Youth Opportunities & Resources

support for your education and career path

Looking for ways to fund your education? Need help finding your first or next job? These search engines, websites, and guides can help you get started. We’ll be updating these resources regularly, so check back often. And if you don’t see what you’re looking for here, let us know.

  • Education
  • Work & Careers

Search Engines for Finding College Grants, Scholarships, and Financial Aid

Cappex not only provides information on scholarship opportunities across the country but also is a free website that tracks your qualifications to colleges, your applications and acceptances.

This website will help you get more information about colleges, search for the right college, look for grants and scholarships, find out about financial aid, and look up SAT, AP, and PSAT scores.

Use this financial aid focused search engine to explore various nation-wide scholarships

Peterson’s Guide
Peterson’s Guide is a widely accepted resource for college information. This website has links to both college searches and scholarship searches.

My Scholly
MyScholly is a mobile app that provides students with a fast and simple way to find scholarships for college

Scholarship America
Scholarship America has scholarship and financial aid resources.

Know How 2 Go
KH2G provides information from college preparation to scholarship and financial aid info.


Scholarships/Financial Resources for Students of Color and Low-Income Students

Hispanic Scholarship Fund
HSF provides scholarships and financial aid information specifically aimed at Latino/a students.

Thurgood Marshall Fund
Provides scholarships, programmatic and capacity building support to the 47 public Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs)

Gates Millennium Scholars (GMS) Program
The Gates Millennium Scholars (GMS) Program provides outstanding low- income African American, American Indian/Alaska Native, Asian Pacific Islander American, and Hispanic American students with an opportunity to complete an undergraduate college education in any discipline they choose

Asian Pacific Islander American Fund
This fund is the nation’s largest non-profit organization devoted to providing college scholarships for Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders (AAPI)

College Fund
Provides Native students with scholarships and financial support for the nation’s 33 accredited tribal colleges and universities

Dell Scholars Program
Dell Scholars Program recognizes academic potential and determination in students that have a definite need for financial assistance.

ALANA Scholarships
Most colleges have merit based scholarships dedicated to the African-Latino/a-Asian-Native American students. Search for these scholarships on your dream school’s website.



Other Scholarships

College JumpStart Scholarship
The CJS is an annual, merit-based competition open to 10th-12th graders, college students and non-traditional students. Financial need is not considered. The main requirement is that you are committed to going to school and can express your goals for getting a higher education. The first place prize is a $1,000 scholarship to any college or university in the US.

Girl Scouts of America
If you were a Girl Scout when you were younger, this opportunity may apply to you. The Girl Scouts of America has compiled a list of colleges and universities with grants and scholarships in each state. In addition, the Girl Scouts Gold Award recipients are eligible to apply for $1,000 scholarships.

Coca Cola Scholars Foundation
The Coca Cola Foundation provides over 1,400 scholarships per year to eligible students through two different programs: the Coca Cola Scholars Program and the Coca Cola Community College Academic Team. Be sure you are keeping an eye on the website because applications open in August!

Taco Bell Live Más Scholarship
The Live Más scholarship is about innovation and daring to achieve dreams. Create a two minute video that displays your passions and why you should be considered for this scholarship.

High School and Community Scholarships
Many high schools, towns and cities have their own scholarships available through local donors. Your guidance counselor may have more information on this.

Local Bank Scholarships
Local banks and credit unions love investing in their communities. Look up scholarships from banks in your neighborhood on their websites.


Resume Writing – General

High School Resume Examples and Writing Tips
Writing a resume when you’re a high school student who doesn’t have much – or any – prior work experience can seem daunting. A good way to get started is to look at examples of resumes and read tips on what to include and how to format your resume.

College Resume Writing Tips
Writing a college-level resume can be tricky. Read this Forbes article about how to write a resume when you are just out of college.

Resume Examples for College Students and Graduates
Resumes listed by type of student and type of job, as well as templates and resume writing tips.

Resume Content, Style & Format Guidelines
This website, from the Yale School of Forestry,


Writing Federal Resumes & Using USA Jobs

Federal Resumes
Not all resumes are created equal—in fact, federal resumes are very different than your typical resume. You’ll need a federal resume in order to apply for a job with any federal agency.

The Partnership for Public Service and Go Government put together several guides to building and creating your federal resume:

Writing A Resume
Learn how to actually write your federal resume.

Building a Federal Resume
Building a federal resume gives you tips on what is crucial and what is valued in your resume.

Writing Tips for your Federal Resume
Go Government has some great tips for writing federal resumes.

Using USAJobs
Once your federal resume is ready, head to USAJobs.Gov to start filling out applications. USA Jobs is the national database for open federal jobs across all bureaus and departments. However, it can be tricky to navigate and tricky to apply.




Next Step: Interviews
Interviewing is a major skill that is necessary to acquire a job. Go Government provides useful information and tips on how to interview effectively.

What To Wear
Regardless of how your potential employer dresses or what the job entails, you should always dress as professionally as possible. Tucked in shirts, knee-length skirts, and blazers preferred. No wrinkles, please!


Job and Internship Opportunities for High School and College Students

Student Conservation Association
The Student Conservation Association is widely recognized non-profit that directs young adults between ages 14-35 to various public service and federal job and internships across the country. Some positions allow students to move for 3-12 months and provide housing opportunities.

  • Crew positions (community and back country) can be held in urban cities as a community crew member or as a crew member in the backcountry, typically in National Parks such as Yellowstone or Yosemite. In addition, many states have their own crews which is a 3-6 month position located on any public land, usually in wilderness areas.
  • Internships (USFWS, NPS, USFS, EPA, etc) are available all over the country under almost every single federal agency ranging from biological technicians, to visitor services staff, to interpretative staff. Special Centennial Ambassador positions are also available as 1 year terms that are devoted to working with parks in the National Park Service’s centennial year.
  • Special Programs: Both the Career Discovery Internship Program (with USFWS) and the National Park Service Academy have SCA internship opportunities for undergraduate students, who self identify as being from racially or ethnically diverse backgrounds, to learn more about career paths in the federal government. These internships are a range of positions and are also coupled with a week-long orientation.

Conservation Legacy
Conservation Legacy is a smaller-scale non-profit that has internships and jobs all over the country, primarily with National Park Service and state parks departments.

  • Crew positions are open on regional conservation corps where members will be participating in key conservation projects in community, frontcountry and backcountry environments. The Arizona Conservation Corps (AZCC), Southwest Conservation Corps (NM, CO) and Southeast Conservation Corps (TN) are current teams in operation. AZCC is particularly unique as it hires veteran fire corps positions as well.
  • Environmental Stewards is a program that has both internships and fellowships all over the country. The NPS Rivers, Trails & Conservation Assistance (RTCA) program has 10 Fellowship positions nationwide. RTCA internships range widely and are individualized at each location.

General Job/Internship Search Engines

One of the largest search engines for both job and internships
EcoJobs is a search engine directed specifically towards conservation, biology and other environmental careers


Network, Network, Network!

Networking—building relationships with people both in and outside of your field—is a key part of the professional world, from getting into college to getting on a career path. You never know who might be a great reference for college applications or for your dream job.

Start by creating a profile on LinkedIn, a professional forum to do your networking. Practice your “elevator speech,” that 30-second speech you give about who you are and what you want to do. Attend as many school or community networking events as you can.

Learn more about networking and why it’s important.