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Oakland County Now Accepting Applications For A Variety Of High School And College Student Summer Jobs

Are you a high school or college student looking for a summer gig and possible resume builder? The Oakland County Department of Human Resources is now accepting applications for a host of seasonal job opportunities for students that offer valuable experience in the workplace, an opportunity to put classroom training to use and pays a good wage for the summer.

“This is a wonderful opportunity and allows high school and college students to get real-world experience, learn new skills or refine existing ones that may lead to a satisfying career,” County Executive Dave Coulter said. “These jobs have historically been very popular, so I encourage any student who is interested to apply now.”

Available job titles range from a summer business clerk or health education assistant to student epidemiologist, seasonal laborer or animal census workers. Jobs generally last for 13 weeks and starting wages range from $11.31 to $15.92 an hour, depending on the position and if this is your first year with the county.

Students as young as 16 and have not yet finished high school require permission from a parent or guardian to be eligible for some jobs. Most positions require little or no experience. For complete details on the available positions, including wages, go to www.oakgov.com/jobs and search “Summer.”

Oakland County Parks and Recreation also is accepting applications for summer employment. Parks will be filling positions at one of its 14 parks, five golf courses, two water parks, two campgrounds and Holly Oaks ORV park. These positions include seasonal laborers, lifeguards, seasonal program specialists, food service workers, attendants and program leaders. More information is available at www.oaklandcountyparks.com.

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A free community event for teen girls and their female mentors and caregivers, organized by ROX & The Center for Family Safety and Healing

Mark your calendars for Saturday, March 13 for the return of the community-wide "I Matter" event in a new virtual format. Experts from Ruling Our eXperiences (ROX) and The Center for Family Safety and Healing are excited to provide you with an engaging two-hour program focused on educating teens about healthy relationships, confidence and the collective strength of girls!

Through engaging and inspiring sessions led by licensed professionals and subject matter experts, girls will gain access to the knowledge and resources they need to engage in safe and healthy relationships and adults will acquire the tools and strategies necessary to support the girls they care about.

Program topics include:

  • Managing Stress & Anxiety
  • Self-Defense
  • Healthy Relationships & Boundaries
  • Digital Dating

To meet the needs of our changing world, I Matter 2021 will be a virtual event. We recognize that in these unprecedented times the cultivation of connection, support and encouragement among girls and women is paramount, and we are excited to produce an experience that will provide just this for the girls and women in our community.

🌟 Virtual access to this year’s event is complimentary, but requires registration. Please submit registration information for each attendee. https://www.eventbrite.com/e/i-matter-2021-tickets-138439475197

🌈 This event is for all cis and trans girls, as well as non-binary folks who are comfortable in a space that centers the experiences of girls.

🌟 For any questions about this event, contact Dorothy Martindale at dorothymartindale@rulingourexperiences.com.

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Debrief with SWE-Detroit!

Spring 2021 STEM webinar series for high schoolers hosted by the Society of

Women Engineers – Detroit Section. Click on the underlined words below to learn more about the engineering discipline, company, or college. Click on the registration link to learn more. See you there (virtually)!

College Considerations (02/28, 7-8pm EST) – Learn about some of the criteria you might want to consider while developing your college list and ask our student panelists from the University of Michigan (Ann Arbor) and Michigan Technological University any questions that are on your mind!

➢ Registration: https://forms.gle/6qSaW1ndxm5JadQY9

Careers in Biomedical/Biological Engineering (03/15, 6-7pm EST) – Hear about what it is like to be a biological/biomedical engineer from some amazing women from Ball Aerospace & Technologies Corp., Ford Motor Company, and KSQ Therapeutics.

➢ Registration: https://forms.gle/EF7Cr6MAyrKf38Ba7

College Resumes and Letters of Recommendation (03/21, 6-7pm EST) – Learn about how to

develop your resume for college applications and scholarships, what letters of recommendation

are, and how to ask for them. Student panelists from Lawrence Technological University and

Michigan Technological University are excited to answer your questions!

