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Young Writers Workshop

A week-long summer camp at John Carroll University where students grades 8-12 participate in an immersive writing experience in the craft of fiction, non-fiction, and poetry. Studying with acclaimed professors, students read, engage in writing exercises, workshop their stories and poems, and experience a pre-college environment. They compose new work, which will be published in our annual anthology. The last day of camp features a reception and reading by the Young Writers.  The camp is now offering both day camp and overnight residential options, so students from all over the country can experience inspiring and rigorous creative writing! This year's workshop takes place from July 22-26th, 2019. The cost for the day-only option is $380; the residential option is $980, though there is an early-bird rate in April. The application deadline for the workshop is June 1st, 2019. Click HERE for more information.

CMU-Entertainment Technology Center Apprenticeship
Interested in Entertainment Technology? Students who participate in the CMU-ETC Apprenticeship 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.  Email Mrs. Keller ( for more information.
Social Media Apprentice-Explore Sewickley
Student apprentice will take over the Explore Sewickley social media accounts and show our audience the world through your eyes. Twitter, Facebook, Instagram. Create engaging social media posts and stories for events and the everyday happenings in Sewickley. Must have excellent writing skills and creative ideas. Photo editing capabilities a plus. Hours can be flexible. Email Mrs. Keller ( for more information.
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


Northrop Grumman STEM High School Paid Summer Internship Program

If you love math and science, are creative and hardworking, and desire a STEM-related career, then this is the internship for you! Students selected for Northrop Grumman's summer STEM High School Internship Program will work alongside our top engineers and scientists in a fun and challenging environment. Apply today to join our team in helping to preserve freedom and advance human discovery.  This paid opportunity runs from June - August 2019 (8 weeks) for 32-40 hours per week.  Engineering internships include: Electrical or Mechanical Design, Computer Programming, Manufacturing, Systems Engineering.  Click HERE for more information. Click HERE to apply.  Email Mrs. Keller with questions.



Civil Engineering Day

On March 23, please join the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) student chapter at the University of Pittsburgh for our first annual Civil Engineering Day. Civil Engineering Day is an event designed to showcase what civil engineering has to offer academically and professionally! While the day aims to encourage students to pursue their interests in civil engineering, students of any interest are welcome and encouraged to attend!


The tentative schedule for the day will include a Panel of Pitt professors from a variety of civil engineering disciplines, a demonstration of a relevant civil engineering topic by Pittsburgh ASCE Section industry professionals, brief presentations from some university-led competition groups such as our Concrete Canoe and Steel Bridge teams, as well as several hands-on activities for students.


When: Saturday, March 23, 2019   8:45 AM – 3:00 PM

Where: Benedum Hall, University of Pittsburgh Campus

Click HERE to register.



An Evening with the Society of Women Engineers

Join the University of Pittsburgh Society of Women Engineers for an afternoon with current women engineering students.  Open to all high school girls in grades 10-12.  

  • Get paired with a Mentor
  • Go on tour of Engineering Labs
  • Learn about Different types of Engineering


When: Friday, March 29, 2019 1:00 PM-9:00 PM.  (Includes catered dinner at the Hilton Garden Inn)

Where: Benedum Hall, University of Pittsburgh Campus

Click HERE to register. 


Build on... Careers in Construction and Allied Industries

Friday, March 29th David L. Lawrence Convention Center 7:30 am – 3:30 pm

The building and construction industry is one of the fastest growing industries, regionally and nationally, offering among the highest compensation rates and best benefit programs of any industry in the country. 

Learn about rewarding and exciting careers in the construction and allied industries and the various pathways to build that career.  Students can speak first hand with contractors, apprentices, training directors, recruiters and others who can provide greater insight into all of these careers. They can participate in interactive activities and experience a host of training games and virtual simulator training from simcoach games. Learn about educational pathways through no-cost apprenticeship programs, two and four- year degree programs offered by colleges and universities.

Email Mrs. Keller ( for more information.  If interested in attending, sign up HERE.


The Perry Outreach Program for high school women who are interested in pursuing careers in medicine and engineering


We’re very excited to announce an upcoming Perry Outreach Program on Saturday, March 30, 2019 at the Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh, PA. During this free, one-day, hands-on experience, students will hear from women leaders in these fields and try it for themselves by performing mock orthopaedic surgeries and biomechanics experiments.


Participants should be women in grades 10 and up with an expressed interest in science, medicine and/or engineering.  Applicants should fill out our online application in advance of the March 4, 2019 application deadline.


