Opportunity Blog
  • The Shortridge Opportunity Blog was created to assist scholars with finding internships, volunteer opportunities, jobs, test prep, leadership camps, and much more. Be sure to use the blog tags, displayed on the right of the page, to help find the opportunity that suites you best. Sign on to Naviance Student for additional opportunities.  

  • Self Discovery/ Career Exploration Project (SD/CE)

    Posted by TRISHA MILLER on 11/12/2018 3:00:00 PM

    Application Deadline: January 10, 2019


    Program dates: January 28 – April 27, 2019

    Self-Discovery/Career Exploration Project (SD/CE) offers a program experience that equips high school students in 10th through 12thgrades with timeless principles, knowledge, and life skills needed to achieve academic and career success. The program curriculum is designed to challenge participants to look introspectively and provides greater insight into personal, educational and career goals. Since inception, over 10,000 students have participated in the program.

    Students continue to be faced with a myriad of images that adversely affect their ability to clearly understand their destiny and create a plan to execute their goals of achievement. The Self-Discovery/Career Exploration Project encourages and compels participants to make a very critical self-evaluation in the following areas:

    • Communication and Success
    • Effective Presentation Skills
    • Working Together
    • Assertiveness Training
    • Exploring Business
    • Setting College Goals
    • Examining Cause and Effect
    • Effective Study Skills
    • Dressing for Success
    • Overcoming Barriers
    • Effective Interviewing
    • Setting Career Goals

    For more information on SD/CE visit here, to register for the Spring 2019 click here

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  • Telluride Association Summer Program

    Posted by TRISHA MILLER on 11/12/2018 2:00:00 PM

    Application deadline: January 22, 2019

    Program dates: June 23 – August 3, 2019



    A Telluride Association Summer Program (TASP) is a free six-week educational experience for high school juniors that offers challenges and rewards rarely encountered in secondary school or even college.

    Each program is designed to bring together young people from around the world who share a passion for learning. Telluride students, or TASPers, attend a seminar led by college and university scholars and participate in many other educational and social activities outside the classroom.

    Students attend TASPs because they want a personal and intellectual challenge. Telluride Association seeks students from all kinds of educational backgrounds who demonstrate intellectual curiosity and motivation, rather than prior knowledge of the seminar’s subject matter. TASPers participate solely for the pleasure and rewards of learning with other intelligent, highly motivated students of diverse backgrounds. The TASP offers no grades or college credit

    For more information visit TASP online here or email Ellen Baer at telluride@tellurideassociation.org or call (607) 273-5011

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  • Crispus Attucks Book Launch and Panel Discussion

    Posted by TRISHA MILLER on 10/29/2018 8:00:00 AM


    Program Date: Tuesday, October 30, 2018


    The Children’s Museum of Indianapolis is officially launching National Book Award-winning author Phil Hoose’s new book, Attucks!: Oscar Robertson and the Basketball Team That Awakened a City. Join us for a discussion with Phil Hoose and other panelists familiar with the Crispus Attucks basketball story. By winning the Indiana high school basketball championship in 1955, 10 teenaged athletes from all-black Indianapolis Crispus Attucks High School shattered the myth of racial inferiority.

    Panelists Include:

    Dr. Stanley Warren— Author, High Five: African-American Institutions That Have Strengthened the Indianapolis Community; retired Dean of Academic Affairs and Professor of Education, DePauw University

    Phil Hoose — Author, Attucks!: Oscar Robertson and the Basketball Team That Awakened a City

    Josiah Herndon— 2017 Crispus Attucks alumnus and former equipment manager for the Crispus Attucks basketball team

    Dr. Patricia Payne — Director, Crispus Attucks Museum

    Jerry Harkness — Retired Indiana Pacers point guard

    Bill Benner — Director, Pacers Foundation INC


    Register for FREE here!

