pm in Prexy
October 2 Information session from 4pm-5pm in Prexy
October 10 Application Work Party with Peer Career Advisors, 6pm-7pm in Prexy
October 11 Application Work Party with Peer Career Advisors, 6pm-7pm in Prexy
October 15 Student application deadline
October 19 Students notified of tentative matches and Career Advancement Fund decisions
October 24 Deadline to accept Winter Shadow and submit Career Advancement Fund budget, if applicable
October 26 Students notified of Career Advancement Fund decisions
October 30 Sponsor and student matches finalized
December 6 Mandatory pre-shadow meeting
December 7 Mandatory pre-shadow meeting
January 2–13 Winter Shadows take place
January 31 Shadow reflection activity (optional)
February 2 Student evaluations due
February 28 Feedback due to sponsors

What is a Winter Shadow?

A Winter Shadow is a short-term (approximately 2–10 days) period of intense learning about an occupation of interest, a job shadow. Check out some previous Shadow experiences.

What will I do?

You will experience a variety of activities during Shadows, possibly including:

  • Exploring career paths within a company/organization
  • Having informational interviews with employees
  • Observing interactions with customers and clients
  • Meeting with decision makers
  • Touring facilities
  • Attending staff meetings
  • Assisting with projects or tasks

Ready to learn more? Read our FAQ!

How do I apply?

  1. Start by viewing the list of 2018 Winter Shadows here.
  2. Fill out the Winter Shadows application form, which includes the following:
    • Upload an up-to-date resume. This resume will be used to facilitate the matching process and share information about you to your shadow sponsor. To receive help with your resume before applying please make an appointment with an advisor in Griffin Door, visit Express Advising (hours available at, or attend a Winter Shadows application party (October 10&11, 6-7pm).
    • Rank your top 5 choices for your Winter Shadow experience. The Center for Life Beyond Reed will make every effort to match you to the highest ranked shadowing experience possible. Because there are a limited number of students each shadow opportunity can support, we ask that you indicate your top 5 preferences in order to give you the greatest opportunity to be matched. Please note that while you are not required to indicate interest in more than one opportunity, making all 5 selections will give you the best chance of being selected for a shadow.  
    • Write a paragraph answering the following question: How will the opportunity to participate one of the Winter Shadows you indicated preference for help you achieve your career exploration or development goals? 
    • Indicate whether you would like to make a Career Advancement Fund request if matched with a shadow. If yes, write a paragraph describing your financial need or other circumstances that will help the Center for Life Beyond Reed understand your funding needs.

Express Advising and Drop-In Hours 

Express Advising w/ Peer Career Advisers

Spring Semester Hours

Final Day of Express Advising is Thursday 4/26

Please note that the final day of Express Advising with Peer Career Advisors will be Thursday 4/26 from 3pm-5pm in Prexy. Express Advising will return for fall semester. CLBR is open all summer and you can schedule appointments with an advisor.

Mon, 2pm-4pm, Prexy
Tues, 12pm-2pm, Prexy
Wed, 6pm-8pm, LIB 203
Thurs, 3pm-5pm, Prexy
Fri, 2pm-4pm, Prexy 
Sun, 6pm-8pm, PAB 130

Drop-In Hours w/ CLBR Staff

Fellowships Q&A in Commons: Tuesdays, 11:45am-1:15pm

Grad School, Career, and Internship Q&A in MRC: Wednesdays, 11:30am-1:30pm

Career & Internship Q&A in Commons: Thursdays, 11:30am-1:30pm

Grad School, Career, and Internship Q&A in Commons: Fridays, 11:30am-1:30pm

Note: Please check the announcements on your homepage in Griffin Door for any possible updates or cancellations.

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