Gaucho Job Shadow Program

The Gaucho Job Shadow Program pairs students with professionals in Santa Barbara, Los Angeles, Orange County and the Bay Area for an opportunity to spend a half-day or one full day in the workplace during Spring Break.

This involves shadowing a professional through a normal day’s activities and may include informational interviews, a tour of the facility, and participation in actual workplace projects. This experience is a great way for students to get an insider’s view of a position and an organization while gaining professional skills to get career ready and expand their network.

The UCSB Job Shadow Program is NOT a paid experience. Students are responsible for their own transportation to and from the host site, their attire, as well as their lunch during the Job Shadow Program.

Student Application Submission Period
February 4 - February 15, 2019 

Starting on February 4th you will be able to review all available Job Shadow experiences in Handshake. From the Jobs Tab  select "Experiential Learning" as the Job Type. All job shadow job titles should begin with the words "Gaucho Job Shadow Program." Follow the directions in the job description on how to apply. 

Note: You will be asked to rank your top three job shadow options during the application process, however, you are not guaranteed a placement. When choosing your top three choices, please make sure that the dates of your choices are dates you are available during Spring Break 2019.

Please have a resume ready for uplaod. We recommend that you get your resume critiqued during drop-in hours from M-F, 11am-4pm at Career Services.

Student Acceptance & Orientations:
March 4 - March 8th, 2019

You will be notified via email no later than March 1st about your match and will be REQUIRED to attend an orientation session at Career Services. At this orientation, you will receive your match details and further instructions on how to move forward. This orientation is mandatory to participate in the program. Below are the orientation dates, save one of the following dates on your calendar now!

-Monday, March 4, 12:00-1:00pm
-Tuesday, March 5, 5:00-6:00pm
-Wednesday, March 6, 6:00-7:00pm
-Thursday, March 7, 4:00-5:00pm

Program Run Dates:
March 25 – 29, 2019

Questions? Review the FAQs below. For additional information contact: Amanda Asquith and Leticia Cardenas at

GJSP Scholarship Eligibility
Studnets that are accepted in the Gaucho Job Shadow Program (GJSP) are automatically considered for a $250 scholarship opportunity through the Office of Financial Aid & Scholarships (OFAS).  No additional application is required outside of accepting the opportunity and attending the GJSP orientation through Career Services.

This scholarship is to help students meet the additional costs associated with shadowing off-campus employers such as travel expenses, meals and business attire.

Students are required to have sufficient financial need to receive this scholarship as determined by the Financial Aid Office.  A student's current academic year financial aid package may be adjusted to accommodate the additional financial resource by decreasing alternative types of financial aid such as Work-Study or Loan eligibility.  If any adjustment is made to a student's financial aid record, the student will receive an email notification from OFAS.

If a student does not have sufficient financial need to accommodate the scholarship, the student will not be eligible to receive the scholarship.

Scholarship recipients will see funds disburse to their BARC account by the end of the Program for winter quarter.

Questions: For any GJSP Scholarship questions, please email Stephen Eyherabide at!


Who are the sponsors?

Job Shadow sponsors are local, LA County, and Bay Area companies and alumni who would like to forge a bond with the Gaucho community.

How long is the job shadow experience?

The job shadow program will take place during Spring Break and will typically run for a half-day or one day. Students must commit to the dates and duration indicated on the description.

Who is eligible to apply?

All currently enrolled students are eligible to apply for a job shadow experience, however, priority will be given to freshman, sophomores, and first year transfer students.

Students who identify as belonging to any population that may experience limited access to experiential opportunities are highly encouraged to apply.

Applicants are encouraged to get their resumes critiqued during Career Services drop-in hours in the Career Resource Room.

What is the selection/matching process?

Matches are made by UCSB Career Services staff and are based on student's career interests and availability.

How do I apply?

During the student application submission period (see above), you will be able to review all available Job Shadow experiences in Handshake. From the Jobs Tab select "Experiential Learning" as the Job Type. All job shadow job titles should begin with the words "Gaucho Job Shadow Program." Follow the directions in the job description on how to apply. 

Click here for more information about Handshake and instructions on how to log-in.

What if I cannot or are no longer interested in participating in the Job Shadow Program after I am selected?

Once a student is selected, they must follow through with the experience. Students must commit to the length and dates indicated in the posting or agreed upon with the sponsor. Students who decline, cancel, or no-show to an experience will not be allowed to reapply and will not be rematched to another opportunity during that year's program.

If an emergency arises and you absolutely cannot participate please email or call 805-893-4412.