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Career Mentoring Programs & Community Events

School-Based Career Mentoring Programs/Events

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 ([email protected]) if you have any questions. Email Mrs. Keller ([email protected]) if you are interested in joining.


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 ([email protected]) if you are interested in joining.

PartnerUp is a career-readiness program led by PNC and a coalition of regional employers who believe that future talent is found in our own backyards.  When employers PartnerUp with educators and students with the shared goal to help young talent take the first steps towards a secure future, everyone thrives.  The curriculum prepares 12th graders to launch careers after high school graduation by engaging them in sessions focused on skill assessments, resume building, and interview prep.  The program ends with interviews for positions in our area with competitive pay, health and tuition benefits, and potential career advancement.  Email Mrs. Keller at [email protected] to sign up.


Check out these resources for more information.

PartnerUp WQED video:

PartnerUp Website:

Community-Based Career Mentoring Programs & Events

The Society of Women Engineers branch at Carnegie Mellon University will be continuing the High School mentoring program! This program aims to connect current CMU students with high school students (grades 9,10,11,12), and is a great opportunity to learn more about different engineering disciplines and the college application process!  They will be holding a mentor-mentee bonding event on Saturday, April 6 from 1-2:30pm at Carnegie Mellon. There will be opportunities to meet new people through interactive and unique bonding activities, along with free lunch.  Location: Tepper Simmons Auditorium A 1101 Date:  Saturday, April 6th, 2024. Time: 1:00 PM - 2:30 PM   SIGN UP HERE:




Students in grades 9-12 are invited to engage with leaders across Pittsburgh’s innovation sector. Students will participate in tours and experiential learning opportunities to further explore and investigate the STEM industry. The STEM Summit will also feature a keynote speaker and exhibit tables hosted by several organizations. WHERE: The Daniel G. and Carole L. Kamin Science Center, (formerly the Carnegie Science Center) | 1 Allegheny Ave, Pittsburgh, PA 15212 and then Multiple Tour Stops. Email Mrs. Keller at [email protected] if you are interested in attending.




Join UPMC Pathways to Work for a monthly series to learn about career opportunities.

March 20: Learn about careers in Imaging

April 17: Learn about careers in Human Resources

May 13: learn about careers in Call Center Outreach

All sessions are from 2:00-3:00PM.  Register Here




We’re very excited to announce upcoming sessions of the Perry Virtual Experience for 2024! The Perry Virtual Experience is a free, 2.5-hour, interactive online experience for high school and college-aged students who gender-identify as female or nonbinary and are interested in pursuing careers in orthopaedic surgery and engineering. Participants will hear from women leaders in these fields and dive into online orthopaedic simulations and biomechanics experiments. Additional information can be found on our website:

The upcoming program dates are:

April 13th @ 10:00am-12:30pm EDT

Details for each session can be found at:




The Perry Outreach Program is a free, one-day, hands-on experience for high school women who are interested in pursuing careers in medicine and engineering. 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 students who gender-identify as women or nonbinary 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 6th, 2024 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.




Point Park University’s School of Education would like to invite your students and staff to our annual Future Educators Day! This event will be an opportunity for students to learn more about the teaching profession and the college experience while exploring Downtown Pittsburgh. Students will shadow education classes, get hands-on experience in our Makerspace classrooms, tour campus, and meet with our professors and current students.  Registration is free and lunch will be provided by the University.  Email Mrs. Keller at [email protected] if you are interested in attending.




Visit Pitt Law School to talk with a panel of lawyers and law students. Students will also be able to sit in on a sample class. Email Mrs. Keller as soon as possible at [email protected] if you are interested in attending.




If you are interested in a shadowing experience in a Clinical Medical Laboratory, please let Mrs. Keller know.  At UPMC’s Clinical Laboratory Building, they have developed a shadowing day that allows students to observe a laboratorian working in Specimen Processing, Hematology, Chemistry, Microbiology, Virology, Tissue Typing, Histology and more!  Email Mrs. Keller at [email protected] if you are interested.




The Virtual Exploring Energy Program empowers students by encouraging them to delve into the energy industry and its many career fields through a variety of video showcases, virtual tours, and virtual visits to the classroom by respected professionals.  Students are also encouraged to join the National Energy Academy.  Click HERE for more information.




Interviews & Panel Discussions (pre-recorded)

Learn from local leaders in Manufacturing.  Click HERE for the recorded discussion.



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.  Click HERE to access the complete collection organized by career cluster.




Mascaro Construction Co. began advocating careers in its industry to young people even before partnering with the Consortium several years ago to promote them in K-12 schools. With its proactive stance, it should come as no surprise that the builder now is offering its own career video series as a resource for educators, students, and others to learn about different pathways in the industry.
Explore key roles in the film industry.
The Pittsburgh Technology Council hosted a 2-week long STEM Summit focused on how technology is infused into many of Pittsburgh's hottest jobs!
Follow this LINK to listen back to conversations with professionals who work at these diverse companies: BirdBrain Technologies, Microsoft, Schell Games, Giant Eagle, Industrial Scientific, SDLC Partners, Allegheny Health Network, Philips Healthcare, and Rivers of Steel. Listen in to learn about what they do and how they got to where they are in hopes of inspiring, YOU, the next generation of workers in our region.

Catalyst Connection hosts events aimed at promoting careers in manufacturing.  

Manufacturing Career Panel-Fall 2020: Click HERE to view the discussion.

Manufacturing and Robotics Career Panel-Fall 2020: Click HERE to view the discussion.

Manufacturing Career Panel-Spring 2020:  Click HERE to view the discussion.

For more information on the high pay, high demand jobs available in manufacturing in the Pittsburgh Area check out 


Troutwood was established with a dream to bring financial independence to all those willing to work for it. Founded out of Carnegie Mellon University’s Swartz Center for Entrepreneurship, the company designs and develops financial applications and educational tools.  Troutwood hosts weekly live financial literacy sessions on Wednesdays from 12-12:30 PM.  Listen in to learn from professionals about the power of investing.  Click HERE to listen to recordings of previous sessions.


One of the greatest benefits of Pennsylvania Free Enterprise Week (PFEW) is the opportunity for students to interact with many dynamic business leaders, world-class motivational speakers and subject matter experts. The Foundation for Free Enterprise Education proudly offers a Speaker Series which will give viewers a peek into a broad array of viewpoints, subject matter and people, all supporting their vital mission of teaching students about their critical role in the American free enterprise system and society.  They hope that you find these videos useful career exploration tools, and encourage you to connect directly with the presenters for more information as you travel your path to success!  Click HERE for access to the complete Speaker Series.


Students with a strong financial foundation and early exposure to accounting make for promising CPA candidates. Get the knowledge you need to succeed!  Register HERE for access to inspiring career videos, real-life financial presentations, and challenging worksheets.


Encourage your future in accounting with videos showing the diverse career opportunities in the profession, a starting salary guide, student panels, and virtual school tours and admissions presentations.  Click HERE to register and gain access to the resources.


Self-Advocacy may sound simple - but it can be quite challenging skills to master. Chaz Kellem helps us learn about how making decisions about your life and learning how to gather information can be so important for your future. This skill can be a vital addition to success as students transition to post-secondary education and employment.  Click HERE to view the presentation.