Groundhog Job Shadow Day is a half-day event designed to expose high school students to the world of work. Students “shadow” professionals during a normal work day to gain a first-hand look at the skills, knowledge, and education required to succeed in a career. Taking place each year around Groundhog Day, this event offers students a chance to explore careers of interest — as well as ones with which they are not familiar.
Job Shadow Day is an important event leading up to PIC’s Summer Jobs Programs. It is an excellent low-cost way for employers to meet and screen students for potential summer positions. It is also an opportunity for students interested in summer employment to interact with adults in a professional environment and to practice other job readiness skills.
Each year, nearly 1,000 high school students and over 100 employer host sites participate. Sites vary from small businesses taking one student to larger companies organizing activities for up to 80 students throughout various departments.
The Boston Private Industry Council created this initiative with the Boston Public Schools in 1996, and it is now a statewide and national initiative. Statewide partners include Junior Achievement and the Massachusetts Department of Education.