What is Job Shadowing?

Job shadowing is a short-term experience that can last an hour or a day that gives you an opportunity to learn more about careers or occupations that interest you. It also give you the opportunity to “pick the brain” of the individual you are shadowing to learn more about the knowledge, skills, and abilities needed to work in the field.

Why Job Shadow?

Job shadowing helps many students discover a new field fit for them. Shadowing can also help students realize what they thought they wanted to do may not be the right fit, so they continue to explore professions. When classes feel rough, shadowing can reinvigorate you by helping you remember your passion. Also, don’t forget, most competitive professional programs require job shadow hours.

How do I Shadow?

You have to pick a career you would consider then reach out to family, friends, Mizzou faculty/staff/alumni, and other professionals doing work of interest to you. Networking can be very helpful in your search! To learn more about how to arrange a shadow experience, check out this Job Shadow Graphic!

Here are some helpful links for Shadowing and Volunteering opportunities around Missouri!


Columbia, MO

Boone Hospital (Therapy Shadowing specifically)

MU Health Care

St. Louis, MO

Children’s Hospital (Child Life Specific)

Kansas City, MO

North Kansas City Hospital

St. Joseph, MO

Mosaic Life Care


Columbia, MO

Volunteering at MU Health Care

Volunteering at Boone Hospital Center

Family Health Center

Harry S. Truman VA Hospital

Voluntary Action Center

Heart of Missouri United Way

MU Serves

Cedar Creek Therapeutic Riding Center

Services for Independent Living

City of Columbia

Career Awareness and Related Experience (CARE)

St. Louis, MO

Children’s Hospital

Barnes Jewish Hospital

BJC Health Care

SSM Health

VA St. Louis Healthcare System

Kansas City, MO

Saint Luke’s Health System

North Kansas City Hospital

St. Joseph’s Medical Center

University of Kansas Health System

KC Care Health Center

Affina Healthcare (volunteersrv@affiniahealthcare.org)

KC VA Medical Center

St. Joseph, MO

Mosaic Life Care