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MESA STEM Shadow Day


2020 MESA STEM Shadow Day will be on the Thursday before the Thanksgiving holiday:

Thursday, November 19, 2020.


Through the San Diego MESA Alliance, pre-college and college students will have a unique experience to witness the “real world” of work in an engineering or scientific environment. Industry’s involvement will provide a great opportunity for our up and coming students to “test the waters” in a field of their interest and see first-hand how classroom skills relate to the workplace. What better way to do that, than observe and work with a professional in action! Employers can make a positive impact on the lives of students; future engineers and scientists!  Through this program, students can picture themselves in these positions; in the near future and can also create goals to get there.

Media Releases

View past MESA STEM Shadow Days on our San Diego MESA Alliance archives.

Info for industry/faculty/professionals

Step 1:  Please review the MESA STEM Shadow Day Industry Info Packet (includes program overview, sample agenda, timeline, etc.):


  • MESA STEM Shadow Day Industry Information Packet 2019 (.doc) or (.pdf)
  • Sample media release form (.doc)
  • Sample waiver release liability form (.pdf)

Step 2:  After reviewing the MESA STEM Shadow Day Industry Info Packet and you are still interested in hosting students, please register by either submitting an online registration using the link below or by e-mailing the PDF version to
Registration opens Wednesday, February 13, 2019: 
Registration closes Sunday, August 18, 2019
Step 3:  Eric Pamintuan will e-mail to confirm receipt and follow-up with any questions or comments.

Info for students

Step 1:  Please review the MESA STEM Shadow Day Student Info Packet (includes program overview, sample agenda, timeline, etc.):


Step 2:  After reviewing the MESAS TEM Shadow Day Student Packet and you are still interested in participating, please register at the link below (as stated in Information Packet, registering does not guarantee a spot).
Student MESA STEM Shadow Day online registration will open on Thursday, August 22, 2019:

Registration closes end of day Thursday, September 26, 2019 (Deadline extended, check registration link for availability!)
Step 3:  If matched, you will be given further instructions and will be required to attend one (1) mandatory MESA STEM Shadow Day Preparation meeting held at their home campus.  High school students will be informed by their MESA Director/Adviser of their meeting choice(s).

Note: Documents in Portable Document (PDF) require Adobe Acrobat Reader 5.0 or higher to view; download Adobe Acrobat Reader here

2019 Timeline

  • February 13 (Wed): Industry registration opens 
  • August 18 (Sun):  Industry registration closes
  • August 22 (Thu): Student registration opens 
  • September 26 (Thu): Student registration closes - Deadline extended, check registration!
  • October 7-11: Matched notices sent to student registrants and collection of any special documents 
  • October 17 (Thu): Student emergency opt-out date deadline 
  • October 22-25: Confirmations e-mailed to industry registrants 
  • October 28 - November 1: High school student participants prep meeting(s) 
  • November 4-8:  San Diego State University student participants prep meetings
  • November 7 (Thu):  San Diego City College & Southwestern College student participants prep meeting
  • November 11 (Mon):  Veterans Day holiday
  • November 21 (Thu): MESA STEM Shadow Day! 
  • November 22 (Fri): Online survey sent to industry and student participants
  • November 28 (Thu):  Thanksgiving holiday

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