Student Opportunities

The following opportunities are available to Oakland Catholic High School students through local Colleges, Universities, and businesses. These opportunities are presented to our students so they can have first hand experiences in the fields that interest them most.

Check back often; this page is updated as we receive new information regarding upcoming student opportunities. Stop in and see your School Counselor with any questions.

October 5, 2019 - Society of Women Engineers (SWE), University of Pittsburgh

Free engineering event for any students in 9th-12th grades:

Pitt SWE's Fall 2019 High School Engineering Day is coming up on October 5th! The event will run from 9:30-2:45 and will take place in Benedum Hall, 3700 O'Hara Street, Pittsburgh PA 15213. Lunch will be provided.

Students at the event will have the opportunity to engage in some hands-on engineering activities, hear from a professional engineer, take a tour of our engineering school, and ask engineering students on a Q&A panel about engineering (or college, or life, or anything else!). This year, we will also have extra volunteers on hand during lunch so that students have the opportunity to talk one-on-one or in small groups with women currently in engineering school.

Street parking is available around Benedum and there is a parking garage located under Soldiers and Sailors (4141 Fifth Avenue).

The link to register for the event can be found here:

November 1 & 7, 2019 - Pennsylvania CPA Foundation Accounting Career Day(s)

The Pennsylvania CPA Foundation Accounting Career Day(s).

Students are invited to a free program in a college environment to learn more about diverse career opportunities in the accounting profession and the advantages of the CPA designation. Students will go through careers in accounting speaker rotations along with an interactive college student panel.

  • November 1, 2019 University of Pittsburgh, Greensburg
  • November 7, 2019 Duquesne University, Pittsburgh

For more information, sample schedule, and to register:

NOTE: Students can attend on their own with or without a school chaperone.

November 9, 2019 - Introduction to Athletic Training Workshop, UPMC Sport Medicine

UPMC Sport Medicine is offering an Introduction to Athletic Training Workshop for high school students!

Date: Saturday, November 9
Time: 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Location : UPMC Lemieux Sports Complex, Classroom
Instructor: Charles Dingle

Cost is $50 - ($70 if paid after October 31)

You can register on-line here!

November 9, 2019 - Mock Crime Scene, Waynesburg University

Waynesburg University is hosting a Mock Crime Scene Workshop on Saturday, November 9 from 9:am-3:pm. Students will learn how to properly investigate a crime scene, interview witnesses and document evidence.

Register here:

November 9 or 16, 2019 - Hackathon Cybersecurity Competition, Gannon University

Pittsburgh Zoo & PPG Aquarium

Teen Programs are available at the Pittsburgh Zoo & PPG Aquarium!

Keeper Conversations Pizza with the Keepers
Meet our keepers and find out what it's really like to work at the Pittsburgh Zoo & PPG Aquarium.
  • October-April dates are available
  • Grades 9-12
Zoo Teens
Looking for a fun way to get those community service hours? Spend the summer volunteering at the Pittsburgh Zoo & PPG Aquarium! Space is extremely limited.
  • Registration takes place on the first business day of January ONLY
  • Ages 14-17
Zoo U
Semester-based courses for high school students who are interested in exploring science and conservation.
  • Fall, spring and summer semesters
  • Grades 9-12

Fore more information about any of these programs, call 412-365-2528 or email

The National Aviary

The National Aviary is seeking outgoing High School students to join our volunteer program! This is a great way for students age 15 and up to earn community service hours, gain valuable experience, boost college applications, develop new skills, and make new friends.

No bird experience or knowledge is necessary. We currently have opportunities for students to operate our bird flight simulator, assist in special event weekends, facilitate crafts, and assist educators in outreach programs.

If you have any questions please contact - Volunteer Department at 412-258-9455 or email

Summer 2020: Duke University

Duke Summer Session Opportunities are open for enrollment!

Summer College for High School Students
  • July 5-31, 2020

Summer Academy for High School Students

  • Term 1: June 14 - July 3, 2020
  • Term 2: July 12 - 31, 2020

Accelerated STEM Academy

  • Session 1: June 21 – 26, 2020 (Residential)
  • Session 2: July 5 – 10, 2020 (Residential)
  • Session 3: July 19 – 24, 2020 (Commuter & Residential)

For more information on all of the programs visit: