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Job shadowing is a short-term observation experience for students who want to learn more about the job duties and educational requirements of a specific healthcare occupation. Students are paired with a healthcare professional whom they will observe performing their routine duties throughout the day. Job shadowing is usually 4 to 8 hours long and may be completed in one to two days.

College students may participate in longer experiences if the job shadowing is a prerequisite for admission into a clinical education program or a course requirement. Please email your request to

Job Shadowing is commonly available for the following occupations:

  • Registered Nursing
  • Physical Therapy
  • Occupational Therapy
  • Pharmacy
  • Speech Therapy

Job Shadowing is offered at the following locations:

  • Summa Akron City Hospital
  • Summa Barberton Hospital
  • Summa Wellness Institute (College students only)
  • Summa Physicians Inc.

What to Expect During a Job Shadow Experience
Job shadowing at Summa Health System provides students with a view of the patient-care delivery process and the business functions of a hospital. Activities vary depending on the occupation you will observe. In a clinical setting for example, you will observe how staff, directly and indirectly, diagnose illness and injury, prescribe and administer treatment and therapies and help patients cope with their illness. On the business side, you can shadow a manager as they direct and supervise staff, develop reports and budgets, and manage the facilities, technology and communications of the hospital. Some job shadowing experiences may offer hands-on activities to help students learn more about the occupation they are observing. Those activities are supervised by the job shadow host and do not allow students to provide direct care to patients.

Prior to your job shadow, you will receive a written confirmation with the scheduled date, time and location of your job shadow, your host’s name and department, and instructions to prepare for your shadowing day

Student Requirements
Individuals interested in job shadowing must meet the following requirements:

  • You are in high school, college or an adult in a career transition
  • Complete an online Job Shadow Request Form
  • Submit proof of flu vaccination during the flu season – add
  • Pass a criminal background check (if 18 years of age or older)
  • Complete a Job Shadow Orientation

How to Request a Job Shadow 
To request for a job shadow, download and complete the Job Shadowing Application (PDF).

Please allow at least four (4) weeks for the Human Resources Department to respond to your request. Every attempt is made to accommodate students’ interests but placement cannot be guaranteed. If you are in the 11th or 12th grade, please read the section below on the NEONI career shadowing program before submitting a request through this site.

NEONI Healthcare Career Shadowing Program
High School juniors and seniors are encouraged to shadow through the NEONI Healthcare Career Shadowing Program. The program offers job shadowing opportunities at hospitals throughout Northeast Ohio for high school students who attend a school that is registered to participate in the program. Speak to your guidance counselor or visit to register or determine if your school participates in the program.

Summa Health System is a healthcare partner of NEONI and offers shadowing October through May at Summa Akron City Hospital campus in the following careers:

  • Registered Nursing
  • Physical Therapy
  • Occupational Therapy
  • Clinical Medical Laboratory
  • Pharmacy
Please visit to view the shadowing schedule for the current school year.