Field Trips & Job Shadows

Ochsner Academic Outreach is committed to supporting the educators and schools in our communities by offering opportunities for furthering curriculum exploration, investigating career options, and providing first-hand experiences through multiple programs, including field trips and job shadows.  

Field Trips

Field trips at Ochsner are an opportunity for teachers to bring the classroom to life.  They provide students with hands-on experience and a chance to observe a hospital atmosphere, understand the uses and importance of various equipment, and learn about the career opportunities available within healthcare, science, and research.

  • Typically, students rotate in small groups through different departments
  • Content aligned with what's being taught in the classroom, based on availability and age group
  • 1- to 4-hour trips, based on content and age group
  • Available for classes between 6 and 32 students
  • Coordination takes a minimum of 4 weeks, so contact us as soon as possible

To request application materials, email

Job Shadows

A job shadow is an individual opportunity for students to gain one-on-one, observational experience in the healthcare career field of their choice.  Shadowing opportunities are available to any student 16 years or older, and there is no maximum age.  Job shadows must be completed within a total of 40 hours per calendar year.

  • Typically a single-day experience, although recurring visits are possible
  • Fully-customizable options, depending on mentor and department schedule/availability
  • Maximum of 40 hours each year (anything over 40 hours qualifies as a Volunteer Services opportunity)
  • 1- to 8-hour sessions, depending on mentor schedules
  • Participants must be at least 16 years of age, but there is no maximum age

Contact us as early as possible!  Coordination takes a minimum of 3 weeks, and space is limited.

To request application materials, email