Additional information can be found on our website:


The application may be accessed directly using the following link:


More information and a printable flyer for this event can be found HERE.



Pittsburgh Technology Council:

STEM Summit 2019: For Educators, Business Leaders, Parents and Students


Join us on Thursday, May 2, 2019 as we work to promote the future pipeline of technology talent in the region. The STEM Summit is a one-day event designed to showcase the diverse array of Science, Technology, Engineering and Math related careers that are available in southwestern Pennsylvania.


Dr. Justin Aglio, Director of K-4 Academic Achievement and K-12 Innovation at Montour School District will be sharing a lively presentation:  AI in STEM: It’s Here!  Get Ready, Now!


WHEN: Thursday, May 2, 2019 | 7:15 am - 3:30 pm

WHERE: Duquesne University

Special rate for Educators & Students (Valid ID required)


Click HERE for More Information & to Register



Duquesne Light Company offers Electrical Distribution Technology (EDT)


The Electrical Distribution Technology (EDT) program is a joint partnership between Community College of Allegheny County (CCAC) and Duquesne Light Company (DLC) to provide training in the basic skills, knowledge, and abilities applicants would need to apply for skilled craft positions in the electric utility industry. The program design, including pre-qualification testing and course content, is intended to not only produce candidates who possess the skills to safely and confidently perform the manual tasks associated with electrical utility work, but also build the foundational skills that will allow them to advance further in their careers. 


Interested in this program?  Join the Spring 2019 EDT Boot Camp - Current 12th Graders. Program Dates - March 11-April 19, 2019 . The EDT/CAST Test Boot Camp is part of DLC's School to Work partnership initiative designed to prepare current Seniors for the EDT program and its selection criteria. The Spring 2019 Boot Camp is a 6-week, half-day program for current Seniors to be held in the afternoons at a CCAC location. The readiness program will expose current Seniors to skills applicable to the CAST test, including trades math and reading comprehension, career readiness skills including resume writing and interview skills, and OSHA and CPR courses. At the completion of the 6-week Boot Camp, participants will take the CAST test for consideration into the 2019 EDT program.  The 6-week program is a paid opportunity and transportation will be provided as needed.  Email Mrs. Keller ( for more information or click HERE.


Carnegie Mellon University: Summer Engineering Workshop

CMU is offering a summer engineering program for current 9th and 10th graders.  The goal is to introduce students to the field of engineering.  For more information and to register, click HERE.  Applications are due by February 15.


ACE Mentoring Internship

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 ( for more information.

Human Services
Interested in a career in Education?  Volunteer at Quaker Valley Junior Achievement Days!
High students students who are interested in the field of education are encouraged to be Teaching Assistants at the Junior Achievement Days at Edgeworth and Osborne Elementary Schools.  Teaching Assistants have the opportunity to work with 5th graders on May 10th, 2019 and 4th graders on May 24, 2019.  A training session is required for to be an assistant.  Date TBD.  Email Mrs. Keller ( for if you are interested.

Interested in working with children?

The Sewickley YMCA is looking for babysitters in their Child Watch program (Mondays-Thursdays 5:00pm-8:30pm.)  Students must be age 16+.  The staff provides care for children ages 2 months to 7 years old while their parents/guardians utilize the building.  If interested, send a professional email to Rachel Pontis, Preschool & Family Coordinator


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.

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.
Email Mrs. Keller ( for more information.
I Want to be an Ambassador! Essay competition and Summer Experience

Interested in diplomacy? Consider applying for the Luminari Award essay competition. It’s an incredible opportunity for a Pittsburgh-area student to win a scholarship valued at $1,200 to attend the I Want to be an Ambassador! summer camp, a seven-day program designed to teach the vital art of diplomacy to teenagers.  Click HERE for more information on the essay competition.

This coveted merit-based scholarship competition is open to students currently enrolled in grades 7 through 11. The winner of the Luminari Award will receive an all-expense paid admission to I Want to be an Ambassador! camp. The camp will be held in Pittsburgh from June 11-19, 2019.  Click HERE for more information on the camp.

During the camp, teens participate in numerous activities that concentrate on civility, respect and creating a more harmonious community and world. They learn about negotiation, cultural differences and conflict resolution. The camp also features experiences with local business leaders, cultural field trips, media literacy and a two-day Washington, D.C., excursion to visit embassies, historical sites and experience how ambassadors work together to negotiate a world filled with conflict and power struggles.

