All things Careers, Apprenticeships, Military, Jobs, + Leadership

Through the BHS College + Career Center, students are able to access information about post secondary opportunities, including college, trade schools, military service, apprenticeships, employment, and training programs. 

Please contact BHS College + Career Counselor, Christina Belsky, with any questions!  OrSchedule a meeting with Mrs. Belsky.

The BHS Counseling Department is always looking for new ways to support students in their academic lives, their career explorations and their potential future pathways. We as a department get asked all of the time about how students can connect their strengths to a future career or how they can connect their interests to majors and job opportunities. Students and families want to learn more about different college campuses, career tracks and don’t often know where to begin.  

You are in luckWe have a program that can help with all of the above and more!  AND you don’t have to be at school to access it!   You can do it from home!  The program is Xello.

What is Xello?

Xello is an engaging online program that helps students build the skills, knowledge and exposure to be future ready. The program uses an investigative, discovery-based learning process so that students better understand themselves, their future career options, and the 21st century skills they’ll need to succeed.  (View short video or click here.)

BHS Students: Complete "Start Here!" lesson

This lesson must be completed every year of high school.

The “Start Here!” lesson must be completed every school year, as it fulfills the state-required Education Development Plan (EDP) by helping students think about their future after BHS.

See below directions on how to complete the "Start Here!" lesson!

Students should use Xello to:

Build Self-knowledge:

  • Define their interests, skills, preferences, and aspirations so they can explore the opportunities right for them.  
  • What do I  like, what am I good at, what is important to me?

Explore Options:

  • Learn about career possibilities and educational pathways by exploring rich, engaging content and lessons. 
  • Research + favorite colleges, majors, careers, training options and more!

Create a Plan:

  • Create dynamic actionable plans that outline the steps needed to achieve school, career, and life goals.
  • What do I need to do to attain these goals/dreams?

Learn & Reassess:

  • Develop age appropriate skills and knowledge for success in school and beyond.  
  • Personal Finance, Job Interviewing, Career Back-up Plans, Study Skills & Habits, etc!

Here are some ways students should use Xello at home:

Access Xello via the BHS College + Career Center course in Schoology!  Or click on the Xello logo on this page!

Complete an interactive Lesson:

  • These are activities assigned to your student’s grade level. Lessons help students build vital skills for persistence, resilience, and real-world success.

Build their About Me page:

  • The About Me page helps your student to discover more about themselves. They define their interests, skills, and aspirations. Using this self-knowledge, they can explore the opportunities that are right for them.

Explore Options:

  • They learn about career possibilities and educational pathways. While reading through different career and school profiles, they save their favorites.

Xello Family for BHS parents + guardians!

On January 20th, parents + guardians will receive an email from with the subject line, “Welcome to Xello!” providing an activation link to your Xello Family account.

  • NOTE: This email may go to your Spam folder and the activation link will expire after 7 days. 
  • If you did not receive the email or the link expired, please contact Christina Belsky.

Click here for an overview of key features and how to get around your Xello Family account!

Xello Log-in:

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Part-time Jobs for Students

Part-time job postings for students!  BHS does not vet or guarantee positions below for BHS students.

Royal Oak condominium association seeks 6-8 seasonal Pool Attendants!

If you have a vibrant personality, enjoy people, love the sunshine, a dip in the pool every now and then and are interested in a flexible part-time seasonal position, we want you to join our team!

Pay: $11.00 - $12.00 per hour


  • 4 - 6 hour shifts, flexible schedule!
  • Hours of Operation: 9am 9pm, Pool is open 7-days per week, Weekend, Holidays availability

JOB DUTIES: include, but are not limited to:

  • Signing in residents and guests
  • Keeping pool area tidy, wiping down tables and chairs
  • Pool bathrooms stocked with supplies, wiped down and tidy
  • Following and enforcing safety and pool rules
  • testing and logging pool chemicals
  • skimming and vacuuming pool


  • High level of customer service
  • Reliable transportation, Ability to commute to Royal Oak, MI 48073
  • Clean background
  • Previous pool attendant experience a plus!
  • CPO certification, not required, but a plus!
  • CPR course, not required, but a plus!

Contact Margie at

Oakland Hills is hiring Caddies!

Click here!

Oberweis in Royal Oak is hiring!

Urge Juice in Berkley is hiring!

Troy Gym is hiring!

Troy Escape is hiring!

Foot Locker @ Somerset is hiring!

Sign up for the Nov. 9th Foot Locker Hiring Event @BHS!

Detroit Cookie Company in Ferndale is hiring!

Detroit Cookie Company is looking for motivated individuals to join our Customer Service team in Ferndale. Ideal applicants will have a positive attitude, willingness to learn, and ability to grow relationships with customers. Must be able to work weekend shifts. You can apply at

Freshii in Royal Oak is hiring!

  • Weekday shifts after school until 8:30pm
  • Weekend shifts
  • Easy, fun, casual restaurant environment
  • 50% off employee discount
  • Earn up to $14/hr*

To set up an interview, please email

alex emilio salon in Royal Oak + Birmingham is hiring!

Toyology Toys is hiring!

Are you a kid at heart? Do you enjoy working with children and bringing joy to others? If so, Toyology Toys could be the perfect match for you.

Toyology is hiring part-time Toyologists (aka Sales Associates). Check out our career page for the most updated hiring needs:


  • 25% discount on merchandise (we've got gadgets and gizmos of plenty)
  • Flexible schedules
  • Competitive pay
  • Opportunities for growth
  • A fun work environment where you get to "try out" the newest toys!
  • Family-owned business where your voice is heard

HW Latchkey is hiring!

Click Here for an Employment Application. Applications may be dropped off at the Gillham Recreation Center during business hours or may be directly emailed to Jenny Morgan, Program Coordinator,

Aqua Tots in Berkley is hiring!

 NoiseMeters in Berkley is hiring Lab Techs & Account Managers 

NoiseMeters Inc supplies sound level meters and noise monitoring equipment to industry, construction and hospitals. Working for a small but well established company, this position covers a variety of tasks, ranging from communicating with customers and processing orders to the more technical work of calibrating noise monitoring equipment (training provided).

