Indsutry tours and job shadows are great ways to learn more about the types of careers available to you as a CBEE student. In these programs, you can learn about the types of jobs available to you after graduation and what the day-to-day experience is like for real engineers. Try to participate in these programs as early as possible in your program for maximum impact.

Industry Tours

CBEE industry tours are organized by our industry relations coordinator, Josefine Fleetwood.These tours take you to local companies that hire CBEE engineers and allow you to see what a real engineering facility looks like. We generally offer multiple industry tours each term and encourage you to use this opportunity to think about the type of job you want after graduation. Transportation is generally provided.

For a complete list of upcoming industry tours, please visit the CBEE Advising Canvas site or contact Josefine Fleetwood.

Job Shadows

Job shadows are a great way to take a deeper dive into the daily lives of real engineers. CBEE's job shadow program pairs undergraduate students with job shadow experiences related to their interests. 

About the Job Shadow Program

A Job Shadow is a way to gain valuable information about a prospective career. Through observation of an individual employee’s activities during their workday, students can gain exposure to career paths, strengthen their job application for internships and employment opportunities, and build professional skills pertinent to the workforce.

Please see the CBEE Canvas site for the dates of upcoming job shadows. They generally range from a full day to a half day, depending on the sponsor.

This will depend on the sponsor, but activities can include an observation of daily work; informational interviews; meetings within the organization; coffee/lunch with alumnus at the office or worksite; a tour of the organization; hands-on experience; and/or meet-and-greets with current interns and/or college hires. Students will have the opportunity to communicate with their sponsor about what they want out of the job shadow in order to make it as beneficial as possible for both parties.

Job shadow opportunities are primarily available in the Willamette Valley (Portland, Salem, Corvallis, Eugene), with some opportunities located in Washington (Seattle) and Bend.

No. Job shadows are unpaid experiences.

The student is responsible for all expenses. A small amount of funds for students in need will be available on a case by case situation.

Sponsors are CBEE OSU alumni who have graciously donated their time and expertise in order to support the Beaver community.

  • Meet with Josefine Fleetwood to have your materials reviewed.
  • Read through all the listings before you apply; you might see something you hadn’t noticed.
  • Keep an open mind. This is a learning experience!
  • Ask questions; prepare several ahead of time, and ask any questions that come up in the course of your job shadow.
  • Ask for contact information so that you can follow up with your sponsor when you complete your job shadow.