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

McGowan Institute for Regenerative Medicine: Wiegand Summer Internship

The Wiegand Summer Internship provides an opportunity for a current high school senior, who resides in Allegheny County and who will be graduating in the spring of 2019, to spend five weeks learning first-hand about regenerative medicine research and scientific investigations in general.


The McGowan Institute will tailor the five-week program based on the student’s specific interests. Under the guidance of the McGowan Institute student coordinator, the student will meet with McGowan Institute scientists who are involved in area(s) of interest to the student. During the internship the student will: participate in and contribute to ongoing research in one of the laboratories; prepare a presentation based on his/her experience at the Institute. Interns will earn recognition for his/her contributions and receive a $1,200 stipend for the internship.  Click HERE for more information and to apply.  Deadline is April 1st, 2019.



Magee-Womens Research Institute (MWRI) 2019 Summer Internship Program

This program provides current high school juniors and seniors with the opportunity to participate in basic science or clinical research projects with the goal of interesting students in biomedical research as a potential career.  During the 4-week program each student has the opportunity to work on his or her own research project under the guidance of an investigator and their staff. At the end of the program the students present their research findings via a PowerPoint presentation to the other participants as well as the MWRI faculty and staff at the annual High School Internship Presentation Day.  Applications will be accepted until March 15, 2019 at 5:00 p.m. All documents must be provided by the deadline in order for the application to be considered by the review committee.  Click HERE for full details.




Healthcare Discovery Program: Summer Internship

Allegheny Health Network is offering an 8 – week Summer internship program –the Healthcare Discovery Program. The program invites 30 high school students to receive hands-on experience in our Pittsburgh area hospitals. The high school students are given the opportunity to work and observe in clinical and non-clinical areas of the hospital, managed by 6 college students along with the Health Sciences Department. The Discoverers will be afforded the opportunity to undergo learning experiences at our STAR Center, along with hands-on experience and observation in our hospitals.  The Discoverers must be a current Junior or Senior, maintain a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher, and ideally have a future interest in Healthcare. Applications are due by 11:59pm on Friday, March 29, 2019.  Email Mrs. Keller ( for more information and the application.



Creek Camp at Allegheny College

Do you have a love for our natural environment? Do like exploring the outdoors and getting wet? Want to learn outside the classroom in an interactive setting?  You can do all these things while on a college campus! This experience takes place at Allegheny College in Meadville, PA. While living in college dorms, you will participate in various activities. You will study fresh water ecology in the beautiful streams of Northwestern, PA, observe wildlife, learn from experts, all while earning college credit. You will be able to interact with many people from the Allegheny College community, including current students.  Click HERE for more information.



Interested in a career in SUSTAINABILITY but not sure where to start?
Attend Chatham University's Sustainability Leadership Academy
August 4-10, 2019

Explore various sustainability careers during an unforgettable week-long experiential retreat at Eden Hall Campus–the world's first academic community built to be sustainable from below the ground up.  Open to rising 10th, 11th and 12th graders, as well as students leaving 12th grade, Chatham's Sustainability Leadership Academy provides the chance to:

  • Make like-minded friends from across the country
  • Explore Pittsburgh during excursions to the city's sustainable highlights
  • Develop the leadership skills needed to be a change agent
  • Experience a taste of college life and earn college credit (optional for an additional fee)
  • Participate in hands-on experiential learning with faculty in the field
  • Ask questions and gain mentorship from local leaders in the field
Click HERE for more information and to register.
National Aviary-Virtual Reality Operator
The National Aviary is looking for students (16 years and older) to serve as VR Operators.  This position is a front-line attendant to National Aviary’s flight simulation experience, Birdly. The VR Operator assists guests onto/off the machine and through the Birdly experience, start to finish. The primary goal is helping guests to have the safest and most enjoyable flight possible.  Click HERE for more information.  


UPMC Sports Medicine: Introduction to Athletic Training
UPMC Sports Medicine is proud to offer a bi-annual workshop for high school students interested in a career in athletic training or who wish to enhance the skills they use daily in their high school athletic training room.  Students will be exposed to elements of key topics through lecture with an emphasis on hands-on practice of techniques and procedures. Lab time has been set aside to focus on the skills students are able to utilize in their high school athletic training environments. The schedule also includes a session with a collegiate program director who will present on how to prepare for college as an athletic training major.  Click HERE for more information and to register.
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

Part-Time Work Position: Code Sensei

Part Time Up to 25 hours/week | Weeknights & Weekends . 