The job is almost entirely office based in Berkley, Michigan. Occasional travel to exhibitions, conferences and to our parent company in the UK will be possible but not compulsory.

Responsibilities and Duties  

  • Calibration of noise monitoring equipment (no experience necessary)
  • Stock control
  • Order processing
  • Shipping products to customers
  • Managing rental equipment

Qualifications and Skills

  • No formal qualification or experience is needed but will be beneficial to your application.
  • The job has a high technical requirement so you must be comfortable with electronic test gear and computers.
  • You must also be willing and able to learn about noise monitoring equipment so you can offer support to customers on occasion.

Pay and Work Environment

  • The working hours are 30 to 40 hours per week.
  • Pay starts at $15 to $20 an hour depending on experience and qualifications.
  • The hours are flexible, there is a good variation of tasks, a nice quiet office, and a supportive close-knit team.

Contact Sue at 888 206 4377 or to apply.

Super Car Wash in Royal Oak is hiring!

Must be 16 years or older.  Click here to apply!

Little Caesars in Berkley is hiring!

Berkley Parks & Rec is hiring!

Berkley Parks & Recreation runs a large-scale, play oriented, FUN Day Camp and we are looking for active, bright, fun, motivated people to join our crew. Camp starts the 20th of June for 9 weeks and we feature paid staff training, the chance to work outdoors most of the time, field trips, pool days and a great opportunity to be a role model to younger kids. No nights, no weekends and every day is different.  We are actively trying to hire for several open positions. Pay rates start at $12 per hour.  See details and apply here.

Four Season Garden Center is hiring!

Four Seasons Garden Center is hiring! $10/hr.  Applications can be picked up in person or by contacting Casey at 248-331-7860.

 Temporary Custodial Support Job with Berkley School District!

Info Session for Interested Students (age 16+) May 12th at 10:30 AM in Career Center - register here!

The Berkley School District is looking for 3-5 BHS Students interested in working afternoon hours (4 hrs/shift) as needed to assist with short term/temporary Custodial support. 

  • Hourly rate of pay: $15.00
  • Hours available will be 4:00-8:00p, Monday-Friday 
  • Maximum of 20 hours/week
  • Training will be provided!
  • Building placement would be determined based on need and could change day to day
  • Students 16 and 17 years of age will need a work permit, which are available in the Counseling Center.

Custodial support includesclassroom cleaning of desks, sinks, floors; sweep/vacuum classrooms, hallways, common spaces; disinfect bathrooms; wipedown doors and drinking fountains, empty trash, and related.

Interested students should contact:

  • Chris Smallwood, Operations Facilitator ( at 248-837-8049
  • Erin Haley, Executive Assistant in Human Resources ( at 248-837-8007 

Farmington Hills is hiring!

Nautical Bowls in Royal Oak at Woodward Corners is hiring!

Sozai in Clawson seeking a Sushi Chef and a Kitchen Assistant

  • Recently been named Restaurant of the Year 2022 by The Detroit Free Press.
  • Experience is not as important as a genuine desire to learn, so this could be a great opportunity for a recent graduate. 
  • Both positions begin at $15.00/hour along with shared tips.  Health and dental insurance are available to full time employees. 
  • Sozai serves dinner five nights per week, being closed on Sundays and Mondays.
  • Interested folks can come by Tuesdays-Saturdays between 3:00-4:30 PM to speak with Chef Sato in person. 
  • Any questions about these positions can be directed to Chef Sato via this email.

Birmingham YMCA is hiring Lifeguards

Part-time position with a $300 signing bonus and a free family gym membership!

Meijer in Royal Oak hiring Pharmacy Team Leader

  • Must be 18 years or older
  • No past experience in pharmacy/medical training needed
  • On the job, hands-on training
  • Start as a level 1 pharmacy technician with room to grow to a level 4 technician.
  • Pay starts at $15.50/hr
  • Part time with room to grow to full time
  • Meijer pays for all training exams to level up to next level of pharmacy technician
  • Must be a people person. Lots of customer service interaction
  • Must be a team player and willing to help out the team
  • Fast paced environment so you must be able to keep up
  • Interested candidates should contact

Auburn Pharmaceutical in Rochester is hiring

Seeking High school students interested in gaining work experience in pharmaceutical order fulfillment – or just consistent employment during the summer break.  

Part-time positions run Monday through Friday from 3:30 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. Ready hire to the right candidates immediately. Other high school technical programs in our area have found the work experience Auburn provides to be invaluable in developing the students’ skills for life after school.

Anyone interested in discussing this further can contact Michelle Zelazny by email or at (248) 526-3700 ext 232.

The Townsend Hotel in Birmingham is hiring!

Looking for candidates that are ages 15 or older for all job openings. Availability for shifts in the PM and on weekends, to work around school hours. Summer positions are also available!  Wages for all positions above start at $16/hr+.  Click here to apply!  Open positions include:

  • Restaurant Host
  • Dishwasher
  • Room Attendant
  • Line Cook
  • Banquet Server Banquet Set Up

Oakland County Animal Shelter is hiring Summer Animal Census Workers!

The student must be 18 by the time we start the job (June) but they are more than welcome to apply before then.  Job consists of going around all of Oakland County, door to door, and making sure all the dogs in the area are properly licensed and up to date on their rabies shots. You are always with another person, safety is always our #1 priority. You start the day at the Oakland County Animal Shelter for a daily meeting with the team leader, and then we all pile into Oakland County Vans and head to the designated area we are working in that day. You get to meet a lot of different people, spend time with friends on the job, get lots of walking in, and are constantly spending time outside in the sun! It's a fantastic summer job for recent high school graduates and I highly recommend it to anybody who is at all interested. 

City of Oak Park is hiring for the summer!

Click here for openings!

Detroit Chiavari in Berkley is hiring!

Do you want to help dreams come to life and work with an experienced crew that is dedicated to perfection?  Detroit Chiavari Event Rentals is a small, family-owned business. We specialize in event production, delivering chairs, tables and decor to both small, private events and large gatherings of loved ones.  We work our hardest to achieve that perfect experience everyone is looking for.  Click here for the Delivery Team job posting!

Primeway, Inc in Royal Oak is hiring!

Primeway, Inc. is an office furniture manufacturing company located in Royal Oak.  We are always looking for interns, summer help and co-ops during the school year.  This would be general warehouse, shipping and receiving.  No experience needed.  Will train on the job.  Any interested students can contact:

HW Fruit Camp is hiring!

 Detroit Fleat in Ferndale is hiring!

Currently hiring for our exciting summer season! We are looking for committed, friendly, and self-motivated people for our front-of-house positions. 

Gain experience and make some cash while working with our amazing team!  Join us for a season of sunshine, food trucks, pups on the patio, and an upbeat atmosphere. 
Apply online at

 Beaumont is hiring HS Students!

Detroit Zoo is hiring Photographers, Caricature Artists this Summer!  

 Detroit Zoo is hiring!  

Now hiring Zoo Corps Members and Safari Camp Counselors in Training!  Click here to learn more!

Healing Haven in Madison Heights is hiring!

Cedarbrook of Bloomfield Hills is hiring!

Roeper Summer Day Camp is hiring!

Oakland County Parks Summer Jobs for Ages 16 & Up!  Click here for more info!

Oakland County Parks Summer Jobs Fair

Friday, March 18th 4-7:00 PM at Red Oaks Golf Course Pro Shop (29600 John R Rd, Madison Heights, MI 48071)


  • Must be 16 by July 1, 2022
  • Train 20-30 hours on evenings & weekends in May-June 18
  • Work 20-40 hours/week starting June 18-Sept. 5

Parks Attendant $12.63/hr:

  • Train 10-20 hours evenings before June 17
  • Work a flexible schedule through Labor Day

Lifeguards $15.35/hr:

  • Complete two (2) 10-hour training days in May, training is conducted on Saturdays & Sundays
  • Pass the online examination to become certified as a Jeff Ellis & Associates lifeguard. Exam fee paid by OCPR
  • Work 100 hours of paid lifeguard service at the Waterparks and receive a $300 bonus
  • Questions? Call or text Ryan Danescu at 248-392-8866

Recreation Program Leaders $15.35/hr:

  • Train at Waterford Oaks County Park
  • Travel with your team to bring rental equipment like inflatables, climbing towers and zip lines to events throughout Oakland County all summer long


Amici’s is looking to hire energetic, reliable, hard-working high schoolers for part time kitchen work.  Shifts are from 4pm-9:30pm during the week and a bit later on Fridays and Saturdays. We offer a professional, friendly, and instructive environment.  Starting pay is $14/hour. Email Chef Tim if you have interest.

 Star Trax Valet

Day Camp Counselor/Program Staff – Berkley Parks & Recreation Department

We are looking for a couple of Program Staff currently and here is the job description for that as well as Day Camp Counselors ($12 and hour for these spots)!  Contact for more info!
  • Day Camp Counselors are responsible for planning, leading and implementing core programs and activities for children in a small group setting. 
  • They are also responsible for the general safety, growth and skill achievement of the participants in his/her group. 
  • The incumbent provides high quality educational and recreational experiences for participating campers, ages 5 to 14 years old. 
  • Must also work as a member of a team and accomplish tasks with little direct supervision. 
  • Must be 18 years of age by the start of Day Camp on June 20, 2022.
  • Summer Day Camp program runs for nine weeks, five days a week, from 8:45 am to 5:00 pm. 
  • Staff rotates hours and days per week - up to 40 hours.  The number of weeks of employment is based on camper enrollment.

Essential Responsibilities:

  1. Assist with the development and implementation of weekly schedules for the assigned Day Camp group.
  2. Organize and lead a variety of small and large group activities each week. Activities may include crafts, nature, songs, games, opening and closing ceremonies, swimming, etc.
  3. Identify and respond to Camper behavior issues.
  4. Ensure that the site is kept clean, organized and free of litter.
  5. Communicate with parents about participant’s experiences and report concerns to Camp Leadership.
  6. Communicate effectively with the children of all ages, parents, guardians and fellow staff.
  7. Assist in maintaining accurate program records including incident reports, documentation, and daily attendance.
  8. Know and understand all emergency procedures associated with the Day Camp program.
  9. Know, enforce and follow all safety guidelines associated with the Day Camp and all program areas. This includes but is not limited taking necessary safety precautions and knowing Campers’ whereabouts at all times.
  10. Other Camp related duties as assigned

The City of Berkley is an Equal Opportunity Employer

  • Duties for this position include gender-specific tasks that require male and female representatives, respectively (i.e. locker room and public restroom supervision).
  • Must be willing to wear a swim suit daily and be comfortable in chest-deep water.
  • Special consideration may be given for applicants with previous satisfactory volunteer experience with the Berkley Parks and Recreation Department.

Required Knowledge, Skills, Abilities and Minimum Qualifications:

  • Must be able to read and comprehend at the 10th grade level.
  • Previous experience as a Camp Counselor is desirable.

Physical Demands and Work Environment

  • While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to see, hear and communicate verbally; frequently required to use hands to finger, handle, or feel and reach with hands and arms.
  • The employee must occasionally lift and/or move items of light weight.
  • Must have the physical ability to lead and participate in camp activities which include, but are not limited to, hiking, swimming, team building initiatives, physical games and activities.
  • Must be able to restrain and physically support children when needed for safety in general camp activities (child weighing 50 - 200 pounds).

Dairy Queen in Berkley is hiring!

Berkley Dairy Queen at 3491 12 Mile in Berkley is under new ownership!

  • We are hiring candidates 15 and older for after school and weekend help.
  • We offer paid training, employee discounts on food/drink and seasonal bonuses.
  • Compensation is $11 to $16 per hour (plus tips) based on your experience.
  • We offer flexible scheduling to help you honor any other commitments (sports, clubs, etc.)
  • If you are interested in applying, please email the manager, Shane Barr, at or text 313-326-7082 to set up an interview.

 Huntington Woods Aquatics Club is hiring for Summer 2022

Huntington Woods Parks and Recreation is hiring seasonal staff (15 years old or older) for the 2022 swim season.  Available positions:

  • Pool Desk Staff (15 years or older)
  • Lifeguards (16 years or older)
  • Swim Instructors (16 years or older)
  • Pool Management (18 years or older)

Students that are interested in applying to be a Lifeguard, but who are not currently certified can attend a lifeguard training course at the Huntington Woods Aquatics Club before the season begins. Employment is contingent upon successful completion of this course.

