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Career Placements

Explore potential careers through job shadowing

Learn about careers that interest you by spending time with professionals

Career Placements are unpaid job shadow experiences that provide exposure to various occupations/professions in preparation for future careers.

You will spend 2-4 hours per week for 4-6 weeks shadowing professionals at a host organization.

Career Placements are an opportunity to:

  • meet professionals that currently work in a field of interest;
  • expand your knowledge about career options within a particular field;
  • make more informed decisions about whether a job is "right" for you;
  • see first-hand how your classroom learning applies to work-related settings,
  • expand your network of contacts; and,
  • build your resume.

Career Placement information & forms

When you are thinking about participating in a learning experience, it is important to consider what skills you have the potential to exercise. Learn about the skills that can be utilized or developed by participating a Career Placement.

Did you know that completion of SOCSCI 2EL0 is not required to participate in a Career Placement?


What do you do in a Career Placement?

photo of Zach Hartley

Zach Hartley


"My EE experience with the Hamilton Police Service opened my mind to the various careers that exist within policing, and I am excited to explore the opportunities in counselling for victims and officers through my degree in Sociology."

Some of the things you may be doing include:

  • touring the work space;
  • shadowing the person while they complete work tasks;
  • sitting in on meetings and other work-related events/activities;
  • conducting 'information interviews' where you will be able to ask questions related to the role or field (e.g. relating to the education required, typical work hours,  work/life balance etc.); and,
  • meeting other staff within the area.

2019-2020 Career Placements

There is no limit to the number of Career Placement opportunities that a student can apply to and participate in within an academic year (provided the student is able to attend, in full, all placement dates).

Each placement has specific dates, times and other details as requested by the host agency/organization.  Please ensure that you read the information sheet for each Career Placement prior to submitting your application.  This will help to ensure that you are aware of unique characteristics of the placement as well as general information pertaining to the required statement of interest.

All Career Placement Applications must be submitted to KTH 129 prior to 4:00pm on the deadline date stated on the Application Form. 

Career Field/Organization

Number of Placements Available Application Deadline Date

Application Documents

Government and Finance
Canada Revenue Agency
8-10 September 11, 2019

Application Closed

Human Resources
McMaster University

9 November 15, 2019

Application Closed

It is the applicant's sole responsibility to ensure they meet all eligibility criteria, that applications are complete and that all information is accurate.

NOTE: It is strongly recommended that all students completing a Career Placement complete the following McMaster University health and safety training modules: Ergonomics, Office WHMIS, Slips, Trips and Falls and Violence and Harassment.  *Completion of training is NOT required to apply for a placement.

Please note that any and all information provided in any application to Experiential Education, including supporting documentation, may be subject to clarification and/or verification for authenticity and accuracy.


I don’t have related experience. Should I still apply for a Career Placement?
Yes.  One of the goals of a Career Placement is to provide experience and learning about a particular career field.  Previous experience is not required.

What is the career host looking for when selecting a successful applicant?
The host agency typically looks for a well-articulated statement of interest where the student is able to identify why they are interested in the placement, how it might fit within their course of study and what the anticipated benefits are (to the student).  They may also look for things that indicate that the student understands what the agency does, or what their overall organizational goals are.  Also – spelling and grammar are important!

To find out more about any of the current opportunities, please contact: