Information Solutions

Job shadow opportunities from Kirkwood in the information solutions field can show you the wide variety of careers available in this field. 

Put yourself on the path to achieving your goals. Learn about roles such as software developer, graphic designer, interior designer, computer user support specialist, journalist, web designer and developer, and photographer/videographer.

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 that industry, 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.

*Architecture and Interior Design Day: Martin Gardner Architecture, Marion

Do you like Art or Science? Solving problems or using technology such as Virtual Reality? Working outdoors or making a positive impact on the community? If so, this job shadow is for you! Explore architecture and design careers including architect, landscape architect, digital media manager, and interior designer.

*Exploring IT Day: Infrastructure Technology Solutions, Monticello

Join Infrastructure Technology Solutions (ITS) for an overview of careers, facility tour, and workforce needs. Featured roles and topics include: IT security – products and tools for monitoring and managing machines and users; CTO/CIO – Methods of performing CTO/CIO duties as a contracted partner and as an internal employee; physical security – video surveillance and door access control – products, technologies and integrations; network engineering and Installation, with an emphasis on network security; software engineering, APIs and the Internet of Things; computer repairs/hardware, Business Development Roles; office manager and technical sales, performing standard business roles within a high-tech environment. Cap of 20 students.


Exploring IT Day: VIRTUAL ONLY

Discover careers in information technology. Learn about a sampling of IT careers possibly including image processing, data infrastructure, mobile app development, game development, software development and embedded systems


*Healthcare Information Technology Day: Radiology Consultants of Iowa, Cedar Rapids

Do you love modern technology and wish to be part of the greatest period of healthcare transformation in history? Join us for a day at our state-of-the-art imaging center which is the heart of Iowa’s largest radiology practice. See how information technology enables improved workflow, efficiency, and quality across the entire healthcare spectrum. Discover the ways in which we use technology to deliver our service to hospitals and clinics across the state of Iowa. Interacting with our experienced and knowledgeable information technology staff you’ll get a feel for what it’s like to work in this highly in demand and rewarding profession.

*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 ThankNoel 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. Held February or March 2021.


Event Planning and Marketing Day: Freedom Festival Offices, Cedar Rapids

Go behind the scenes of one of Cedar Rapids’ largest community celebrations during a job shadow with the Freedom Festival staff. Typically, the Festival produces over 20 events which collectively gathers over 400,000 in attendance, but planning large scale events safely in a world with COVID brings unique challenges! Learn how the Festival is planning, marketing, and producing events differently in 2021! If your career interests include; Event Planning, Marketing, Advertising, Graphic Design, and Community Outreach this is the job shadow for you. Cap of 20 students.


*Sign Language and World Languages Careers: Hands Up Communications, Cedar Rapids

Do you love learning languages and helping others achieve their goals? Explore careers in sign language interpreting, spoken language interpreting, and translating, and find out what makes Hands Up Communications one of the “Coolest Places to Work” in the Corridor. Check out their website and video. “A Hello in a language you know helps everyone feel a sense of belonging.”


TV News/Weather Day: Iowa's News Now (KGAN-TV), Cedar Rapids

Lights, camera, action! It’s not a movie, but it’s your local news. See behind the scenes of a newscast and how news stories are written, how breaking news is handled, and how weather is forecasted and presented on TV. This job shadow will teach you about the fast paced world of TV broadcasting. Anchors and meteorologists from Iowa’s News Now will show you everything you need to know about the world of live TV news.