Job shadows are volunteer experiences that our students participate in to make meaningful industry connections while building their skillset and career experience. On most job shadows, we are given tours of the facility, meet with staff, and most importantly, given work assignments to gain real-life experience. Multi-day job shadows like the Boca Raton Bowl and Orange Bowl are more in-depth where we are treated as a member of their extended staff, given credential access to non-public areas, and have varied responsibility such as managing social media channels, setting up the stadium, assisting at all team and fan events, etc. At other job shadows, such as the West Virginia Mountaineers or Ohio State Buckeyes football game, we are given one or two specific tasks and work with their employees to complete them, such as the team entrance or halftime activities. See the pictures below for a sample.
Past job shadow experiences include:
- Columbus Blue Jackets marketing and sales
- Cleveland Cavaliers in-game production
- Notre Dame Athletics
- Cheribundi Tart Cherry Boca Raton Bowl
- West Virginia Athletics in-game production
- Akron Athletics
- Pittsburgh Steelers guest services
- WWE WrestleMania AXXESS
- Columbus Sports Commission and the NCAA Division II Women's Elite Eight
During my phone call for my interview for the 10-day summer program in Dublin, the Boca Bowl trip was the first thing I was asked about. After asking me to tell her a little bit about myself, she asked me to tell her about the trip. I explained how we were split into two teams and worked directly with Boca Bowl staff and ESPN to put on events for both Akron and FAU, as well as how we helped setup for the fan experience outside of the stadium, and were working in the press box during the game. She said this sounded like a great experience, and I believe it played a key part in me getting accepted into the program.
-Brandon Larsen, class of 2020, sport management major