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Students can shadow during break

February 1, 2010

Students staying in East Lansing for spring break could use the opportunity to get a head start on their future careers.

The MSU Spring Break Job Shadow program allows students to gain experience by shadowing others working during the break said Paul Jaques, an internship developer for MSU Career Services Network who organized the program.

For either a half or full day, students can shadow professionals in various careers, Jaques said.

Registration for the program begins Feb. 23, and last year every student who applied was able to spend time at a participating business in Michigan or Chicago, Jaques said.

If a student is unsure about his or her career, the program could be a very good chance to test the waters, Jaques said.

“(We want to) open up their eyes to exactly where they want to intern and where they want to land their full-time job,” he said. “They may think they know what they want to do exactly, but they shadow with someone and find out ‘Maybe I want to something else,’ or, ‘Maybe I thought I want to do this, but I (don’t) want to do this.’”

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