Student Opportunities

While in high school students are encouraged to participate in a variety of activities both in and out of school.  Some colleges provide summer and after school opportunities for high school students which provide career decision-making opportunities.  Part-time jobs are a good way of gaining valuable work place skills.  Some students may be interested in the military or apprenticeships. Below is a brief list of opportunities.  Please check websites for the most current information. 


Individual colleges offer internal opportunities - visit the school websites or view student resource files located in the Career Center for further information.  Opportunities are subject to change refer to the website as primary information.  If you find a broken link please inform Mrs. Johnson in the Career Center.



  • ISU College of Engineering Senior Visitation Day
  • ISU College of Engineering Explore Engineering Summer Workshops - Provides answers to "what is engineering, what do engineers do, is engineering for me?"; Participate in solving real engineering design problems, and experince college life
  • ISU Young Women in Business Conference an annual conference held in the fall.  Open to young women and their parents to find out what it's like to be a business major.


  • Secondary Student Training Program - In this program students conduct scientific research under the guidance of a faculty member.  Students will spend approximately 40 hours per week researching a field of interest to them. The U of I colleges of Engineering, Liberal Arts and Sciences, Dentistry, Medicine, Pharmacy, Public Health, and the graduate College all participate in this program.

  • Society of Women Engineers "High School Conference" - An annual weekend conference for high school junior and senior girls that allows them to see the responsibilities of a typical engineering student and also experience the life of an engineer. The weekend consists of demonstrations, games, tours, food, and fun. It is not required that participants attend the U of I next year or be accepted into an engineering program. The conference is intended to give attendees a chance to experience and learn more about engineering and the U of I.  Applications can be found online or in the Career Center.

  • SWE - High School Girls Conference

  • UNI Math Day - A recruiting event where UNI tells students and parents about career opportunities in mathematics and the mathematics program.  Those that attend will be eligible for Math Scholarship - RSVP by Tuesday, January 24

  • Iowa College Goal Sunday - volunteers will help students and families fill out and file the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). 

 AUGUSTANA SUMMER ACADEMY  Augustana Summer Academy - Is a summer enrichment program for high school students entering their sophomore, junior or senior year.  Augustana Summer Academy
 BLACK HAWK COLLEGE  Black Hawk College’s STEM camp for girls in 8th - 12th grade (who were in those grades at the end of the school year).  Hands-on activities as well as field trips to various locations relating to STEM will be happening.

 Get the flyer and registration form

 WESTERN ILLINOIS UNIVERSITY Western Illinois University (WIU) has a variety of Summer Outreach Programs for students 9th - 12th Grade. Offerings vary from year to year - see WIU's website for details for this year's camp offerings. Register early as some opportunities have a limited amount of space.
 WIU Summer Outreach Programs


Organization provide opportunities for students to gain knowledge in specific career areas.  Opportunities are subject to change refer to the website as primary information.  If you find a broken link please inform Mrs. Johnson in the Career Center.

 The Iowa 4-H Conference features keynote speakers, innovative workshops, community service projects in the Ames area, dances, and games.  The conference is open to students who have completed 8th - 12th grade at the end of the school year. There are workshops on technology, teamabuilding, nutrition, diversity and much more.
 For more information go to the Iowa 4-H website.
 BUSINESS HORIZONS DAY CAMP  Business Horizons is a week-long residential experience, sponsored by the Iowa Association of Business and Industry Foundation. This unique program gives students an opportunity to gain an understanding of economics, the free enterprise system, entrepreneurship, and a wide variety of careers while working in a team environment, developing a marketing plan (including a TV infomercial) and presenting that plan to potential investors. It is also about improving leadership skills, personal development and living on a college campus.  Business Horizons
 DAR - Christopher Columbus Essay Contest.  Essay must be about the current year's topic and is open to all 9th - 12th students in public, private, or those who are home schoolers.
 DAR Christopher Columbus Essay Contest
 The DuPont Challenge Science Essay Competition will be accepting entries beginning Nov. 15.  In it's 28th consecutive year, the DuPont Challenge essay contest encourages students to consider how science and innovation can be used to meet the needs of the 21st century for food, energy and protection.  Students in grades 7-12 in the US, Canada and US Territories may submit their essay entries.
 The DuPont Essay Challenge
 GENESIS ADVENTURES IN NURSING (GAIN) CAMP  GAIN is a camp geared for incoming 8th to outgoing 12th grade students.  for students in nursing careers in particular and as well as general medical careers.  A limited amount of scholarships are available.  Students who request a scholarship will be asked to write a brief essay on why they believe they will benefit from the camp, as well as a letter of recommendation from either a school counselor or science teacher.
Click here for the brochure/registration form.

 You can also visit the Genesis Education website or email Lori Ruden at
 IOWA STATE 4-H CONFERENCE  Every June, over 1000 teenagers converge on the campus of Iowa State University for 3 days full of speakers, workshops, mixers, dances, a banquet, and community service activities. Must have completed 8th grade.

4-H State Conference

 IOWA PAGE POSITIONS  The Iowa Legislature is looking for high school students with a great attitude who want to work in a professional environment, learn about how laws are made, and meet other students from around the state of Iowa. Benefits for high school students include: learn firsthand about how the Iowa Legislature works; sit in on legislative committee meetings and debate; meet legislators; work with other students from all over the state; and witness what happens behind-the-scenes.  Iowa Page Information
  JUNIOR STATESMEN SUMMER SCHOOL  The JSA Summer School offers a challenging, dynamic academic experience for students who have a passion for making a difference. For over 75 years, non-partisan Junior Statesmen programs have provided an unparalleled training ground for the students who will be the civic leaders of their generation. JSA Summer Programs prepare students to tackle the challenges facing their communities, our nation and the world.  Summer Statesman Program
  MIDWEST ALLIANCE: SUMMER CAMP EXPERIENCE WITH EXPLORATION BY DESIGN  The Midwest Alliance Summer Camp  - Exploration by Design is a three-day immersion experience for students with disabilities who are interested in science, social sciences, technology, engineering and math (STEM).
 THE MWC offers the Young Emerging Writers Summer Internship Program in June and July.  This six-week program is for talented graduating and continuing high school students, ages 15-19, interested in creating publishing works of fiction, nonfiction, poetry, and or/drama.  The goal of the program is development of intern writing abilities and the production and distribution of a literary journal representing the best work of the participants.
 For more information or to apply go to the MWC website.
 NATIONAL HISPANIC INSTITUTE  The National Hispanic Institute is hosting two opportunities for freshman - juniors.  Both opportunities have scholarships available.
The Midwest Great Debate is held at Augustana College in Rock Island. The Great Debate allows high school, Latino freshman the opportunity to test and improve their written and verbal communication skills through organized discussions and debates about issues that impact today's Latino community.  To qualify a Latino student needs to have a: 3.0 GPA, a college-bound high school graduation plan, and strong intentions to attend college.

   The 23rd consecutive Lorenzo de Zavala Youth Legislative Session (LDZ) at Elmhust College in Chicago is for Latino sophomores and juniors. The LDZ is a week-long experience is designed to assess the promise and potential of a community rooted in a reality of dual cultures.  Critical thinking, collaboration, and the ability to influence outcomes will emerge as essential skills to facilitate success as a leader in the 21st century Latino Community.  To qualify a Laatino needs to have an 88% GPA and be enrolled in a college-bound high school graduation plan.

The Great Debate Flyer

The Great Debate registration

Lorenzo de Zavala Youth Legislative Session Flyer

Lorenzo de Zavala Youth Legislative Session registration
 NATIONAL YOUTH LEADERSHIP FORUM  The National Youth Leadership Forum helps students to make well-informed career choices and position themselves for today's challenging and diverse job market.  Forums available are: Medicine; Law and the CSI; National Security; and Collegiate Success.  Each Forum schedule varies between 6-10 days during the summer.
 Palmer is hosting a Campus visit day so that students can find out about opportunities and Palmer including financial aid.
 Palmer Saturday Campus Visit Day
 QUAD CITY ENGINEERING AND SCIENCE COUNCIL (QCESC)   ASM Materials Day Camp - is a summer camp utilizing hands on learning principle of applied math, physics, and chemistry. The camp is open to any incoming (10th-12th grader) who are involved in math, science and industrial technology classes.  Will be held at Black Hawk College


