Work shadowing

The Careers Centre organises a work shadowing programme in which alumni, friends and staff of the University of St Andrews offer their time for you to shadow them at their place of work.

Shadowing happens in many forms and across many sectors, but in this programme you will typically shadow someone in the workplace. Shadowing occurs as a call or mentorship style or as an in-person experience for a day to a week. The type of shadowing will vary, depending on the host's availability.

Work shadowing takes place during the winter and summer vacations and is an unpaid programme. Work shadowing is meant to help you explore your desired career path but is not equivalent to an internship.


All students, in any year of study, can participate in work shadowing, including postgraduates. 

How to apply

You can now apply for work shadowing through CareerConnect

You can apply to a maximum of three work shadowing placements.

Before applications close, you must attend an information session to be eligible to participate. Further details about attending these sessions can be found on Career Connect. You will only need to attend one session, regardless of how many applications you make.

Career Catalyst

This programme brings active participation to career exploration. Instead of listening to an expert, join them to experience what it's like to work in a certain industry.

The Career Catalyst designation lets you know that these events will be active, dynamic learning opportunities to help you discover your next step. Details for each programme will be shared on our social media and can be found on CareerConnect.

Upcoming Career Catalyst programmes

  • Project Destined - Commercial real estate portfolio creation for global markets with industry mentorship (paid experience).
  • University Business Challenge - team based, UK wide competition where you compete in a simulation and make board level decisions for your business. Apply.
  • Vespucci Group - learn how to take a great story and turn it into the next big podcast.
  • Work Shadowing - live a day in the life of one of our talented alumni or partners in an industry of your choice.
  • Deloitte Future of Work - reimagine what your future in work will look like with one of the top firms in the world.


Information sessions

Please sign-up for one of these information sessions if you wish to apply for this programme:

Please note, attendance at one of the information sessions is compulsory to make an application.

Key dates

Applications open: Thursday 10 November
  • Round 2 applications close on Thursday 24 November.
  • Round 1 applications close on Friday 18 November.