Applicants will need to fill out the application and return it to the Recreation Center in person or email the application to Lauren Fletcher at LFLETCHER@HWMI.ORG.

Oakland Hills Caddie Program

Registration for 2022 season now open.  For more information and to register, click here.

Belle Tire in Royal Oak is hiring Tire Technicians!

  • Did you know…Tire Technicians are eligible for a $1,000 sign on bonus and start at $15 per hour?
  • Did you know…Belle Tire offers career paths for employees to grow from entry-level Tire Technician roles into Alignment or Auto Technician positions (our average technicians earn $50,000 - $80,000 with many earning over $100,000 with experience) or into Assistant Manager or Store Manager positions (managing multi-million dollar businesses)?  
  • Did you know…we offer a diverse set of benefits including PTO, Retirement 401K and so much more?  Visit
  • Did you know…Belle Tire offers bonus perks such as Employee Referral Bonuses and Employee Discounts?

Students can start by visiting our careers website: After an application is submitted, we’ll contact you and discuss your path to a rewarding career with Belle Tire.

YMCA is hiring lifeguards & swim instructors!

Weeknight and weekend shifts are available. Offering a $300 sign-on bonus, free in-house lifeguard training, and a free family membership to use any Y in the Metro-Detroit area

The Tutoring Center in Birmingham

 Canine to Five is hiring!

 Launch Trampoline Park in Novi

Read job posting here.

 Robot Garage

 Pharmacy Tech - Meijer in Royal Oak

- must be 18 years or older
- no past experience in pharmacy/medical training needed
- On the job, hands on training.
- Start as a level 1 pharmacy technician with room to grow to a level 4 technician.
- pay start of $15.50/hr
-part time with room to grow to full time
- Meijer pays for all training exams to level up to next level of pharmacy technician
-Must be a people person. Lots of customer service interaction
- Must be a team player and willing to help out the team
-Fast paced environment so you must be able to keep up
Apply at this link: and send an email at after you have applied.

Star Trax Valet in Ferndale

 Toyology Toys in Royal Oak, Bloomfield Hills, West Bloomfield

Marketing, advertising, stock, customer service, retail sales, register experience and amazing people skills, and more. Interested applicants should contact Tracy 248-562-7524 or at

 City of Pleasant Ridge Recreation Department

The city of Pleasant Ridge is hiring Building Supervisors for the fall-spring to work evenings and weekends.  Duties included but not limited to: meet/greet rental groups, light cleaning, supervision of the building during rental events.  The pay is $10 an hour.  Apply here or contact Shawnie Stamper at with any questions.

 Petruzzello's Banquet & Conference Center in Troy

Petruzzello's Banquet and Conference Center in Troy, MI is an upscale banquet hall that is currently hiring waitstaff and dishwashers.  The position is part time and requires reliable transportation with evening and weekend availability.  Anyone interested can apply by emailing info@petruzzellos.comby applying in person or via phone at 248-879-1000.

 Townsend Hotel in Birmingham

The Townsend Hotel is hiring!  Looking for candidates that are ages 15 or older for all job openings. Availability for shifts in the PM and on weekends, to work around school hours.  Positions include:

  • Dishwasher
  • Server Assistant (Busser)
  • Banquet Server

All positions listed above are eligible for a $500 Hiring Bonus, to be paid out after 90 days of employment.  Wages for all positions above start at $15/hr+.  Click here to apply!

 Old Navy on Coolidge in Troy

M Street Bakery in Novi

Students interested in applying should complete the application and email it to  More information and pics can be found on the M Street website

 Birmingham YMCA

Birmingham Family YMCA is now hiring lifeguards! With exceptional training through Ellis & Associates, all lifeguard candidates will learn life saving skills that include CPR, emergency oxygen usage, and first aid.  Apply Online Here!

  • $300 Lifeguard Sign on Bonus
  • Free In-House Training Opportunities
  • Flexible Schedules
  • Free Y Membership with Employment
  • Staff Referral Bonuses
  • Provided Uniforms 

Huntington Woods Latchkey

 Roots in Birmingham

  • Interested students should email their resume, along with name and contact information to or visit to complete an application.
  • Students should reference BHS Counseling newsletter as how did they found out about the job. 

 Auburn Pharmaceutical

  • Distributor of generic pharmaceutical products in a brand-new facility in Rochester Hills. 
  • Looking to hire several high school students who are interested in gaining work experience in our clean, highly secure distribution center. 
  • Offering both part-time and full-time employment and looking to hire the right candidates immediately.
  • Students can work at our facility now, during school part-time and during school breaks.
  • Brief job description found here
  • Candidates should contact Michelle Zelazny by email or at (248) 526-3700 ext 232. 


Obtaining a Work Permit

Print out a blank permit

Click on the link that reflects your age at time of employment: 

Complete the required sections

  1. You must complete Section 1. 
  2. Your employer must complete Section 2.  
  3. Once both sections are completed, please come down to the Office or email an copy to BHS Main Office Secretary, Kara Watson, or Counseling Center Secretary, Lesli Wyatt

Where to look...

Local colleges and universities usually offer summer programs to high school students.  If you google a local college and "summer camp for high school students", you will yield a lot results in your search!  Below are some other great resources in locating pre-college, enrichment, and summer camp opportunities!

HS Navigator

Database of internships, enrichment opportunities for school students

Created by a high school student, HS Navigator is a one-stop search tool for finding pre-college summer program or internship or volunteer opportunities high school students. HS Navigator will help you to filter your search experience based on your diverse subject interest, location, preferred university, program duration, budget and more.  Programs are added every week and you can subscribe for more updates. 

Click here to check out HS Navigator!

Some programs to check out...

Health Professions Week

Health Professions Week (HPW) is a series of events, woven together to give you meaningful insight into what the path to a profession will look like from where you are starting.

  • Not sure how to really research a profession that is new to you?
    • HPW can help with that!
  • Not sure what to major in or know you are interested in the health professions but have no idea which one might be the best fit?
    • HPW has something to help you with that decision, too.

