Connecting students and professionals with design opportunities across Oregon

Welcome to the AFO Opportunities Hub!

The Architecture Foundation of Oregon believes that design-based learning is a tool that can help people navigate many aspects of life. We support education and access to Architecture, Engineering and Construction (AEC) fields.

Beyond supporting the next generation of youth who will design and build our communities, we believe that design has the ability to impact change, especially when everybody has the opportunity to contribute to the process.

How can you impact change in your community through design?

Oregon Students: Begin or continue your journey of exploring design and the built environment by checking out the resources and opportunities below!

AEC Professionals: Find out ways to support Oregon students in their exploration of AEC topics!

Stay updated on design programs and opportunities for Oregon Students!

Who is this page for?

Oregon Students and Educators, Kindergarten to Post-Secondary

  • interested in architecture, design and related topics
  • looking to engage with design and building professionals
  • searching for exciting after-school and summer programs
  • pursuing architecture, engineering, construction or related careers

Design and Building Professionals and Firms

  • looking for ways to engage the communities they serve and enrich their practice
  • working to create a diverse and equitable industry
  • wanting to share their expertise with Oregon students
  • passionate about design’s ability to shape and influence lives

What will you find on this page?

Need assistance navigating resources and opportunities? The AFO team is here to help! Email candice@af-oregon.org

Programs, Internships, Mentorships & Scholarships for Oregon Students

Expand the links below to learn more about Architecture, Engineering and Construction learning opportunities for Oregon students. Sharing is encouraged!

Oregon Programs Map

 

Programs

Architects in Schools
Serving: 3rd-5th grade students
Service Area: Oregon
Topic: Architecture, Engineering, Construction and Design
Program Type: In-school program

The Architecture Foundation of Oregon’s Architects in Schools program introduces elementary school students to the power and possibilities of design. Design and building professionals are matched with 3rd – 5th grade teachers to provide design education for youth. Offered free of charge to Oregon schools.

Girls Build
Serving: Girls ages 8-15
Service Area: Southern Oregon, Portland, Oregon Coast
Topic: Construction and Design
Program Type: Summer camps and after school workshops

Girls Build™ offers programming for girls teaching the basics of carpentry, electrical, plumbing, roofing, painting, auto and bike mechanics, sheet metal and more via summer camps (8-15 year olds) and after-school workshops.

In4All
Serving: Elementary, middle and high school students
Service Area: Oregon
Topic: STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math)
Program Type: In-school program

The In4All STEM Connect 4/5 program partners a business with a local elementary school to deliver hands-on learning experiences in the classroom that increase interest in STEM-related fields.

Saturday Academy
Serving: Students grades 2 – 12
Service Area: Portland Metro and online
Topic: STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Math)
Program Type: Summer camps and after school programs

Saturday Academy offers STEAM based summer camps and classes to 2nd – 12th graders in Portland as well as after-school programs by school request, including tech classes specific to kids identifying as girls.

Programs

Construct Design Challenges
Serving: Middle and high school students
Service Area: Oregon
Topic: Design
Program Type: In-school and summer programs

Design Challenges offer a fun, engaging way to learn about a complex problem while also learning a creative and collaborative process. Middle and high school students can participate in a design challenge with their classroom or during a 2-week summer program.

Constructing Careers Black Youth Mentorship
Serving: Middle and high school students who identify as Black
Service Area: Portland Metro
Topic: Green Sector, Construction and STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math)
Program Type: After school

The Blueprint Foundation’s Constructing Careers program is an opportunity for Black middle and high school students to learn about careers in construction and green building in the Portland Metro area, while being mentored by Black college students and professionals. The hands-on learning experiences can lead to internships and school credit.

Girls Build
Serving: Girls ages 8-15
Service Area: Southern Oregon, Portland, Oregon Coast
Topic: Construction and Design
Program Type: Summer camps and after school workshops

Girls Build™ offers programming for girls teaching the basics of carpentry, electrical, plumbing, roofing, painting, auto and bike mechanics, sheet metal and more via summer camps (8-15 year olds) and after-school workshops.

