PWA collaborates with many community partners to offer mentorships, internships and other opportunities for students to work with employers and earn valuable career experience.


ACE Mentor Program

ACE is a free after-school program helping high school students find their career passions and educational paths toward jobs in Architecture, Construction and Engineering. The program, staffed by PWA, serves almost 200 Oregon students a year and relies on about 100 volunteer professional mentors to coach students in a hands-on, team-oriented project over 12 weeks.

ACE serves students from throughout the Portland metro area, including as far away as Sandy and Colton. ACE has demonstrated remarkable success in furthering self-sufficiency by helping Oregon students graduate, earn college scholarships and make informed career decisions. Learn more about the ACE Mentor Program of Portland, a local nonprofit with a special partnership with PWA: Local Website | National Affiliate Website

Interested in applying for the program?  Learn more about mentoring for ACE Portland.

Summer Construction Camp

High school students spend eight weeks at a job site working with a construction crew, earning more than $3,000 over the summer while learning carpentry, teamwork and other skills.

This program has served more than 100 students from the Portland metro area over the past decade, and is made possible by local contractors, the Pacific Northwest Carpenters Institute and Pacific Northwest Regional Council of Carpenters. Some students have even gone on after graduation to become apprentices and journeymen, finding a good family-wage job by their early 20's.

Applications for the 2019 program are closed. Check our events every year in February for information on how to apply.


PACE Mentorship Program

PACE gives Portland-area high school students the chance to work directly with carpenters, plumbers, electricians and sheet metal workers on a hand-on project.

One goal is to engage students by connecting them with caring professionals who teach them useful, interesting skills. The other is to familiarize students with well-paying career opportunities within the construction industry, including management and the skilled trades.

PACE is a collaborative effort by Portland Public Schools, PWA, Associated General Contractors and several leading apprenticeship training centers.


Healthcare Mentor Programs & Internships

PWA is offering a free after-school nursing mentorship program for high school students. During the four-week program in February, students will engage with local health care employers and explore careers in nursing. Find out more about the Future of Nursing Mentorship Program here.

Kaiser Permanente also offers summer internship opportunities to high school juniors and seniors in the business/management department and pharmacy organization. Learn more by signing up for our Kaiser Permanente Career Days every Fall, Winter, and Spring. In addition, OHSU offers multiple internships and volunteering opportunities to high school students. Check out their website for more information.


Our Work

Upcoming Events

  1. Career Day at Oregon Humane Society

    April 15 | 9:20 am - 12:15 pm
  2. Career Day at catena consulting engineers

    April 17 | 8:15 am - 12:00 pm
  3. Career Day at Kaiser Permanente

    April 17 | 8:45 am - 12:00 pm
  4. Career Day at Legacy Health – Simulation Lab

    April 22 | 8:45 am - 12:00 pm
  5. ACE Luncheon

    April 22 | 11:00 am - 1:15 pm