As part of our first-ever Job Shadow Day, 37 IIT Boeing Scholars spent their Presidents’ Day exploring careers at 11 different sites!

Many thanks to our amazing hosts, each of which took their own unique approach to the event: Boeing Company, Chicago International Charter Schools, Institute for Food Safety and Health (IIT), kCura Corporation, Landon Bone Baker Architects, Little Village Environmental Justice Organization, Motorola Solutions, Narrative Science, Navistar, Inc., Transco Products, Inc., and University of Chicago (various labs). Readdescriptions of each opportunity offered here, and see the post below for photos of Scholars in action!

Jonnathan (back right) gets a sneak peek inside the firm Landon Bone Baker Architects. Special thanks to primary LBBA hosts Terran Wilson and IIT alum Victor Jimenez (back left)!


At tech start-up Narrative Science, Scholars Sandra, Simone, and Briana learn how computer scientists like Nate Nichols (right) and editors like Ambika Seshadri (far right) teach computers how to write (er, turn data into stories)!


Scholars Andrea and Tim discover the wide world of data and data analysis with Christine Poindexter-Harris (center), Chief Data Analyst for the Chicago International Charter School (CICS) network.


What’s YOUR office culture? Leroy enjoys a scooter ride through kCura Corporation and Jia Jia hangs out with the CEO (sort of).


Host Nick Hawkins (right) welcomes Scholars Aaron and Darryl to Transco Products, Inc., which designs, manufactures, and installs thermal insulation for nuclear power plants in the United States and throughout the world.


Imani and Elisa spend their day “off the beaten path” with the Little Village Environmental Justice Organization—learning about community activism and taking a “toxic tour” with LVEJO staff (don’t worry; those rails are dead and disconnected).


Thanks to hosts Maria Realzola (left) and Rogelio Botello (right), Scholars Krystina, Karol, and Kenneth were able to engage with engineers who build and test products for Motorola Solutions.


Thanks to all of our wonderful hosts for taking time out of their busy schedules to share their work with us! Contact if you are interested in hosting Scholars for a future job shadow opportunity.

First-ever Job Shadow Day!