Business, Finance, Marketing & Management

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Job shadow opportunities from Kirkwood in business, finance, marketing, and management can show you how to succeed in these competitive, in-demand roles. Start your application today! You'll learn what it takes to set yourself apart for roles in business accounting, financial services, and management.

How to Apply for Job Shadows

  1. Review the career exploration days and individual job shadow opportunities available below and select your top two choices. Note: Your choices can be from two different industry categories.
  2. Review the application instructions.
  3. Start your application.

Career Exploration Days

Career exploration days offer a great introduction to specific career fields and allow you to explore a broad scope of careers within that industry, all in one shadow experience. Career Exploration Days are a great option for initial exploration of a specific career or industry. On average, shadows are typically two to four hours in duration.

Accounting and IT Day: RSM, Cedar Rapids

If you are interested in accounting, cyber security, coding, networking, IT support, or business analytics, you will want to attend this group job shadow. Tour the office and have the opportunity for candid conversations with employees about their experience at RSM. November 2021. Cap of 40. 

Accounting Day: Transamerica, Cedar Rapids

If you are interested in a career in accounting, this group day is for you! Learn about Transamerica and a career in accounting from seasoned business professionals as well as from interns and recent college graduate new staff members. December 2021.

Business Careers at Veridian Credit Union: VIRTUAL ONLY

Veridian Credit Union goes the extra mile to make sure employees feel like they belong and is consistently voted a top workplace. Christal, a Recruiter who helps with hiring for Veridian, will answer any questions you may have and share what jobs are available within the credit union. Explore retail branch positions (teller, loan officer and branch manager); in addition to a career path in web services, IT, legal, learning & development, human resources, marketing, and so much more.

Business & IT Careers in Transportation and Logistics:  Don Hummer Trucking, Cedar Rapids

Students with an interest in information technology, marketing, human resources or operations can visit our corporate office in Cedar Rapids, IA.  Discussions with dispatchers, customer service representatives, recruiters and IT professionals would be included along with a tour of the facility.  Cap of 10.

Business and Warehouse Logistics Day: Van Meter Inc., Cedar Rapids

Do you enjoy solving problems, servicing customers, and working with fellow owners?  Explore the growing fields of supply chain and warehouse logistics while learning how Van Meter’s culture and employee-owner experience makes it a fun place to work! Join the team for a tour of the facility and meet with operations staff to learn about a variety of careers such as traveling construction coordinator, commodities team member, driver, and more. Cap of 20.

Entrepreneurship Day: NewBo Co, Cedar Rapids

Are you interested in becoming an entrepreneur or thinking of starting your own company? Don’t miss this opportunity to spend time with successful local entrepreneurs in the area and learn from the professionals. Tour the facility and participate in 1 Million Cups and a 1-hour roundtable with entrepreneurs in Cedar Rapids.

Exploring Entrepreneurship Day: University of Iowa in Coralville 

If you are interested in business and/or starting your own company, join us on final presentation day. You will hear from students who have been working to solve real-world problems through innovation and entrepreneurship. We encourage attendees to join us for breakfast, provide written feedback on the pitches, and ask questions afterward. Come hear the experiences other students have had with us! Then you will get to meet with an entrepreneur and hear real life experiences and ask questions about owning a small business and e-commerce. December 2021.

Creative Marketing Day: Clickstop, Urbana - VIRTUAL ONLY

Check out the creative side of marketing at Clickstop! Learn about careers in graphic design, videography/photography and web development. A leader in e-commerce, you’ll be shown how they live out their core value: ‘Think Big and Make it Happen!’ every day through their unique team culture. 

Creative Marketing Day: Ruffalo Noel Levitz, Cedar Rapids- VIRTUAL ONLY

Use your creative powers for good! The concept behind art and design is for people to react to your work. Get a positive reaction to a product and - Boom! That’s marketing. Chat with graphic designers, creative writers and web coders at Ruffalo Noel Levitz. Learn how they use their creative abilities to help you make one of the most important decisions of your lives - where to go to college. February or March 2022.


Individual/Small Group Job Shadow Opportunities

Individual/small group shadows allow for a deeper dive into specific careers, shadowing a professional(s) in that field. These small group shadows are perfect for those who are more confident in their career interests and have had some initial exposure to that career.

Job shadows may be individualized or include a handful of students, depending on demand. On average, shadows are typically 2 – 4 hours in duration.

Careers to Shadow


Analyze financial information and prepare financial reports to determine or maintain records of assets, liabilities, profit and loss, tax liability or other financial activities within an organization.

Administrative Assistant

Provide high-level administrative support by conducting research, preparing statistical reports, handling information requests and performing clerical functions such as preparing correspondence, receiving visitors, arranging conference calls and scheduling meetings. May also train and supervise lower-level clerical staff.


Advise clients on financial plans using knowledge of tax and investment strategies, securities, insurance, pension plans and real estate. Duties include assessing client assets, liabilities, cash flow, insurance coverage, tax status and financial objectives.

Business Analytics

Combines the skills, technologies, applications and processes used by organizations to gain insight into their business based on data and statistics to drive business planning.

Entrepreneur - Small Business Owner

An entrepreneur is an individual who creates a new business, bearing most of the risks and enjoying most of the rewards. As a business owner you can spend almost half of your time dealing with administrative and non-revenue-generating tasks.

Human Resources

People with these jobs recruit, interview, train and support employees of an organization.


Plan, direct or coordinate marketing policies and programs such as determining the demand for products and services offered by a firm and its competitors and identify potential customers. Develop pricing strategies with the goal of maximizing the firm's profits or share of the market while ensuring the firm's customers are satisfied. Oversee product development or monitor trends that indicate the need for new products and services.

Real Estate

Rent, buy or sell property for clients. Perform duties such as reviewing property listings, interview prospective clients, accompany clients to property site, discuss conditions of sale and draw up real estate contracts. Includes agents who represent buyer.

Retail - Sales and Management

Sell merchandise, such as furniture, motor vehicles, appliances, or apparel to consumers. Can include management of a retail location.