Founded and offered annually since 1992, the PROMISE program is a paid summer internship which provides experiential learning opportunities for Oregon State University undergraduate students, with particular emphasis on providing pathways for historically underrepresented students into 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. 

Internships are available to all incoming OSU undergraduate juniors or senior students who will be enrolled for Fall 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. 

In alignment with OSU’s goal 1 of the 2014-2018 strategic plan: “Transformative Educational Experience,” the PROMISE program is rooted in a commitment to “support intellectual, professional and personal development to prepare Oregon State graduates for responsible and productive citizenship in a global society.”

View Past Internships & Projects


Each PROMISE year is different and is made up of varying positions and projects.  Even if a site is a recurring one, many of the projects change annually.  Keep in mind that each intern’s journey and every cohort is unique.  To preview some of the past positions and interns, click below:


Part of the internship requires students to develop a website that serves as an e-portfolio that details their PROMISE projects. Students get the chance to develop a webpage that serves as an outlet of their experiences and their time with PROMISE. Below are some examples of the 2016 cohort intern student e-portfolios and their projects.