Summer 2024 Career Exploration Experience

Students can submit an application along with their cover letter(s) and resume(s) for up to three companies including:

Additionally students have the option to explore Careers in AI.

Opportunities (HS Students)

The Career Exploration Experience 2024 is a micro-internship experience facilitated June 10th through July 18th, 2024. Experiences range from 60-90 hours (see details below), specific hours and duration vary depending on your internship assignment.

For planning purposes you will be expected to participate in activities scheduled between 1-5pm Monday through Thursday.  

Here’s the list of current opportunities available (click on the badge to learn more): 

Key Dates

Application

01.08 - 02.16.24

Interviews (as required)

03.04-03.22.24

Onboarding Process

4.10-5.31.24

Career Exploration Experience

06.10 - 07.18.24

Interviews (as required)

Mar 13, 2023 - Apr 7, 2023

Career Exploration Experience

Jun 12, 2023 - Jul 21, 2023

Interviews (as required)

Mar 13, 2023 - Apr 7, 2023

Career Exploration Experience

Jun 12, 2023 - Jul 21, 2023

Interviews (as required)

Mar 13, 2023 - Apr 7, 2023

Career Exploration Experience

Jun 12, 2023 - Jul 21, 2023

Interviews (as required)

Mar 13, 2023 - Apr 7, 2023

Career Exploration Experience

Jun 12, 2023 - Jul 21, 2023

Careers in Artificial Intelligence (AI)

Careers Interests: Healthcare and/or Medical Devices, Professional and Business Services, Public Safety, Engineering, Design & Architecture, or Information Technology.

Time Commitment: 6/10/24 – 7/18/24, 60 hours

Activities will be scheduled Mon-Thu, between 1-4:30pm

Hybrid experience offered through Coastline ROP and North Orange County ROP. 

including your cover letter and resume by midnight, Feb 16, 2024.

Get a first hand perspective of the field of artificial intelligence through meetings with AI professionals, and worksite and university tours.  Gain a foundational understanding about AI concepts and issues including ethics, bias, culture, regulations, and professional expectations through your project, meetings with professionals, mentors and facilitated discussions using Intel AI for Workforce professional learning modules.

This opportunity is open to rising seniors with an interest in artificial intelligence, no technical expertise is required.  

CHOC: Children’s Health of Orange County

Career Interests: Healthcare, Information Technology, Professional and Business Services, or Advocacy and Public Policy. 

Time Commitment: 6/10/24 – 7/18/24, Mon-Thu, between 1-5pm, 90 hours 

Hybrid experience for 10 high school students

including your cover letter (addressed to Ms. Jordyn Miller, CHOC Children’s) and resume by midnight, Feb 16, 2024.  Group interviews will be scheduled Mar 5- Mar 22. 

CHOC (Children’s Hospital of Orange County) is committed to being a leading destination for children’s health by providing exceptional and innovative care. We are looking for committed students to work alongside one of our many departments that are necessary for the overall function of our pediatric healthcare system. These departments include Advocacy, Public Policy, Information Systems, Nursing Research and Innovation, and Human Resources.

During the experience, students will gain a general introduction to careers in healthcare and have the option to work with a mentor in one of the following departments:

      • The Advocacy & Public Policy Department provides support and advocacy for CHOC and its vast network of patients, associates, and providers.  The department includes Government Affairs, and the Office of Belonging, Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (BDEI).  CHOC works with other children’s hospitals through the California Children’s Hospital Association (CCHA) and National Association of Children’s Hospitals (NACH) to advocate for funding and public policy that benefits child health and children’s hospitals. They also collaborate with other healthcare providers through state and national organizations to educate legislators about the need for new laws that support safety net providers and their patients. Through this experience, students will have the opportunity to learn about current initiatives and policies that the Directors of Government Affairs and BDEI are currently working on. 
      • Human Resources: The HR department is responsible for managing employee-related resources. It’s an essential partner in an organization’s success. CHOC understands the importance of enjoying a meaningful career. That’s why at CHOC, they connect every employee to their mission: to nurture, advance and protect the health and well-being of children. CHOC has created a community that fosters collaboration, innovation and growth so everyone can make a difference in kids’ lives. Through this experience, students will learn about the internal structure of HR and its many corresponding units that contribute to its main functions: Administration, Recruiting and Staffing, Health and Safety, Training and Development, Compensation and Benefits, Labor and Employee Relations, Disciplinary Actions, New Hire Onboarding, Company Policies, and Diversity & Inclusion.

      • The Information Systems Department is the formal organizational unit responsible for information technology services. The information systems department is responsible for maintaining the hardware, software, data storage, and networks that comprise the organization’s IT infrastructure. Through this experience, students will have the opportunity to learn about how information systems and technical support is applied in healthcare and a hospital setting.

      • Nursing Research & Innovation: CHOC nurses are dedicated to enhancing pediatric acute, critical, and ambulatory care through the creation of new knowledge and the implementation of evidence-based practice. At CHOC, nurses at all levels of the organization are encouraged and supported to engage in: Research, Evidence-Based Practice, Innovation, and Quality Improvement. Through this experience, students will learn about the type of research and innovative practices that are currently taking place at CHOC.

Visit the CHOC website to learn more about the organization. 

This opportunity is open to rising seniors who are interested in contributing to their community through careers in business and professional services, information technology, healthcare innovation, or advocacy and public policy. 

IMPORTANT REQUIREMENTS: In order to participate in this program, students will have to onboard immediately after accepting an offer. This will include parental consent, Proof of Age, medical clearance (MMR, Varicella, TB, Tdap, Covid-19, Urine Drug Screen, Online Training, Orientation).

CEO Leadership Alliance of Orange County

Career Interests: Professional or Financial Services, Digital Media Arts, Graphic Design, Filmmaking or Video Production

Time Commitment: 6/10/24 – 7/18/24, Mon-Thu, between 1-5pm, 90 hours 

Hybrid experience for 1 high school student

including your cover letter (addressed to Ms. Peggy Wolff) and resume by midnight, Feb  16, 2024.  Interviews will be scheduled Mar 13 – Apr 7.

The CEO Leadership Alliance Orange County is a cross-sector coalition of Orange County CEOs, Executive Talent Leaders, and business leaders committed to a common vision of building “a thriving OC for all” by cultivating the region into a premier, inclusive, and innovative talent hub.

Students will work with the communications team on specific projects. To learn more about the organization, visit the CLAOC website.

This opportunity is open to rising high school seniors or college students who are interested in applying their skills to projects in an membership-based organization focused on collective impact.

Edwards Lifesciences

Career Interests:  BioTech

Time Commitment: 6/10/24 – 7/18/24, Mon-Thu, between 1-5pm, 90 hours 

Hybrid experience for 15 high school students

including your cover letter and resume by midnight, Feb 16, 2024. 

About the Micro-Internship
This is a hybrid experience, with several onsite visits.  High School Students will be invited to work on a group project focused on patient experience or heart health awareness.

About Edward Lifesciences
Edwards Lifesciences is the global leader in patient-focused medical innovations for structural heart disease, as well as critical care and surgical monitoring. Driven by a passion to help patients, the company collaborates with the world’s leading clinicians and researchers to address unmet healthcare needs, working to improve patient outcomes and enhance lives. During this micro-internship experience you will learn about careers and meet professionals at Edwards Lifesciences, enhance your employability skills and gain practical experience via a mentor-designed project.

This is an opportunity for high school students who have completed one or more courses in a high school BioTech Pathway.

EY (Ernst & Young)

Career Interests: Business and Professional Services, Energy, Environment and Utilities, Information Technology, Marketing Sales & Service. 

Time Commitment: 6/10/24 – 7/18/24, Mon-Thu, between 1-5pm, 90 hours 

Hybrid experience for 40 high school and university (1st & 2nd year) students  

including your cover letter and resume by midnight, Feb 16, 2024. 

EY is focused on building a better working world for their clients, associates and communities.  This purpose serves as the ‘North Star’ for the more than 300,000 people at 700 office locations in over 150 countries and provides the context and meaning for their work. Imagine helping clients solve their most pressing challenges, for example working with digital pioneers to fight data piracy; guiding governments through a cash-flow crisis; unlocking new medical treatments with data analytics; or pursuing high quality audits to build trust in financial markets and business. 

Through four integrated service lines — Assurance, Consulting, Strategy and Transactions, and Tax and deep sector knowledge, the EY team uses their knowledge, skills and experience to help their clients solve pressing problems and create positive change.  

Students will learn about the EY culture and careers, as they work on a project with mentors during the experience.

Visit the EY website to learn more about the company.  

Ingram Micro

Career Interests: Business & Professional Services, Information Technology, Marketing, Sales and Services.
Time Commitment: 6/10/24 – 7/18/24, Mon-Thu, between 1-5pm, 90 hours 

Hybrid experience for 5 university students (1st and 2nd year)

including your cover letter (addressed to Ms. Franciska Castillo, CEO Leadership Alliance) and resume by midnight, Feb 16, 2024

About the Micro-Internship

In this program, students will complete a project to gain a better understanding of the IT field, learn about what it’s like to work at Ingram Micro, and discover different career paths within the Information Technology Industry. Students will learn about the Ingram Micro culture from a rotating group of guest speakers from a variety of disciplines. 

About Ingram Micro

Ingram Micro is the business behind the world’s brands reaching nearly 90 percent of the world’s population.  Their market reach, diverse solutions portfolio, and digital platform Ingram Micro Xvantage™ sets them apart.  They have approximately 27,000 associates committed to serving their more than 161,000 customers and 1,500 vendor partners worldwide.  Learn more at www.ingrammicro.com 

Ingram Micro has earned Great Place to Work Certification™ for 2022-2023 in the United States! The prestigious recognition reflects their commitment to their people and culture. 

Irvine Ranch Water District

Career Interests: Engineering, Sustainability, Information Technology, Professional and Business Services.  

Time Commitment: 6/10/24 – 7/18/24, Mon-Thu, between 1-5pm, 90 hours 

Hybrid experience for 12 high school students

including your cover letter (addressed to Ms. Marie Bowers) and resume by midnight, Feb 16, 2024.  Selective interviews will be scheduled Mar 13 – Apr 7.

About the Micro-Internship

This is a 90-hour micro-internship experience, students will be onsite at Irvine Ranch Water District, and participate in virtual activities with CLAOC. 

During your onsite days with IRWD, you will learn about careers, perform meaningful, productive and challenging work by making significant contributions to projects, research or other primary functions within the Water District.  Additionally, you will gain hands-on training with emphasis placed on teamwork, independence, and development of their technical skills.  

This experience is open to students from Irvine Unified, Tustin Unified, Newport, Saddleback Unified, concurrent enrollment in the Coastline ROP Internship class is required.  

About Irvine Ranch Water District

The Irvine Ranch Water District IRWD provides high-quality drinking water, reliable sewage collection and treatment, ground-breaking recycled water programs, and environmentally sound urban runoff treatment to approximately 422,000 residents in central Orange County, California. IRWD encompasses 181 square miles extending from the Pacific Coast to the foothills and serving Irvine and portions of Costa Mesa, Lake Forest, Newport Beach, Orange, Tustin and unincorporated areas of Orange County

As an independent, not-for-profit public agency, IRWD is governed by a publicly elected five-member Board of Directors. Board members are elected from five divisions and serve four-year terms. The Board is responsible for the District’s policies and decision-making. Day-to-day operations are supervised by the General Manager.

To learn more about IRWD visit the website or check out this factsheet.pdf (irwd.com)

Medtronic Neurovascular

Career Interests: BioTech/Medical Devices, Engineering and Healthcare

Time Commitment: 6/10/24 – 7/18/24, Mon-Thu, between 1-5pm, 90 hours 

Hybrid experience for 10 high school students

including your cover letter (addressed to Ms. Sara le) and resume by midnight, Feb 14, 2024.

About the Micro-Internship

Medtronic is a global leader in medical technology, services, and solutions, and one of the largest medical device companies in the world.  With more than 350 locations in 150 countries the Medtronic Neurovascular team is committed to engineering the extraordinary by providing groundbreaking healthcare technology, inspiring hope and possibility in people around the world.

Located in Irvine, Medtronic Neurovascular is committed to delivering meaningful innovation to advance stroke treatment.   

Students will be guided by mentors as they work on a small group project.   

Visit the Medtronic Neurovascular website to learn more.

OC Public Works

Career Interests: Information Technology, AI, Data Analytics

Time Commitment: 6/10/24 – 7/18/24, Mon-Thu, between 1-5pm, 90 hours 

Hybrid experience for 15 students, high school and university (1st & 2nd year)

including your cover letter (addressed to Ms. Kristina Horn) and resume by midnight, Feb 16, 2024

About the Micro-Internship

In this program, students will learn how to apply geospatial AI and machine learning to create dashboards to manage smart cities. Through immersive, hands-on experiences, students will actively participate in county-level data collection, management, and analytics while gaining insights into how AI is revolutionizing fields like surveying, spatial mapping, and the creation of digital twins.  Mentors from the Digital Twin team will provide training and support during the experience. 