➢ Registration: https://forms.gle/z8W974teTXHFbUBF9

Homemade Spa Day! (03/31, 6-7:30pm EST – Learn about the chemical, biological/biomedical, and materials engineering that go into making consumer products while making your own bath bomb!

➢ Registration (Closes 03/21): https://forms.gle/J29hhFzUZLh6ceqc7

Careers in Chemical Engineering (04/13, 7-8pm EST) – Hear about what it is like to be a chemical engineer from some awesome female engineers from Toyota, DuPont, and General Motors.

➢ Registration: https://forms.gle/cjQupwYL66bp897v9

College Essays (04/27, 6-7pm EST) – Learn about ways to make your Common Application main and supplemental essays strong. Ask our student panelists from the University of Michigan (Ann Arbor) and Wayne State University any questions that are on your mind!

➢ Registration: https://forms.gle/fKkV3DqXX7PFncPP6

College Financial Aid and the FAFSA (05/06 7-8pm EST) – Learn about different types of financial aid, how to apply for them, and how to apply for college scholarships. Ask our college student panelist from the University of Michigan (Ann Arbor), and parent panelists any questions!

➢ Registration: https://forms.gle/vuv2Uw5nWoYz6gzT7

Lending a Helping Hand – An Engineering Design Challenge (05/15, 5:30-7pm EST) – We’ll learn about the engineering design process while designing and prototyping your own prosthetic hand!

➢ Registration (Closes 05/05): https://forms.gle/maQJj9TkYukPtR9P9

Please email Haley Antoine (haleylantoine@gmail.com) with any questions!

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Submissions are open for our upcoming book project featuring New York Times bestselling author and National Ambassador for Young People’s Literature Jason Reynolds. Current middle and high school students aged 13 years and older are invited to submit writing based on Jason’s video project “For Everyone” or his 826 Digital Spark “A Place Worth Being.” We encourage educators to use this incredible resource in their classrooms and share this publication opportunity with their students.

The deadline for submissions is Friday, March 5, so be sure to spread the word to all the young writers in your life.

Submit student writing

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The School of Architecture welcomes prospective students and their families to engage with us through a variety of opportunities. The experience of visiting us online will help to bring to life the dynamic community that we colloquially refer to as the A-School. Join us at one of our upcoming virtual events and reach out to us with any questions you may have about our programs.

Do not hesitate to let us know if you have any questions about how to connect with the School of Architecture. Reach us at a-school-admissions@virginia.edu.

Please share the following opportunities to learn more about the UVA School of Architecture with your students.

Information sessions provide prospective students with a chance to learn more about the School of Architecture and their programs of interest.

  • Friday, February 19
  • Friday, March 19
  • Friday, April 16

All Information Sessions will be held from 11AM – 12PM (ET).


Join alumni and Student Ambassadors in virtual interactive sessions to collaboratively solve problems that impact the built environment.

  • Tuesday, April 20
  • Thursday, April 22

Explore Design Futures will be held from 5PM – 6:15PM (ET).


Attending final reviews gives prospective students a chance to see students exhibit, present and discuss their work with faculty and visiting reviewers.


Schedule an individual appointment with one of our Student Ambassadors for a personalized tour of our space, to learn about the work they are conducting, and have specific questions about our programs answered by current students.


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Virginia Tech invites talented, high-achieving, and intellectually curious rising high school juniors and rising seniors to apply to participate in a virtual summer academic leadership program at Virginia Tech.

Black College Institute (for rising seniors) will offer four-day sessions twice during the summer of 2021: June 13-June 16 and June 20-June 23.

Black College Institute (for rising juniors) will offer a four-day session for the summer of 2021: June 27-June 30.

All programs are FREE of cost to students!

Rising juniors apply here!

Rising seniors apply here!

