• 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.

2019 PROMISE Mentor Application

Mentor application is due Wednesday, January 23rd.
PROMISE reserves the right to extend the deadline date.

Please be prepared to answer the following questions in the application:

  1. How do you define mentorship?  What are the qualities of a good mentor?
  2. What considerations do you factor in when mentoring individuals with social identities different from your own?
  3. Why do you want to be a PROMISE mentor?
  4. What are your strengths as a mentor?  What are your areas for growth as a mentor?
  5. How will you support this undergraduate students in their personal and professional growth?
  6. How will you help the student reflect on their experience and their learning process?
  7. What is your ultimate goal for this mentorship experience?  What tangible things can you do to help facilitate this?
  8. How will you hold yourself and the intern accountable throughout the internship?
  9. Describe (within 250 words or less) the focus of your proposed internship project/activities, keeping in mind students will be reading this Internship Summary.  
  10. Potential student projects (in greater deal): List examples of potential projects that undergraduate students could engage with in meaningful ways related to the goals and values of the PROMISE program.  Describe a typical day and what makes this project experiential in nature. 
  11. What are your intended learning outcomes and/or competencies for the intern?  What skills will the intern gain as a result of working in your organization and/or project?  To provide you with assistance, we have included at the top career-readiness competencies the Career Development Center utilizes (as identified by NACE, the National Association of Colleges and Employers).
  12. Between April 15 and April 19, mentors will have the opportunity to meet one-on-one with potential PROMISE mentees.  Please indicate your availability during this time if this option is something that you would like to participate in.