Student Service Learning Opportunities

  • Architecture/Construction Management/Engineering/STEM

    ACE Mentor Program: 12-week after school program that gives students a hands-on introduction to Architecture, Construction Management, and Engineering.  

    Pacific NW Carpenters Institute Construction Camp: Multi-faceted, 8-week presentation of various subjects related to carpentry and the construction industry.  

    Saturday Academy Apprenticeship in Science and Engineering: The Apprenticeships in Science and Engineering (ASE) Program matches bright, motivated high school students with professional scientists and engineers for eight-week, full-time summer internships. Students assist mentors with research and other activities, learning first-hand about science and engineering careers in the process. Interns attend two full-day conferences during the summer, gaining additional exposure to diverse careers in scientific and engineering fields, and developing skills that will serve them well in technical careers.  ASE is part of Saturday Academy, a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization. Check out a sample of their incredible offerings like Critical Infrastructure Protection at the Bonneville Dam, Learning Security Through Games, or even Open Source Wireless Tools for Primate Research. 

    Invention Bootcamp at Portland State University: 4-week summer camp from 10 am - 3:30 pm, summer weekdays (M-F) under the guidance of PSU faculty and students, 4 weeks from June 22 - July 17, 2020. Offered in the summer of 2020 only for students who are currently enrolled in 9-12th grade during the 2019-20 school year. No prior experience is required in order to apply or participate. Anyone can become an inventor when given the right tools. Invention Bootcamp recognizes that students of color, women, low-income, and first-generation college students are historically underrepresented in STEM undergraduate programs. Invention Bootcamp is committed to reversing this trend and strongly encourages high school students from the above historically underserved and underrepresented backgrounds in STEM to apply. Application deadline March 6th. Apply here.

    Free Geek: Free Geek offers a variety of unpaid internships to those who have the time and interest to work outside of our two introductory volunteer programs. Interns volunteer on a set schedule, learn valuable skill sets and play a vital role in the health of Free Geek as an organization. These are competitive, challenging and highly valued positions. While we cannot pay our volunteer interns, we can offer job skills training, letters of reference, professional feedback, and resume assistance. Due to the nature of these volunteer opportunities, we ask that all applicants be 16 or older.



    Enterprise Academy For more than 30 years, the Rotary Club of Portland has provided the opportunity for high school students to explore the challenges and opportunities of our free enterprise system and the dynamics of the business world through Enterprise Academy. This innovative weekend retreat allows students to interact with successful business people and to participate in highly informative and enjoyable team projects. Camp Kuratli, Boring Oregon (transportation provided). Application deadline 2/27/20.

    Bank of America Student Leaders Bank of America recognizes high school students who lead and serve in their own communities and beyond. We connect Student Leaders to tools and resources to help make communities better. As a Student Leader, you will work as a paid intern at a local nonprofit for eight weeks; attend the week-long Student Leaders Summit in Washington, D.C.; develop leadership and career skills; connect with like-minded students from your own community and across the country. Must be a current High School Junior or Senior. Apply by January 31, 2020. 


    Environment/Urban Planning

    TheCenterPDX/ PLACE (Planning and Leadership Across City Environments) focuses on how we relate to our urban environment through smart planning and effective leadership.PLACE is for current high school students and recent high school graduates from around the region. During this dynamic, interdisciplinary, and experiential program, you will learn from the city's best minds as they grapple with decisions that shape Portland's future. The CENTER (Create. Engage. Notice. Teach. Empower. Remember.) is a coalition-led hub for child and youth creativity, education, and engagement and to join organizational forces in the creation of authentic and inclusive opportunities that empower children and youth to lead positive change in their communities.

    OMSI LOTS OF OPPORTUNITIES while you're in school and during the summer!
    ++Outdoor Science Apprentice Instructor- Hancock Field Station and Pacific Marine Science Camp. Camp Counselor/Instructor. You will work with instructors to teach environmental education topics and eventually teach by yourself. Room and board plus pay is provided during the program.
    ++Science Squad:You’ll balance your time on the museum floor with training in communication, informal education, and leadership skills to give you the background you need to be a successful museum educator. In this position you must commit to working two 4-hour shifts per week for the summer session, or one 4-hour shift per week during the school year session.
    ++Feeling creative? Propose an internship. How? Send a letter of interest describing your goals—including your desired time commitment and a proposed schedule—along with your resume and internship application here.


