Shadow Day


Teens on the Job Shadow Day is a career exploration field trip available to 10th graders through a multi-part application process.


The Longwood School-to-Career Coordinator works in conjunction with the Mentoring Partnership of Long Island to place twenty pairs of students into participating places of employment on Shadow Day which occurs the first week of February each year.




  1. Students can obtain a letter of instruction in October from the School-to-Career Office.  This letter outlines the step-by-step process students must follow in order to apply to participate in Shadow Day.  Students should listen to the morning announcements to find out when this letter becomes available.


  1. In November, students who have completed the first part of the application process by submitting an Interest Survey and a signed Dress and Conduct code must visit the School-to-Career Office to receive a newspaper of “Classified Ads” written by the participating employers.  Students are encouraged to submit an application indicating their top three choices of employers for Shadow Day.  The first twenty applications submitted will then be sent to the Mentoring Partnership of Long Island for potential placement*.


*Placement with an employer for Shadow Day is done by the Mentoring Partnership of Long Island. The Longwood School-to-Career Coordinator serves as a liaison between students and the Mentoring Partnership.


  1. Students should listen to the morning announcements and visit the School-to-Career Office in early January to find out if they have been placed by the Mentoring Partnership of Long Island.  Students who have not been placed will be given an opportunity to apply to the list of remaining employers on a first come, first served basis.  These applications will be submitted to the Mentoring Partnership for potential placement, again on a first come, first served basis in competition with other participating schools*.


*It is important to keep in mind that this program is available to schools across Long Island, and placement is highly competitive.  Over 1,200 students participate each year and are placed in over 500 businesses across Long Island. 


  1. On Shadow Day, students are expected to come dressed appropriately for their job placement or they will be unable to participate in the event.  Additionally, students are expected to have turned in a permission form prior to attending.  Students are also reminded that their behavior is a reflection of Longwood Central School District and should behave appropriately both on the bus and at the job site.


  1. Following Shadow Day, students are expected to fill out an Evaluation* and write a thank you letter* to the participating employer. 

*The Evaluation and a sample thank you letter will be given to each student on Shadow Day.  Students will be given the opportunity during their lunch or study hall period to type their letter in the School-to-Career Office where they may receive assistance.

See the Work Experience Coordinator in the Post-Secondary Planning Office or call 345-9294 for more information.

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