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Job Observation Program

Tennessee Wesleyan College's Office of Career Services is excited to announce a wonderful opportunity for employers, alumni, and parents to expose TWC students to potential career fields!

The Job Observation Program is a voluntary job shadowing experience that ranges from one day to 12 weeks. TWC students spend time observing and working with employees to gain an understanding of the culture of the organization and its industry.


What is a Job Observation?

A short-term (typically 1 day to 12 weeks) volunteer job shadowing externship opportunity which allows TWC students to observe work, investigate a career field, and experience a typical day (or weeks) on the job.


How do organizations benefit from providing Job Observation?
  • No cost: TWC Student provides their own transportation, meals, and do not receive compensation for time spent with their sponsoring organizations.
  • A great recruiting tool: Allowing a student to job shadow at your company provides you the employer with the opportunity to meet and identify candidates early in the recruiting process.
  • Expose your organization and industry to TWC Students: Many students have misconceptions about career fields. They have no idea what a particular career job entails. Job observation programs give students the chance to develop a first-hand understanding of a career field.
  • Social Responsibility: A great way to give back to Tennessee Wesleyan College is with your time and experience. Extern for a Day provides you with an opportunity to make a non-monetary contribution to TWC.

What activities are students involved in when they visit an organization?

Flexibility is the essential aspect of the program. What students do varies according to the career field, the student’s interests, and the schedule of the sponsor. Overall, students have observed the day-to-day activities of an organization, toured the facilities, and assisted as they are able and as needed on established projects or short-term activities. Some sample experiences:

  • Conducting informational interviews with a variety of employees to gain a broad perspective
  • Attending meetings and other functions
  • Preparing reports, spreadsheets, etc.
  • Observing and asking questions
  • Performing general office tasks
  • Assisting with research projects
  • Editing and proofreading

When is the job observation program offered?

Job observation opportunities are available for TWC students in the Fall (September - November) & Spring (February - April).


How are students chosen to participate in the Job observation program?

Students attend mandatory orientation sessions, submit their resume (if needed), and application indicating their interest in the program, preferences, and expectations. Students and hosts are then matched based on their mutual interests and available dates.


How do I sponsor an Extern?

It's easy to get involved in the TWC Career Services Job Observation Program! Just complete the interest form below. TWC's Office of Career Services will contact you with further details.


Externship Form

Externship Form