Tools you can use--career development and mentoring programs

Many organizations offer tools and experiences to help students explore and prepare for careers in the licensed professions. Here you will find a selection of career-development programs that offer mentoring, scholarships, experiential learning, materials for teachers, and more!

Each program listed here includes keywords that describe the types of experiences offered. For example, if a program offers guidance on preparing for and selecting a college, it would have the keywords "College Guidance" in its listing.

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  • Professions are listed alphabetically. There is also a category for multi-profession and miscellaneous programs.

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Program Keywords:

Career exploration Resources for exploring careers, including programs to increase access to the professions
College guidance Guidance on preparing for/choosing a college
Curriculum Curricula available to educators, or program presents its own curriculum
Experiential components Includes hands-on activities or “applied” experiences (e.g., guided projects, internships)
Mentoring Mentoring components or opportunities
Professional services Licensed professionals provide services to students
Scholarships Provides or links to college scholarship opportunities
STEM Focus on science, technology, engineering, and math subjects/experiences


Name

P-20 Audience

Summary of Activities

Keywords/Comments

Acupuncture

Acupuncture Society of New York Undergraduates College and career information and links for professionals.
  • Career exploration
  • Scholarship

Applied Behavioral Analysis

New York State Association for Behavior Analysis None Information for professionals, parents, and families.
  • Advocacy organization

Architecture

Ace Mentor Program

High school students Via mentors, immerses students in design and construction projects (e.g., contracting, engineering, architecture, and landscaping); student capstone presentation.
  • Career exploration
  • Mentoring
  • Experiential components
  • Scholarships
  • STEM
AIA NY Center for Architecture Foundation K-12 students, parents, educators Weekend, vacation, and afterschool programs; residency programs and workshops; professional development for educators.
  • Career exploration
  • College guidance
  • Curriculum
  • Mentoring
  • Experiential components
  • Scholarships
  • STEM
Newhouse Program (Chicago) Teens Competitions; studio workshops; projects; after school and “fellows” programs.
  • Career exploration
  • Mentoring
  • Experiential components
  • STEM
Worldstudio Foundation High school students Scholarships, fellowships, grants; mentoring; social
  • Career exploration
  • Mentoring
  • Scholarships

Athletic Training

National Athletic Trainers’ Association High school and college students College and career information.
  • Scholarships
  • Career exploration
  • Mentoring
New York State Athletic Trainers’ Association High school and college students College and career information. Links to accredited schools in New York.
  • Scholarships
  • Career exploration
  • Mentoring

Audiology

American Speech-Language-Hearing Association High school and college students College and career information and links for high school students.
  • Career exploration
  • College guidance
New York State Speech-Language Hearing Association High school and college students College and career information. Links to college and university programs in New York.
  • Career exploration
  • College guidance
  • Scholarship

Certified Public Accountancy

NYS Society of CPAs High school juniors (COAP); high school and college students (“Next Gen” initiative). Activities at college campuses and field visits (COAP); “Excellence in Accounting” scholarship.
  • Career exploration
  • College guidance
Start Here, Go Places High school students and educators Career and college preparation resources for students; professional development and classroom resources for high school educators. AICPA Foundation scholarships.
  • Curriculum
  • Scholarships

 

Extensive site for students and educators.

Certified Shorthand Reporting

National Court Reporters Association

High school and college students

Basic college and career guidance.

NCRA’s DiscoverSteno includes resources for careers in court reporting and recruitment resources.
  • Career exploration
  • College guidance
  • Mentoring (virtual)
  • Scholarships
New York State Court Reporters Association High school and college students Links to scholarship, reporting schools, and a mentoring program
  • Career exploration
  • College guidance
  • Mentoring (virtual)
  • Scholarships

Chiropractic

American Chiropractic Association College students National Chiropractic Health Month – October
  • Career exploration
  • Scholarships

Clinical Laboratory Technology

American Society for Cytotechnology College students

College and career guidance and resources for professionals.

National Cytotechnology Day – May 13th, 2018.
  • Career exploration
  • College guidance
  • Scholarships
National Society for Histotechnology College students

College and career guidance and resources for professionals.

National Laboratory Professionals Week – last full week in April.

Histotechnology Professionals Day – March 9th, 2018.
  • Career exploration
  • College guidance

Dentistry

American Dental Association and ADA Foundation General site

Basic college and career guidance.

