Through the Wisconsin BBA’s Badger Business Job Shadow Program, admitted sophomores and direct-admit freshmen in the Wisconsin School of Business get an up-close look at a company or industry by shadowing professionals (often UW alumni) through a normal day on the job.

Explore different career possibilities and see firsthand how classroom skills relate to the workplace! Each job shadow opportunity will be held for one day during winter break.


All students must be admitted sophomores or direct admit freshmen in the Wisconsin School of Business.

  • Interested students are strongly encouraged to attend an Information Session prior to applying for shadow opportunities (see below for dates & times).
  • All participating students must agree to honor their job shadow appointment and its terms, location, etc. STUDENTS MAY NOT WITHDRAW FROM THEIR JOB SHADOW AFTER A MATCH HAS OCCURRED. Cancellations will result in loss of BuckyNet privileges.
  • Job shadow matches (student + employer) and participation in the program are not guaranteed, however, most students who apply receive a match.
  • You may view job shadow opportunities by searching “shadow” in BuckyNet under Job Board > BuckyNet Jobs. The more opportunities to which you apply, the higher the likelihood of being matched.
  • Students assume all monetary expenses, including travel and lodging (when applicable).
  • Participating students must agree to complete an electronic evaluation of their job shadow experience after their visit occurs.

Program Timeline

Fall 2017 – Spring 2018 School Year

October 17 at 12:00 p.m.: Information Session #1
October 19 at 5:30 p.m.: Information Session #2
October 25 at 12:00 p.m.: Information Session #3
November 1 at 5:30 p.m.:
Information Session #4
November 1:
Student resume submission begins via BuckyNet
November 17: Deadline to submit resumes for shadow opportunities
December 6: Notification of match occurs via BuckyNet
December 6 – December 15: Employers contact matched students to discuss shadow details
January 8 – January 19: Job shadow visits occur during one day of winter break
Late January: Employer and student evaluations distributed electronically

Students only need to attend one Shadow Information Session. Check Today in Grainger Hall for room location.

What Happens During A Job Shadow?

Each shadow may be structured differently but typically participants will meet with staff members of varying experience levels and have the opportunity to ask questions about job responsibilities, the company and the industry. Students can watch staff perform their job responsibilities to get a feel for what it might be like to work in that field. Some employers include presentations, case problems, or activities to give participants a better understanding of the company and industry. Often times a tour of the company is included and employers will ask Badger alumni to participate so that students can network with former UW-Madison students. Many employers provide resume, interviewing, and networking advice that participants can use as they search for internships and jobs in the future.

How It Works

Attend an Information Session to learn more. Then apply for up to 15 job shadow opportunities posted in BuckyNet by the job shadow application deadline (see timeline below). The more job shadow applications submitted, the higher the likelihood of being matched with an employer.

  • Employers review applications and BuckyNet system creates job shadow matches based on students’ career interests and employer rankings.
  • Notification of matching process results is sent to students by late-November.
  • Job shadow visits occur during winter break.

What Students Say

“I learned so much about Marketing and all the areas that existed which I never even knew about. They [the employer] also coached us on what to put on our resumes and how to answer certain interview questions. I got a chance to network with the recruiters, department vice presidents, and even the COO and CFO… and now maintain email contact with them and am confident that my Sophomore Shadow experience alone will be more than enough to get me an internship this summer as well as next. So amazing. Thank you so much for this opportunity. I felt like I learned more about myself, my major, and my interests and strengths by visiting.”

“The whole day was an experience I could not be more thankful for. Being able to see projects that the employees were currently working on, sitting in on a process where ideas were formulated, a resume workshop where excellent examples from their applicant pool were shown... everything I experienced during my shadow will be integrated into my internship and early career search.”