Career Connected Learning

We encourage students to extend their learning beyond the classroom through community-based internship and apprenticeship experiences.  New opportunities will be posted as they become available.  When applicable, opportunities will be grouped by Career Pathway to help students identify those that may be of most interest to them.  Check back often!  Local Job Opportunities are posted separately HERE.

Learn & Earn Summer Youth Employment Program

Do the youth in your life have summer employment plans yet?  Providers with the Learn & Earn program have been working hard to plan safe work experiences in-person and virtually for young people this summer. Don't miss out! To find more information and begin your application, please visit  


The Learn & Earn Summer Youth Employment Program is a community-wide effort to empower youth and young adults in Allegheny County and the City of Pittsburgh to gain the skills and experience necessary to become successful members of our region’s workforce.


Learn & Earn is designed to provide meaningful work experience and career exposure to low-income young adults, ages 14-21, residing in Allegheny County and the City of Pittsburgh. The program seeks to:

  • Create a positive and safe work experience for youth
  • Increase youth exposure to potential careers, occupations, and critical occupational skills
  • Increase youth’s soft skills through work-readiness training tailored to their development stages and learning goals

All questions about the program or the application can be directed to


Career Journeys


It’s really difficult to imagine what it’s like to be in someone else’s shoes. In essence, that’s what students are trying to do when they explore careers. Are they suited to the work? What’s a typical day on the job like? Are they good candidates for the necessary education or training?


To help young people begin answering those questions, the Consortium has launched Career Journeys. This video series is made up of informal conversations that we’re filming with people in a wide array of occupations spanning many industries. The conversations should give students at least a taste of what each career is like and help them know whether they’d like to learn more, perhaps through research, a job-shadow or some other work-based learning experience.  Check back often because we are building a library.


AIU Career Connections


AUI Career Connections offers students in grades 9-12 the opportunity to explore a career in programs that consist of 1-day to 4-day learning experiences.  Students meet and work with professionals who share their experience, expertise, and enthusiasm for what they do for a living.  The programs provide a chance for students to make connections with organizations and people who can help them as they pursue their career choices.  A registration fee of $75 is due at time of application.  This fee is refunded if a student is not accepted into their choice of program.  Some programs have an extra fee due at the first session.  Transportation to programs is the responsibility of the student.


Programs Applications for 2020-21 will be available in August!

To apply, students must do the following:

  • Go to
  • Complete the online application.
  • Ask Mrs. Keller to complete and send in a recommendation form.
  • Send a signed waiver form along with a $75 application fee to the AIU Career Connections program (fee is refunded if you are not accepted)


Career Pathways
Scroll Down for opportunities in the following Career Pathways:
Innovative Arts and Communications
Engineering and Industrial Technology
Human Services
Science and Health
Business, Finance, and Information Technology
Innovative Arts and Communications

Point Park is offering FREE Virtual Sessions throughout the summer!

For all of you creative thinkers and doers...FREE virtual sessions are being offered in...


Cinema Arts: Creating an Animated Short, Smartphone Filmmaking, Post-Production

Communications: PR/Advertising, Digital Content, Journalism

Dance: Various forms of Dance, Mental Health for Dancers

Music: Bucket Drumming, West African Djembe Drumming, Creative Expression

Theater: Audition Bootcamp, Choreography Composition


Click HERE for more details and to register.



Sweetwater Center for the Arts. Calling interns and volunteers!

Are you interested in art education and/or understanding how a non-profit arts organization is run?  If so, consider volunteering your time as an intern at Sweetwater this summer.  Apply today online @ or email



Steeltown Film Academy

Are you or someone you know a current 9th-12th grader who has an interest and passion for filmmaking? Want to spend your Spring semester learning all the skills needed and make original projects to call your own? Then you HAVE to check out our Steeltown Film Academy!  Steeltown Film Academy offers a valuable and unforgettable opportunity for high school students to learn professional film production. Students sign on for 12 weeks of hands-on production training—from camera to lighting to editing and more! Filmmakers will end the term with a finished short film and the opportunity to apply for a next level position as part of Steeltown’s Teen Film Crew!  Click HERE for more information and to apply.