Foundation: “Give Kids a Smile” provides free oral health services to underserved children.

  • Career exploration
  • College guidance

 “Give Kids a Smile” program:

  • Professional services

Dietetics and Nutrition

New York State Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics College students College and career guidance and resources for RDNs and NDTRs
  • Career exploration
  • College guidance
  • Scholarship
  • Mentoring
New York State Department of Health Pre-K “Eat Well Play Hard” – improving nutrition for pre-school age children and parents in child care centers.
  • Curriculum
Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics P-12 families

Nutrition resources for parents of preschooler – teen.

National Nutrition Month Toolkit.
 

Engineering

Virginia Middle School Engineering Initiative Middle school educators Completed—project yielded engineering teaching kits.
  • Curriculum
  • STEM
Project Lead the Way K-12 students and educators Applied-learning curricular modules—engineering, computer science, biomedical engineering.
  • Curriculum
  • Experiential components
  • STEM
MESA: Engineering Pipeline (Oregon) Grades 6-12 students, educators, families Hands-on math, science, engineering, and technology projects at school sites; competitions; links to career, college, and scholarship resources.
  • Career exploration
  • College guidance
  • Curriculum
  • Experiential components
  • Scholarships
  • STEM
NYS STEM Education Collaborative P-12 educators, policymakers Collaboration/advocacy to strengthen and align STEM teaching and NY math, science, and technology learning standards.
  • STEM
Math Counts Grades 6-8 students and educators Competitions, clubs, projects; curriculum (free and by subscription).
  • Curriculum
  • STEM
  • Experiential components
Design Squad--PBS Middle school students, educators, parents TV series with guides, lessons, and activities for students, educators, and parents on STEM topics.
  • Curriculum
  • STEM
  • Experiential components

Discover Engineering

 

“Discover E”
K-12 students, parents, and educators Resources for students, educators, and volunteers: STEM activities, guides, projects, competitions, education, diversity initiatives, and careers.
  • Career exploration
  • College guidance
  • Curriculum
  • Mentoring
  • Experiential components
  • STEM
National Society of Black Engineers

K-12 students

 

Also sponsors programs for college students.
3-week “SEEK” summer commuter program for grades 3-5. Pre-college initiative for K-12 students who join “NSBE Jr.” for a nominal fee, including STEM focused programs, competitions, and events.
  • Career exploration
  • College guidance
  • Curriculum
  • Mentoring
  • Experiential components
  • STEM
National Society of Engineers Grade 12 students

College scholarships (other products for members).

  • Scholarships
  • STEM
National Academy of Engineering—Engineer Girl K-12 students Career information (preparation, settings, specialties), history, and “Ask an Engineer” about education and career matters; links to competitions, scholarships, clubs.
  • Career exploration
  • College guidance
  • Mentoring
  • Scholarships
  • STEM

Geology

USGS K-College Educational resources.
  • Curriculum
Earth Science Week P-12 students and educators Program and education resources for educators and students.
  • Curriculum
American Geophysical Union AGU Bright STaRS Middle and High School Students engaged in research experiences present results to the scientific community.
  • Career exploration

Interior Design

American Society of Interior Designers College students General information site geared towards professionals. Includes scholarship and grant information.
  • Scholarships
  • Career guidance
Iowa State University Design Camp Grades 9-12 Immersive camp for students interested in “design” disciplines.
  • Experiential components
Parsons Pre-College Academy (NY) Grades 3-12

Art and design (including interior design) classes.

Certificate program for Grades 9-12 students planning to apply to college; Scholars Program.
  • Experiential components
  • College guidance

Parsons Scholars Program

  • Scholarships
Interior Design Educators Council High School teachers 3 interior design modules (9 lesson plans).
  • Curriculum

Land Surveying

New York State Association of Professional Land Surveyors College students Career development and scholarship information.
  • Career exploration
  • Mentoring (requires member login)
  • Scholarships
National Society of Professional Surveyors K-12 Links to programs/activities related to surveying - GPS Adventures, GPS on Bench Marks, Boy and Girl Scout Surveying Merit Badge, Trig-Star Competition.
  • Experiential component
  • Career exploration
  • College guidance
  • Scholarships

Landscape Architecture

American Society of Landscape Architects K-12 teachers, Middle school students Classroom activities aligned to national teaching standards; green roof program.
  • Career exploration
  • College guidance
  • Experiential component

