Diversity Awareness Partnership



2019/2020 EXPLORE Program Menu    Click Here for the PDF Application 

(The online version of the application is currently unavailable.)

EXPLORE is a free career immersion program for St. Louis high school students of color which connects students to industry leaders in the region. Students will have the opportunity to:

*Learn about potential career paths
*Hear personal stories from professional mentors
*Develop essential career-building skills that will help you succeed
*Build relationships that can lead to future internships
*Understand why diversity and inclusion are important in the workplace 

As high school students begin thinking about their careers, they are looking for jobs in places where they see opportunities for people with diverse backgrounds. The heart of the EXPLORE Career Immersion Program is to make St. Louis that place.

Wide racial disparities in high-demand career fields led Diversity Awareness Partnership and industry leaders in the St. Louis region to invest in EXPLORE Career Immersion programs. EXPLORE focuses on connecting students of color to professional mentors in the business community here in St. Louis, and strengthening the high school-to-career diversity pipeline critical to supporting an equitable and inclusive workforce in our region.

Students will spend 1-3 half days at a host business, where they might:

*Take a tour
*Engage in hands-on activities that bring the job to life
*Get tips about interviewing, resume writing, and networking skills
*Talk with other students and industry professionals about your interests
*Eat lunch with a professional mentor

2019 Program Dates:

Professional Services (previously “Accounting”) with PwC: 3/2/20

Baseball with the St. Louis Cardinals: 11/20/19 & 1/29/20

Bioscience with MilliporeSigma, BioSTL, and Venture Cafe: 1/24/20 & 2/19/20

Energy with Ameren: 2/24/20 & 3/6/20 & 4/3/20

Financial Services with Edward Jones: 1/30/20 & 2/12/20 & 3/4/20

Healthcare with Centene: 12/10/19 & 2/26/20

Law with Husch Blackwell: 3/2/20 & 4/1/20


2019/2020 EXPLORE Program Menu     Click Here for the PDF Application


Please submit PDF application via email to bmcdonald@dapinclusive.org or mail to:
Bridget McDonald | 3030 S. Grand Boulevard, #201 | St. Louis, MO 63118
Application must be RECEIVED two weeks prior to the first session


Parents and students may contact DAP’s Director of Programs Steve Parks for more information: sparks@dapinclusive.org / 314-257-0799.

Companies who are interested in starting an EXPLORE Program may contact Diversity Awareness Partnership at 314-257-0800