Human Services

Start your path to a career that makes a difference! Human services job shadow opportunities from Kirkwood can show you what it takes to succeed in this challenging but rewarding field. 

Discover the wide variety of careers in the field of human services, such as: teacher, paraeducator, principal, guidance counselor, social worker, substance abuse counselor, lawyer, community outreach worker, police officer, probation officer, firefighter, EMT, chef, lodging manager, and event planner.

How to Apply for Job Shadows

  1. Review the group 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.

Group Job Shadows

Group job shadows offer a great introduction to specific career fields and allow you to explore a broad scope of careers within the highlighted field, all in one shadow experience. Group job shadows are a great option for initial exploration of a specific career or industry. On average, shadows are typically 2-4 hours in duration.

Note: Group job shadows with an asterisk (*) next to them are in-demand jobs in the corridor area, as determined by our area economic development organizations.

Group Shadow Opportunities

Careers in Education Day: Cedar Rapids Educational Leadership and Support Center, Cedar Rapids - VIRTUAL ONLY

Do you like working with children? Want to make a difference? Learn about careers in education including elementary school teacher, middle school teacher, high school teacher, school counselor, special education teacher, and paraeducator. Hear about the daily tasks in their jobs along with the required education.


Child Development Day: University of Iowa Health Care, Iowa City - VIRTUAL ONLY

Interested in learning about the growing field of child development and how these specialists help children cope with their medical experiences? Learn from current graduate students and staff about this important service for children with health issues.

Careers in Cosmetology Day: Capri College, Cedar Rapids

Capri offers advanced Beauty and Wellness training eastern Iowa. Come explore careers in cosmetology. You will learn about hair design, makeup, nails and more.


Hospitality Management Career Day: The Hotel at Kirkwood, Cedar Rapids

Visit Kirkwood’s on-campus luxury 4 Diamond Hotel and learn about all of the professional management careers needed to create great experiences in hotels, resorts, and vacation destinations. Explore the world of hospitality management and see why your generation is finding happiness and success travelling and working all around the globe and right here at home as well. Held Spring 2021.

*Mental Health Career Day: University of Iowa Health Care, Iowa City - VIRTUAL ONLY

Explore career opportunities in this growing field and learn how health involves not only the physical well-being, but also the mental well-being of individuals. You will have the chance to learn about mental health research at UI Hospitals & Clinics and practice your responses to mental health scenarios with experts who work in mental health careers.

FBI Career Day: Cedar Rapids, Iowa City - VIRTUAL ONLY

Investigate how to embark on a career path with the Federal Bureau of Investigation. The FBI hires professionals in several criminal justice specialties, such as special agent, special agent linguist, hostage rescue team member and intelligence analyst.


Legislative Careers Group Job Shadow Day: Kirkwood Regional Center University of Iowa, Coralville - VIRTUAL ONLY

Learn about careers as a legislator, lobbyist, advocate, writer and researcher as regional elected officials and professionals walk students through a role playing exercise of legislative action.