Panther Shadow

Panther Shadow

The Panther Shadow Program is a job shadow experience, comprised of 5-15 students visiting a specific employer at their headquarters or designated facility.  It was designed to provide groups of students with exposure and knowledge of a company or organization that they are interested in pursuing.


It takes place during the academic year between September and April, and has a regional focus, working with companies and organizations that have a headquarters or strong presence in the Western Pennsylvania area. To find a list of upcoming Panther Shadow Visits, go to your Pitt Portal and click on FutureLinks (located on the right hand side menu). Once in FutureLinks, click on the “Events” tab and then the “Workshops” tab to see upcoming visits.


Typically, these site visits include:

  • An information session with Human Resource representatives to learn about the history and culture of the company or organization
  • Discussion panels and networking opportunities with employees, ranging from upper management to entry level positions, oftentimes including Pitt alumni
  • A tour of the work environment or one-on-one interaction, when possible
  • Insight into potential jobs and internships, as well as how to pursue opportunities and how to stand out as an applicant


In addition, students may have the opportunity to participate in activities or small projects, in order to develop a greater sense of the tasks and responsibilities associated with certain professions.

Recent participants

  • Giant Eagle
  • Dollar Bank
  • American Eagle
  • BNY Mellon
  • U.S. Steel
  • Brunner
  • The Bradley Center
  • MAYA Design
  • UPMC
  • Consol Energy
  • Glade Run Lutheran Services

Shadow in Your City


Shadow in Your City is a component of the Panther Shadow Program, working with companies and organizations in Washington D.C., Philadelphia, PA, and New York, NY.


The Shadow in Your City program was a recent finalist for the 2014 Career Services Excellence NACE Award. NACE’s Excellence Awards is a national competition and recognizes the outstanding achievements of college career services and HR professionals. The program was chosen as a finalist based on program need/objectives, relevance to target market, integration, design and use of medium, creativity, innovation, measurable outcomes, and ease of replication.


Recent participants include:

  • U.S. Chamber of Commerce
  • Peace Corps
  • Sunoco
  • National Institutes of Health
  • Vanguard Group
  • Macy’s
  • Google
  • Sony Music
  • CBS

These experiences are offered during the University of Pittsburgh’s winter and summer breaks, based on availability.