Registered Apprenticeship is a critical post-secondary education, training and employment option available in every state in the country. It is an important component of talent development strategies. Registered Apprenticeship is business and industry-driven, with more than 29,00 programs impacting 250,000 employers and almost 450,000 apprenticeships in such industries as: construction, manufacturing, transportation, telecommunications, information technology, biotechnology, retail, health care, the military, utilities, security and the public sector.

Local Apprenticeship and Training Representative is Robert A. Snyder, US Dept. of Labor; 101 West 2nd St.; Suite 303; Davenport, IA 52801;; 563-324-1339.

 The Carpenters Apprenticeship Program is a four year program.  Local Union $4 & #166 maintain the program for our area.
 For more information or an application visit QC-JATC.  Office location is: 479 27th Street; East Moline, IL 61244. Contact is Bill Lehman,
 The Cement Masons Apprenticeship is a 3 year program; the Plasterers Apprenticeship is a 4 year program.  Local Union #18 Area #544 maintains the program for our area.
 For more information or application information please call 309-787-8280.  Office location is 7909 42nd Street West; Rock Island, IL 61201. Contact is Montie D. Schell,
 Applications are available beginning February through January, during regular business hours. For more information or application information visit Local Union 25.  Office location is: 4612 46th Ave; Rock Island, IL 61201.  Contact is Matt Lienen,
The Electrical Training Program is a 4 year program and includes training in: Inside Wiremen, Outside Linemen; Residential Wiremen and Telecommunications Installer-Technicians.  Education credit will be earned.
 For more information visit the website: KnowWatt or see Mrs. Johnson for "Information for Applicants" brochure.  Office location is: 1700 52nd Ave, Suite C; Moline, IL 61265.  Contact is Mike Ellison,


ROTC Programs are offered in the Navy, Air Force, and Army. ROTC allows you to attend college while preparing for a career in the military.  Contact the college of choice and inquire about ROTC programs.

Students interested in the US Service Academies need to apply in September of their senior year to be eligible for the year following the students graduation.  An applicant for a nomination must meet the eligibility requirements as of July 1 of the year of admission to a service academy: He or she must be at least 17 years old, but not have passed the 23rd birthday, must be a United States citizen, and must be unmarried, not pregnant or have no legal obligation to support a child.

Young men in the U.S. are required to register with Selective Service within 30 days of their 18th birthday.   Young men can register online, at the closest post office, or by mailing a Reminder Mail back Card to; Selective Service System, Registration Information Office, P.O. Box 94638, Palatine, IL 60094-4638.

There are six branches of the military students can investigate - click on branch name for further information: Air Force; Army; Coast Guard; Marines; National Guard; and Navy.


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 STUDENT TEMPORARY EMPLOYMENT PROGRAM (STEP)   Job opportunities under the Student Temporary Employment Program offers temporary, flexible employment to students who are enrolled or accepted for enrollment as degree seeking students taking at least a half-time academic, technical, or vocational course load in an accredited high school, technical, vocational, 2 or 4 yer college or university, graduate or professional school. Employment can range from a summer job position to a position that can last for as long as you are a student.   To receive consideration for STEP high school students are required to submit proof of enrollment in the form of a letter from your school OR a current class schedule (Please send these documents in Word or a PDF format) by email to: In the Subject Line of your submission please state: Last Name, First Name - Student Employment (current year).
 Girl Scouts of Eastern Iowa and Western Illinois is currently hiring for their Girl Scout programs.  Starting wage is $8.25-$9.25 depending on experiences.  Days and times vary but include Monday - Friday starting between 2 p.m. - 3:30 p.m. depending on the student's schedule until 8 p.m. and an occasional weekend.
 For more information contact Missy Sweeney 309-788-0833 x 316 or email Apply online at