University of Nebraska Medical Center

Nebraska Medicine/UNMC Job Shadow Program

A female health care worker watches as a female job shadow student works with an infant mannikin
A female health care worker shows medical equipment to a male job shadow student
A female health care worker shows posters to a female job shadow student
A female job shadow student observes a female health care worker in a patient room
A female health care worker demonstrates equipment for a female job shadow student

Thank you for your interest in our job shadowing program! Whether you’re a high school student (age 16 and above), college student, or an individual exploring a second career, we welcome your interest in exploring a health care career.

Our job shadowing program is designed to provide you the opportunity to:

  • Observe the daily routines of our extraordinary professionals as they perform their jobs
  • Explore health care career options
  • Increase awareness of the skill sets required
  • Experience our health care culture

You will be paired with a health care professional to observe and interact with them as they conduct their daily work. You will not have an opportunity to have hands-on patient care, just observe and ask questions. A job shadow experience is two to four hours in length. You may have a maximum of three job shadow experiences, each in three different areas, in one year.

How to Apply 

  1. Use one of the links below under “Application Options” to access our registration system.
  2. Once in the registration system, you can use the search bar in the upper right to search “Job Shadow" to bring up the different specialties/roles available for job shadowing. 
  3. Each specialty/role is offered as a course. You will:
    1. Complete a privacy and safety module;
    2. Download the application to bring with you the day of your shadow;
    3. Select a date and time to shadow. You will need to print the application and bring it with you when you check in. If you do not have your application with you, you will not be allowed to pick up your required name badge or job shadow
  4. If no dates are available, you may click “Notify me of new sessions” to be added to the waiting list to get notifications when someone cancels or more dates are added.

Please note that job shadow schedules vary by department and are subject to change based on patient care needs, so you will need to pre-plan your scheduled job shadow experience if you need it in order to meet a class requirement or professional school’s application deadline. You may withdraw from the course or scheduled date at any time. 

We currently have a limited number of departments/roles to shadow, but are adding more in the coming months and will offer shadowing opportunities in our Bellevue Medical Center, Omaha Metro clinics, Lincoln and Grand Island clinics. Please check back regularly. 

We are happy to have you as a job shadow participant, and we want you to have a positive learning experience. Begin your application by selecting from the below options.

Application Options

Please review the following information and select the link that applies to you. Please note your account may be deactivated if you have not logged in for a significant amount of time. DO NOT CREATE ANOTHER ACCOUNT. Please email apolloeducation@nebraskamed.com to have your account reactivated.

New to Job Shadowing

Use this link to start your application if you've never job shadowed at Nebraska Medicine before. Once in the Apollo system, search "Job Shadow."

Start Your Application

Returning to Job Shadow*

Use this link if you are NOT a Nebraska Medicine employee or UNMC/Clarkson College student or employee and you have job shadowed with Nebraska Medicine in the last three months/already created an account in our Apollo system. Once in the Apollo system, search "Job Shadow."

Start Your Application

Nebraska Medicine/Dually Employed Colleague

Use this link if you are a Nebraska Medicine/dually employed colleague. You will log into Apollo and search “Job Shadow.” 

Start Your Application

UNMC or Clarkson College Student or Employee with an existing Apollo account*

Use this link if you are a UNMC or Clarkson College student or employee with an existing account in Apollo. You will log into Apollo and search “Job Shadow”

Start Your Application

UNMC Employees New to Apollo

Use this link to start your application if you’ve never created an account in Apollo. You will create your account, log in, and search “Job Shadow”

Start Your Application 

UNMC and Clarkson College Students New to Apollo

Use this link to start your application if you’ve never created an account in Apollo.  You will create your account, log in, and search “Job Shadow”

UNMC Students New to Apollo:
Start Your Application

Clarkson College Students New to Apollo:
Start Your Application

Rules of Conduct for Job Shadowing Students

Please remember, you are a guest and will be expected to behave in a courteous and respectful manner to our patients and staff. If at any time during your job shadow you are not acting in a courteous manner, you may be asked to leave. Additionally, if you have concerns about the conduct of any medical center staff members during your job shadow experience, please contact us at jobshadow@nebraskamed.com to express your concerns.

Alternatives to Job Shadowing 

The job shadowing experience is designed to be a one-time observation only experience, lasting two to four hours. The job shadowing experience does not fulfill any clinical or internship requirements; nor does it provide any hands- on experience. Job shadowing is for individual participants only, and is not available for groups of students. Nebraska Medicine and the University of Nebraska Medical Center offers a number of outreach programs that may be a better alternative to job shadowing. 


Tour information is available on the UNMC Campus Tours Web page. 

High School Group Activity

We invite middle and high school students to experience a career in health care through a free, interactive experience at the only top 100 hospital in the state. Please visit our Be Extraordinary page for more information.  


Individuals interested in long- term arrangements to observe a hospital setting, please consider volunteering as an option. Volunteering will provide an in-depth look into the world of healthcare, as well as valuable experience to include on college and job applications. Minimum age for volunteering is 16, and a minimum time commitment is required. All applicants must pass background and drug screenings. Please visit Volunteer Services or call 402-559-4197 for more information. 

College of Allied Health Professions Backstage Pass Program

The UNMC College of Allied Health Professions and College of Nursing are teaming up in Kearney, Neb. to present this behind-the-scenes look at a multitude of health professions careers.

Learn More


Opportunities are available on these under the career links on Nebraska Medicine and The University of Nebraska Medical Center. 

Get started on your career pathway. Become a Medical Assistant - on us!   

Frequently Asked Questions

If your question isn’t answered here, contact us at jobshadow@nebraskamed.com. 

I had a negative experience during job shadowing. Who should I contact? 

We want to hear your feedback as it is an integral piece of our performance assessment. Please contact jobshadow@nebraskamed.com and give details of your experience. Someone will be in touch with you to discuss your concerns. 

Nebraska Medicine supports a learning environment where: 

  • Learners have the right to learn in an environment that is free of harassment, discrimination, or mistreatment in order to receive a quality educational experience. Learners also have the right to provide and receive valuable feedback and work collaboratively with peers, faculty and staff. At the same time, learners have the responsibility to be respectful of faculty, staff and other learners while adhering to Nebraska Medicine policies and procedures. 
  • Nebraska Medicine provides a robust academic environment where all learners are treated with respect and dignity as they pursue their personal and professional goals. Nebraska Medicine is committed to providing a positive and productive learning environment in support of existing policies and procedures regarding Non-Discrimination, Harassment, Sexual Misconduct and Mistreatment.