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This is an exciting opportunity for anyone interested in video production. The Video Production Intern is responsible for assisting the Quaker Valley School District Communications Department in creating a visual representation of what is going on throughout the district using video (both short and longer form). This internship could be used for credit toward your Experiential Learning graduation requirement.  Responsibilities: Assist the Director of Communications in capturing and editing content that portrays events across the District. Responsible for the safe transfer and storage of all footage.  Operate and maintain production equipment.  Ensure equipment is charged and properly stored.  Work closely with staff and students to execute concepts through to completion.  Maintain accurate records, logs, and transcribe production activities.  In addition to the core responsibilities of the position, interns may be asked, or may seek to engage unique abilities, strengths, and passions through participation on cross-functional teams.  Email Mrs. Keller at [email protected] if you are interested in this opportunity.




Are you a high school student interested in local government? The Borough of Leetsdale announces the creation of the Junior Council Person (JCP) position. This program, supported by the PA State Association of Boroughs, allows students the opportunity to learn critical skills including team building and collaboration, public speaking, public engagement, budgeting, and running effective meetings. It also allows the student the opportunity to deliberate on issues that are affecting his or her community.   Program details: Leetsdale's JCP position is open to all junior and senior year HS students residing in Leetsdale. JCP will be appointed for a term ending in Summer 2024.  JCP will observe the work of borough government by attending the monthly meetings of the Borough Council. JCP will be seated with Council and following all council rules.  Attendance at budget sessions, public hearings, and community events is strongly encouraged. The Junior Council Person can also perform a community service or research project of personal interest and meaningful value and present it to the council.   If interested, please send a letter to the Borough Council outlining why you are interested in serving in the JCP position. Please direct your letters of intent to [email protected]. An interview process with council members may occur if there are several applicants. There is no application deadline. For any further inquiries, please call Leetsdale Borough at (724)266-7530.




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.  See the flyer below for more information.  Email Mrs. Keller ([email protected]) to sign up.

Sweetwater Center for the Arts is offering an internship in culinary arts to work alongside teaching artist and chef, Andrew Alvarez. Chef Andrew will be teaching a variety of cooking classes at Sweetwater starting this fall and looks to an intern for assistance both in the kitchen during classes, as well as in marketing, curriculum, and more. Most classes at Sweetwater are Friday and Saturday evenings, and other hours will be assigned as appropriate.  Please email Mrs. Keller at [email protected] if you are interested in applying.



Sweetwater Center for the Arts is offering a summer Arts Education Internship for this up-coming summer of 2024!  Interns will assist with the day-to-day operations of running various arts summer camps.  This includes check-in and check-out procedures, monitoring lunch and breaks, but most importantly, assisting in the classrooms.  Interns will be matched with camps that fit their interests and potential future plans.  Please email Mrs. Keller at [email protected] if you are interested in applying.



The Iron Horse Theatre Company in Ambridge has internship opportunities available in Tech Design and Operation (lights and sound), Mentoring in the after-school Drama Club Program, and Graphic design. Please email Mrs. Keller at [email protected] if you are interested in applying.



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 ([email protected]) for more information.




Extension Programs

This week-long leadership development program is hosted across the globe by local Rotary Districts.  Students attend the RYLA conference on a full scholarship from a local Rotary club.  Our local Rotary District 7305 offers two options for the summer RYLA program - one at Westminster College in New Wilmington, PA; the other at Outdoor Odyssey in Boswell, PA.  The tracks are very different in approach but similar in outcome in providing opportunities for team building, leadership development, service, ethical identification, personal development, and problem solving. Both programs are completely free - students attend on a scholarship from a local Rotary club.  Application deadline is March 15, 2024.  Click HERE for more information and to apply.




The Readiness Institute Summer Discovery is a six-week paid experience for rising high school seniors in Pittsburgh and Central PA that helps them become community and future ready. Participants will have the opportunity to establish relationships and rituals, participate in essential skill workshops, complete projects that address real-world problems, and create personalized road maps for future success. After the program concludes, participants will have continued access to support including mentorship, additional learning experiences, and peer networking. 2024 Summer Discovery application now available Program dates: June 24-August 1.  Application deadline: March 31st

This program is a Registered Pre-apprenticeship and employment opportunity with Simcoach Games starting on June 10 through July 19, 2024. Visit our Website for information and watch our videos to hear from our Summer Apprentices:

Complete our application form: FILL OUT FORM. Questions can be directed to [email protected]




Workshop topics will include: Mock Crime Scene and Trial, Forensic Chemistry, Arson Investigation, Firearms and Toolmarks, DNA Analysis, Fingerprinting, Hair & Fiber Analysis and much more! $375 participation fee (includes meals, t-shirt, and Pittsburgh activities). Scholarships are available to students with financial needs. Application Deadline: April 1. Requirements: High school juniors or seniors as of Fall 2024, Strong interest in the sciences, at least a 3.0 GPA.  Any questions may be directed to [email protected]




The Wiegand Summer Internship is designed to provide a high school senior with an introduction to the rapidly evolving area of scientific research known as regenerative medicine.  The five-week summer program encompasses an instructive hands-on learning opportunity with renowned scientists in one of the Institute’s state-of-the-art laboratories.  It also includes a $1,200.00 stipend for the student. Candidates who are interested in furthering his/her/their studies in biology, biological engineering, chemistry, chemical engineering, or related sciences should apply.  Quaker Valley is able to nominate one student for this opportunity.  Please let Mrs. Keller know if you are interested.  Applications are to be completed on or before April 15. 