CMU-Entertainment Technology Center Mentor Program
Interested in Entertainment Technology? Students who participate in the CMU-ETC Program will gain knowledge and skills from Carnegie Mellon’s ETC students and faculty.  Students will collaborate with peers to design, prototype, and test innovative technologies of their own creation.  Students meet with mentors from CMU-ETC two times per month during lunch. Email Mrs. Keller ( if you are interested in joining for the 2020-21 school year.
Social Media Coordinator--Sewickley Community Center
Manage and monitor Sewickley Community Center's website and Facebook pages. Coordinator will be responsible for updating content and alerting the board of items that require response and/or attention. Email Mrs. Keller ( for more information.
Engineering and Industrial Technology



Industrial Manufacturing Technician (IMT) Pre-Apprenticeship Program

through Catalyst Connections

The Industrial Manufacturing Technician Pre-Apprenticeship Program provides high school juniors and seniors the opportunity to get a head start on learning the important skills needed for entry-level positions in the manufacturing sector. Due to changing manufacturing technologies, entry-level workers require higher skills than before and employers are struggling to recruit and retain these type of workers. The IMT program is a state registered apprenticeship to help meet these employer needs. Upon successful completion of the pre-apprenticeship, graduated students will have an advantage entering the apprenticeship program as a paid employee.  Pre-Apprenticeship benefits include: Improved skills and competencies that meet the specific needs of the industry, Occupation focused education, Industry issued, nationally recognized Credentials, Articulation agreements between certain apprenticeship training programs and 2- and 4-year colleges that create opportunities for college credit and future degrees.  Email Mrs. Keller ( for more information.


Pre-Apprenticeship Programs: Sales Engineer, Mechatronics Technician, and Polymer Technician

through German American Chambers of Commerce

The German American Chamber of Commerce offers 3 Pre-Apprenticeship Programs for high school juniors and seniors.   As a part of the pre-apprenticeship programs, high school seniors can earn industry recognized certificates and 6 CCAC college credits while gaining hands-on work experience through PAID internships at companies such as VEKA Inc, Almatis, Impact Guard, Wolverine Plastics, Ensinger Inc., a few of which are located in the Leetsdale Industrial Park. Upon graduation, students can continue their work to earn an associate's degree without debt, nationally recognized certifications, and valuable work experience. 

Email Mrs. Keller ( for more information.



ACE (Architecture, Construction Management, Engineering) Mentor Program

High school students in the Pittsburgh area can benefit from a nationwide program designed to introduce them to the wide range of career opportunities open to young people in architecture, construction, engineering, and related areas of the building design and construction industry.  At bi-monthly meetings, student teams work directly with professionals from leading area firms, who volunteer their time to mentor the teams as they design hypothetical projects, tour local construction sites, and visit architectural, engineering and construction offices.  See the ACE Mentoring website for program overview.  Email Mrs. Keller ( if you are interested in participating for the 2020-21 school year.


Human Services
Interested in Public Safety?  Join the Youth Traffic Safety Council! 

Together with our community partners, the YTSC aims to inform, educate and empower students to take initiative in advancing the cause of Teen Traffic Safety. In a cohesive peer group, members will work diligently to improve the safety habits of their classmates, peers and community-at-large.  Email Mrs. Keller ( for more information.

As a part of the YTSC, students will:

  • Attend quarterly meetings throughout the school year at rotating locations.
  • Take info from the meetings and distribute throughout school & community.
  • Collaboration with other schools on educational events.
Oasis Teen Center Intern-Sewickley Valley YMCA
Students will actively engage with participants in a variety of activities, including swimming, basketball, video games, board games, etc. The OASIS is different every day depending on what students come and what activities they decide to partake in, so adaptability and spontaneity are necessary. Overall, a willingness to have fun and engage will make any Intern successful. Email Mrs. Keller ( for more information.
Science and Health


National Aviary-Volunteer Opportunities

National Aviary is looking for outgoing High School students to volunteer. No bird experience or knowledge is necessary. We currently have opportunities for students to operate our bird flight simulator, assist in special event weekends, facilitate crafts, and assist educators in outreach programs.  These opportunities are available now, through the summer, and throughout the next school year.

