Learn more about hosting a student.
The 2016-17 application for sponsors has now closed. Please check back again next year!
Who is eligible to participate?
We are seeking Colgate alumni and parent sponsors to host first- or second-year students. Preference will be given to those sponsors who work outside of their homes between the alumni class years of 1975 and 2013.
How are students and sponsors matched?
The enrollment process will require that you indicate your geographic region, winter break availability, industry/job function, as well as few characteristics about your organization and the professional skills relevant to your work. Students will also be asked to indicate their career interests in these categories and will then be matched with sponsors who can most likely give them a meaningful exploratory experience.
On the registration form, you will also have the option to indicate if you'd like to host multiple students.
Although we make every effort to connect students with sponsors, please be advised that we do not always have a student participant to match every sponsor.
When will I receive information about my student match?
You will be notified of your matching status in mid to late November and, if a match is made, you will be provided with information about the student you will be hosting.
What are my responsibilities as a shadow host?
In agreeing to host a student for A Day in the Life, you are expected to provide a one-day job shadow experience for your student. You will not be required to provide transportation, food, compensation, or any overnight accommodation for students, but may do so if you choose.
Create a comprehensive schedule for your student shadow to allow for maximum exposure to what you do. You might coordinate for your student to observe what you do, attend meetings, meet with your colleagues in other departments, become familiar with specific software you use on a regular basis, work on projects, talk with HR about the hiring process/timeline, meet with clients, attend site visits, ask you questions, and more! A sample schedule of a successful shadow will be coming soon!
Most shadows take place on a single day during winter break (this year, December 19, 2016 through January 22, 2017), but you may also modify the experience by having a student shadow for more than one day or during spring break if that would better suit both your needs.