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 opportunity helping high school students find their career passions, college aspirations and educational paths toward jobs in architecture, construction and engineering. The program serves amost 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 Oregon, a local nonprofit with a special partnership with PWA: Local Website | National Affiliate Website


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. Check our events every year in February


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 Internships

PWA helps identify and recruit promising students for internships in health care. Our partners include Kaiser Permanente, Oregon Health & Science University, Legacy Health and University of Portland School of Nursing. Kaiser Permanente offers summer internship opportunities to high school juniors and seniors in the business/management department and pharmacy organization. OHSU offers multiple internships and volunteering opportunities to high school students. Look out for more information every Spring.


Our Work

Upcoming Events

  1. Career Day at Oregon Humane Society

    April 23 | 9:20 am - 12:15 pm
  2. Career Day at Kaiser Permanente

    April 25 | 8:45 am - 12:00 pm
  3. Kaiser Permanente Dental Career Day

    April 26 | 9:15 am - 12:00 pm
  4. KGW Career Day with Parkrose

    April 29 | 9:15 am - 11:30 am
  5. Design Career Day at FINE: MLC

    May 2 | 12:30 pm - 2:50 pm