You can apply for opportunities through the Student Center - Center for Career Development - Winter Break Opportunities.

Applications are due October 31 by 11:59 p.m.

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See what students have to say about their experience. Students Comments on the value of Job Shadowing.


Job Shadowing:

Pat Bryan ‘1977, P‘2015, Senate Legal Counsel, U.S. Senate   (Location: Washington, DC)  Shadow Description: The office appears in court on behalf of, and provides advice to, Senators, staff, Committees, and Senate officers on a wide variety of issues ranging from constitutional issues (recess appointments, executive privilege, etc.) to constituent and administrative matters. The shadowing day experience will greatly depend on what is happening at that time. If the Senate is in session there may be an opportunity to watch the floor, or to sit in on a Committee hearing. At present we do not have any court hearings scheduled during that time. It may also be possible to sit in on meetings on issues on which the office is providing advice that may or may not be interesting; of course, attendance will depend on the willingness of our clients to allow a student to sit in. Potential for Kelly McGrath '15 to be a part of the day, if her schedule permits.

Cheryl CascianoP‘2021, Business Outreach Consultant, NJ Dept of Labor & Workforce Development, Division of Vocational Rehabilitation Services (Location: Trenton, NJ)  Shadow Description: Students will meet with representatives of various government agencies, including the NJ Division of Vocational Rehabilitation(DVR), Mercer County One Stop Career Center and Federal Job Corps. At DVR, students will gain a thorough understanding of services provided to individuals with disabilities, the range of disabilities seen by our staff and the barriers to employment posed by these disabling conditions. Students will learn about the daily operations of a government service provider and how DVR works with local companies and large corporations to increase employment outcomes for job seekers with disabilities. Students will gain insight into the vocational guidance and counseling process and hear about the tools DVR counselors use to be more effective in their jobs.

Dr. Christine Densmore ‘1986, Veterinary Medical Officer, U.S. Geological Survey - Leestown Science Center (Location: Kearneysville, WV)  Shadow Description: I am a veterinarian working in the field of aquatic animal disease research with the federal government. I work side by side with scientists with backgrounds in microbiology, molecular biology, and fisheries biology to investigate diseases and research other health related problems that affect wild animals in aquatic environments. Our team could show you the type of work we do on a daily basis and discuss some of our research projects and how they relate to our mission of protecting our Nation's natural resources. This laboratory is located in the Eastern panhandle of West Virginia near Shepherdstown, WV. We are slightly under a 1.5 hour drive from Gettysburg College.

Timothy Quinn P‘2019, Chief Information Officer, U.S. Geological Survey (Location: Reston, VA)  Shadow Description: Depending upon the interest of the student we could provide a variety of opportunities that occur at the USGS national headquarters. These include: Information Technology, Data Science and Modeling, Water Science, Chemistry, Geo Science, Hazards (volcano and earthquake) Science and Monitoring, Ecosystems Management, and Office of Communications.

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