Midnight Golf Program 

Starting in their senior year of high school, through college graduation and into the workforce, the Midnight Golf Program provides a comprehensive support system and essential resources so students can thrive during this exciting time in their lives.

  • 30 weeks of high-quality life skills training & 400 hours of direct programming
  • College Success Coaches are assigned to each student to determine a college or university that fits their unique needs and aspirations
  • Unique experiences and access to community partners: Annual Road Trip for Success, College Fairs, Community Service Projects

Distinguished Young Women Leadership + Scholarship Program

Distinguished Young Women is a unique program that combines the chance to win college scholarships with a program that offers Life Skills training to prepare young women for the world after high school. Each year we make over $1 billion dollars in scholarships available and it costs nothing to enter!

Civics Unplugged: Civic Innovators Fellowship 

The Civic Innovators Fellowship is designed for Gen Zers interested in building more regenerative systems in the U.S. and around the world.  The goal of the Fellowship is to help each Fellow find their “You Shaped Hole” – the place where their communities’ needs intersect with their unique skills and passions.  Each week, you’ll use case studies of past and present civic innovators to understand systems thinking, change-making skills, and community-based problem solving.  Throughout the FREE three-month program, you’ll learn from innovative people, explore new ideas, and discover the emerging technologies being used to drive change in the 21st century.  The program begins in early September and ends in mid November, and requires about two hour per week.  Click here to learn more and apply!

Lawrence Tech Summer Camps for High School Students

Camps in STEM fields, Architecture, Design, Marketing, Leadership

Please click here to view residential and day options and camp dates!

 National Student Leadership Conference Pre-College Programs

Career-Focused Leadership conferences at over 15 universities nationwide!

Since 1989, The National Student Leadership Conference has been the premier provider of career-focused leadership conferences. Tens of thousands of high school students from across the globe have come to the NSLC for an unparalleled opportunity to meet with and learn from world leaders, academic experts and their peers. Each summer program helps students develop their own leadership potential while exploring some of today’s most exciting professions.

Click here to view Pre-College Summer Enrichment programs offered through NSLC!

Northwood University's Learning About Business (LAB) Free-Enterprise Camp

Learning About Business (LAB) incorporates project-based learning to inspire and develop entrepreneurial, business minded leaders, in a global, free enterprise environment.  The foundation of LAB Camp is the development of an entrepreneurial mindset. An entrepreneurial mindset is a set of skills that enable people to identify and make the most of opportunities, overcome and learn from setbacks, and succeed in a variety of settings. Research shows that an entrepreneurial mindset is valued by employers, boosts educational attainment and performance, and is crucial for creating new businesses. No matter your future career, having a strong entrepreneurial mindset will propel you towards future success.

Please click here for more information.

 Georgetown University’s Pre-College Online Program

Georgetown University is pleased to announce the launch of their new Pre-College Online Program—offering online courses that enable high school students 13 and older to explore subjects they may wish to study in college.  Areas of study include: Law, Medicine, International Relations, Entrepreneurship, Politics & Government.

 Stanford Pre-Collegiate Summer Institute

Stanford Pre-Collegiate Summer Institutes offers two-week, online summer courses, providing academically talented and intellectually curious students currently in grades 8–11 with intensive study in a single course. We invite high school students from around the world to discover, study, and explore in small classes with instructors who are scholars in their fields and passionate about teaching.

Not for credit or grade, our challenging courses provide in-depth and interactive exploration of advanced topics.  The program emphasizes building skills along with acquiring knowledge, and is designed to create environments that foster creativity and collaboration where students learn from each other as well as from their instructors.

Areas of study include: Bioscience, Business, Physics, Philosophy, Creative Writing, Computer Science, and more!

 Perry Outreach Program

The Perry Virtual Experience is a free, 2.5-hour, interactive online experience for high school and college-aged students who gender-identify as female and are interested in pursuing careers in orthopaedics and/or engineering. Participants will hear from women leaders in these fields and dive into online mock orthopaedic surgery simulations and biomechanics experiments.

Perry Outreach Program alumnae are welcome to register for a PVE session. If you are new to the Perry Initiative, participating in the PVE will not disqualify you from a POP at a later date.

Joyce Ivy Summer Scholars Program

The Summer Scholars program provides scholarships for talented female high school students to participate in a summer academic program at one of our partner programs – some of the most rigorous and selective colleges and universities in the country.

Scholars receive a full or partial scholarship, based on demonstrated financial need, to cover tuition, room and board, travel expenses, and supplies. The Joyce Ivy Foundation works directly with our set of program partners to combine Joyce Ivy scholarships with additional financial aid provided by the summer program.  Click here for more information!

 Society of Women Engineers - Detroit

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ACE (Architecture, Construction, Engineering) Mentor Program of SE Michigan

High school students in the Detroit area can now benefit from a nationwide program designed to introduce them to the wide range of career opportunities open to young people in architecture, construction, engineering, and related areas of the building design and construction industry. At weekly meetings, student teams work directly with professionals from leading area firms, who volunteer their time to mentor the teams as they design hypothetical projects, tour local construction sites, and visit architectural, engineering and construction offices.

For students, it’s a unique chance to discover and develop new skills, solidify future goals and get on track to exciting, rewarding careers. In addition, many students form positive relationships with industry professionals who can provide important references for obtaining college admissions, scholarships, internships and full-time employment.

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Michigan State Police Student Trooper Program

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FBI Detroit Teen Summer Academy

FBI Detroit Bureau Teen Academy program allows high school students an opportunity to get a comprehensive look into today’s FBI. Generally, each course iteration is a minimum of eight hours but can be a week-long program with blocks of instruction and demonstrations at a local field office. Students are provided with several presentations on topics including terrorism, cyber crime, public corruption, polygraph exams, evidence response, SWAT, and the day-to-day operations of a typical FBI office. Students also learn from special agents, intelligence analysts, language specialists, and professional staff about investigative tactics that include gathering evidence, interviewing witnesses, and assisting with cases.

FBI Detroit is currently accepting applications for its 2022 Teen Academy, which will be held July 28, 2022, for students ages 13-18.