Girls Inc. Eureka!
Serving: 8th-12th grade students who identify as girls/female regardless of their sex assignment at birth, and those who are exploring their gender identity
Service Area: Portland, OR and Southwest Washington region
Topic: STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math)
Program Type: Summer program

Eureka! is a 5-year STEM magnet program that empowers youth to see themselves as an important part of the future workforce. During the Eureka! program, youth participate in a variety of exciting lessons and activities that explore STEM through inquiry-based, critical thinking and hands-on activities in a college campus environment.

Grounding Waters Black Youth Mentorship
Serving: Middle and high school students who identify as Black
Service Area: Portland Metro
Topic: Green Sector, Construction and STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math)
Program Type: After school

The Blueprint Foundation’s Grounding Waters program is an opportunity for Black middle and high school students to learn about environmental issues in the Portland Metro area, while being mentored by Black environmental science college students and professionals. The hands-on learning experiences can lead to internships and school credit.

In4All
Serving: Elementary, middle and high school students
Service Area: Oregon
Topic: STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math)
Program Type: In-school program

The In4All middle school program partners a business and middle school to create a design thinking challenge for eighth grade students to solve problems in their community.

Oregon Hip Hop Architecture Camp
Serving: Middle and high school students who identify as Black, Brown and/or Indigenous
Service Area: Oregon
Topic: Architecture and Design
Program Type: After school and summer camp

The Oregon Hip Hop Architecture Camp is designed to introduce middle and high school aged youth of color to architecture, urban planning, creative place making and economic development through the lens of hip hop culture. Camp participants work with architects, urban planners, designers, community activists and hip hop artists to design new visions for their community.

Project Pipeline Architecture Camp
Serving: Middle school students ages 11-14, grades 6-8
Service Area: Pacific Northwest
Topic: Architecture
Program Type: Summer camp

The National Organization of Minority Architects Project Pipeline Architecture Camp is a two day program that introduces middle school students to the profession of architecture. Students use creative skills to develop an architectural design for a real site in their town/city. Students will learn and practice model making, architectural drawing, sketching, critical thinking and public speaking skills during this fun and challenging program.

Saturday Academy
Serving: Students grades 2 – 12
Service Area: Portland Metro and online
Topic: STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Math)
Program Type: Summer camps and after school programs

Saturday Academy offers STEAM based summer camps and classes to 2nd – 12th graders in Portland as well as after-school programs by school request, including tech classes specific to kids identifying as girls.

SchoolsNEXT Design Competition
Serving: Middle and high school students
Service Area: Oregon and SW Washington
Topic: Architecture and STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Math)
Program Type: In-school program

The A4LE SchoolsNEXT Design Competition challenges middle and high school student teams in a semester-long project to design a school of the future. While working with design and building professional mentors, students develop ways for future learning environments to enhance learning, conserve resources, be environmentally responsive and engage the surrounding community.

Internships

AIA Oregon High School Internship – An in-person or remote internship at an architecture or engineering firm in Oregon. Open to high school youth of color attending school in Oregon.

Saturday Academy Apprenticeship in Science and Engineering – A summer internship open to 10th-12th graders in Portland, Albany, Corvallis or Eugene, interested in pursuing a career in math and science. All interns receive a stipend for their participation.

Tappin Roots Environmental Internship Program – A year-long environmental internship program for Black identified high school youth in the Portland Metro region. Tappin Roots seeks to train and empower the next generation of environmental leaders and community leaders.

Scholarships

ACE Mentor Program Scholarships – Each year, the ACE Mentor Program of Oregon awards scholarships to high school seniors who are committed to pursuing construction-related careers in college.

Programs

ACE Mentorship
Serving: High school juniors and seniors
Service Area: Portland Metro
Topic: Architecture, Engineering and Construction
Program Type: After school

The ACE Mentor Program of Oregon is a free after-school program that runs from January to May. Teams of students and mentors work together to develop a building design project, while learning and practicing professional skills such as teamwork and communication. Students have the opportunity to visit multiple professional workplaces, learn how to network, and explore career fields within the industry.

Construct Design Challenges
Serving: Middle and high school students
Service Area: Oregon
Topic: Design
Program Type: In-school and summer programs

Design Challenges offer a fun, engaging way to learn about a complex problem while also learning a creative and collaborative process. Middle and high school students can participate in a design challenge with their classroom or during a 2-week summer program.

