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.

  • Use the keywords and your browser's search or "find" function to see the types of programs that most interest you. Interested in programs that offer applied experiences such as guided projects and internships? Use your browser to search on "experiential."

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Program Type & Keywords:

Career Exploration Offers resources for exploring careers, including programs to increase access to the professions
College Guidance Features guidance on preparing for/choosing a college
Curriculum Makes curricula available to educators, or program presents its own curriculum
Experiential Components Program includes hands-on activities or “applied” experiences (e.g., guided projects, internships)
Mentoring Offers mentoring components or opportunities
Professional Services Licensed professionals provide services to students in need
Scholarships Provides or links to college scholarship opportunities
STEM Focuses on science, technology, engineering, and math subjects/experiences


Name

P-20 Audience

Summary of Activities

Program Type/Keywords

Acupuncture

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

Applied Behavioral Analysis

(no career/mentoring information found)

Architecture

Ace Mentor Program

  • Middle/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
  • P-12 Students
  • Parents/Families
  • Educators/Mentors
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)
  • Middle/High School Students
Competitions; studio workshops; projects; after school and “fellows” programs.
  • Career Exploration
  • Mentoring
  • Experiential Components
  • STEM
Worldstudio Foundation
  • Middle/High School Students
Scholarships, fellowships, grants; mentoring.
  • Career Exploration
  • Mentoring
  • Scholarships

Athletic Training

National Athletic Trainers’ Association
  • Middle/High School Students
  • College Students
College and career information.
  • Scholarships
  • Career Exploration
  • Mentoring
New York State Athletic Trainers’ Association
  • College Students
College and career information. Links to accredited schools in New York.
  • Scholarships
  • Career Exploration
  • Mentoring

Audiology

American Speech-Language-Hearing Association
  • Middle/High School Students
  • College Students
College and career information and links for high school students.
  • Career Exploration
  • College Guidance
New York State Speech-Language Hearing Association
  • Middle/High School Students
  • 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
  • Middle/High School Students
  • College Students
Activities at college campuses and field visits (COAP); “Excellence in Accounting” scholarship.
  • Career Exploration
  • College Guidance
Start Here, Go Places
  • Middle/High School Students
  • Educators/Mentors
Career and college preparation resources for students; professional development and classroom resources for high school educators. AICPA Foundation scholarships.
  • Curriculum
  • Scholarships

Certified Shorthand Reporting

National Court Reporters Association

  • Middle/High School Students
  • 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
  • Scholarships
New York State Court Reporters Association
  • Middle/High School Students
  • College Students
Links to scholarship, reporting schools, and a mentoring program
  • Career Exploration
  • College Guidance
  • Mentoring
  • Scholarships

Chiropractic

American Chiropractic Association
  • College Students
Resources for professionals and Student ACA members from accredited chiropractic colleges
  • Career Exploration
  • Scholarships

Clinical Laboratory Technology

American Society for Cytotechnology
  • College Students

College and career guidance and resources for professionals.

  • 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.

  • Career Exploration
  • College Guidance

Dentistry

American Dental Association and ADA Foundation
  • General/All Ages

Basic college and career guidance.

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

  • Career Exploration
  • College Guidance
  • 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
  • Scholarships
  • Mentoring

Engineering

Virginia Middle School Engineering Initiative
  • Educators/Mentors
Completed—project yielded engineering teaching kits.
  • Curriculum
  • STEM
Project Lead the Way
  • P-12 Students
  • Educators/Mentors
Applied-learning curricular modules—engineering, computer science, biomedical engineering.
  • Curriculum
  • Experiential Components
  • STEM
MESA: Engineering Pipeline (Oregon)
  • Middle/High School Students
  • Educators/Mentors
  • Parents/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 Students
  • Educators/Mentors
Collaboration/advocacy to strengthen and align STEM teaching and NY math, science, and technology learning standards.
  • STEM
Math Counts
  • Middle/High School Students
  • Educators/Mentors
Competitions, clubs, projects; curriculum (free and by subscription).
  • Curriculum
  • STEM
  • Experiential Components
Design Squad--PBS
  • Middle/High School Students
  • Educators/Mentors
  • Parents/Families
TV series with guides, lessons, and activities for students, educators, and parents on STEM topics.
  • Curriculum
  • STEM
  • Experiential Components

Discover Engineering

 

“Discover E”
  • P-12 Students
  • Educators/Mentors
  • Parents/Families
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
  • P-12 Students
  • 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 Professional Engineers
  • Middle/High School Students

College scholarships (other products for members).

  • Scholarships
  • STEM
National Academy of Engineering—Engineer Girl
  • P-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

Earth Science Week
  • P-12 Students
  • Educators/Mentors
Program and education resources for educators and students.
  • Curriculum
American Geophysical Union AGU Bright STaRS
  • Middle/High School Students
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
Parsons Scholars Pre-College Program (NY)
  • P-12 students

Program offers age-appropriate courses in subjects including interior design, drawing, graphic design, and photography. Parsons Scholars Program is available to 10th grade students from NYC public schools

  • Experiential Components
  • College Guidance
  • Scholarships
Interior Design Educators Council
  • Educators/Mentors
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
  • Scholarships
National Society of Professional Surveyors
  • P-12 Students
Links to programs/activities related to surveying - GPS Adventures, GPS on Bench Marks, Boy and Girl Scout Surveying Merit Badge, Trig-Star Competition.
  • Experiential Components
  • Career Exploration
  • College Guidance
  • Scholarships

Landscape Architecture

American Society of Landscape Architects
  • Middle/High School Students
  • Educators/Mentors
Classroom activities aligned to national teaching standards; green roof program.
  • Career Exploration
  • College Guidance
  • Experiential Components

Massage Therapy

American Massage Therapy Association
  • Middle/High School Students
  • College Students
Career and education information.
  • Career Exploration
  • College Guidance

Medical Physics

American Association of Physicists in Medicine
  • P-12 Students
  • College Students
Includes a student guide to a medical physics career
  • Career Exploration
  • College Guidance

Medicine

Northwell Pre-Med Summer Internship Program
  • College Students
4-week "mini" medical school helps students decide if a career in medicine is right for them.
  • Career Exploration
  • College Guidance
Mentoring in Medicine
  • P-12 Students
  • College Students
Programs engage and educate students about biology and healthcare careers. Activities, field trips, mentoring experiences, and health-related community service.
  • Curriculum
  • Experiential Components
  • Mentoring
  • Scholarships
  • STEM

Mental Health Practitioners

New York Mental Health Counselors Association
  • College Students
Mentoring program for students and recent graduates.
  • Mentoring
  • Career Exploration
American Art Therapy Association
  • Middle/High School Students
  • College Students
Student section provides information about education requirements and licensure in the profession and links to scholarships.
  • College Guidance
  • Scholarships
American Music Therapy Association
  • Middle/High School Students
  • College 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

Nursing

Office of the Professions
  • Middle/High School Students
Basic directory of scholarships, grants, and loans.
  • Scholarships

Occupational Therapy

American Occupational Therapy Association
  • College Students
The site is primarily aimed at practitioners. It also includes information about accredited programs and career planning.
  • Career Exploration
  • College Guidance
  • Scholarships

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/Mentors
Association is aimed at optometry students and practitioners; limited materials for P-12 teachers. AOA 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

American Board of Cardiovascular Perfusion
  • College Students
Accreditation, certification, and examination information for students.
  • College Guidance

Pharmacy

APhA - American Pharmacists Association
  • College Students
Student section (APhA-ASP) includes information about leadership opportunities, projects and outreach, career development, and scholarships.
  • Scholarships
  • Career Exploration

Physical Therapy

American Physical Therapy Association
  • Middle/High School Students
Career overview, development, and management for PTs and PTAs
  • Career Exploration
  • College Guidance
  • Scholarships

Podiatry

American Podiatric Medical Association
  • Middle/High School Students
  • College Students
Career overview, educational requirements, and links to colleges of podiatric medicine and residency programs. The Student Resources section 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.

  • Career Exploration
  • Scholarships

Psychology

American Psychological Association (APA) and APA-YMCA partnership
  • P-12 Students
  • Educators/Mentors
  • Parents/Families

 

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
  • Scholarships

Speech-Language Pathology

American Speech-Language-Hearing Association
  • Middle/High School Students
  • College Students
College and career information and links for high school students.
  • Career Exploration
  • College Guidance

Veterinary Medicine

Purdue University College of Veterinary Medicine
  • P-12 Students
  • Educators/Mentors

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” for kids in grade K-4

  • Curriculum
  • STEM
  • Experiential Components
American Veterinary Medicine Association
  • Middle/High School Students
  • College Students
  • Educators/Mentors
Career PowerPoint presentations for grades K-college and other activities and lesson plans for K-12 educators. Professional development section contains information about veterinary colleges and accreditation.
  • Curriculum
  • Career Exploration
  • College Guidance
  • Scholarships
Cornell Cooperative Extension – Suffolk County
  • Middle/High School Students
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
  • Middle/High School Students
Veterinary Science Career Exploration – 4-H youth development program. 8 sessions including a “day in the life of veterinary practice.”
  • Experiential
  • Career Exploration

Multi-Profession and Miscellaneous Programs

BOCES New Visions
  • Middle/High School Students
Offers highly-motivated seniors a non-traditional, and academically challenging, senior year. Integrates required high school credits with targeted studies in a wide range of fields. Available through multiple BOCES programs. Link is to QuestarIII BOCES
  • 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
Higher Education Services Corporation (HESC)
  • Middle/High School Students
  • College Students
  • Parents/Families
HESC is New York State's higher education financial aid agency. Users can explore the grants and scholarships available to residents attending in-state colleges and universities. Includes link to the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).
  • Career Exploration
  • Scholarships
Liberty Partnerships—NYSED
  • Middle/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
  • Middle/High School Students
  • Educators/Mentors
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

  • Middle/High School Students
  • Educators/Mentors
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
  • Middle/High School 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
  • P-12 Students
  • General/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
  • College Students
Free site connecting entrepreneurs and experienced business professionals to build small businesses together
  • Mentoring
Capital District YMCA Black and Latino Achievers Program
  • Middle/High School Students
College and vocational readiness; career exploration.
  • Career Exploration
  • College Guidance
  • Experiential Components
Children of Promise, NYC
  • P-12 Students
  • General/All Ages
Brooklyn-based program offering mentoring and family and mental health services to children of incarcerated parents. Includes career planning and exploration.
  • Career Exploration
  • Mentoring
  • Professional Services
Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum
  • P-12 Students
  • Educators/Mentors
Educator resources and lesson plans. Focused programs for families, teens, and K-12 school groups.
  • Curriculum
  • Experiential Components
Corporation for National and Community Service
  • General/All Ages

Aspire Mentoring Academy – 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
  • Middle/High School Students
  • College Students
  • Educators/Mentors
Provides 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’ progress.
  • Curriculum
Ford Next Generation Learning
  • Middle/High School Students
  • Educators/Mentors
  • Community Groups/Employers
Supports collaborations of educators, employers, and community leaders to transform secondary schools via career and interest-themed academies. Infuses college preparation with Career Technical Education (CTE).
  • Career Exploration
  • College Guidance
  • Experiential Components
  • Mentoring
  • STEM

ExploreHealthCareers.org

  • Middle/High School Students
Health career profiles and preparation information; focus on workforce underrepresentation and shortages of professionals in underserved communities.
  • Career Exploration
  • College Guidance
  • Scholarships

Geriatric Career Development program (at The New Jewish Home)

  • Middle/High School Students
  • Educators/Mentors
Immerses 10th-12th grade students from underperforming and under-resourced schools in work experiences in a long-term-care setting. Graduates qualify for various allied healthcare certifications. GCD also offers 3-month programs for young adults (18-24 years old)
  • Career Exploration
  • College Guidance
  • Curriculum
  • Experiential Components
  • Mentoring
KnowHow2Go
  • Middle/High School Students
  • Educators/Mentors
Guidance on college and college preparation, including materials for mentors.
  • College Guidance
  • Mentoring
Junior Achievement
  • P-12 Students
  • Educators/Mentors
Sequentially themed, hands-on activities designed to foster work-readiness, entrepreneurship, and financial literacy. Job shadowing and after school programs.
  • Curriculum
  • Experiential Components
  • Scholarships (for JA students)
MENTOR
  • General/All Ages
  • Educators/Mentors
The national mentoring partnership. MENTOR maintains a national database of youth mentoring programs.
  • Mentoring
Mentor New York (a MENTOR affiliate)
  • General/All Ages
  • Educators/Mentors
Affiliate of MENTOR: The national mentoring network. They also help with designing and managing mentoring programs.
  • Mentoring
MyPlan.com
  • Middle/High School Students
Commercial site—broad career and college guidance.
  • Career Exploration
  • College Guidance

NAF (formerly known as National Academy Foundation)

  • Middle/High School Students
  • Educators/Mentors
  • Community Groups/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
  • Middle/High School Students
  • College Students
  • Educators/Mentors
The New York SBDC provides business counseling, education, training, and research to entrepreneurs and small business owners. Many business advisors work with local schools and might be able to assist in identifying mentors. See locations.
  • Mentoring

 

New York State 4-H
  • Middle/High School Students
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
  • P-12 Students
  • Educators/Mentors
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
The Opportunity Network
  • Middle/High School Students
  • College Students
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
  • Educators/Mentors
  • Community Groups/Employers
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.
  • Middle/High School Students
  • College Students
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 Components
  • Scholarships
Ventures Scholars Program
  • Middle/High School Students
  • College Students
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: February 22, 2019