Apprenticeship Information + Listings

Oakland Community College Apprenticeship Programs

For high school graduates who aren't interested in the traditional college path, OCC offers a variety of training opportunities to prepare them for in-demand, high paying jobs. Programs last six months or less, and some are free. They include:
  • Pre-apprenticeship programs where students can explore a trade or technical occupation and develop the skills and knowledge needed to prepare themselves for employment or apprenticeship opportunities. 
  • Apprenticeship programs where students receive the related technical instruction to complete a U.S. Department of Labor registered apprenticeship program while earning wages from day one. Students are also advised on certificate and associate degree options after successful completion of an apprenticeship.

Jump Start Your Career Through Apprenticeships! (

What is Apprenticeship?  Apprenticeship is an industry-driven, high-quality career pathway where employers can develop and prepare their future workforce, and individuals can obtain paid work experience, classroom instruction, and a portable, nationally-recognized credential.

Why Become an Apprentice?  Through an apprenticeship program, you can obtain paid, relevant workplace experience while acquiring the skills and credentials that employer’s value. 94% of apprentices who complete an apprenticeship retain employment, with an average annual salary of $70,000. Learn more about the benefits of apprenticeship for career seekers and prospective apprentices.

MI Apprenticeship

Oakland County Apprenticeship Book

This valuable resource provides important information about career opportunities in Oakland County and the region that could change your life!

Michigan Works Oakland County Apprenticeship Services

How do I become an Apprentice?  
There are two ways to become an apprentice:

  1. through a partnership between a labor organization and an employer (called a Joint Apprenticeship Committee, or a JAC)
  2. through a partnership between a community college and an employer.

JACs may have different requirements or procedures for applying for an apprenticeship; some will accept applications only from current employees and others are open to anyone. Applicants must pass a test and those with the highest scores are hired first. You should contact the JAC for a particular apprenticeship for more information.

The second path to an apprenticeship is a partnership between a community college and an employer. The classes are usually offered on the college’s regular schedule, but remember that just taking the classes doesn’t make you an apprentice; you must be hired by an apprenticeship employer first. If you’re interested in a particular apprenticeship but aren’t sure whether there are any openings, contact the Apprentice Coordinator at the college for assistance.

*All certified apprentices who attend a community college can apply their related technical instruction toward an associate’s degree. An apprentice can receive up to 32 credit hours toward his/her associate’s degree, which consists of 62 credit hours. Contact Oakland Community College at 248-232-4050 or another community college of your choice.​

 MAT2 Michigan Advanced Technician Training Program

MAT2 Apprenticeship Program Benefits:

  • Earn while you learn & gain a debt-free AAS degree at Henry Ford College or Macomb Community College
  • 3 years of coordinated school and work
  • Apply skills learned at school to real-world situations
  • 2-year job guarantee upon successful completion

Seniors should apply here!

 Apprenti - Southeast Michigan (Tech Apprenticeships)

Tech is the fastest-growing industry in the world, and 1 in 20 job openings are in tech. Our unique apprenticeship program puts you on a straightforward, step-by-step fast track toward your dream job. The tech industry is seeking to diversify its workforce, so Apprenti is actively recruiting women, people of color, and veterans — although anyone is eligible to apply.

Construction + Trades Apprenticeships

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Southeast Michigan Construction Academy
Access for All (Free Construction Training Program!)

Access for All is a free 300 hour construction trades training program that prepares you for a rewarding career in the construction industry. We provide support for basic needs such as transportation and child care, and a small stipend for expenses during the training.

Graduates earn credentials in: OSHA 30, First Aid/CPR, and Asbestos, Lead and Silica Awareness and a nationally recognized certificate from the North America’s Building Trades Union (NABTU).

For more than 30 years, we’ve helped thousands of workers complete their education and find full-time employment.


  • Career planning and coaching
  • Job Placement assistance
  • Occupational Skills Training
  • Skills assessments
  • Supportive Services
  • Employability Skills Workshops
  • Pre-apprenticeship and Apprenticeship Training


Program Requirements

  • Score at least a Level 4 in WorkKeys Applied Math, Reading for Information, and Locating Information assessments. If your scores are lower, let us know. We can connect you with ACT Career Ready 101 or the Khan Academy. Many of our students also found help through local adult education programs.
  • Be at least 18 years old with a valid driver’s license.
  • Possess a high school diploma or GED.
  • Pass a drug test, criminal background check, and physical exam.
  • Have reliable transportation to get to and from worksites.
  • Complete a personal interview with a panel.
  • Each site may have additional requirements.

IBEW Lineman + Tree Trimming Apprenticeships


DTE Line Worker + Substation Operator Apprencticeships

Apprenticeship News & Info!

WorkKeys Career Readiness Certificate (assessment available at OCC)

Some apprenticeship programs require a WorkKeys Career Readiness Certificate* to be submitted with your application.  To learn more or to take the assessment visit: Oakland Comunity College (OCC) M-TEC Testing Center

Contact Info: 248-232-4168 or

Michigan Registered Apprenticeship Data Dashboard

This online tool allows users to explore registered apprenticeships in regions across the state, including how many active apprentices there are and the occupations and industries in which they are employed.

 Press Release: $6 million in Registered Apprenticeship grants will support career opportunities for underrepresented populations - March 1, 2021

Certificate & Career Training Programs

Looking for a career, 2-4 years of college isn't for you?

Check out the Certificate and Job Training Programs at Oakland Community College!

For high school graduates who aren't interested in the traditional college path, OCC offers a variety of training opportunities to prepare them for in-demand, high paying jobs. Programs last six months or less, and some are free. They include:
  • Training programs that prepare students for jobs in fields such as supply chain logistics, advanced manufacturing, CNC, sterile processing, CNA, and computer security.
  • Pre-apprenticeship programs where students can explore a trade or technical occupation and develop the skills and knowledge needed to prepare themselves for employment or apprenticeship opportunities. 
  • Apprenticeship programs where students receive the related technical instruction to complete a U.S. Department of Labor registered apprenticeship program while earning wages from day one. Students are also advised on certificate and associate degree options after successful completion of an apprenticeship.

EMERGENCY SERVICES training programs at OCC

INDUSTRIAL TECHNOLOGY training programs at OCC


Michigan Dental Assisting School

Types of Military Service

Information below from and Today's Military

The U.S. Military consists of six active-duty Service branches and their respective Guard and Reserve components. Together, they offer a broad variety of ways to serve.