Constructing Careers Black Youth Mentorship
Serving: Middle and high school students who identify as Black
Service Area: Portland Metro
Topic: Green Sector, Construction and STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math)
Program Type: After school

The Blueprint Foundation’s Constructing Careers program is an opportunity for Black middle and high school students to learn about careers in construction and green building in the Portland Metro area, while being mentored by Black college students and professionals. The hands-on learning experiences can lead to internships and school credit.

Constructing Hope Youth Summer Program
Serving: Youth ages 16-19
Service Area: Portland Metro
Topic: Construction
Program Type: Summer program

Through Constructing Hope’s five-week Youth Summer Program, students have the opportunity to learn about the construction industry, including green jobs where construction meets environmental protection. Professional instructors lead classroom discussions and supervise new learning experiences in carpentry, environmental restoration and even Aerospace activities. In addition to learning how to build in the shop, students will participate in field trips to active job sites in both urban and wildlife settings.

Girls Inc. Eureka!
Serving: 8th-12th grade students who identify as girls/female regardless of their sex assignment at birth, and those who are exploring their gender identity
Service Area: Portland, OR and Southwest Washington region
Topic: STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math)
Program Type: Summer program

Eureka! is a 5-year STEM magnet program that empowers youth to see themselves as an important part of the future workforce. During the Eureka! program, youth participate in a variety of exciting lessons and activities that explore STEM through inquiry-based, critical thinking and hands-on activities in a college campus environment.

Grounding Waters Black Youth Mentorship
Serving: Middle and high school students who identify as Black
Service Area: Portland Metro
Topic: Green Sector, Construction and STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math)
Program Type: After school

The Blueprint Foundation’s Grounding Waters program is an opportunity for Black middle and high school students to learn about environmental issues in the Portland Metro area, while being mentored by Black environmental science college students and professionals. The hands-on learning experiences can lead to internships and school credit.

In4All
Serving: Elementary, middle and high school students
Service Area: Oregon
Topic: STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math)
Program Type: In-school program

The In4All high school program mobilizes the community to co-create programs that provide meaningful experiences to students enrolled in alternative schools and programs.

Oregon Hip Hop Architecture Camp
Serving: Middle and high school students who identify as Black, Brown and/or Indigenous
Service Area: Oregon
Topic: Architecture and Design
Program Type: After school and summer camp

The Oregon Hip Hop Architecture Camp is designed to introduce middle and high school aged youth of color to architecture, urban planning, creative place making and economic development through the lens of hip hop culture. Camp participants work with architects, urban planners, designers, community activists and hip hop artists to design new visions for their community.

PSU School of Architecture High School Summer Immersion Program
Serving: Youth ages 14-21
Service Area: Portland, OR
Topic: Architecture and Design
Program Type: Summer program

The Portland State University School of Architecture Summer Immersion Program introduces students ages 14-21 to architecture through guided workshops including drafting & 3D modeling software, drawing, analog model-building, portfolio making and public speaking. The program is interested in supporting BIPOC, Latinx, Queer, Non-Binary and other marginalized or under-resourced students in addition to first-generation college applicants. Students receive a stipend for participation and are eligible for the BIPOC Undergraduate Scholarship which fully funds a 4-year architecture education at PSU.

Saturday Academy
Serving: Students grades 2 – 12
Service Area: Portland Metro and online
Topic: STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Math)
Program Type: Summer camps and after school programs

Saturday Academy offers STEAM based summer camps and classes to 2nd – 12th graders in Portland as well as after-school programs by school request, including tech classes specific to kids identifying as girls.

SchoolsNEXT Design Competition
Serving: Middle and high school students
Service Area: Oregon and SW Washington
Topic: Architecture and STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Math)
Program Type: In-school program

The A4LE SchoolsNEXT Design Competition challenges middle and high school student teams in a semester-long project to design a school of the future. While working with design and building professional mentors, students develop ways for future learning environments to enhance learning, conserve resources, be environmentally responsive and engage the surrounding community.

Your Street Your Voice & EmpowHER
Serving: BIPoC and LGBTQ+ centered youth ages 14-20
Service Area: Oregon
Topic: Architecture and Design
Program Type: After school

Your Street Your Voice and EmpowHER are programs where youth get paid to learn about design as a tool for racial justice. Students leave the program as critical thinkers, with confidence to advocate for our communities to be equitable and prosperous. Multiple cohorts are offered throughout the year and run from 4-8 weeks long.

