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Work Shadowing

Work Shadowing Week

Organisations may host up to 10 students for one day of work shadowing. Work shadowing differs from internships and placements as it’s informal and unpaid and lasts for only one day. The purpose is to get an insight rather than to gain hands-on practical experience.

Benefits of Work Shadowing Week

Benefits to students: Bringing a job to life and helping them to decide if a particular career is right for them, work shadowing gives students the opportunity to observe professionals in the workplace.

Benefits to Employers: This is an opportunity to increase your brand profile on campus and to expose students to your company values. It offers graduate recruiters an early insight into student motivations and priorities when it comes to career planning and what they are looking for in a graduate role.


students at PwC office space during work shadowing week
Our popular Work Shadowing Week will return in 2025

Work Shadowing Week for is scheduled for 14 – 17 April 2025

During Queen's Work Shadowing Week, up to 10 students can spend a day in participating organisations to get an insight into an organisation and sector and observe professionals in practice.  

The objective is for you to gain very important real life organisation insights into work and have the chance to engage in meaningful conversations and observations in a workplace setting.

The Work Shadowing day itself will involve, but not be limited to: a facilities/site tour, opportunity to ask questions of the team, to include lunch and observe some work in action.

Details of companies involved and the dates of the opportunities you can apply to take part in during Work Shadowing Week will be found on our career management tool MyFuture at the start of semester 2 in the 2024-2025 academic year.


Companies That Took Part in Work Shadowing Week 2024

Alchemy Technology Services

Almac Group


Andor Technology

ASM (B) Ltd

Baker McKenzie


Endeavour Information Solutions


Fitzwilliam Hotel

GMcG Chartered Accountants

Hastings Hotels


Linen Mill Studios / Game of Thrones Studio Tour

McQuillan Companies

Queen's University Officers' Training Corps


Terex GBS

Tourism NI

University Royal Naval Unit Belfast

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a group of students standing together holding goodie bags at work shadowing week
What our Students have to say about Work Shadowing Week

Past participants on their experience of Work Shadowing Week

  • “It helped me realise how the theoretical knowledge I have learned on my course can be applied in the work place.”
  • “Great getting to see everything and all departments. All staff were so nice and friendly. Made us feel welcomed and plenty of opportunities to ask questions. “
  • “The work shadowing day was very informative as we had a tour of the factory which highlighted the wide variety of job roles available. “
  • “This experience was amazing. I got to see first-hand business insights, the social media side of things and just got to meet and collaborate with the marketing team in general.“
  • "A unique insight into the work of many different departments in the business, and importantly, the opportunity to speak to many different professionals."
  • "Very beneficial to learn more about the different accounting departments and life working in an accounting firm, and this experience will help me when making career decisions in the future."

Some images from the previous Work Shadowing Week