Design Week Portland in partnership with Portland Workforce Alliance, will host four career days from Tuesday, April 17th through Friday, April 20th, reaching 70 students from Portland public high schools. Students will spend the day with creative professionals working across many design disciplines, getting a behind-the-scenes look at working at Portland’s creative firms. They'll hear about career paths, have access to projects and workspaces, and learn about the skills and education needed to be successful in creative fields.

Portland Workforce Alliance is an independent nonprofit working with local employers to educate students about career opportunities, as part of a strategy to boost Oregon’s graduation rate and build a resilient, prosperous and well-educated workforce. Together with PWA, Design Week Portland hopes to help connect, educate, and inspire students interested in design and art through this expanded program. This year's youth track builds upon last year's programming with additional days, more studios, and a deeper engagement through hands-on workshops.


Studio tour of OMFGCO from Career Days 2017. Photo courtesy of Portland Workforce Alliance.


To learn more about this year's program, visit Portland Workforce Alliance events page, or click on the links below for direct access to a schedule for each of the day's activities, and registration information.


Tuesday, April 17, 8:45AM–2:45PM
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Hosted by Wieden+Kennedy, students will get a behind-the-scenes look at the world of advertising, participate in a design thinking workshop with Nelson Cash and Google design leads, and have tours of Mozilla and Owen Jones.


Wednesday, April 18, 8:45AM–2:45PM
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Hosted by Ziba Design, students will learn about brand and product development. The day includes a workshop at Second Story's studio, and tours to Opsis Architecture and Red & Co.


Thursday, April 19, 8:45AM–2:45PM
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Hosted by adidas, students will exploring the North American headquarters to learn about shoe design and production. The day will include time in the Maker Lab to customize their own shoes.


Friday, April 20, 8:45AM–2:45PM
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Hosted by Instrument, students will be exposed to brand and product design, during an in-house workshop with Instrument’s team. Tours included are to Queen Bee and the Open Signal maker space.