Youth Build Program
Serving: Youth ages 17-24
Service Area: Portland Metro
Topic: Construction
Program Type: Full time, Monday-Friday

Portland YouthBuilders YouthBuild’s construction students learn all aspects of residential construction and give back to the community by building affordable homes for local low-income families. These students receive hands-on training on real construction jobsites as they prepare to enter the construction industry.

Internships & Mentorships

Emerging Leaders – A Portland-based internship program that removes barriers to access by connecting talented students of color with paid internships at top companies throughout the Portland Metro area. Open to current college students of color, and those who’ve graduated within the last year. Candidates need to have completed at least one year of college coursework by summer and hold a high school diploma or equivalent. See FAQ for eligibility details.

Green Workforce Academy – A 5-week, paid opportunity for Black, Native, and people of color in Portland who want to learn more about jobs in the green economy. Participants learn about the environmental issues that impact their communities and what they need to know to get green jobs. Participants must be at least 18 years old and have a high school diploma or GED/TASC.

Scholarships

ARCHITECTURE SCHOLARSHIPS

AFO Hatfield Architectural Award – $5,000 scholarship open to undergraduate and graduate architecture students in Oregon who show dedication to community service and design excellence.

AFO William Hart Scholarship – $5,000 scholarship open to B.Arch and graduate architecture students in Oregon who identify as Black, Indigenous and/or a person of color. Includes a mentorship opportunity with Carleton Hart Architecture.

ZGF Norm Zimmer Scholarship – Open to students enrolled in an accredited architecture (NAAB), interior design (CIDA), urban planning and design (PAB), or landscape architecture (LAAB) program, entering their final year of school in the fall. Includes an internship at ZGF Architects.

ZGF Emerging Black Architects Scholarship – $5,000 scholarship open to students entering their final year of an accredited architecture (NAAB), interior design (CIDA), urban planning and design (PAB), or landscape architecture (LAAB) program who identify as Black or African American. Includes an optional paid internship at ZGF Architects.

ENGINEERING SCHOLARSHIPS

NSBE Pro-PDX Scholarship – $1,000 academic scholarships awarded to BIPOC students interested or currently majoring in a science, technology, engineering, or mathematical degree in Oregon.

CONSTRUCTION SCHOLARSHIPS

To be updated…

Programs

The Blueprint Foundation College Student Mentors
Serving: College students
Service Area: Portland Metro
Topic: Green Sector, Construction and STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math)
Program Type: After school

The Blueprint Foundation College Student Mentors have the opportunity to earn money while engaging Black high school youth who are participating in the Constructing Careers or Grounding Waters programs. Mentors are asked to share their knowledge on construction and STEM related topics and help prepare youth for college.

Bridge Program
Serving: High school graduates ages 18-26
Service Area: Portland Metro
Topic: Construction
Program Type: Full time, Monday-Friday

Portland YouthBuilders Bridge Program provides a direct path to employment in the construction industry. Over the course of just nine weeks, Bridge students receive the training and support they need to enter an apprenticeship program and start their construction careers.

Youth Build Program
Serving: Youth ages 17-24
Service Area: Portland Metro
Topic: Construction
Program Type: Full time, Monday-Friday

Portland YouthBuilders YouthBuild’s construction students learn all aspects of residential construction and give back to the community by building affordable homes for local low-income families. These students receive hands-on training on real construction jobsites as they prepare to enter the construction industry.

Your Street Your Voice & EmpowHER
Serving: BIPoC and LGBTQ+ centered youth ages 14-20
Service Area: Oregon
Topic: Architecture and Design
Program Type: After school

Your Street Your Voice and EmpowHER are programs where youth get paid to learn about design as a tool for racial justice. Students leave the program as critical thinkers, with confidence to advocate for our communities to be equitable and prosperous. Multiple cohorts are offered throughout the year and run from 4-8 weeks long.

Want to connect with a practicing architect, engineer or contractor? Email candice@af-oregon.org

Opportunities for Design & Building Professionals

Expand the links below to learn more about ways to support Oregon students in their exploration of Architecture, Engineering and Construction topics. Sharing is encouraged!