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The Army is part of the Department of Defense (DOD) and is the largest of the five military branches. It handles major ground combat missions, especially operations that are ongoing. The Army Special Forces unit is known as the Green Berets for its headgear. Service members are known as soldiers. The reserve components are Army Reserve and Army National Guard.

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The Marine Corps is part of the DOD. It provides land combat, sea-based, and air-ground operations support for the other branches during a mission. This branch also guards U.S. embassies around the world and the classified documents in those buildings. Marine Corps Special Operations Command (MARSOC) members are known as Raiders. All service members are referred to as Marines. The reserve component is Marine Corps Reserve.

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The Navy is part of the DOD. It protects waterways (sea and ocean) outside of the Coast Guard’s jurisdiction. Navy warships provide the runways for aircraft to land and take off when at sea. Navy SEALs (sea, air, and land) are the special operations force for this branch. All service members are known as sailors. The reserve component is Navy Reserve. 

Air Force logoThe Air Force is part of the DOD. It’s responsible for aerial military operations, defending U.S. air bases, and building landing strips. Service members are known as airmen. The reserve components are Air National Guard and Air Force Reserve.

Space Force
The Space Force is a new service, created in December 2019 from the former Air Force Space Command. The Space Force falls within the Department of the Air Force. It organizes, trains, and equips space forces to protect U.S. and allied interests in space and to provide space capabilities to the joint force.

The US Coast Guard is part of the Department of Homeland Security (DHS). It’s responsible for maritime law enforcement, including drug smuggling. It manages maritime search and rescue and marine environmental protection. It also secures ports, waterways, and the coasts. Service members are known as Coast Guardsmen, nicknamed Coasties. The reserve component is Coast Guard Reserve.

Military Service Academies

For students who want to experience a military environment while getting a first-class education, the five service academies offer a fully-funded tuition that includes books, board and medical and dental care. The competition to get in is fierce and students should start the application process early during their junior year.

Admissions criteria include:

  • High school academic performance
  • Standardized test scores (SAT or ACT)
  • Athletics and extracurricular activities
  • Leadership experience and community involvement
  • A congressional letter of recommendation (not required by the Coast Guard Academy)

Five Military Service Academies:

  1. United States Military Academy in West Point, NY
  2. United States Naval Academy in Annapolis, MD *Graduates serve in the U.S. Navy or the U.S. Marine Corps
  3. United States Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs, CO
  4. United States Coast Guard Academy in New London, CT *U.S. Coast Guard is under the jurisdiction of the Department of Homeland Security; however, reports directly to the Department of the Navy only in wartime
  5. United States Merchant Marine Academy in Kings Point, NY *The Merchant Marine Academy has a close relationship with the U.S. Armed Forces, as noted on its website, but is not part of the Department of Defense.

Explore Careers in the Military

Careers in the Military Explore/investigate job and career opportunities across the branches of the military.

Enlisted members versus Officers in the Military

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Enlisted members make up most of the military workforce. They receive training in a job specialty and do most of the hands-on work. Usually, you’ll sign up for four years of active duty and four years inactive. After you’ve completed your active duty time, you can either extend your contract or re-enlist if you want to continue serving.

Officers make up a much smaller part of the workforce. To join as an officer, you typically must have a four-year college degree and complete an officer program. You compete for promotion to continue your career. Most officers are managers who plan and direct operations. Others are professionals like doctors and lawyers. Officers get paid more than enlisted members and enjoy certain other benefits.

You don’t have to join as an officer to become one though. You can join as an enlisted member and attend officer training later on.  

Military Eligibility Requirements

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The first factor the military considers is age. To be eligible for regular enlistment in any branch, you must be 18 years old, or 17 with parental consent. The maximum age limit to join the military varies by branch.

what is the age limit to join the military


You must be a U.S. citizen or Legal Permanent Resident (with anI-551 Green Card) to be eligible to join the U.S. Military. In some cases, properly documented non-citizens may enlist. 

Contact a recruiter for more advice on a specific situation.


Many people are precluded from military service because they fall into one or more medically disqualifying categories. The Military’s Standards of Medical Fitness are structured to identify any medical complication, including mental health, that disqualifies a military service applicant. This very long list of medical conditions also includes common ailments such as asthma, depression, food allergies, and eczema. 

Additionally, there is a list of “red flag” disqualifying medical conditions standards that may not permanently exclude you from military service. If you have had any of these medical conditions at any time in your life, you must tell your recruiter so that you can be considered for a medical waiver or risk possibly being dishonorably discharged.  

Some of these conditions include:

  • Physical limitations or deformities 
  • Sleep disorders
  • Learning, psychiatric, or behavioral disorders

In some cases, applicants who fail to meet the established medical standards may be considered for a medical waiver. Discuss your options with a recruiter to address your individual circumstances.

Note that these medical standards do not apply to any medical issue associated with gender dysphoria or gender transition. Questions regarding medical standards or procedures should be directed to the Commander, U.S. Military Entrance Processing Command (USMEPCOM).

View the full list of permanently disqualifying medical conditions here. 


Though not mandatory, a high school diploma is preferred to enlist in the military. Those holding alternative credentials (a G.E.D. or certificate of attendance) and non-graduates may be assigned lower enlistment priority and may be limited in their service opportunities.

A 4-year university or baccalaureate degree is required to become an officer. Certain special occupations, like doctors, lawyers, and clergy, can join the military through direct commissioning. But they may require additional credentials or training to become commissioned officers. 


The military uses an applicant’s AFQT score, derived from the Armed Services Vocational Aptitude Battery (ASVAB test), to determine their eligibility to serve. Qualifying AFQT scores can change based on each service branch’s evolving needs, so it is always best to contact a recruiter to discuss your score and their current criterion.

Learn more about ASVAB and AFQT scores and what they mean. 


Each service branch has a different set of physical requirements (such as timed runs, push-ups, sit-ups) that applicants must meet to enlist. This includes height and weight standards, as well as fitness screening requirements at boot camp. 

Learn about the physical fitness requirements for each military service branch.


The underlying purpose of character and conduct standards is to minimize the acceptance of applicants who are:

  • Likely to become disciplinary cases or security risks.
  • Likely to disrupt good order, morale, and discipline. 

