Career ConneXions

Upcoming Events!

*All sessions take place during FLEX period.

11/19: Design/Architecture/Fine Arts/Performing Arts Panel discussion

12/10: Mission Driven Careers

1/22:  Healthcare Rountable

Click here for full list of 2019-2020 Career ConneXions events

Note: Job Shadows begin in September and run all year on off school days

Mentoring / Coaching Expo

Business Roundtable

Education Series: Begin Journey to Self Discovery

Education Series: Finding a Career Path

Engineering Round Table

St. Xavier Experiential Learning Program (aka 'Career ConneXions')

St. Xavier is continuing to offer an exciting opportunity that can help shape the lives of St. Xavier students. The Career ConneXions program was started 2 years ago and is back again with the goal of deepening a students' understanding and learning through hands-on experiences and 'live' interactions. The St. Xavier Career ConneXions Program has a vision to connect students with outside adults (Alumni and Parents) in various professional fields as a means of discerning their passion and area of focus for college degrees and ultimately career choice.

What is offered in the Career ConneXions Program?

The Career ConneXions program offers:

  • External speaker and roundtable discussions
  • 1:1 and group Mentoring/Coaching
  • Job Shadow Days
  • Summer internships (paid and un-paid)
  • Educational curriculum to provide skills such as interviewing, networking, and resume/cover letter writing.
  • New for 19/20! Informational interview program that allows students a quick conneXion with a broad-array of professionals.
  • All program are voluntary and open to all grade levels

What can you expect?

We offer an educational class and a speaker event monthly during flex (the lunch free period). We offer Informational Interviewing, Mentoring/Coaching, and Job Shadow Day Experiences throughout the school year.  We are leveraging the existing school calendar to take advantage of 'off' days given our programming is outside of curriculum hours. Summer internship opportunities will target Summer 2020. Each event will be well publicized through existing communication channels at school and through email (e.g. Principal's Weekly).  New this year will be a text messaging system that parents and students can opt into.

How can you get involved?

For Adult Volunteers: 100% of our programming is made possible through adult volunteers.  We would like to encourage participation by seeking your input on where you (and/or your company) can get involved. As stated, there are a variety of ways to be involved, from a simple skype session, informational phone call, shadow day, up to and including a sponsored and paid summer internship. Click here to see a description of the opportunities and to let us know where you and your company can have an impact.

For St. X Students: This program has so much to offer as you plan your future. It's an exciting time to be part of this ground-breaking program. Click here to see a description of the opportunities available and let us know where you want to get involved.

We believe this program comes at a critical time in our students' journey to discover their life's mission with the benefit of learning from those who have experience and wisdom to share.

As Men and Women for Others, we thank you in advance for playing a vital role in shaping our next generation of St. Xavier leaders.


A mentorship is a one-to-one relationship that provides "hands-on" learning and coaching based on a student’s degree or career interest. The mentor relationship generally lasts for multiple months, and frequency of the meetings can be determined by the mentor/mentee partners.

Program guidelines
Mentee self-assessment goals worksheet

Summer Internships

Career ConneXions has recently finalized the summer 2019 internships and we would like to invite you to consider applying for one!  Please read this carefully, as it will explain the process for signing up for an interview and how final candidates will be selected.

Step 1: Review the Important Dates for the Internship Process:

  • Wednesday, 3/6: Interview sign-up list opens.  We will cap each role at 15 interested students to allow us to manage the interview process efficiently.   YOU ARE LIMITED TO ONLY 3 SIGNUPS, and you must provide your rank order when you sign up (1st, 2nd, 3rd choice).
  • Weeks of 3/11-3/18: We will continue to accept sign-ups and communicate to all Juniors/Seniors, so get your picks in NOW before they fill up!  IMPORTANT - Deadline to sign up for an interview will be Monday, 3/25.  
  • Week of 3/25: Screening Interviews will happen this week.  We will interview all students who have signed up, and select the Top 3 candidates to move to final interviews with employers.  Remember those interview tips we reviewed!  If you missed the session, find all the info and video below.
  • Week of 4/1: Internship Hosts (aka Employers) conduct final interviews and make final selections/offers.  

Step 2: Review the document linked below with Position Descriptions:

Click here to view the Role Descriptions for the Internships.  Please review this document so you understand the role, pay, time frame, hours/week, etc.  Select up to 3 roles that look good for you.

Step 3: Sign up for an Interview for up to maximum 3 internships and provide your rank order:

Here is the link to sign up for an interview:

You will be asked WHY you want the interview and what skills you have that make you a good candidate, so give some thought to this.

 Please contact Christine Dauenhauer at with any questions!

Education Series

Featured Articles

Job Shadow Program

A short-term experience where a student will follow or “shadow” an employee as he/she performs normal work activities. Typically, job shadowing is a half-day or a full-day field experience or tour of a business or organization. We have many slots open for job shadow experiences in the 2019-2020 school year!

If you are an interested student, you can Sign-Up using this link:

Video Resources & Event Recaps

Interview Tips - Part 1 - Nov 2019

Interview Tips - Part 2 - Nov 2019

Interview Tips - Part 3 - Nov 2019

Interviewing Techniques Part 1

Interviewing Techniques Part 2

Careers in the FBI

Career ConneXions Week- John Kutney

Career ConneXions Week- Seniors Student Panel

Dave Eby Presentation

First-Ever Career ConneXions Week (Feb. 2018) at St. X draws more than 150 students!

See the Replay videos below.

THANK YOU to all the students and Alumni who participated and made the week a success!