Career Prep for SEHS Students

Career Experiences for SEHS Students


Tours: Visit a training program or a business to learn what it is like to work in that industry.  Hear about the range of career opportunities in that field and educational requirements to be hired.

  • Experience Oregon Industry Tours: One-day bus tours to 2-3 companies in a specific field sponsored by Connected Lane County (org)
    • Experience Oregon: Information Technology
    • Experience Oregon: Wood Products Industry
    • Experience Oregon: Food Production
    • Experience Oregon: Health Occupations
    • Lane Workforce Sand & Gravel Industry Tours
  • LCC’s Advanced Technology Tours: 5-6 hrs. For more info, edu/advtech, 541-463-5380.
    • Diesel Technology (every May)
    • Fabrication/Welding Technology (every May)
    • Automotive Technology (every May)
  • Elevate Virtual Industry Tours


Job Shadows: Spend a few hours with a person in a career you find interesting.  With only a brief time commitment you will gather information and get an experiential idea of life in a career of interest.  Job Shadows can lead to internships.

  • Elevate Job Shadows: 3-hour, one-time pairing of student with selected industry mentor. 9th-11th grade students apply through Connected Lane County’s Elevate program and are matched with a person in the student’s area of interest.  Shadows take place in 1st & 3rd trimester usually during a non-school day.
  • Haggerty Scholars Program: High-school seniors with an interest in law and civil rights meet regularly with an attorney mentor, attend meetings and panel discussions related to law and civil rights, and attend legal events. Students who are members of underserved/underrepresented populations especially encouraged to apply. (Applications due in April of junior year)
  • Student-Initiated Job Shadow: Any student can set up a shadow by contacting a business or individual and making arrangements.  SEHS has a list of potential mentors who have worked with students in the past.


Internships and Apprenticeships:  Spend extended periods of time embedded in a specific job in an industry to learn how it works and experience what it would be like to have this career.  Meet people to help advance your goals.  May lead to being hired.

  • Elevate Internships: 11th and 12th grade students, as well as those who have completed a job shadow, apply through Connected Lane County’s Elevate program to be matched with a person in the student’s area of interest. The student is embedded in the industry to complete a relevant project with a mentor during the summer.  Students generally spend 25-40 hours a week for 6 weeks on the job site and are paid $15/hour.  Applications are accepted during the 3rd
  • Eugene Police Cadet Program: Students ages 16-20 attend weekend classes and evening trainings to learn, develop and practice skills required in police work. Participants may be involved in simulations and, once the academy is complete, can do ride-alongs with police officers.  Programs begin every 6 months, and cadets must apply and interview to be accepted.
  • Lane Arts Council’s Design Arts Apprenticeship Program: Lane Arts Council mentors work with middle- and high-school students for 10 weeks to explore graphic, digital and physical design and production. Takes place during 1st and 3rd terms of each school year.
  • Chambers Construction: Summer opportunities to obtain training and experience in the construction field. If this leads to being hired by Chambers, you may be eligible to receive pay for the hours invested in training.  Must be at least 16 and interested in construction as a career.
  • World of Work: ArtWorks Internship: A 3-month, hands-on, paid internship program for high-school students at the Jordan Schnitzer Museum of Art (JSMA), funded by a grant from the Oregon Arts Commission. World of Work interns will be exposed to a variety of museum departments and work under the mentorship of museum professionals and practicing artists.
  • Apprenticeships in Science & Engineering (ASE) program connects motivated high-school students with mentors in pre-professional science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) internships. Internships are eight-week, full-time summer positions, designed by the mentors, themselves. They take place throughout Oregon and Southwest Washington. The application process is competitive. ASE interns have been listed on published research, helped to design and test commercial products, and spent countless hours in the field and in the lab.
  • The Schweiger Memorial Scholarship Fund offers a paid summer internship program with opportunities from leading construction and engineering companies in the Pacific Northwest. This program provides practical construction experience for students and apprentices, and priority for scholarship consideration is given to the internship participants. (Scholarship advertised yearly in March)
  • Partnership for Scientific Inquiry (PSI) Program: Free program for Oregon sophomores, juniors, and seniors that introduces students to the scientific process and provides access to research scientists from OHSU and other Portland research institutes in a virtual 16-week course. Participants may have an opportunity to be paired with a mentor for a summer research experience. (Application window early November through mid-December)


Summer Camps and Programs: Take a class, spend a week or longer, often over summer vacation, diving into skills, activities and problem solving common to a specific career.  Get a more realistic picture of what it takes and if that career is for you. Skills gained can increase hireability.

