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 5 Recruit sponsors and hosts
September 8
Application open for students
September 13 Information session from 4pm-5pm in Prexy
September 19 Information session from 12pm-1pm in Prexy
October 20 Student deadline
October 27 Career Advancement Fund applications due, if applicable
October 27 Sponsors and students matched
November 3 Career Advancement Fund decisions made
December 6 Mandatory pre-shadow meeting
December 7 Mandatory pre-shadow meeting
January 2–13 Winter Shadows take place
February 2 Student evaluations due
February 7 Shadow reflection activity
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!

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Express advising hours

Express Advising is on hiatus for the summer and will return in the fall. 

CLBR is open all summer and you can schedule an appointment with an advisor via Griffin Door.