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  • Scholarship to Study Abroad

    Posted by TRISHA MILLER on 10/12/2018 3:00:00 PM

    U.S. Department of State Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs


    Application deadlines vary please see below


    The U.S. Department of State provides over 1,000 merit-based scholarships each year for U.S. high school students to study abroad for a summer or an academic year in over 25 countries. These high school exchange programs prepare young Americans to succeed in the 21st century’s global economy by developing their foreign language skills, increasing their cross-cultural understanding, strengthening their leadership capacity, and fostering new academic insights and ambitions.  The application period is now open for the following programs:

    • Congress-Bundestag Youth Exchange (CBYX) – Deadline December 11, 2018
    • National Security Language Initiative for Youth (NSLI-Y) – Deadline October 30, 2018
    • Kennedy-Lugar Youth Exchange and Study Abroad (YES Abroad) – Deadline December 4, 2018
    • Youth Ambassadors (application period opens in December)

    These scholarships include international airfare, tuition, and program costs, as well as meals and living accommodations (often with a host family).  The programs have no language prerequisites, but applicants must be between the ages of 15 and 18 when the program starts. Seniors are welcome to apply and can travel after graduation, as long as they meet the age requirement.  We are particularly trying to reach young people who would not otherwise have the opportunity to participate in a study abroad experience.

    You may find this announcement and other outreach materials at here and here. For more information please contact Charles Schwab at SchwabCJ@state.gov



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  • Naviance Partnering with Kaplan - Free to Students

    Posted by Sherri Barrow on 10/8/2018

    Naviance is partnering with Kaplan to provide some awesome new resources for staff, students, and families!

    As a Naviance user, you now have FREE access to Kaplan's interactive live streaming and on-demand programming related to College, Career, and Life Readiness. 

    Please take a look at the offerings via the link below:


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  • 2019 United States Senate Youth Program

    Posted by Sherri Barrow on 9/17/2018

    2019 United States Senate Youth Program

    Volunteer Opportunity

    Deadline September 28, 2018

    The Indiana Bar Foundation is seeking nominations for candidates for the 2019 United States Senate Youth Program.  

     The United States Senate Youth Program, established in 1962 by U.S. Senate Resolution, is a unique educational experience for outstanding high school students interested in pursuing careers in public service.  Each year, two student leaders from each state, the District of Columbia and the Department of Defense Education Activity spend a week in Washington experiencing their national government in action.  Student delegates hear major policy addresses by Senators, cabinet members, officials from the Departments of State and Defense and directors of other federal agencies, as well as participate in a meeting with a Justice of the U.S. Supreme Court.  All transportation, hotel and meal expenses is provided by The William Randolph Hearst Foundation.  In addition, each delegate is awarded a $10,000 college scholarship for undergraduate studies, with encouragement to pursue coursework in history and political science.

    To be eligible, students must be:

    • juniors or seniors attending high school in the U.S. through graduation (Spring 2019);
    • currently serving in an elected or appointed position representing a constituency during the entire 2018-2019 school year;
    • a legal permanent resident or citizen of the United States at the time of application;
    • interested in and participating in leadership, public service, and government related activities;
    • able to attend the entire 2019 Washington Week (March 2-9, 2019);
    • nominated by his/her high school principal, who must sign and verify the student's application submission and nomination to the program.

    For details on the application process, please visit https://inbf.org/educational-programs/united-states-senate-youth-program.  Applications must be mailed and postmarked by September 28, 2018. Please send all correspondence to Indiana Bar Foundation, Attn: Collin Gruver, 615 N. Alabama St. #122, Indianapolis, IN 46204.

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  • Central Indiana Exploring Program

    Posted by Sherri Barrow on 9/17/2018

    Central Indiana Exploring

    Volunteer Opportunity

    Various Start Dates: Please see guidebook below or the website

    It’s never too early to start thinking about your future. With Exploring, you can learn more about careers that interest you while getting hands-on experience and networking with professionals. From Engineering and Health Care to IT and Law Enforcement, you have the opportunity to learn from Central Indiana’s top organizations in their field.


