Information Solutions

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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 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.

Architecture and Interior Design Day: Martin Gardner Architecture, Marion- VIRTUAL ONLY

Do you like Art or Science?  Do you like solving problems or using technology such as virtual reality? Do you like 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.


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.


Exploring the Arts Career Day: VIRTUAL ONLY 

Discover more about Arts-based careers.  Meet and learn from professionals who work in the following fields - performance arts, studio arts, interior design, museum curation, and/or film arts.


Media/Event Production Day: Wired Production Group, Cedar Rapids

Have you ever wondered who is behind the giant video screens and great sound of an outdoor concert or event?  If your interests are in audio, video production/editing, staging, lighting, media or event planning and production, this group job shadow is a great fit for you. You will learn about the high demand careers in this exciting field of live event management and production hosted by local industry expert Wired Production Group. December 2021. Cap of 12.


Photography and Videography Career Exploration: VIRTUAL ONLY

If you're interested in photography, videography, and photojournalism, consider this job shadow.  Meet and learn from professionals in these career fields.


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.

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.

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. 

 

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 securityvideo 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.

 

Exploring IT Day:  VIRTUAL ONLY

Discover careers in information technology. Learn about a sampling of IT careers possibly including data infrastructure, application development, software development, AI/Robotics, and embedded systems.

 

Healthcare Information Technology and Radiology Career 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.  Learn about the many careers in radiology such as radiologist, radiology technologist, and CT technologist.  You will be provided a tour of the imaging center and have the opportunity to talk to individuals in all of these careers!

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

Broadcaster - Radio

Speak or read from scripted materials such as news reports or commercial messages on radio or television. May announce artist or title of performance, identify station or interview guests.


Broadcaster - TV

Speak or read from scripted materials such as news reports or commercial messages on radio or television. May announce artist or title of performance, identify station or interview guests.


Computer Support Specialist

Provide help and advice to computer users and organizations. Either support computer networks or provide technical assistance directly to computer users.


Computer Technician/Repair

Set up, maintain and repair computer systems. Troubleshoot hardware problems and install new equipment. Ensure that company employees have up-to-date hardware and software to complete their jobs properly. May also be responsible for helping company employees learn how to use software programs and hardware.


Costume Designer

Select, fit and take care of costumes for cast members and aid entertainers. May assist with multiple costume changes during performances.


Graphic Designer

Design or create graphics to meet specific commercial or promotional needs such as packaging, displays or logos. May use a variety of mediums to achieve artistic or decorative effects.


Interior Designer

Plan, design and furnish interiors of residential, commercial or industrial buildings. Formulate a design which is practical, aesthetic and conducive to intended purposes such as raising productivity, selling merchandise or improving lifestyle. May specialize in a particular field, style or phase of interior design.


Journalist - Newspaper

Collect and analyze facts about newsworthy events through interview, investigation or observation. Report and write stories for newspaper, news magazine, radio or television.


Museum Curator

Administer collections such as artwork, collectibles, historic items or scientific specimens of museums or other institutions. May conduct instructional, research or public service activities.


Photographer

Photograph people, landscapes, merchandise or other subjects using digital or film cameras and equipment. May develop negatives or use computer software to produce finished images and prints. Includes scientific photographers, aerial photographers and photojournalists.


Sign Language Interpreter

Interpret oral or sign language, or translate written text from one language into another.


Software Developer

Software developers create the computer applications that allow users to do specific tasks and the underlying systems that run the devices or control networks. Software developers don’t just write code, they also have an understanding of the broad scope of the project or product. Developers think through all aspects of functionality, end-user engagement and security.


Video Specialist/Production

Set up an/or operate audio and video equipment including microphones, sound speakers, video screens, projectors, video monitors, recording equipment by connecting wires and cables for sound, mixing boards and related electronic equipment.


Web Designer

Design, create and modify websites. Analyze user needs to implement website content, graphics, performance and capacity. May integrate websites with other computer applications. May convert written, graphic, audio and video components to compatible web formats by using software designed to facilitate the creation of web and multimedia content.