    NW Filmmakers’ Festival Intern/Volunteer
    This is an unpaid position for either a Festival Intern (for currently enrolled students) or Volunteer who will develop a working knowledge of the independent film arts by assisting in the production and promotion of one of the country's largest and oldest regional film festivals, the Northwest Filmmakers’ Festival.


    Fire Fighter

    Portland Fire and Rescue:  is hosting a fire training camp for women ages 16-20. This 3 1/2 day camp is an opportunity to experience the unique aspects of being a firefighter. Work stations will include search and rescue, Jaws of Life operation, climbing the aerial ladder, fire hose operation and forcing doors. Young women will also learn about nutrition, physical fitness, interview skills, Emergency Medical Services and gain CPR certification.

    Portland Fire Explorer Program:  The Portland Fire & Rescue (PF&R) Cadet Program provides the opportunity for young men and women, ages 16 to 20, to become familiar with career opportunities available in the fire service. Through classroom instruction, hands-on training, and volunteer work, Explorers are provided a base of knowledge and experience that will benefit them not only in fire service careers but also in all future endeavors. The program is designed to encourage and promote accountability, being safe, communication, teamwork, fitness and develop leadership skills. The Explorer Program is a subsidiary of the Learning for Life organization. The mission statement for Learning for Life is to enable young people to become responsible individuals by teaching positive character traits, career development, leadership, and life skills so they can make moral choices and achieve their full potential.



    Pamplin Media Group, through a partnership with Metro, is offering three part-time, paid ($13.hour) summer internships to high school journalists in the Portland metro region. The interns will receive mentorship and training from professional journalists and Portland Tribune/Pamplin Media Group staff. The program aims to elevate and amplify the voices of students from historically underrepresented communities. Students of color, low-income students and members of other underrepresented groups are eligible to apply. Application packets must be received by May 15, 2019. Find out more here.


    Health Professions

    Coalition of Community Health Clinics (CCHC) seeks students interested in building knowledge and experience in community health. CCHC serves people who are underinsured or low-income. Resume and cover letter (or questions) to CCHC program manager: 

    Oregon Health & Science University:  

    ++For summer internships, begin your search here.
    ++For research opportunities, follow this process:

    Visit OHSU website to identify two-three areas of interest to you (a dept., research program, specific lab or specific scientist)

    • Prepare a resume in Word, including related coursework,  research or scientific experience, your goals.
    • State your availability.
    • The Office of Science Education Opportunities (SEO) can provide contact info for specific individuals or departments. Contact the department directly. 

    ++Ted R. Lilley Cancer CURE Program  A paid internship that matches students with a cancer-specific researcher. Interns work full-time for eight weeks in a research lab alongside OHSU scientists conducting cancer research. The 2020 Summer CURE Research Program is scheduled for Thursday, June 18 through Friday, August 7, 2020. CURE interns will be selected in February. Interns will work a maximum of 40 hours per week, $10 per hour + Trimet pass. Info in the Career Center. Student applications are due Friday, December 20, 2019.

    Kaiser Permanente Youth Exploration Academy in Healthcare
    KP YEAH! is a PAID, four-week-long, interactive exploration program for high school students. The program focuses on providing high school students with exposure to Kaiser Permanente's integrated healthcare system while promoting access to higher education, career readiness and introduction to various healthcare pathways. Learn more about how to apply, eligibility, and student selection criteria here. Deadline January 31, 2020.

    ADVENTIST Student Healthcare Leaders (SHLgives high school students an introduction to the abundant and diverse career opportunities available in health care. This 10-week after-school program uses interactive explorations and panel discussions to help young people explore health care, become enlightened about what it includes and engage with health care professionals. Free for the selected participants. The program takes place at Adventist Health Portland Medical Center. Evening meals are provided during class. Spring Session 2020 Application deadline: Sunday, February 16, 2020 Classes: 5-7:30 p.m. every Monday, March 9 through May 4, except March 23.





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    OR call you favorite elementary school teacher and ask if you can volunteer in their classroom!



    Sample email to Volunteer Coordinator:

    Dear Volunteer Coordinator,

    My name is ____________________ and I am a 10th grader at Roosevelt High School.  I am interested in volunteering with your agency and would love to know if you have any upcoming events in which I could participate.

    I am available on weekends and after school on Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays.  You can reach me at or 503-000-0000.  Thank you for your time!


    Your name



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