WQED Film Academy draws on its partnership with teaching artists and professional mentors to teach a curriculum of the basics of digital media arts – what we call SCALE: storytelling, camera, audio, lighting, and editing. The curriculum is more than 100 hours of hands-on and collaborative learning and uses the latest digital media technology.  Each class produces their own short film by the end of the session.  There are three sessions per year: Summer, Fall and Spring. Scholarships are available.  Upon successful completion of WQED Film Academy, students can apply to the Teen Film Crew. The Teen Film Crew gets paid while they continue to build their skills creating promotional videos for clients. The teaching artists work with the students as a team – just as they would in a professional agency.  Click HERE for more information.




At HOBY, high school sophomores explore their leadership potential through inspiring leadership development programs. This year the seminars will be from June 16, 2023-June 18, 2023 at Washington & Jefferson College.  HOBY Leadership Seminars are highly interactive programs, following our leadership development curriculum which allows students to discover leadership from a personal, group and socially responsible perspective.  The registration fee is $300.  Please email Mrs. Keller at [email protected] if you interested in applying.




The University of Pittsburgh Architectural Studies Program is proud to offer a free, summer studio experience for local high school students interested in architecture and design. From July 8­­‑August 1, 2024, students will be immersed in many facets of architecture and design through projects, learning experiences, and tours. This program is designed for students in grades 9-12. A limited number of spots are available, and participants will be selected from an online application process. The application is now open and will close on April 5, 2024. Check out this digital PDF for more information.  f you have any questions about the program please refer to the program website, or contact Sara Pettit ([email protected]).




The STEM Camp is designed for rising sophomores, juniors, and senior high school students from the local Pittsburgh area schools that have demonstrated a strong interest in science. Learn about the latest environmental research from Duquesne’s faculty and students. Explore connections between biology, chemistry, engineering, mathematics, medicine, and public health. Conduct research experiments in our university laboratories. Participate in field trips to Pittsburgh-based organizations at the forefront of environmental and sustainable science. Develop skills to effectively communicate science to various audiences. Reside on campus from Sunday, June 16 – Thursday, June 20.  Deadline to apply is April 19. For more information and to apply click HERE.




Pennsylvania Free Enterprise Week provides practical, hands-on education not found in any other business program. Students are immersed in the exciting world of business, and in one short week, they come to understand and appreciate our American free enterprise system, leaving with a newfound passion and clarity for their future.  Most students tell us they learned more during one week at PFEW than they have in a classroom for an entire year. That's real impact.  Visit for more information and to apply!




The Joy of Coding is an online course specially created for anyone who wants to experience first-hand the power and thrill of coding computers to do amazing things. Created with high school students in mind, it is a great way for anyone to step into the wondrous world of coding. Using Python, students will learn how coding powers apps such as Snapchat, TikTok, Instagram and Siri, and even learn how to code their own versions of Snapchat lenses.  They are looking for math and science-loving students who don't realize that coding is for everyone and not just for Computer Scientists. Do you…enjoy the logic in math, love solving problems creatively and, willing to reach out for help to our team of coaches when stuck. This could be the course for you. Visit: more details and to apply!  Cost: $149 plus tax | need-based financial aid available. Upon completion, students Upon completion of the course, students receive a certificate of accomplishment from University of Michigan ECE.




At the Sports Announcing & Sports Journalism Camp, students will learn the basics of play-by-play, reporting, interviewing, and more while exploring a potential career in sports announcing or sports journalism. The cost of the camp is $500 and registration is currently open with limited spots. More information can be found here. Click the Register button below to complete the registration. 




Schedule includes hands-on exploration of the artistic and technical aspects of architectural lighting & electrical design.  Students will learn from experts how architectural lighting can enhance the built environment, improve our well-being, and contribute to a sustainable future. Camp Highlights: Interior lighting design using an existing IoT lighting system installed at 3 Dots Downtown.  Exterior lighting design using portable LEDs at the Arboretum. Site visits to a campus theatre and ECORE – the future home of architectural engineering. Design and build a custom luminaire that they'll take home. See last year’s highlights on Instagram. Registration is $950 per student, with financial assistance available upon request. Click HERE for more information and to register.




This CSI Camp is designed to give students hands-on experience of what they can expect in the forensic science and criminal justice majors and, ultimately, occupations. Camp will enable students to enhance their knowledge and understanding of forensic topics and allow them to make valuable connections with professionals and fellow peers in the field. Students will have an opportunity to train with and learn from certified experts in a small group setting.  Students entering 11th grade, 12th grade, or who are spring 2024 high school graduates are eligible to attend CSI Camp.  If you or your students would like more information on the Camp, please visit our CSI Camp page. If they are interested, they can register for the Camp on this website as well. Cost =$500 (includes meals, housing, and instruction)




Professional Memberships

High School students can join the National Energy Academy where high school students will meet other like-minded classmates from around the country and learn about the energy industry from industry professionals.  Student registration is easy, simply fill out the media release form online.  Sarah Hewitt at [email protected] will then send the Zoom invitation the week before the meeting.


  • Resume Builder
  • College Application Builder
  • Connection to a professional organization
  • First to hear about scholarships and opportunities
  • Will be part of a LinkedIn group that will have continued connections within the industry
  • Virtual competitions will be announced during the meetings which have substantial cash prizes
  • Students will receive a professional certificate in May 2023 if they attend 5 of the 7 meetings. Alternate assignments can be completed if a student needs to miss a meeting.