Volunteer for or host one of the following types of experiences (listed from lower lift/lower impact to high lift/high impact).  Share opportunities with employees and allow them the time and flexibility to contribute.

Career Fair Participant

Schools and districts from elementary to high host career fairs to expose students to STEM Careers (and sometimes for students to be recruited).  Example:  Milwaukee Public Schools iFair or Tech United Career Fair.

Guest Speaker

Share career expertise and advice in a local classroom.  STEM Forward’s Day of STEM provides matching for a one-day guest speaking opportunity.

Company Tour

Some local/county business groups provide logistical support to set these up.  Example:  COSBE Be The Spark  

Competition Judge
or Support

Volunteer to assist with STEM Forward’s Future City Competition, Rube Goldberg Machine Contest, or other school/district specific events.

Mock Interviews or Resume Coaching

Schools will often ask for volunteers to come conduct mock interviews and/or to review students’ resumes.  Alternatively, have a mock interview session at your workplace when students come on a site visit.

Job Shadow

Host a school group for a one-day job shadow.  Focus on one specific career or allow students to experience multiple roles within your organization. Example: Northwestern Mutual High School Tech Job Shadow.

Mentor and/or Coach

  •   Mentor students at their school, through an established mentoring program, or develop mentoring opportunities at your workplace. 

  • Alternatively, plug in as a mentor or coach with a STEM organization serving local students such as FIRST Robotics Clubs, Girls Who Code and more.

Classroom and/or project Support

  • Work with educators to enhance classroom structure and curriculum with skills and methodologies that align to industry trends and needs.  Recruit volunteers with specific expertise (ex: Design Thinking, Agile Methodologies, etcetera) to work with students and faculty. Example:  Agile Classroom Pilot.

  • Support students with career-focused projects inside the classroom by providing a real-world problem to solve, feedback along the way, and more.  Alternatively, bring students offsite to partake in a project at your worksite.  Example: Launch Elmbrook Community program.

Co-Teacher on STEM topics

Co-teach Computer Science via the Microsoft TEALS Program.  Contact: Mark Zachar, TEALS Milwaukee Regional Manager: markz@tealsk12.org.

Advisory Board Member

Work closely with school representatives and other industry partners to support curriculum development, career-based learning experiences for students, and other components of K12 Academic and Career Planning.


Provide paid summer or part-time internships that engage the high school students with the business, support the curriculum at the school, and add value to the business.  If students excel, recruit them to stay on in college.  Example:  Experiential Learning - Edge for the Future or Code the Way.

Want to stay up to date on local career-based learning requests? Assign a resource in your company willing to set up and administer a profile on Inspire of SE WI, which is a tool that connects students/teachers and employers.

  • Assign a resource in your company willing to set up and administer a profile on Inspire of SE WI, which is a tool that connects students/teachers and employers

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