MESA STEM Shadow Day

2020 MESA STEM Shadow Day will be on the Thursday before the Thanksgiving holiday:

Thursday, November 19, 2020.

Through the San Diego MESA Alliance, pre-college and college students 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; future engineers and scientists!  Through this program, students can picture themselves in these positions; in the near future and can also create goals to get there. 

Though the annual MESA STEM Shadow Day is normally in-person, due to the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, the 2020 MESA STEM Shadow Day will be completely virtual, with industry and faculty particpants able to participate in either or both a morning session (9:00 am - 12:00 pm PST) or afternoon session (1:30 - 4:30 pm PST).

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

10 minutes:  Virtual platform usage guide

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

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

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

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

 

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

  • 2019 photo gallery
  • 2018 photo gallery
  • 2017 photo gallery
  • 2016 photo gallery
  • 2015 photo gallery

Photo galleries are hosted through Google Photos.

Registration:  To participate in MESA STEM Shadow Day, please register through our Google 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.

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 Media Release Form:  The MESA STEM Shadow Day Coordinator can obtain signature routing via Adobe EchoSign.

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

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.

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, with MESA program students having priority.

Registration deadline:  The registration for certain companies may close before the stated deadline if the registration for that company has reached capacity.

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

Timeline

  • Mid-September:  Industry registration opens
  • October 15 (Thursday):  Industry registration closes
  • Late-October:  Student registration opens
  • November:  Student registration deadline varies depending on company participant
  • November:  Virtual etiquette seminar and student expectations meeting
  • November:  Signed media and/or liability releases deadline varies depending on company participant
  • November 19 (Thursday):  MESA STEM Shadow Day!