Portland Internship Experience

“How was your summer?"

Imagine the response you might give after completing the Portland Internship Experience. 

Spend 10 weeks working for a non-profit, small business or educational organization on projects that make a difference in the community. Learn skills to prepare for a career, made connections with others in the community, and earned a $5,000 stipend. Then head back to Eugene for fall term with professional experience and stories to share.

Ready to learn more? The application period for 2024 has closed. 


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Explore 2024 Sites

PIE interns at Constructing Hope

How it works

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Apply: The online application opens at the start of winter term.  PIE is exclusive to UO undergraduate students.
Interview: Students admitted into the program may interview with employers.
Portal: Selected  students will gain access to the internship portal to  apply for internships.
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Interview: Each site will select students to interview and will make an offer to their top candidate. 
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Internship: Students will arrive in Portland in June for orientation, their 10-week internship and other activities. 
Chloe Lee

 My time as a marketing and communications intern has been nothing short of transformative. I had many fulfilling project opportunities, ranging from archival organization to writing an article and press release. I learned invaluable lessons in organization and professional communications, as well as collaboration, feedback, and always striving to develop my skills. However, it was the guidance and support from those I worked with that fostered such immense professional growth. 

I will endlessly treasure this experience. 

Chloe Lee, Marketing & Communications Intern at Portland Japanese Garden in 2023


Important dates for 2024

  • Jan. 5-Feb. 12: Online application period
  • Feb. 26-April 1: PIE portal open to accepted students
  • April 3-19: Employers select students for  interviews
  • April 19: Deadline for employers to offer internship to their top candidate
  • April 22: Deadline for students to accept or decline internship (sites may make an offer to another candidate after this date)
  • June 19-21: Interns required to be in Portland for in-person orientation
  • June 24-Aug. 30: Internship working 30-40 hours each week. 
  • Aug. 28: End of program event