• The PROMISE program is a ten-week paid internship which provides opportunities in university programs for Oregon State University undergraduate students, with particular emphasis on providing pathways for historically underrepresented students to professional careers.  Historically underrepresented students may include, but are not limited to, first-generation students, low-income students, LGBTQ+ students, students of color, students with disabilities, veteran students and transfer students. 
  • Eligible applicants must be OSU undergraduate students who are or will be enrolled for Spring term, are eligible to work in the United States, who have completed at least 90 undergraduate credits, and who have a current cumulative GPA of 2.5 or higher. Preference will be given to first-time applicants. 
  • The PROMISE internship program is a collaborative, transformative experience for both the mentor and mentee. It is designed to encourage engaging and thoughtful project-based learning through a lens of equity and social justice.
  • PROMISE 2018 is a ten-week hourly paid internship experience. As an intern, you can expect to work roughly 40 hours/week.
  • PROMISE interns cannot register for more than five credits for any portion of the summer term, as per Oregon State University policy for student employees.
  • PROMISE interns are expected to work the entire duration of the ten-week experience and participate in the professional development opportunities and cohort workshops.
  • Hold Wednesday, April 11th, from 2:00 until 4:00 for Mentor Connection Day. For students not local to Corvallis, we will video conference you in.

2018 PROMISE Projects

Project Title: “Alexa, What is a Student?”

Organization/Department Name: Institutional Analytics & Reporting 

Mentor: Chrysanthemum Hayes, Communications & Engagement Manager

As part of the effort to increase the university’s ability to access and use data, the Office of Institutional Analytics and Reporting is working on projects to help make getting accurate and useful information easier for professionals and decision makers at OSU. One of the specific projects is to incorporate the use of Alexa so that many of common data questions can be answered through an intuitive voice-activated system. The PROMISE Intern working on this project will help make this idea a reality by working with Alexa to build in new skills so that it can answer basic questions about information related institutional data and definitions. Beyond programming Alexa with data definitions and answers to basic data-related questions, the PROMISE Intern will be able to work with the IAR team on related efforts that are of interest to them.

The intern will gain:

-Experience organizing and implementing a plan to complete an independent technical project
-Experience building skills into Alexa in a way that makes using the tool helpful and relevant for the university 
-Ability to identify learning needs and using open resources and local expertise to gain new skills to meet project needs
-Creative problem solving to address technical and human challenges

Project Title: Career Development Digital Tools & Resources Assessment and Implementation

Organization/Department Name: Career Development Center

Mentor: Jenna Riccolo, Marketing & Communications Coordinator
The focus of this internship is assessing the needs of students (including various student groups) for career-related tools and resources, then comparing these needs with what currently exists online. Then, the intern will work with the marketing and Career Development teams to fill gaps with tools and resources for students. Additionally, the intern will work with their mentor to revamp the look, feel, and content of the website as a whole.

The PROMISE intern will gain:

- Basic CMS (Drupal) skills
- Research skills
- Assess needs of target audiences
- Implement plan of action based on researched need

Project Title: Telling the Underrepresented Stories: OSU Outreach & Engagement’s Impact Across Oregon

Organization/Department Name: OSU Open Campus (Extension/University Outreach & Engagement) 

Mentor: Jeff Sherman, Assistant Director, Outreach & Engagement

Co-mentors: Kris Elliott, Outdoor School & Ana Lu Fonseca, Office of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion

This project will be centered on compiling and telling the stories of O&E, focusing on the following programs: Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion, Outdoor School, and Open Campus. We are hoping to build digital and recorded media pieces that showcase these stories, in order to highlight OSU’s land grant mission, commitment to creating a collaborative and inclusive community, and the stories of the underrepresented people across Oregon that our programs support. 

The PROMISE intern will gain:

-Narrative skills
-Multimedia experience 
-Networking and connections across the state with various Extension offices, government officials, Outdoor School leaders, diversity champions, etc.
-Project management and execution skills
-Project management software and applications
-Marketing and communications
-Program Design
-Leadership experience

Project Title: Telling the Unique Stories of OSU Ecampus Students

Organization/Department Name: OSU Division of Extended Campus

Mentor: Heather Doherty, Marketing and Communications Manager

The focus of this project is telling the unique and diverse stories of underrepresented OSU Ecampus online students. OSU Ecampus students live in all 50 states and over 50 countries, and are oftentimes considered “nontraditional” due to their age, working status, family priorities and other identities. Telling their stories helps to create a connection between them and the larger OSU community.  This internship will include a variety of elements, such as research, campaign planning, content development and delivery, presentation and professional development.

Then PROMISE intern will gain:

-Leadership skills
-Content creation experience
-Project management experience
-Creating professional identity
-Conducting research experience
-Interviewing skills
-Writing & editing skills

PROMISE 2018 Timeline

March 7: Internship Application Opens
April 6: Internship Application Closes
April 11: Mentor Connection Day
May 1: Announce Matches
May 17: Welcome Reception
June 21: Student Experience Starts
August 31: Program Presentations