Exclusively for first year undergraduate students, the Imperial Work Shadowing Scheme will give you an opportunity to gain an insight into a job role and sector of interest to you. The scheme aims to provide a short but rich experience that will allow you to explore the realities of a certain job function, and question and learn from professionals to help to inform your career plans. 
Work Shadowing Summer 2022  
The Work Shadowing Scheme is moving back to an in-person offer for summer 2022 after a couple of years of being moved online due to COVID-19 restrictions. For some sectors however, it may still not be possible to offer an in-person experience, therefore there will be two work shadowing options for students in the upcoming cycle:  
Work Shadowing Day – an opportunity to experience a physical day in the workplace and observe a job role in action. 
Work Shadowing Conversation - an opportunity to engage in an online one-to-one careers focused conversation with a professional.  
Both options provide an exclusive opportunity to gain a better understanding of the job market, develop insight into a typical day in a certain job role and sector, improve your network, enhance your CV, increase your career confidence and commercial awareness and gain hints and tips that will support your future applications.  

Applications for the summer Work Shadowing Scheme are NOW OPEN to first year undergraduate students. Complete the online application form by 23.59 on Monday 6 June 2022.

If you have any questions, please email workshadowing@imperial.ac.uk.

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How do I apply?

Applications for the Summer Work Shadowing Scheme are NOW OPEN to first year undergraduate students. Complete the online application form by 23.59 on Monday 6 June 2022.

You can view and download the Work Shadowing host profiles on the Work Shadowing Hosts 2022 Directory page.

The online application form will require you to choose up to three Work Shadowing host profiles from across the two directories in order of preference and detail a motivation to be matched to each profile. Work Shadowing places can be competitive with limited places for certain hosts. A strong application will showcase your commitment to your career development and a detailed interest in each chosen mentor profile. 

All applications will be reviewed by the Work Shadowing Team after applications close on Monday 6 June.

Successful applicants will be matched to one of their preferred Work Shadowing host profiles and invited to attend a remote induction event in June.


Work Shadowing Conversation is exclusively available to first year undergraduate students at Imperial College London. We have chosen to be selective for this year group as we appreciate that it can be particularly difficult for first year students to network and gain professional insights. 

Each intake will have set date range (to be announced when applications open) and you will need to ensure you have some availability within this.


Work Shadowing is an unpaid experiential learning experience which gives you the opportunity to observe or converse with a professional in a job role/sector of interest to you. As such you will not be in receipt of a salary for the time spent with an organisation. For students engaging in the in-person Work Shadowing Day, reasonable travel costs and expenses can be paid if you are from a low income background.

Terms and Conditions

Please note we cannot guarantee that every application will result in a work shadowing opportunity. Student/Host matches will be made on the basis of the preferences expressed in the application form and on the strength of the application answer. Where the scheme is over-subscribed priority will be given to students that meet the College’s Widening Participation criteria. If you are unsuccessful in being matched, we would encourage you to consider the Alumni Mentoring Scheme in your second year – applications will open in Autumn 2022. 

If you have any questions about the scheme, please contact workshadowing@imperial.ac.uk.