About PROMISE

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.”

 

PROMISE PROGRAM REVISIONS

The PROMISE program has undergone several revisions to better fit the needs of mentors and students while providing a valuable experience.

 

Requirements to host an intern…
  • Be able to hire an intern full-time at (at least) minimum wage for 10 weeks
  • Have an employee who is willing to mentor an intern
  • Have the office/floor space to house an intern
  • Allow the intern paid time to participate in PROMISE professional development sessions
PROMISE takes care of…
  • Marketing all the internship positions
  • Receiving and organizing all applications 
  • Facilitating the PROMISE program, including the weekly Professional Development Workshops
  • Creating marketing materials for the program utilizing the host sites and interns projects

 

View Past Internships & Projects

INTERN AND SUPERVISOR/MENTOR DIRECTORY BOOKLETS

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:

PROMISE INTERN STUDENT PROFILES 2016

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.

FOR QUESTIONS ABOUT THE INTERNSHIP OR BECOMING AN INTERN SITE, PLEASE CONTACT Carrie Norris-Sanchez AT (541) 737-4599.