Business, Finance, Marketing & Management

Job shadow opportunities from Kirkwood in business, finance, marketing, and management can show you how to succeed in these competitive, in-demand roles. Start your application today! You'll learn what it takes to set yourself apart for roles in business accounting, financial services, and management.

How to Apply for Job Shadows

  1. Review the group and individual job shadow opportunities available below and select your top two choices. Note: Your choices can be from two different industry categories.
  2. Review the application instructions.
  3. Start your application.

Group Job Shadows

Group job shadows offer a great introduction to specific business fields and allow you to explore a broad scope of careers within that industry, all in one shadow experience.

Group job shadows are a great option for initial exploration of a specific career or industry. On average, shadows typically last 2-4 hours in duration.

Note: Group job shadows with an asterisk (*) next to them are in-demand jobs in the corridor area, as determined by our area economic development organizations.

*Accounting and Actuary Day: Transamerica, Cedar Rapids - VIRTUAL ONLY

If you are interested in a career in accounting or actuarial science, this group day is for you! Learn about Transamerica from seasoned business professionals as well as from the interns and recent college graduate new staff members. 

*Financial Services Day: True North, Cedar Rapids

Explore careers in finance, accounting, risk management (insurance) and financial planning. This is a great group day if you have a general interest in business and finance, and want to learn more. Held Spring 2021. 

*Public Accounting and Technology Consulting Day: RSM, Cedar Rapids - VIRTUAL ONLY

If you are interested in a career in accounting, cyber security, or IT support you will want to attend this group job shadow. Have the opportunity for candid conversations with employees about their experience at RSM.

Entrepreneurship Day: NewBo Co, Cedar Rapids

Are you interested in becoming an entrepreneur or thinking of starting your own company? Don’t miss this opportunity to spend time with successful local entrepreneurs in the area and learn from the professionals. Participate in 1 Million Cups, tour the facility, and a 1-hour roundtable with entrepreneurs in Cedar Rapids. 

Exploring Entrepreneurship Day: University of Iowa in Coralville - VIRTUAL ONLY

If you are interested in business and/or starting your own company, join us on final presentation day. You will hear from students who have been working to solve real-world problems through innovation and entrepreneurship. We encourage attendees to join us for breakfast, provide written feedback on the pitches, and ask questions afterward.

Come hear the experiences other students have had with us! Then you will get to meet with an entrepreneur and hear real life world experiences and ask questions about owning a small business and e-commerce. This will be virtual in December. 

*Creative Marketing Day: Ruffalo Noel Levitz, Cedar Rapids

Use your creative powers for good! The concept behind art and design is for people to react to your work. Get a positive reaction to a product and - Boom! That’s marketing. Chat with graphic designers, creative writers and web coders at Ruffalo Noel Levitz. Learn how they use their creative abilities to help you make one of the most important decisions of your lives - where to go to college. Held January or February 2021. 

*Creative Marketing Day: Clickstop, Urbana - VIRTUAL ONLY

Check out the creative side of marketing at Clickstop! Learn about careers in graphic design, videography/photography and web development. A leader in e-commerce, you’ll be shown how they live out their core value: ‘Think Big and Make it Happen!’ every day through their unique team culture.

Individual/Small Group Job Shadow Opportunities

Individual/small group shadows allow for a deeper dive into specific careers, shadowing a professional(s) in that field. These small group shadows are perfect for those who are more confident in their career interests and have had some initial exposure to that career.

Shadows may be individualized or include a handful of students, depending on demand. On average, shadows are typically 2-4 hours in duration.

Note: Group job shadows with an asterisk (*) next to them are in-demand jobs in the corridor area, as determined by our area economic development organizations.

Careers to Shadow

  • Administrative Assistant - Provide high-level administrative support by conducting research, preparing statistical reports, handling information requests and performing clerical functions such as preparing correspondence, receiving visitors, arranging conference calls and scheduling meetings. May also train and supervise lower-level clerical staff.
  • *Business Analytics - Combines the skills, technologies, applications and processes used by organizations to gain insight in to their business based on data and statistics to drive business planning.
  • *Real Estate - Rent, buy or sell property for clients. Perform duties such as reviewing property listings, interview prospective clients, accompany clients to property site, discuss conditions of sale and draw up real estate contracts. Includes agents who represent buyer.
  • *Web Designer - Design, create and modify websites. Analyze user needs to implement website content, graphics, performance and capacity. May integrate websites with other computer applications. May convert written, graphic, audio and video components to compatible web formats by using software designed to facilitate the creation of web and multimedia content.