    Exploring is a unique career exploration program for young men and women ages 10-20. The program provides students with an opportunity to learn about a wide variety of career fields and network with professionals already working in those fields.

    Exploring is based on a unique and dynamic relationship between youth and the organization in their communities. Local organizations initiate an Explorer program by matching their staff and program resources to the interests of young people.


    Exploring provides exciting activities and one-on-one mentorship for youth looking to discover their future. You will get hands-on experience to determine whether or not a particular career field is right for you, you will develop valuable networking contacts with professionals working in your selected career fields, and you get to know other youth with your same interests and aspirations.


    For more information, visit www.CentralIndianaExploring.org Click Here for Exploring 2018 Guidebook

    Contact us at 7125 Fall Creek Road North, Indianapolis, IN 46256 • (317) 813-7125


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  • Youth Leadership United

    Posted by Sherri Barrow on 9/10/2018 10:00:00 AM

    Youth Leadership United

    Application Deadline: October 31, 2018



    Youth Leadership United (YLU) is a program of United Way of Central Indiana. High school freshmen, sophomores and juniors (2019-20 school year) are eligible to apply.

    United Way welcomes students who:

    • Are interested in community issues.
    • Are interested in volunteer service.
    • Want to develop their leadership potential.
    • Want to serve alongside adults on nonprofit boards and committees.

    Each year, YLU selects and trains 30 high school students from Boone, Hamilton, Hancock, Hendricks, Marion and Morgan counties.

    Classes and activities are scheduled outside the school day and begin with an opening retreat in January and continue for six Saturday sessions until May.

    Training includes sessions on philanthropy and giving, board responsibilities, meeting procedures, diversity, consensus and team building, community issues, personal mission, hands-on community service and more. All the sessions are in Indianapolis and a $100 fee is charged to each youth selected as a participant.

     Application deadline is October 31, 2018

    To learn more about the program, here visit here. Contact Celeste Gellenbeck, 317-920-2506 or celeste.gellenbeck@uwci.org if you have questions.

    In its 23rd year, YLU has previously placed youth graduates on boards with such organizations as Domestic Violence Network (DVN), Joseph Maley Foundation, Marion County Commission on Youth, Sheltering Wings, and The Caring Center, to name a few.

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  • Global Fest Indy

    Posted by TRISHA MILLER on 9/7/2018 11:00:00 AM

    Global Fest Indy

    Volunteer Opportunity

    Saturday, September 15, 2018


    The first annual Global Fest makes its inaugural debut Saturday, September 15,2018. A celebration of culture and community, the daylong event shares traditions and honors heritage through food, music, art, and play. The festival will take place from noon to 10 pm at 4550 Central Avenue. Admission is free and open to the public. All proceeds to benefit Center for Inquiry 70, a K-8 Indianapolis Public School magnet, follows the International Baccalaureate Organization model that promotes intercultural understanding and respect.

    For more information, visit here or contact Anne Luther-Sander at (317) 413- 6481 or globalfestindy@gmail.com


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  • Youth Leadership United

    Posted by TRISHA MILLER on 8/28/2018 9:00:00 AM

    Application opens Saturday, September 1 2018

    YLU connects high school freshmen, sophomores and juniors interested in volunteering, developing a better understanding of their community and connecting with leadership development and service opportunities. At the conclusion of the program, students are provided the opportunity to serve on local nonprofit boards and committees alongside other youth and business professionals.



    • Increase the pool of young people with leadership potential and develop their skills
    • Help youth-serving and other nonprofit organizations achieve age diversity on their boards and committees


    • Tools to become a more effective leader
    • Learn about needs in the community
    • Board/committee experience
    • Meet new friends from all over Central Indiana
    • Start building network for the future


    Please feel free to forward this information to anyone who may know students who would be a great fit for the program. Nominations/applications will open September 1, 2018 Nomination Form.  More information is attached or can be found on the United Way website at www.uwci.org/ylu. Thank you for your help!


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