Youth Experiences

Exploring Opportunities

Our Elevate program team coordinates learning opportunities, paid work experiences, and various events for youth. Through our experiences, you'll learn about and explore career opportunities, gain skills, and develop confidence in your abilities! Check out our opportunities below.

Learning Opportunities

Job Shadow Youth

Job Shadows

Job shadows provide a sneak peek into a career. Applicants are matched with a company in their field of interest for a 3-hour job shadow experience. Job shadows are held each fall and winter.

2023 Fall Job Shadow Details: 

  • Registration opens on Monday, September 11, and closes on Friday, September 22 at 12:00 p.m. Apply early to be considered!
  • Mandatory Virtual Orientation: Thursday, October 5 at 4:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. via Zoom.
  • Job Shadow Dates: Friday, October 13, 20, or 27.
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DevNW Financial Foundations Courses

We partner with DevNW to offer youth Financial Foundations courses.

Are you working to save for a car, a degree, or your first apartment? Financial Foundations class will teach you the techniques and provide you with the mobile tools to reach your goals. You’ll learn to manage money, build emergency savings, create savings goals for big purchases, build and repair credit, and make smart decisions about taking on loans. Open to all Lane County high school students or youth from eligible programs.

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Industry Tours

Each school year our team curates various industry tours ranging from Tech Tours to Manufacturing Tours and much more. Educators typically register groups of youth to attend these events. Please let your school know if you're interested in attending a tour!

Upcoming Tours:

  • Manufacturing Tours - Thursday, October 12, 2023
  • Health Tour - Thursday, March 7, 2024
  • EWEB Tour - Thursday, March 21, 2024
  • Tech Tours - Thursday, April 18, 2024
  • Natural Resources Tour - Thursday, May 9, 2024

Check out Upcoming Events

The Connected Lane County events calendar lists all upcoming events and experiences for our organization. You can subscribe to the calendar to display the events on your Google, Outlook, or Yahoo calendars.

Paid Work Experiences

Youth in Summer Internship

Summer Internships

Elevate Internships are available to current Lane County high school juniors and seniors. What makes our internships unique is that we find internship hosts based on the interests of our interns. Interns will begin with an internship orientation and a financial foundations course prior to starting their internship of 40 hours per week with a local company. The entire internship experience lasts seven weeks and totals approximately 220 hours of valuable hands-on experience and work-based learning.

Applications require one letter of recommendation. Those selected to move forward will participate in one interview before final interns are chosen. Limited spots are available so be sure to get your application in early and follow ALL steps to submit a complete application!

Connected Lane County is a county-wide organization that strives to ensure all student experiences are designed equitably. Paid internships are highly sought after in our region, and with limited spots available, our selection process aims to ensure we have representation from all 16 school districts, applicants who are currently juniors and seniors, equitable representation of BIPOC and white students, and gender identities.

The application for 2024 Summer Internships will open on Monday, February 19, 2024, and close on Friday, March 29, 2024.

View the 2023 internship flyer in English or Spanish.


Elevate Summer Internships 2023

August 16, 2023

In the heart of Lane County, a wave of youthful energy and ambition swept through this summer, as 62 aspiring minds embarked on a transformative journey through the 2023 Elevate Summer Internships. Last week, we had the privilege of celebrating the remarkable achievements of these interns at our Summer Internship Celebration. This event served as a testament to the dedication and hard work of our 62 interns, all juniors and seniors, representing 15 school districts and 23 schools within Lane County.

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Every month, you'll receive updates about events and opportunities!

Elevate Events

Elevate Youth Experiences (Career Expo)

Career Expo

Our annual Middle School Career Exploration event is hosted each fall, typically in November! Youth meet with and do hands-on activities alongside professionals from at least 14 different companies. Pre-lessons for educators will be sent in advance.

This event is for 8th-graders. 

2023 Career Expo Dates: 

  • Registration Opens Tuesday, October 3, and closes Friday, October 27
  • Career Expo: Wednesday, November 7 - Friday, November 9
Elevate Youth Experiences (codeORcreate)


codeORcreate is an annual three-day hackathon hosted each December for teams of up to five youth. Participation is free and open to all Lane County high school-aged youth and Lane Community College students interested in website design, coding, graphic design, or game design. 

Participation in codeORcreate fulfills the work-based learning requirement for students working towards their CTE program completion.

2023 codeORcreate: Friday, December 8-Sunday, December 10

Notes from marketingJAM


marketingJAM is an annual three-day marketing competition hosted each January for teams of up to five youth. Participation is free and open to all Lane County high school-aged youth and Lane Community College students interested in marketing, branding, design, and business.

Participation in marketingJAM fulfills the work-based learning requirement for students working towards their CTE program completion.

2024 marketingJAM: Friday, January 26-Sunday, January 28

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Hiring Fair

Each spring our Hiring Fair connects graduating seniors to local job openings in high-wage, high-demand career fields. Numerous local companies with open entry-level positions join us for this event.

View the 2023 Hiring Fair flyer for more info.

This event is for graduating seniors and youth from our Navigate program. 

2024 Hiring Fair: Thursday, May 2

Youth Resources

Learn about local industries and career options by reviewing our pathway documents. Get to know Connected Lane County by watching videos on our YouTube channel! And visit our job board for youth to find a local job!