Career Programs and Volunteer Opportunities

Holliston High School students have participated in career activities through various program offerings in and around our community.

Summer and School Opportunities are listed below. Check the deadlines for apply!

Boston College – P2P Program (Paper to Plastics)

For rising juniors and seniors:

Held on the Boston College Campus, the P2P program offers students the chance to work in a real scientific laboratory alongside professors and college students. The goal is to have students see how chemistry and biology work in the real world as they turn paper into plastic, a biodegradable and environmentally sound product

Immerse yourself in chemistry and biology in a real research setting, while learning about sustainability! All this and . . . it’s FREE!!!

• Two week sessions in July or August, meeting Monday through Thursday

  • Hands-on lab experience with a variety of research tools and techniques
  • Experience “green” chemistry and learn about renewable resources
  • Discover potential careers in chemistry and biology


Online Application Below:

Dell – STAR Program (Summer 2018)

Application deadline is June 8th! Apply as early as possible!                                                       For rising seniors (Class of 2019) and current seniors (Class of 2019)

The Dell EMC Student STAR Program is a 4 Day intensive workshop, designed to equip students with the tools needed to excel in both their academic and professional journeys. Student STAR focuses on four key areas central to every student’s success: Communication, Teamwork, Life Skills and an Introduction to Business. Through this focus, Student STAR bridges the gap between higher education and Dell EMC, in order to broaden the horizons of local college bound students, at no cost to the attendees!

Who can participate in Student STAR?

ANYONE! The Dell EMC Student STAR Program is open to any student entering their Junior or Senior year of High School, as well as students entering their Freshman year of college. This is not limited to family members of Dell EMC employees, and is open to students in surrounding communities. The program has no cost; however, applicants must submit a 250 word essay and a short application for consideration.  Transportation is the sole responsibility of the student’s family.

What topics will be covered?

Student STAR covers a broad array of topics to satisfy the four key areas of STAR.  From business-focused topics like Engineering and Marketing, to sessions such as Personal Finance or ‘Transition to College’, students are provided with key tools to apply now and in the future. Presentations equip students with a set of cross-functional interpersonal skills applicable to all areas of life. Lastly, academic-focused presentations such as The College Application Process  or The Princeton Review’s SAT Overview rounds out the program to provide students with a complex skill set that truly encompasses the academic, business, and life skill benefits.

Dates: July 9th – July 12th, July 16th– July 19th, July 23rd– July 26, July 30th– August 2nd

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No Deadline

Habitat for Humanity MetroWest/Greater Worcester are excited to be opening a ReStore in the community of Ashland and are actively looking for volunteers!

ReStore is Habitat’s open to the public retail outlet. ReStore sells new and gently used donated home furnishings and building materials. The proceeds from all items sold at ReStore go to funding our home build missions. The MetroWest/Greater Worcester ReStore in Worcester generates enough funds to build a home a year, while also keeping over 600 tons of usable materials out of landfills! The Ashland ReStore is located at 310 Pond Street.

The ReStore can host volunteers 16 years of age or older and the volunteer availability is Tuesday-Saturday from 9:30AM-1:30PM or 1PM-5PM.

Please see Mrs. Stone in the Guidance Office.

School Year Programs


Deadline is August 31st They are currently accepting applications                                        This fills up quickly – Apply Early!

Are you interested in learning how to effectively make a difference? 

The Youth Action Council (YAC), organized by Foundation for Metrowest, will teach you about the needs of the Metrowest community and how nonprofit organizations help our community.  As a member of YAC, you would be trusted with awarding $10,000 in grants to Metrowest nonprofit organizations serving children and youth.

 Here is how it works:

Training: Learn about:

  • The needs of our community
  • What a nonprofit organization is
  • How to evaluate a nonprofit for funding
  • Working with others to make a difference
  • Fundraising strategies

Fundraising: As a group, YAC members will collectively raise $1,000 towards the $10,000 grantmaking budget.  The remaining funds are provided by Foundation for Metrowest.

Grant-making: After training, YAC members will evaluate requests for grants that support local programs serving children and youth. You will visit the organizations applying for funding and, as a group, decide which ones you wish to fund.  Members will then present the grant recommendations to the Crossroads Distribution Committee.

BOSTON COLLEGE (BC) Splash “Education for Students by Students”

Takes place during the school year.

Three times a year high school students invade the BC campus and take classes taught by BC students. The course offerings are extensive. Students may register by going to and clicking on the Register button. Go ahead, check it out and see what it is like to be a college student for a day! Further information on this event can be found in the high school guidance office.

  • Cost-free
  • Choose from over 150 courses
  • Rare opportunity for high school students to be immersed in the college environment
  • Experience college life in a way that is not available on a normal campus tour


Medical Explorer’s Post  –  Metrowest Medical Center, Framingham, MA                

Want to watch a surgery or use advanced medical imaging equipment? What about health care management? These are the kinds of things that you could be doing in the Healthcare Careers Explorers Post each month.

This youth led Explorers Post, sponsored by the Metrowest Medical Center, provides an opportunity to learn and practice leadership skills, while making decisions about what you want to do with the Post. Each meeting students will engage in fun hands-on activities with  trained professionals.  The group will meet twice a month and develop the activities for the meetings around hands-on health care programs.

See Mrs. Stone in Guidance for details.

Frequently Asked Questions:

Do I have to pre-register?  No, you are welcome to just show up at the meeting time.

Do my parents need to attend?  Parents are encouraged to attend, but do not have to attend.

Will this cost me any money?  Although Metrowest Medical Center is sponsoring the program, there is a $25 dues fee for the year. If there is a problem with the fee and you are truly interested, please discuss that with us.

What if I can’t handle the sight of blood?  There are many health care careers that do not include blood. You are encouraged to participate in those things with which you feel comfortable.