JA Job Shadow

JA Job Shadow, a classroom and site-based program, prepares high school students to be entrepreneurial thinkers and encourages them to develop personal strategies to pursue lifelong learning and career opportunities. Through one day, on-site experiences, students learn practical business skills such as dressing and speaking professionally, being on time, working as part of a team, and providing effective customer service. These real world skills are enhanced with classroom lessons and follow-up activities.

Student Benefits
Through the site visit, students learn real-world learning skills such as:

  • Dressing and speaking professionally
  • Being on time and prepared to work
  • Problem solving
  • Working as part of a team
  • Using phone calls and email in a work environment
  • Providing effective, positive customer service
  • Analyzing and interpreting information
  • Brainstorming, critical thinking and goal setting
  • Oral and written communication, public speaking

Instructional materials are available online and include detailed activity plans for the site coordinator, students, and teacher. Learn more about the job shadow events hosted by our corporate partners.

JA Job Shadow Resources

Program Brief and Kit Description
Detailed program summary
Program completion certificate (customizable)
Read how JA Job Shadow correlates to Minnesota Academic Standards.


The following is a sample schedule for a company site visit. Schedules are customizable based on the company’s needs:

Introduction20 minutes
Human Resources Presentation40 minutes
Challenge One45 minutes
Challenge Two35 minutes
Challenge Three50 minutes
Working Lunch45 minutes
Student Testimonials

I was surprised at the passion and drive to succeed. You’ll never get to do what you want in life if you do not work hard.”

My host opened my eyes to new opportunities. It was great!”

It was an awesome experience – from basic fundamentals to lasting advice, I feel this was a gratifying privilege.”

I want to thank everyone for working with us during the job shadowing and for teaching us a lot about life.”

If you’d like to give your students this real-world opportunity, or if your company would like to sponsor a JA Job Shadow experience, please contact Liz Guimont at 651-255-0058 or lizg@jaum.org.