Massage Therapy

American Massage Therapy Association High school, College Career and education information.
  • Career exploration
  • College guidance

Medical Physics

American Association of Physicists in Medicine High school, College Includes a student guide to a medical physics career
  • Career exploration
  • College guidance

Medicine

Northwell Pre-Med Summer Internship Program College sophomores, juniors, and seniors 4-week "mini" medical school helps students decide if a career in medicine is right for them.
  • Career exploration
  • College guidance
Mentoring in Medicine Elementary (3rd grade)-high school, college and post-baccalaureate Programs engage and educate students about biology and healthcare careers. Activities, field trips, mentoring experiences, and health-related community service.
  • Curriculum
  • Experiential component
  • Mentoring
  • Scholarships
  • STEM

Mental Health Practitioners

New York Mental Health Counselors Association Undergraduate – recent graduates Mentoring program for students and recent graduates.
  • Mentoring
  • Career exploration
American Art Therapy Association High school, undergraduate students Student section provides information about education requirements and licensure in the profession and links to scholarships.
  • College guidance
  • Scholarships
American Music Therapy Association High school, undergraduate and graduate students Provides students with information about education and licensure in the profession and links to scholarships available to AMTA members.
  • College guidance
  • Career exploration
  • Scholarships

Midwifery

American College of Nurse-Midwives College students General site for families, students, and professionals.
  • Career exploration
  • College guidance
New York State Association of Licensed Midwives None – general site    

Nursing

Office of the Professions—NYSED Students and licensed nurses Basic directory of scholarships, grants, and loans on OP website.
  • Scholarships

Occupational Therapy

American Occupational Therapy Association College students Mentoring program available to assist students and newly-licensed ophthalmic dispensers.
  • Mentoring

Ophthalmic Dispensing

New York State Society of Opticians College students Mentoring program available to assist students and newly-licensed ophthalmic dispensers.
  • Mentoring

Optometry

American Optometric Association and AOA Foundation P-12 students, educators, and families (primarily through the Foundation) Association is aimed at optometry students and practitioners; limited materials for P-12 teachers. Foundation supports programs such as InfantSee (free assessment for infants); VisionUSA (services for low-income, uninsured people); and funds programs for underserved children.
  • Career exploration
  • College guidance
  • Curriculum
  • Professional services
SUNY College of Optometry College students Career development and mentoring opportunities for SUNY students, residents, and alumni.
  • Career exploration
  • Mentoring

Pathologists' Assistant

American Association of Pathologists’ Assistants College students Advocacy organization; membership required to access scholarship information.
  • Scholarships

Perfusion

The American Board of Cardiovascular Perfusion College students Accreditation, certification, and examination information for students.  

Pharmacy

American Pharmacists Association Pharmacy students Student section includes information about leadership opportunities, projects and outreach, career development, and scholarships.
  • Scholarships
  • Career exploration

Physical Therapy

American Physical Therapy Association

General site, high school students

Career overview, development, and management for PTs and PTAs
  • Career exploration
  • College guidance
  • Scholarships

Podiatry

American Podiatric Medical Association High school and college students, residents Career overview, educational requirements, and links to colleges of podiatric medicine and residency programs. The Students’ Association has links to grants and scholarships.
  • Mentoring
  • College guidance
  • Scholarships

Polysomnographic Technology

American Association of Sleep Technologists College students

Career and college information, education resources, scholarship information.

Sleep Technologist Appreciation Week – UNPLUG to Recharge  - geared towards AAST members
  • Career exploration
  • Scholarships

Psychology

American Psychological Association (APA) and APA-YMCA partnership P-12 students, families, educators Professional development, curricula, activities, guides, videos for P-12 teachers (may require membership). “Help Center” for general audiences. YMCA partnership exemplifies an APA public education campaign—tools and strategies to foster healthy lifestyles, behaviors, and choices.
  • Curriculum

Respiratory Therapy

American Association for Respiratory Care College students Basic career and college information; links to some scholarship programs.
  • Career exploration
  • College guidance
  • Scholarships

Social Work

National Association of Social Work College students Career planning information, links to fellowships, scholarships and research awards.
  • Career exploration
  • Scholarship

Speech-Language Pathology

See ASHA entry under “Audiology”      

Veterinary Medicine

Purdue University College of Veterinary Medicine

P-12 students and teachers

Activities, guides, curricula and teaching resources, after school programs, Vet Camp.

