Our Career Days take students to every corner of Portland, from sleek downtown offices to the industrial Swan Island. Employers show students their workplaces, share their insights and describe how to pursue different careers. During most Career Days, students get a chance to practice skills needed on the job through hands-on activities and other kinds of experiential, work-based learning.

Interested in hosting a Career Day? Find out how!

Virtual Career Days: PWA and its partners have embraced virtual Career Days and other forms of virtual connections, in response to restrictions on physical gatherings due to COVID-19. Check our events page for upcoming virtual career events. Want to participate in a virtual Career Talk or other virtual event? Contact us.

Our Partners

Architecture & Construction

Howard S. Wright, ZGF Architects, Pacific Northwest Carpenters Institute, PCC Swan Islands Trade Center, Skanska, JE Dunn, McKinstry, Oh planning+design

Arts, Communications & Design

Wieden+Kennedy, Instrument, Ziba Design, KGW-TV, Swift, Design Week Portland, FINE, Upswell, The Oregonian & OregonLive

Business & Sports

adidas, Nike, Umpqua Bank, Under Armour


Oregon Health & Science University, Kaiser Permanente, Legacy Health, Providence, University of Portland School of Nursing, KP Dental


AWS Elemental, Puppet, Simple, Microsoft, DigiGirlz, Cloudability, New Relic, Metal Toad, Zapproved

Manufacturing, Energy & Engineering

Portland General Electric, Gunderson, Daimler Trucks North America, Gunderson, Vigor, A-dec, Lam Research, PacifiCorp

Public, Human & Government Services

Mercy Corps, Oregon Humane Society, Portland Parks & Recreation, Port of Portland, Portland Fire & Rescue, Multnomah County, Prescott Elementary (Future Educators)

Higher Education Partners

Portland Community College, Oregon Health & Science University, Portland State University, University of Portland

Our Work

Upcoming Events

  1. ACE Mentor Program: Week One

    January 3, 2023 | 4:30 pm - 6:30 pm
  2. PWA Expo Breakfast

    February 22, 2023 | 7:30 am - 9:00 am
  3. 2023 NW Youth Careers Expo

    February 22, 2023 | 9:00 am - 1:30 pm