Notre Dame Academy is proud to be the ONLY high school in northwest Ohio to have a dedicated Career Counselor. At NDA, all students in grades 7-12 meet with the Career Counselor at least once a year to complete and discuss incremental steps that help them to discern the right career path. (Seniors meet with the Career Counselor 3-4 times over the course of their senior year.) Contact Mrs. Anastasia Desmond with any career counseling questions at 419.725.1009.

Professional Skills Lab

NDA is pleased to announce the implementation of the Professional Skills Lab.  At the Professional Skills Lab, students can come during flex time on PLC Wednesdays to receive assistance from the Career Counselor with the following services:

  • Resume Building/Writing
  • Drafting Cover Letters
  • Interviewing Skills
  • Networking & Etiquette Strategies
  • Creating and Maintaining a Linked In Profile *(mandatory for all seniors)
  • Assistance With Completing Job Applications
  • Job/Intern Searches
  • Naviance Navigation and Research

For more information on career choices and planning, click on the following links:



Career Week

Each year, Notre Dame plans an exciting and engaging Career Week for the students. The week commences with a theme and surprise “kick-off” video that inspires the students to reflect thoughtfully about their future. Then over 30 renowned professionals who represent various industries from throughout the Toledo area come and present specific criteria about their personal journey to professional advancement. They detail specifics about their daily duties and provide data about income potential and the occupational outlook for their field. Finally, visiting speakers provide valuable advice about the importance of perseverance, networking, follow through and other vital soft skills that will enable students to advance in the working world as authentic Women of Vision.

Career Week ends with interactive activities where students put what they have learned into practice. Activities are based on professional skills and are broken down by grade level:

Grade 9 – How to Build a Resume
Grade 10  – The Art of Writing a Cover Letter
Grade 11 – Interview Simulation
Grade 12 – Business Dining Etiquette and Networking Boot Camp

Annual Career and Networking Events

An Evening of Engineering (every other year w/St. Francis)
An Evening of Medicine (every other year w/ St. Francis)
UT Engineering Symposium
UT Accounting Symposium
UT Law Symposium
BGSU Midwest Pre-Health (Medical) Symposium

Senior Project

The Senior Project is the capstone project that provides NDA students the opportunity to shadow 1 to 3 careers of their choice for a total of 25 hours.  Seniors complete research and secure the scheduling of the location, dates and times for the shadowing experience.  Shadow site sponsors complete a contract and evaluation of the student’s performance. Students reflect upon their experiences and complete a journal documenting their participation and share the finished product with their fellow students in dynamic groupings.  All seniors (except full diploma IB students) are required to complete a Senior Project as part of their high school graduation requirement at NDA. The Senior Project generally is completed in the second week of May; although, some students complete the project as early as the summer of their junior year.

Internship, Work and Volunteer Opportunities

Some NDA girls pursue the option of connecting “now experiences” with what they want to eventually do for their career. They take advantage of and benefit from opportunities that allow them to gain experience about fields of interest and build relationships with local businesses prior to college.  Here are a few opportunities that NDA girls have participated in:

  • Charles E. Boyk Law Firm (Marketing/ Social Media Internship)
  • First Solar Engineering Internship ( STEM)
  • ProMedica Summer Youth Employment Program (Medical)
  • Cassandra’s School of Ballet (Performing Arts/Maintenance)
  • Senator Rob Portman’s Fall Internship (Political Action, Marketing & Event Planning)
  • University of Toledo Medical Center (UTMC-Medical)
  • ProMedica Toledo Hospital (Medical)
  • Grove Patterson Academy (Education)
  • Universal Health Aid (Non-Profit Business)
  • 5/3 Field Toledo Mudhens (Sales/Service/Hospitality)
  • Imagination Station
  • Carpets by Otto (Sales)
  • Inverness Country Club (Caddy)
  • Libbey Glass (Sales/Retail)
  • The Andersons (Business/Retail)
  • Toledo Zoo (Zoo Teens-Education)
  • Toledo Metro Parks- Manor House (Public Relations)
  • HOSTS program with the Sisters of Notre Dame (Migrant Educational Ministries)
  • Sylvania Veterinary Hospital (Veterinarian Services)
  • Camp Daggett (Counseling)
  • M.C.A. (Activities, Leadership)
  • Ragazza Boutique (Fashion)
  • Schumaker, Kendrick & Loop (Accounting/ Law)
  • Laurel Lovitt’s Princess Parties (Event Planning & Performance)
  • 4-H Camp Palmer (Counseling)
  • The Sylvania Advantage (Columnist)
  • Springer’s Way L.L.C. (Business)
  • The Padua Center (Education)
  • Matthew’s Church (VBS-Education)
  • Rose Catholic Church (VBS-Education)
  • Aloysius Catholic Church (VBS-Education)
  • Toledo Christian (Invention Camp Counselor)
  • Maumee Bay Resort (Hospitality)
  • Oscar Night @ Owens (Public Relations/ Hospitality)

Summer Career Enrichment Opportunities

NDA encourages students to further explore and investigate careers on their own through the offerings of the Notre Dame Summer Academy and higher educational providers who offer fruitful and enriching experiences.

Some of our students have participated in opportunities like:

University of Toledo Pharmacy Camp
University of Toledo Engineering Camp
University of Toledo REACH
UTMC Camp Medical
University of Toledo Project Seed
University of Toledo STEM Camp
University of Toledo Summer Scholars

Hillsdale Molecular Biology Camp
Hillsdale Chemistry and Physics Camp
Hillsdale Math Camp

Illinois Institute of Technology:

  • Pre-Law
  • Engineering & Design
  • Psychology
  • Free-Lance Coder Camp
  • Robotics
  • Computer Discovery Camp

American University Women & Politics Institute

University of Notre Dame Summer Scholars:

  • Archaeology
  • Astronomy
  • Film Production
  • Entrepreneurship

Miami University (Oxford) Summer Scholars Program:

  • Architecture

Notre Dame Summer Academy:

  • Career Exploration Experience
  • Intro to Robotics
  • C.S.I. Camp

New York Open Jar Performance Institute

Georgetown American Politics Institute

Emerson College Political Communication, Advocacy, and Leadership Institute

American University National Student Leadership Conference on Political Action and Public Policy

FBI Camp: Future Agents in Training (FAIT) FBI Cleveland Field Office

National Student Leadership Conference (Chicago) offers the following interests:

      • Theatre/Acting
      • Biotechnology
      • Business & Entrepreneurship
      • Engineering
      • Entertainment Management
      • Environmental Science & Sustainability
      • Forensic Science
      • Game Design (Architectural Illustration)
      • Intelligence & National Security/Diplomacy/ Public Policy
      • Journalism, Film & Media Arts
      • Medicine & Healthcare
      • Psychology & Neuroscience
      • Sports Medicine

Toledo STARS
Upward Bound
Tolede Youth Forum

Dine and Do - Lunch Series

At NDA, all students in grades 7–12 are invited to attend free luncheons where guest speakers come and dialogue with students in a small group setting.  While the students Dine, speakers share exactly what it is that they Do for a career. Speakers provide students with great insight on particular steps that they took to get to where they are today.  Moreover, students are able to have candid discussions with presenters and direct questions to real professionals while on the NDA campus.