Who are we?

Code Ninjas is the nation’s fastest growing kids coding franchise. In our center, kids ages 7-14 learn to code in a fun, non-intimidating way – by playing and building video games they love. Kids have a blast and can’t wait to come back. Parents are thrilled as their children gain confidence and new skills including coding, math, logic, and problem-solving, as they progress from white to black belt. Our core promise is, Kids have fun, parents see results. We believe in these words so much that it’s written on the walls in our center.

What are we looking for?

We are looking for a Code Sensei to join our team of dynamic, energetic, forward thinking minds, working toward our common goal: providing a fun and safe learning environment for children. Our senseis are the lifeblood of our Code Ninjas center. This individual oversees the day-to-day coaching and student engagement. Are you experienced in working with children? Do you enjoy teaching and building problem solving skills in young engineering minds? Have you mentored youth? This could be the role for you.

Responsibilities include:

  • Training – go through the curriculum and learn it
  • Create a positive and safe environment in which students can grow
  • Work with children to determine skill sets
  • Provide feedback to parents after working with student who is on a tour
  • Follow opening/closing duties daily
  • Clean dojo throughout the day to ensure cleanliness is kept up to corporate standards
  • Report weekly to Center Assistant Manager on progress
  • Report daily to Center Manager with respect to day’s activities and productivity in dojo



  • Working history with children ages 7 and up (mentoring, coaching, tutoring etc.)
  • Experience working with the general public
  • Experience in teaching, mentoring or child care
  • Works well with others; collaborates
  • Knowledgeable about coding and technology; or able to quickly pick up basic concepts
  • Must be fun to work with and like working in fast paced environments where requirements can change frequently
Email Mrs. Keller ( for more information.
Young Women in Business Leadership

Bowling Green State University’s Young Women in Business Leadership program set for June 24–28 on BGSU’s campus.  This residential camp is exclusively for current female juniors (2020 graduates) who have an interest in improving their leadership skills and their business knowledge.  The camp will cover topics such as leadership development, dining etiquette, social and professional networking, speed interviewing, and much more!  The only cost for the camp is the $150 registration fee.  All other expenses are underwritten by our Women in Business Leadership Conference and professional organization.  Learn more and register HERE.


Pennsylvania Free Enterprise Week

For over 40 years, students have experienced the internationally-acclaimed Pennsylvania Free Enterprise Week (PFEW) program.  Pennsylvania Free Enterprise Week (PFEW) is a one-of-a-kind summer program that offers in-coming high school juniors and seniors a unique and challenging opportunity to see what it is like to run their own business.  Cost to students is only the $295 registration fee for a week-long educational experience.  Financial assistance is available if needed.


Participants will make up an "imaginary" management team where they will learn first-hand about the Free Enterprise System. Their task - turn their failing company into a financial success! They will develop their own marketing strategies, design a website and in essence, make all of the decisions that are demanded of real life company executives. All work and no fun--NO WAY! PFEW provides students with a chance like no other - to experience what it is like to live on a college campus.


Deadline for applications is March 1st.  Click  HERE for more information and to register.  Contact Mrs. Keller (kellera@qvsd.orgwith questions.


Iacocca Global Entrepreneurship Intensive

The Iacocca Institute leads innovative programs that combine immersion in an extremely diverse living community with learning experiences in entrepreneurship, leadership and more. This four-week residential summer program at LEHIGH University is for high school students from the United States and around the world. Application Deadline: March 18, 2019. Click HERE for more information.


The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society: Students of the Year-Philanthropic Leadership Development

Did you know that The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society offers multiple programs for schools and students to help in the fight against blood cancer?   Students of the Year is a seven week philanthropic leadership development and career readiness program that allows high school students to develop professional skills as they work towards raising as many funds as they can for blood cancer research and patient access. Winners of the program can receive a scholarship and/or shadowing opportunities with local business and medical professionals!!  Just a few skills this program develops: Public Speaking, Project Management, Business Presentation, Email & Letter Writing, Phone Call/Cold Calling Skills, Finance & Budgeting, Entrepreneurship.  Click HERE for more information and to apply.

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.
We encourage students to extend their learning beyond the classroom through community-based experiential opportunities.  Information will be posted as it becomes available.  All opportunities will be grouped by Career Pathway to help students identify those that may be of most interest to them.  Check back often!