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What is the UShadow Program?

The Toppel Career Center’s UShadow Program provides University of Miami students the opportunity to ‘shadow’ a UM alumnus or employer in the community throughout a typical workday.  As a UShadow host, you have the opportunity to share industry knowledge and advice with students, while providing them with realistic insights into a certain field. 

Benefits of Becoming a UShadow Host

By becoming an UShadow host, you can reconnect with the University, see your professional experience in a new light and make a direct, positive impact on the professional development of young students.  In addition, your organization can benefit from the additional exposure gained through working with UM students. 

UShadow Activities

There are many factors involved in the uniqueness of each job shadow experience. Students may enjoy tours of your workplace, meetings with key members of your team and/or organization, learning about your specific career path, and receiving career advice from someone currently employed in their interested field. As a host employer, we encourage you to involve your student in your daily work activities as a means to assist the student in evaluating their potential career options. Students should leave their UShadow day a realistic idea of what it is like to be in your job.

 Here are some suggestions and best practices and a glimpse into past UShadow Experiences

Student Matching Process and Becoming a UShadow Host

Students apply to participate in the program via an online application and the Toppel Career Center reviews applicants’ qualifications and selects students based on their indicated level of interest, commitment, and academic standing with the University. Additionally, students are asked to include their preferred industries so we can make quality connections between students and UShadow hosts.

The goal of the UShadow program is to create a mutually beneficial experience for both the student and the employer or alumnus.  Please note that initially, there may not be a match between a student and your particular company or organization.  However, by completing the UShadow host profile, your information will be are saved in our database of UShadow hosts and we will make every effort to match you accordingly, once a potential student has been identified.

By becoming a UShadow host, you are committing to hosting one student each Spring semester (if you are matched with a student in your industry).

 Contact Carly Smith at with questions or for more information.

Toppel Career Center
Physical Address:
5225 Ponce De Leon Blvd.
Coral Gables, FL 33146
Phone: 305-284-5451
Fax: 305-284-3668
Mailing Address:
PO Box 249175
Coral Gables, FL 33124-5610