Programs supported by NIH Science Education Partnership Award (SEPA) – This is How We “Role.”

  • Curriculum
  • STEM
  • Experiential components
American Veterinary Medicine Association K-12 educators and high school students Career PowerPoint presentations for grades K-college and other activities and lesson plans for K-12 educators, National Pet Week information.
  • Curriculum
  • Career exploration
  • College guidance
  • Scholarships
Cornell Summer College Programs for High School Students High school sophomores, juniors, and seniors Students earn college credit - 3 weeks/3credits. May include lecture, labs, workshops, field trips, guest speakers.
  • Experiential
  • Career exploration
Cornell Cooperative Extension – Suffolk County High school sophomores, juniors, and seniors Veterinary Medicine Career Exploration Program- Shadowing experience and 5-week lecture series. $100 fee to attend. Program graduates eligible for Vet School Scholarship.
  • Experiential
  • Career exploration
  • Scholarship
Cornell Cooperative Extension – Rockland County Grades 9-12 Veterinary Science career exploration – 4-H youth development program. 8 sessions including a “day in the life of veterinary practice.”
  • Experiential
  • Career exploration
Tufts University Adventures in Veterinary Medicine Grades 7-12 Middle and high school programs. Tuition required.
  • Experiential
  • Career exploration

Multi-Profession and Miscellaneous Programs

BOCES New Visions High school seniors Offers highly-motivated seniors a non-traditional, and academically challenging, senior year. Integrate required high school credits with targeted studies in a wide range of fields.
  • Curriculum
  • Career exploration
  • College guidance
  • Mentoring
  • STEM
  • Experiential components
College Science and Technology Entry Program (CSTEP)—NYSED College students Assists underserved college students in STEM-related majors: academic enrichment, test prep, mentoring, tutoring, advisement and grad school counseling, research guidance, conferences.
  • Career exploration
  • College guidance
  • Mentoring
  • STEM
Liberty Partnerships—NYSED Middle and high school students Program for students at-risk of dropping out of school: college and career skills, support and enrichment activities. Community, family, and college partners.
  • Career exploration
  • College guidance
  • Mentoring

New York State Early College High School Programs—NYSED

  • Smart Scholars
  • Smart Transfer
Grades 9-12 students and educators High school and college partners collaborate to help students graduate high school with 24-60 transferable credits and/or an associate degree. “Transfer” extends “Scholars” by supporting completion of a bachelor’s degree.
  • College guidance
  • These general programs seek to close high school and college achievement gaps; they do not have a professions-specific focus.

Pathways in Technology Early College High School (P-TECH)—NYSED

Grades 9-12 students and educators Early-college program prepares students for STEM careers in targeted “high-tech” jobs; requires partnership of eligible school districts, colleges, and employers. Students graduate with an associate degree.
  • Career exploration
  • College guidance
  • Experiential components
  • Mentoring
  • STEM
Science and Technology Entry Program (STEP)—NYSED Grades 7-12 students For underrepresented and economically disadvantaged students pursuing professional licensure or math, science, tech, or health careers. Research training, internships, education/career counseling, test prep.
  • Career exploration
  • College guidance
  • Experiential components
  • Mentoring
  • STEM
Big Brothers Big Sister NYC All ages Includes mentoring in traditional programs as well as programs for juvenile justice, immigrants, youth with incarcerated parents or in foster care, and work place mentoring.
  • Mentoring
  • Career exploration
Boys and Girls Clubs of America P-12 students Career, high school completion, college readiness, STEM, and summer enrichment programs.
  • Career exploration
  • College guidance
  • STEM
Business Mentor NY undergraduate students and pre-professionals Free site connecting entrepreneurs and experienced business professionals to build small businesses together
  • Mentoring
Capital District YMCA Black and Latino Achievers Program Grades 9-12 students College and vocational readiness; career exploration.
  • Career exploration
  • College guidance
  • Experiential components
Children of Promise All ages Brooklyn-based program offering mentoring and family and mental health services to children of incarcerated parents. Includes career planning and exploration.
  • Mentoring
  • Professional services
  • Career exploration
Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum K-12 Educator resources and lesson plans. Focused programs for families, teens, and K-12 school groups. Design Camp – week-long immersion in the design fields.
  • Curriculum
  • Experiential components
Corporation for National and Community Service All ages

Aspire Mentoring Academy – with AT&T, and MENTOR the program engages AmeriCorp volunteers in mentoring to promote high school success and work readiness.

