Alex Kaminsky and his host students.

Career Discovery Days

Introduce current Emory students to your industry by hosting them in your workplace for a day or half-day shadowing experience with Career Discovery Days. Students will come prepared with questions, interest, and a desire to learn about your career path. Serving as a Career Discovery Days host is a great way to support current students, build your Emory network, and potentially connect you with future job candidates for your organization. Volunteer today to share your professional experience with students and become an essential part of their Emory education.

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Frequently Asked Questions

Where does the program take place?

Alumni, parent, and friend hosts in Atlanta, Los Angeles, New York City, and Washington DC, are invited to participate.

How are students selected?

Interested students must complete a mandatory training session and application.

How does matching work?

Emory matches hosts with students based on career interests, educational background, and geography. Matches will be shared with students and hosts one month prior to the semester break so that meetings may occur in the following two months either on campus or in the target city.

How will experiences happen?

Students are responsible for reaching out to their match within two business days and scheduling a mutually convenient time for the shadowing experience. Shadowing experiences can be a half day or full day and can include one or several students—and even more than one alumnus! Students provide their own transportation to your work site and will follow your guidance on professional dress and any other requirements for your organization.

What will Emory do to support?

Emory will share guidance on putting together a shadowing experience, advice from career volunteers and personal contact along the way to ensure that this is a great and meaningful experience for you. We will do our best to match you with a student who is interested in your career field. Emory staff will check in with you after the match distributions to see how your shadowing experience has progressed.

Am I guaranteed a match?

Due to the complexities of geography, career interests, etc., it is possible that we might not be able to make a student match for all hosts. Career Discovery Days is hosted each semester, so we will look forward to your future participation in this and other career-related programs.

I am a student, how can I participate?

Find out how to shadow a professional at the Career Center Website.


Registration for Career Discovery Days will take place September 5 – October 11, 2017. Host and student matches will be distributed in early November. Shadowing can take place November through January at your discretion.

We suggest Career Discovery Days in Atlanta to take place November 13 – 17 or November 27 – December 1.

For shadowing outside Atlanta we recommend a date between December 18 – 22 or January 8 – 12.

JaRonda Gumby and Ariana Torres

JaRonda Gumby 05C (left) hosted Ariana Torres 20C (right). A first grade teacher at D.C. Scholars Stanton Elementary, Jaronda says "Emory is very pre-med, law, and business heavy. I'd like to show students that there are other job pathways available to them if they choose not to enter those fields."

Career Discovery Days shadowing example

Pictured at the top, Malcolm Bruni 92C hosted students at Coca-Cola Headquarters in Atlanta. Here is a sample schedule from another host, Michael Kaminsky 89C, of how your own Career Discovery Day might appear.

Success Stories

“Participating in Career Discovery Days is a great opportunity to give back to the Emory community while also promoting your company as an 'employer of choice.' As an alumni host you have the opportunity to invest in a student and plant a seed for success as they grow and develop academically and ultimately professionally. I was able to offer my student a diverse shadowing experience where she had focused time to meet with myself and other colleagues to hear diverse perspectives on careers in our industry. This hopefully enriched the experience for her and gave her good "food for thought" as she navigates declaring a major and choosing a career path.”
—Jodi-Ann Wray 11C, Federal Home Loan Bank of Atlanta
“Each student came well prepared and anxious to learn about my career and job responsibilities. I was extremely impressed with how bright and engaging they each were throughout the day. The experience made me feel a greater connection to Emory and that maybe the day will have a positive impact on each of their ultimate job searches. I wish the program was in existence when I was a student.”
—Michael Kaminsky 89C, Neuberger Berman LLC
“Like his peers at Emory, the student I hosted was engaged, interested and motivated. He’s very bright, has such mature and thoughtful goals, and was an absolute joy for me and my colleagues. Working with interesting, focused individuals helps me have hope for our future and Emory’s ongoing commitment to producing ethical leaders of conscience, equipped to solve society’s most daunting and pressing problems.”
—Robert Lewis 87OX 89C 15B, U.S. Department of Labor, Office of the Solicitor


Questions? Contact the Career Discovery Days team at