This comprehensive training is a multifaceted, blending of asynchronous online modules, in-class sessions at OCPW  and fieldwork. Students will learn cutting-edge tools such as Total Station, LiDAR, and other positioning system devices and develop proficiency in drone reality capture, flight design, and execution. 

Students will be onsite two days a week at either OCPW’s Glassell campus or County Administration South (CAS) building. 

About OC Public Works 

OC Public Works, headquartered in Santa Ana, is an agency that maintains and improves Orange County’s roadways, bridges, flood channels and other infrastructure.  They offer a wide range of services such as engineering, construction, and operations.  Visit the OC PublicWorks website and Geographical Information Systems (GIS) open data portal to learn more. 

Roadtrip Nation

Career Interests: Marketing, Business, Digital Media Arts, Graphic Design, Filmmaking or Video Production

Time Commitment: 6/10/24 – 7/18/24, Mon-Thu, between 1-5pm, 90 hours 

Hybrid experience for 3-5 students, high school or community college students

including your cover letter (addressed to Ms. Amber Lee) and resume by midnight, Feb 16, 2024.  Selective interviews will be scheduled Mar 13 – Apr 7.

About the Micro-Internship

In this program, interns will work with the creative team on a project, learn what it’s like to work at Roadtrip Nation, and gain a better understanding about a variety of careers in the creative and business fields. Students will learn about the Roadtrip Nation culture from a rotating group of guest speakers in a variety of areas.  Mentors from the creative and production departments will provide support during this experience.

About Roadtrip Nation

Roadtrip Nation is an innovative, regional-Emmy award winning production company creating life-changing experiences, documentaries, online resources and education. We are on a mission to empower people to create their own stories and define their own roads in life! We are always looking to grow the diversity of our internal teams, in order to create richness and depth in our storytelling and fully represent the populations in which we serve. Learn more about Roadtrip Nation at: https://www.roadtripnation.com/

University of California, Irvine

Career Interests: Healthcare, Business and Professional Services, Engineering, Information Technology, Marketing Sales and Service (including digital media), Construction and Facilities, or Automotive Technology (Fleet Management).

Time Commitment: 6/10/24 – 7/18/24, Mon-Thu, between 1-5pm, 90 hours 

Hybrid experience for 10 high school students.  

including your cover letter (addressed to Mr. Bob Martin) and resume by midnight, Feb 16, 2024.  

University of California, Irvine, the 2nd largest employer in Orange County, was founded with a mission to catalyze the community and enhance lives through rigorous academics, cutting-edge research, and dedicated public service. Today, UCI draws on the unyielding spirit of their pioneering faculty, staff and students who arrived on campus with a dream to inspire change and generate new ideas. UCI believes that true progress is made when different perspectives come together to advance an understanding of the world around us.

Students will be matched to mentors and work on projects based on their area of interest.

Visit UCI Human Resources to learn more about career opportunities. 

Ware Malcomb

Career Interests: Design, Architecture, Engineering, Information Technology, or Business and Professional Services.

Time Commitment: 6/10/24 – 7/18/24, Mon-Thu, between 1-5pm, 90 hours 
This experience includes meeting on-site once a week. Day of week: TBD

Hybrid experience for 10 high school and university (1st & 2nd yr) students 

including your cover letter (addressed to Mr. Michael Keyser) and resume by midnight, Feb 16, 2024. 

About the Micro-Internship

In this program, interns will complete a practical team design project to gain a better understanding of the design process, learn about what it’s like to work at Ware Malcomb, and discover different career paths within the Design/Architecture/Engineering Industry. Students will learn about the Ware Malcomb culture from a rotating group of guest speakers from a variety of disciplines. Mentors from Architecture and Civil Engineering will provide training and support during the experience. Open to students with beginning or intermediate design skills.

About Ware Malcomb

Ware Malcomb, headquartered in Irvine, is an international, award winning firm offering integrated design services including architecture, planning, interior design, civil engineering, branding, and building measurement to diverse clients in both the private and public sectors.

As leaders in the design of buildings and spaces, the team is committed to providing forward-thinking, innovative design solutions to its clients. Equally important is their commitment to creating a positive, dynamic and collaborative environment where team members are encouraged to grow their careers and continue learning.

Students will learn about the Ware Malcomb culture as they work on projects with mentors during the experience.

Visit Ware Malcomb to learn more about this award-winning design firm.