Connect Cape: Job Shadowing Giving Students Insider’s View on Career Fields

Job shadowing is a great opportunity for Southeast Missouri State University students to explore their future while working towards a professional career after college. That’s why Southeast’s Academic Support Centers and the Cape Girardeau Chamber of Commerce are teaming up again this fall to offer their Connect Cape: Job Shadow program.

This is the second semester the program has been offered, giving students access and connections to area employers to help them explore their career field of interest and gain information, knowledge and skills essential for the workplace. Students are placed with professionals in their field of interest with companies participating in the Job Shadow program. The experience is designed to give students an up-close look at the day-to-day operations in various area workplaces.

Eligible students must have a 2.75 grade point average, have completed at least 30 credit hours of course work and be enrolled full time at Southeast. Some companies also require that students be U.S. citizens or permanent residents. Applications are being accepted through Sept. 18. Students may apply online at http://semo.edu/academic-support-centers/outreach/students.html .

Orientations are scheduled for Sept. 26 and 28, with job shadowing to begin in October.

Last year, students with the following majors were paired with professionals in these partnering organizations. This year, the Chamber of Commerce has started early recruitment and will add even more organizations to the list for students to shadow:

Engineering: Buzzi, Manufacturer of Cement

Pre-Medicine/Neurology: Cape Neurological Associates

Mass Communication: TV and Film: KFVS12

Multimedia Journalism: Southeast Missourian

Human Services: Dietetics: Chateau Girardeau

Microbiology and Medical Lab Science: Saint Francis Medical Center

Biology Pre-Physician Assistant: Saint Francis Medical Center

Business Administration: Element 74

TV/Film: KBSI-FOX

Communication: Advertising Minor: BOLD Marketing

Political Science: U.S. Rep. Jason Smith, Chief of Staff

Human Resource Management: City of Cape Girardeau Human Resources Department

Students who participated in the program last spring say they recommend Connect Cape.

Darryeon Bishop, a senior mass communication major, TV and film option, from St. Louis, Missouri, participated in the program last spring, shadowing the Assistant News Director at KFVS12. He said, “learning what each person does in the newsroom and getting the chance to see the work behind the scenes and how it’s done” was extraordinarily beneficial.

Crystal Beckman, a senior biology major, biomedical sciences option, from Highland, Illinois, job shadowed a neurologist at Neurologic of Cape Girardeau.

“My host company truly cared about me learning everything there is to know about neurology, and that was really refreshing,” she said.

For more information on the Connect Cape: Job Shadow program, contact Kei-Shae McCrary in the Academic Support Centers at Southeast Missouri State University at (573) 986-6135 or email jobshadow@semo.edu.