Service Works – volunteers engage youth 16-24 to help develop skills to prepare for college and/or careers.
  • Mentoring
  • STEM
EntreSkills High school and college educators and students Provides students with an introduction to entrepreneurship and the skills needed to start and operate a business. Educators can create customized assignments, track students’ grades, and view students’ business plan progress.
  • Curriculum
Ford Next Generation Learning Secondary school students and educators, community stakeholders. Supports collaborations of educators, employers, and community leaders to transform secondary schools via career and interest-themed academies. Infuses college preparation with CTE.
  • Career exploration
  • College guidance
  • Experiential components
  • Mentoring
  • STEM

ExploreHealthCareers.org

Primary support provided by The Federation of Associations of Schools of the Health Professions.

General audience, but suitable for middle and high school students. Health career profiles and preparation information; focus on workforce underrepresentation and shortages of professionals in underserved communities. Scholarship search. Sponsors “Health Professions Week.”
  • Career exploration
  • College guidance
  • Scholarships

Geriatric Career Development program (at The New Jewish Home)

Grades 10-12 students and educators

(also “Older Youth” program for ages 18-24)

Immerses students from underperforming and under-resourced schools in work experiences in a long-term-care setting. Graduates qualify for various allied healthcare certifications. Workforce development mechanism.
  • Career exploration
  • College guidance
  • Curriculum
  • Experiential components
  • Mentoring
KnowHow2Go Middle and high school students, mentors Guidance on college and college preparation, including materials for mentors.
  • College guidance
  • Mentoring
Junior Achievement K-12 students and educators Sequentially themed, hands-on activities designed to foster work-readiness, entrepreneurship, and financial literacy. Job shadowing and after school programs.
  • Curriculum
  • Experiential components
  • Scholarships (available to students who participated in JA)
MENTOR All ages The national mentoring partnership.
  • Mentoring
Mentor New York All ages Affiliate of MENTOR: The national mentoring network. They also help with designing and managing mentoring programs.
  • Mentoring
MyPlan.com Middle and high school students Commercial site—broad career and college guidance.
  • Career exploration
  • College guidance

National Academy Foundation

High school students and educators, community leaders, and employers

Partners with high schools in high-need communities on STEM-focused academies*—small learning communities within the given school.

*Finance, hospitality & tourism, information technology, engineering, health sciences
  • Career exploration
  • College guidance
  • Curriculum
  • Mentoring
  • Experiential components
  • STEM

Includes 61 NYS academies.

New York Small Business Development Center High school students and educators, college students, and pre-professionals The New York SBDC provides business counseling, education, training, and research to entrepreneurs and small business owners
  • Mentoring

Many business advisors work with local schools and might be able to assist in identifying mentors. See locations.

New York State 4-H Grades 8-9 and Grades 10-12 3-day Career Explorations Conference on the Cornell Campus. Two age-based career exploration programs are offered.
  • Career exploration
  • Experiential components
The New York State Mentoring Program All ages Offered through the Office of Children and Family Services. State-wide, one-to-one, school-based mentoring program with a mission to prevent students from dropping out of school.
  • Mentoring
Opportunity Network 10th grade through college and into careers Works with students from underrepresented communities from NYC’s five boroughs. Career development, “education-to-career connections,” work place learning, internships, enrichment programs.
  • Mentoring
  • Career exploration
  • Experiential components
Pencil NYC public schools Partnerships between business volunteers and NYC public schools; summer workshops; one-day events. Seeks common ground among school and business needs, capacity, and interests.
  • Career exploration
  • College guidance
  • Curriculum
  • Experiential components
  • Mentoring
Say Yes to Education Inc. High school and transition to post-secondary Includes programs in Buffalo, Syracuse, and Harlem. Partners school districts, parents, the larger community, and businesses to increase high school and post-secondary graduation rates. Businesses are encouraged to offer internships.
  • Mentoring
  • Experiential component
  • Scholarships
Ventures Scholars Program High school students (also undergraduates) For high-achieving, under-represented, and first-generation college-bound students interested in math/science careers; links students to resources at partner colleges, professional schools, and professional organizations.
  • Career exploration
  • College guidance
  • STEM

Includes 5 New York colleges.


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Last Updated: December 4, 2018