Application closes: April 1, 2021
Notification of acceptance: April 25, 2021
Confirm attendance: May 10, 2021
Unofficial Transcripts due: May 20, 2021

Benefits of attending BCI*:
  • Virginia Tech application fee waiver
  • BCI T-shirt mailed to your home
  • Peer mentorship, networking, and friendships
  • College admissions advising
  • Overview of financing college/higher education
  • Exposure to the African American student experience at Virginia Tech
  • Live Q & A with the seven Virginia Tech colleges
  • Completion of an interactive and educational group project focused on the African American experience.
*All benefits will be extended to those who successfully complete the program.

Virginia Tech Partners Participating:
College of Agriculture and Life Sciences, College of Architecture and Urban Studies, Pamplin College of Business, College of Engineering, College of Liberal Arts and Human Sciences, College of Natural Resources and Environment, College of Science, Virginia-Maryland College of Veterinary Medicine, and other campus departments and local organizations.

For more information about the Black College Institute, visit vt.edu/admissions/black-college-institute or email bci@vt.edu.
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For those who are thinking about a career in communications or simply enjoy writing, we have just the thing: the Boston University Summer Journalism Academy.

For the last 11 years, students are taught by award-winning journalists, such as Pulitzer Prize winner Lara Salahi and Sherrod Blakely, who will show them how to follow facts and get to the heart of stories affecting communities. From protests to town hall meetings to interviewing local and state politicians, our students are covering issues that matter in their communities.

Students also have the option of selecting a photojournalism track, taught by veteran photojournalist Stephen Haines. He worked as a staff photographer, assignment and photo editor for the Boston Globe. He will help students sharpen their camera skills to teach them the basics of visual storytelling.

No matter what session your student(s) select, they will learn practical skills that they can apply to any career.

Two-week sessions begin on June 21, July 5, and July 19.

learn more by visiting our website, and to apply soon, as spots are limited.

If students are accepted to the program and pay the registration fee by April 24, they will receive a special discount of $200 off the tuition using this discount code online: 21BUADMISSIONS

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USC School of Cinematic Arts Summer Program is again online for Summer 2021 and is available for students to apply. With the student success of last summer, we’re thrilled for the opportunity to open our doors up once more to a diverse and engaging Summer 2021 student cohort.

Our courses cover topics from all the divisions within the School of Cinematic Arts and are taught by current USC faculty who teach during the full-time sessions. All classes are for USC college credit and may be transferred to any university with an official university transcript. Some of our more popular classes include: Filmmaking Online, Beginning Screenwriting, Inside the Business of Film & Television, and Animation Fundamentals.

Applicants must be of ages 16 & above and in good standing to be considered. Below is a link to our program where our available classes can be reviewed as well as a few testimonials from former students:

If an applicant has specific questions about a course or the process, questions can be emailed directly to summer@cinema.usc.edu.

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The REALTOR® Scholarship Fund provides financial assistance for high school seniors attending a Michigan School of Higher Learning.

Students from your high school are eligible and may apply by visiting https://www.RealtorScholarshipFund.com and completing the online application. To view a copy of the application, click here.
Only online applications are being accepted.

The deadline is Wednesday, March 17th, 2021
Last year, 51 students each received awards in the amount of $1,000. Your encouragement for students in your school to complete the application will be sincerely appreciated. Please note that all applicants must email a copy of the student’s transcript and ACT/SAT scores, if available, to RealtorScholarshipFund@gmail.com.

Need a transcript or a recommendation sent from your counselor to a program or scholarship?

Virtual Blue Router Form

Please include what materials need to be sent, how we should be sending it, and what the deadline is. Please allow at least 15 school days for counselors to fulfill recommendation requests!

Recommendation Request Form

If a counselor letter of recommendation is necessary for your program or scholarship, please make sure you have completed the Recommendation Request Form.

It is always always helpful to notify your counselor via email when you plan to apply to a program or scholarship and submit these forms. Please contact your counselor if you have any questions!

IA Counselors

Okma Campus

Lisa Acton



Jane Dittus



East Campus

Whitney Bernstein



Alexandria Phelps



West Campus

Brigid Piagentini