  • Earn community service hours
  • Meet new people and make professional connections
  • Develop new skills in education, sales, communications, and technology
  • Strengthen your resume
  • Have flexibility in scheduling
  • Inspire others to respect nature
  • Receive free admission to the National Aviary
Click HERE for more information on working the flight simulator. 
Click HERE for general volunteer opportunities.




Healthcare Professions Mentoring Program in Partnership with RMU

The Health Professionals Internship is geared towards students who are interested health-related careers.  Robert Morris University offers programs in Health Administration, Nursing, and Nuclear Medicine which allows students to gain insight into the varied roles that exist in the healthcare profession.  This mentor program provides students with the opportunity to…

  • Connect with healthcare professionals through lunch conversations
  • Connect with faculty and student mentors
  • Visit the campus to attend class with RMU students in the student’s area of interest
  • Participate in simulation activities (simulated healthcare setting)
  • Attend the Fall and Spring Networking/Educational Event on campus
  • Field trips to healthcare facilities in the area
Email Mrs. Keller ( to sign up.
Environmental Science Internship

Interested in Environmental Science?  Through the Environmental Science Internship, students will collaborate with peers and environmental professionals in the fields of biology, botany, geology, herpetology, ichthyology and environmental science.  The internship meets 2X per month after school @ Fern Hollow Nature Center & other sites.  Students who complete the program will earn .50 credits on their transcript.  Email Mrs. Keller ( for more information.  Applications will be available for 2020-21 school year in September 2020. 

Job Shadow Experiences at The Pittsburgh Zoo & PPG Aquarium
The Pittsburgh Zoo & PPG Aquarium is once again offering job shadow experiences for the school year.   Students with a sincere interest in animal-related careers may enjoy attending one or all of our programs, offered from October-April.  More information and online registration links for Keeper Conversations and Pizza with the Keepers (our two job shadow programs exclusively for high school students) can be found here, under the Keeper Interactions.
Business, Finance & Information Technology


Steel City Codes Computer Science Camp

Steel City Codes ( is a Pittsburgh-based 501(c)3 nonprofit focused on increasing access to computer science opportunities to students of all backgrounds, especially under-resourced and minority students. 

They are offering 3 FREE week-long online computer science camps for students in grades 3 - 8.  The camp organizers and instructors are all high school students. Consider using your skills to help others! The camper registration form can be found here and volunteer applications can be found here.

Camp dates are as follows:

June 22 - 26

July 6 - 10

July 13 - 17

August 3 - 7



Air Force Association CyberCamp

The University of Pittsburgh Institute for Cyber Law, Policy, and Security (Pitt Cyber), in partnership with Robert Morris University, is hosting the fourth annual week-long Air Force Association CyberCamp for high school students from July 20-24, 2020. The camp is designed for a range of technical skill levels, including introductory digital literacy, and is focused on cyber ethics and systems security. The camp begins at 9AM and concludes at 3PM each day. It is free for all students as a part of Pitt Cyber’s commitment to the region's workforce development. For the latest information, be sure to visit


Pre-Apprenticeship Programs: Sales Engineer

through German American Chambers of Commerce

Do you have an interest in business, sales, and engineering?  This apprenticeship is designed for work in technical sales.   Apprentices will develop skills in business analysis and sales while building technical capabilities.  As a part of the pre-apprenticeship program, high school seniors can earn an industry recognized certificate and 6 CCAC college credits while gaining hands-on work experience through a PAID internship. Upon graduation, students can continue their work to earn an associate's degree without debt, nationally recognized certifications, and valuable work experience.  Email Mrs. Keller ( for more information.


QV Coffee Shop Internship
Students have the opportunity to develop essential skills in leadership, problem-solving, collaboration, and communication through work in our coffee shop. Email Mrs. Keller ( for more information.  STUDENTS CAN APPLY FOR A POSITION FOR FALL 2020.