MESA STEM Shadow Day

2022 MESA STEM Shadow Day will be on the Thursday before the Thanksgiving holiday:

Thursday, November 17, 2022

Through the free annual MESA STEM Shadow Day event, college students from San Diego State University, San Diego City College, Southwestern College, and college prep students from San Diego and Imperial Valley counties will have a unique experience to witness the “real world” of work in an engineering or scientific environment.

Industry’s involvement will provide a great opportunity for our up and coming students to “test the waters” in a field of their interest and see first-hand how classroom skills relate to the workplace.  What better way to do that, than observe and work with a professional in action! 

Employers can make a positive impact on the lives of students, our future engineers and scientists, and students can picture themselves in these positions in the near future while creating attainable goals to get there. 

Due to the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, the 2022 MESA STEM Shadow Day hosting method is to be determined (in-person or virtual).

For questions about MESA STEM Shadow Day, please contact Eric Pamintuan ([email protected])

2022 MESA STEM Shadow Day timeline to be determined.

Example timeline from 2021 MESA STEM Shadow Day hosted virtually:

  • Mid-September 2021:  Industry registration opens.
  • Thursday, October 14, 2021:  Industry registration closes.
  • Tuesday, October 19, 2021:  Student registration opens.
  • October 19-November 9, 2021: 
    • Student registrations that are fully completed are matched on a first come, first serve basis.
    • Signed media and/or liability releases, resumes, etc.
  • Tuesday, November 9, 2021:  Student registrations close.
  • November 13-17, 2021:  Student Shadow Day preparation meetings.
  • Thursday, November 18, 2021:  MESA STEM Shadow Day!

Sample agenda for virtual hosting (Industry participants have the flexibility to structure their agenda to best match their respective working environment and student demographics):

5 minutes:  Virtual platform usage guide

10 minutes:  Welcome and introduction to company, group photo via screen capture

20 minutes:  HR information session (internships, new graduates, entry level, special programs, growth opportunities)

5 minutes:  Break

40 minutes:  Virtual tour of facilities, video or slideshow of projects, products, or team case study/project

5 minutes:  Break

35 minutes:  Roundtable/Q&A with mentors, recent graduates, interns, alumni

2022 MESA STEM Shadow Day registration information for industry to be determined.

Registration for the 2021 MESA STEM Shadow Day has closed.

Registration:  To participate in MESA STEM Shadow Day, please register through our Google Form or download, complete, and e-mail back the fillable PDF version.

Registration options:

Online registration:  Google Form

E-mail registration:  Download PDF form

The registration will cover hosting questions, desired student demographic, any eligibility restrictions, documentation requirements, and other logistics.

Student eligibility:  Students recruited to participate include the San Diego MESA Alliance campuses of:  San Diego City College, Southwestern College, San Diego State University, and various middle and high schools in the San Diego and Imperial Valley regions.

Students that register will be matched by the MESA STEM Shadow Day Coordinator based on timestamp, then diversity program affiliation, major/interests, and meeting company eligibility requirements (e.g. age, citizenship).

Meeting links:  The preferred meeting platform for San Diego State University is Zoom.  However, industry participants are welcome to host through another meeting platform.  (e.g. Google Meet, Cisco WebEx, Microsoft Teams, etc.).  Meeting links, meeting passcode, and other pertinent information will be e-mailed to vetted student registrants by the MESA STEM Shadow Day Coordinator.

Sample Forms:

Industry recruitment flyers:  (.JPG)  |  (.PDF)

2022 MESA STEM Shadow Day information for students to be determined.

2021 MESA STEM Shadow Day information for students:

Preparation meeting:  Students will be required to attend a virtual preparation meeting prior to MESA STEM Shadow Day.  Topics include virtual etiquette, required media releases, other documentation, and student expectations.

Registration:  Registration will open for students once industry participants have been confirmed.  Fully completed registrations will then be matched to company on a first come, first serve basis, with students in the MESA program and in diversity student organizations receiving priority.  Matching also encompasses major/interests and meeting company eligibility requirements.

If student schedule permits, students may register for both a morning and afternoon time slot.

Sessions are 2 hours in length.  Students are advised to dedicate availability for the full 2 hours as a precaution.

Student eligibility:  Students recruited to participate include the San Diego MESA Alliance campuses of:  San Diego City College, Southwestern College, San Diego State University, and various middle and high schools in the San Diego and Imperial Valley regions.  Certain companies may have additional eligibility requirements.

Registration deadline:  The registration for certain companies may close earlier than the registration deadline if:

  1. The registration capacity for that company has been reached,
  2. if the company deadline for important clearance documents has passed.

Meeting links:  Meeting platform (e.g. Google Meet, Cisco WebEx, Microsoft Teams, etc.), meeting passcode, and other pertinent information will be e-mailed to vetted student registrants.

Student recruitment flyers:  (.JPG)  |  (.PDF)

2022 MESA STEM Shadow Day participating company information to be determined.

2022 MESA STEM Shadow Day student registration information to be determined.

Registration options:

Student registration for 9-11 am session

Student registration for 2-4 pm session

Photo galleries are hosted through Google Photos.

View past MESA STEM Shadow Day recaps on our San Diego MESA Alliance archives.

2021 Industry Participants

 

 Collins

General Atomics

harris and associates logo

Hologic logo

Miltenyi Biotec

NAVAIR FRCSW logo

NIWC Pacific

Qualcomm logoRaytheon

Rick Engineering Company logo

SDG&E logo

San Diego Regional Water Quality Control Board

Solar Turbines