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AIA Oregon President’s High School Mentorship Initiative – Increase the awareness and access to the profession of architecture for high school students of color and students who may not have access through their remote location, or lack of programming in their curriculum to the AEC industry.

Construct Design Challenge Mentorship Opportunities – Prepare the next generation of thinkers, doers, and creative problem solvers. Bring your design problems and Construct will turn them into design challenges for students to solve.

The Blueprint Foundation Professional and College Student Mentorship – Open to Black professionals and college students who are passionate about giving back to their community by acting as positive role models for youth exploring green sectors in North and Northeast Portland. The goal is to increase recruitment of Black youth in low-diversity fields such as green careers, construction and STEM.

Volunteer with a Program

ACE Mentorship – For architecture, construction, or engineering professionals interested in working with Oregon high school students to introduce them to the industry’s wide range of career opportunities. ACE is a great way to support students, strengthen your networks and build our future workforce. 

Architects in Schools – Open to design and building professionals including architects, engineers, contractors, architecture students and more. Architects in Schools pairs volunteers with 3rd-5th grade teachers to create a unique and engaging 1-6 session experience that introduces students to the basic principles of design.

Host an Intern

AIA Oregon President’s High School Internship Initiative – Increase the awareness and access to the profession of architecture for high school students of color and students who may not have access through their remote location, or lack of programming in their curriculum to the AEC industry.

De La Salle North Catholic High School Corporate Work Study Program – the Corporate Work Study Program provides tremendous opportunity for economically disadvantaged students to get a college-prep education, while at the same time providing a diverse, motivated, enthusiastic entry level work force.

Emerging Leaders PDX – ELI connects the region’s most talented college students and recent graduates of color with paid internships at some of Portland’s most exciting, innovative companies.

Energy Trust Net Zero Emerging Leaders Internship – A Net Zero Emerging Leaders intern helps your firm continue to advance high-performance design strategies. Apply to receive financial support to offer a 12-week paid internship to a current undergraduate or graduate student.

Saturday Academy Apprenticeships in Science & Engineering – Inspire the next generation of scientists and engineers by supporting a high school student in an 8-week summer internship.

AFO believes that all adults working with youth have a responsibility to not create harm, to give youth space to express their true selves, to look to them as experts, and to center them in our teaching and learning. AFO understands that these are skills that require ongoing learning and will help us be more empathetic and effective teachers, mentors and leaders.

Here you will find training and workshop opportunities that will help prepare you for working with youth of all backgrounds.

Architecture Foundation of Oregon Workshops
Trauma Informed Practices and Social/Emotional Learning Workshops with Renee Mitchell

  • Tuesday, February 8, 2022, 4-6pm
  • Tuesday, May 17, 2022, 3:40-6pm – Register
  • November, 2022 date TBA

OregonASK Trainings
Learn more about their Springing into Summer Trainings, now through May 2022.

Portland Metro Stem Partnership Workshops
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Watch short videos featuring youth program providers in Oregon

Share Your Resource

We are always looking to expand our list of youth resources and share new volunteer opportunities. Please fill out this form if you would like your opportunity listed on this page.

We are always looking for:

  • Youth programs for Oregon students focused on architecture, engineering, construction, design and STEAM subjects
  • Scholarships, internships and mentorships for Oregon high school and college students pursuing AEC careers
  • Volunteer opportunities for design and building professionals to engage with youth
  • Ways we can support you!

Get in contact with us today!

In partnership with the National Organization of Minority Architects Portland (NOMA PDX), AIA Oregon Committee on Equity, Diversity & Inclusion (AIA Oregon CoEDI), and the Architecture Foundation of Oregon (AFO)

Visit the Community Connection SLAM Miro board to watch past presentations.

The Community Connection SLAM is a virtual Pecha Kucha inspired event connecting youth programs across Oregon.

Our goals:

  • Create a resource for Oregon youth interested in architecture and related fields
  • Connect programs, students, volunteers and service seekers
  • Build a network and encourage collaboration across organizations
  • Support BIPOC youth in their pursuit of architecture, engineering, design and construction careers

Check back for an update on 2022 SLAM events!

Questions?

Candice Agahan
Education Program Manager
candice@af-oregon.org
503-542-3823