The U.S. Military is responsible for the defense of our nation and is not a rehabilitation program. At a minimum, an applicant is ineligible if they:

  • Are under any form of judicial restraint, including bond, probation, imprisonment, or parole.
  • Have a significant criminal record, including a felony conviction.
  • Have a state or federal conviction or a finding of guilt in a juvenile adjudication for any sexual offense.
  • Have exhibited antisocial behavior or other character traits that render the applicant unfit.


Applicants must participate in a substance screening process. Current or past alcohol and drug dependence or abuse are considered incompatible with military life. Therefore, those who test positive for illegal drugs are disqualified from enlisting. However, in some instances, these individuals may request a waiver.

As with medical and health conditions, it is best to discuss individual circumstances with a recruiter.

  • You must have a high school diploma or a GED to enlist. The services accept only a small number of people with GEDs each year. You can increase your chances of qualifying with a GED by:
    • Earning some college credits and/or
    • Scoring well on the Armed Forces Qualification Test (AFQT)
  • ASVAB Program
    ​​​Career exploration tool for careers in the military.

Steps for Joining the Military

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1) Start by doing some research about your options for joining the military. Learn about the five active-duty branches and their part-time counterparts. Know the main differences between officers and enlisted members.

2) Once you know which branch you’re considering, contact a recruiter. A recruiter will give you an overview and answer your questions about that service. If you’re interested in more than one branch, contact a recruiter for each. If you’re interested in joining as an officer, the recruiter will explain any options you may be eligible for.

3) If you decide to enlist, you will report to a military entrance processing station (MEPS). You’ll spend a day or two completing pre-enlistment steps.

  • These include taking the ASVAB, having a physical exam, meeting with a career counselor, and if you’re accepted,taking the oath of enlistment.
  • From there you’ll receive orders for basic training, usually to start within a few weeks. (If you enrolled in a delayed entry program, you’ll go home and get orders for basic training within a year.)

Contact a Recruiter or Apply Online

Air Force



Marine Corps

Coast Guard

Space Force

  • Contact an Air Force recruiter: 1-800-423-USAF (1-800-423-8723)

Youth Programs

Young Marines

The Young Marines strengthens the lives of America's youth by teaching the importance of self-confidence, academic achievement, honoring our veterans, good citizenship, community service, and living a healthy, drug-free lifestyle. The Young Marines promotes the mental, moral and physical development of its members. The program focuses on character building and leadership and promotes a lifestyle that is conducive to being productive members of society. The Young Marines is the premier youth organization in its Drug Demand Reduction efforts.

The Young Marines is open to all youth ages 8 through the completion of high school. The only membership requirement is that the youth must be in good standing at school.  Upon joining a local Young Marine unit, youth undergo a 26-hour orientation program, generally spread out over several weekly meetings. This orientation is called Recruit Training. The youth learn general subjects such as history, customs and courtesies, close order drill, physical fitness, and military rank structure. After graduating from Young Marine Recruit Training, the youth have the opportunity to learn even more new skills, earn rank, wear the Young Marine uniform and work toward ribbon awards. Young Marines earn ribbons for achievement in areas such as leadership, community service, swimming, academic excellence, first aid and drug resistance education.

US Naval Sea Cadet Corps

The senior cadet program exposes its cadets to the full rigors of a military training program. Cadets are required to attend a mandatory two-week recruit training camp. After this requirement is met, cadets are eligible to participate in a variety of advanced training sessions. These sessions serve to expose cadets to seamanship and seagoing subjects. They also focus on developing an appreciation for our country's rich naval history, customs and traditions. 

After enrolling in the program, all Sea Cadets must attend a mandatory two-week recruit training session. These training sessions are taught at the Navy’s Recruit Training Command, at other naval bases or stations and at regional recruit training sites using other military host resources.

The curriculum of this training is approved by the U.S. Navy and standardized at all training sites. Cadets receive 106 hours of instruction, with a focus on the Navy’s core values of honor, courage and commitment. Both tone and tenor of instruction are modeled after the Navy’s recruit training.

US Air Force Auxiliary, Civil Air Patrol Cadet

Do you want to prepare for your future while making new friends?  Would you like to conquer new Challenges while having some fun?  Then rise to the challenge of cadet membership in the U.S. Air Force Auxiliary, Civil Air Patrol.

The CAP Cadet Program is a year-round program where Cadets fly, learn to lead, hike, camp, get in shape, and push themselves to new limits. If you’re dreaming about a career in aviation, space, or the military, CAP’s Cadet Program is for you.

To become a cadet, you must be be at least 12 years old and not yet 19 years old. Cadets meet 2 hours per week and one Saturday per month, on average, and also have opportunities to attend leadership encampments, career academies, and other activities during the summer.

US Coast Guard, Auxiliary Youth Sea Scouts

The Coast Guard Auxiliary has adopted the Boy Scouts of America’s Sea Scout program as its official youth program. The Sea Scouts are a program for young men and women ages 14 (or 13 years of age and completed eighth grade) through 20. Sea Scouts provide a program for religious, fraternal, educational, and other community organizations to use for effective character, citizenship, and mental and personal fitness training for youth. As part of this training, Sea Scouts are expected to develop personal religious values, learn the principles of American heritage and government, and acquire skills that will prepare them to become successful adults.

All Sea Scouts and Sea Scout leaders are automatically Associate Members of the Coast Guard Auxiliary Association. Any Sea Scout who is at least 14 years old or Sea Scout leader may also choose to become full members of the U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary by following the normal application process.

Volunteering & Service Organizations

AmeriCorps, a federal agency, brings people together to tackle the country’s most pressing challenges through national service and volunteering. AmeriCorps members and AmeriCorps Seniors volunteers serve with organizations dedicated to the improvement of communities. AmeriCorps helps make service to others a cornerstone of our national culture. 

Peace Corps
The Peace Corps is a service opportunity for motivated changemakers to immerse themselves in a community abroad, working side by side with local leaders to tackle the most pressing challenges of our generation.

The Student Conservation Assoc.
The Student Conservation Association (SCA) is America’s conservation corps. Our members protect and restore national parks, marine sanctuaries, cultural landmarks and community green spaces in all 50 states.

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