  • Young Women’s Fire Camp: Free 1-week camp put on by Eugene Springfield Fire for young women, ages 15-18, interested in a career in firefighting. Participants develop self-confidence, teamwork, leadership, and hands-on firefighting trainin. Application required.
  • KP Youth Exploration Academy in Health Care (KPYEAH): Summer, month-long exploration of a range of careers in the medical profession through Kaiser Permanente. Hands-on activities and tours.  Current juniors and seniors are paid to attend the following July’s program. Application required.
  • Nonprofit High School: Interview and tour several local nonprofits like Shelton McMurphey House, Lane County History Museum, Children’s Museum, Wordcrafters Literacy Program. Pick an organization and complete a project on its behalf with the help of a mentor.
  • YEBW (Young Entrepreneurs Business Week): Students live on an area university campus for a week during the summer to learn about business fundamentals, as well as leadership, teamwork, networking, public speaking, and more. During each program, YEBW incorporates inspirational speakers, interactive learning exercises and other professional growth activities. Registration required. Scholarships available on a first-come, first-served basis. Apply for scholarships by May. (Annually in summer)
  • FBI Portland Teen Academy: 5-day overnight program emphasizing the FBI’s mission, intelligence and criminal investigations, hands-on activities, and development of related skills. Eligible incoming juniors and seniors selected to attend academy in Salem during the summer. (Applications due in spring)
  • Hydropower and STEM Career Academy: Weeklong summer academy in Washington designed to give students experience in the hydro and solar industries.
  • Southwestern Oregon Firefighter Camp: Free opportunity to explore careers and Southwestern Oregon Community College program offerings in the areas of firefighting and emergency medical services. Takes place in early June at North Bend High School. Registration is required by emailing
  • Next Generation Storytelling: Opportunity for current 9th-11th grade students to experience life on a college campus while gaining insight and practice in the journalism and communication fields. For most of one week, students live on either the U of O or PSU campus and are immersed in the life of a college journalism student. Takes place in June (U of O) and August (PSU). (Applications due in May (U of O) and June (PSU).
  • Summer Business Institute (SBI): 1-week summer residential program for current sophomores and juniors who are “students of color and those with culturally diverse backgrounds.” Opportunity for students to immerse themselves in the world of business and earn 1 elective college credit at PSU.
  • Summer Transportation Camp. This free week-long summer day camp for Oregon students entering 9th–12th grades is hosted by the Transportation Research and Education Center at Portland State University. It offers an immersive introduction to transportation careers and the workings of transportation systems in Portland. (Applications accepted in May and June on a rolling basis)
  • Oregon Coast Aquarium Youth Volunteer Program. For high-school students able to spend a 6-hour day in Newport each week during the summer. Volunteers rotate to different exhibits and talk to aquarium guests about the animals and conservation issues.  Students have the opportunity to learn about marine careers from aquarium staff and participate in various community science and leadership projects. Questions? Contact Grace Doleshel, Youth Programs Coordinator ( or 541-867-3474).


Classes and Workshops: Learn about career options and preparation requirements for different fields.  Participate in activities and gain professional skills.

  • Intro to Building Trades and Apprenticeships: One-day workshop on apprenticeships available through local trade unions in professions such as asbestos workers, boilermakers, bricklayers, cement masons, floor installers, insulation installers, glass fitters, iron workers, and utility line workers.
  • RTEC 101: Lane Community College class that covers strategies for navigating community college and the 40 careers and technical programs Lane offers. Class is free to seniors and students earn college credit.
  • Lane Community College Hands-On Career Exploration Day: One-day event offering hands-on exposure to multiple technical programs available at LCC–welding, auto, diesel, construction, multimedia design, theater, plumbing, culinary arts, computer, dental, physical therapy, massage therapy, medical assistance.
  • Western Oregon University’s Criminal Justice Careers Day: High-school and college students welcome to attend this one-day event to explore the fields of law enforcement, corrections, parole and probation, community crime prevention, and other criminal-justice professions. (Usually early March)
  • Critical Care Awareness Day: Full day of demonstrations and interactive lessons. The expert team in the intensive care unit (ICU) integrates knowledge, clinical skills and technology to ensure the best possible care for the sickest patients in our community. Critical Care Awareness Day is a unique opportunity to experience what it’s like. (Mid-May at Peacehealth/Sacred Heart-Riverbend)
  • WISE Symposium: Series of workshops taught by STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) professionals. The symposium takes place in the Churchill HS auditorium from 3:30-7:30 pm. Free and open to ALL Lane County students. (March)
  • Willamette High School Career & College Knowledge Night from 6-8 pm. At 6:30 families will be able to visit booths for local businesses, colleges, and the military to gain information about different career paths and opportunities. Open to all area students. Light dinner provided. (May)
  • Lane ESD’s Youth Trades Academy: A 6-week, twice-a-week training in which journeycard-holding instructors give high-school juniors and seniors an introduction to the technical and professional skills needed to successfully apply for an apprenticeship or pursue employment in the sheet metal, plumbers and steamfitters, and electrical trades.
  • Partnership for Scientific Inquiry (PSI) Program: Free program for Oregon sophomores, juniors, and seniors that introduces students to the scientific process and provides access to research scientists from OHSU and other Portland research institutes in a virtual 16-week course. Participants may have an opportunity to be paired with a mentor for a summer research experience.
  • Construction Utility Career Day: Co-sponsored by Lane Workforce Partnership and held every two years in Lane County. At the event, youth are able to get hands-on experience finishing concrete, setting tile, rebar-tying, climbing power poles, and installing utilities.  Heavy equipment is on site and youth are able to operate the equipment under supervised instruction. Contractors, utilities, state agencies, trade apprenticeship programs, and colleges all provide exhibits.
  • Manufacturing Career Day: Co-sponsored by Lane Workforce Partnership and held every fall in Lane County. High-school students have an opportunity to tour food production, wood products manufacturing companies, and other local manufacturers. Tour locations in 2019 included:  Euphoria Chocolate, Glory Bee, Seneca Sawmill, Attune Foods, Franz Bakery, Swanson Group, Kingsford Manufacturing, Cutting Edge Illusions, Forrest Technical, and Hummingbird Wholesale.


Hiring Opportunities: Attend an event where you can apply, interview and get hired by a range of potential employers. Often technical careers include on-the-job training provided by the employer instead of a college degree.  Students who have completed internships often have a hiring advantage.

  • Job Fair: at Bob Kiefer Center in Springfield. Connected Lane County sponsors this job fair where seniors can visit representatives from multiple industries, attend a resume workshop, submit a resume, interview, and possibly get offered a job. Registration required. (Spring.)
  • Job Fair: at Lane Community College (May)
  • Willamette High School Career & College Knowledge Night: 2-hour evening program open to all area students. Light dinner provided, then students and their families visit booths for local businesses, colleges, and the military to gather information about different career paths and opportunities. (Mid-May.)
  • Student Job Board: Posted by Connected Lane County’s Elevate program.
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