Oregon State University

PROMISE: Professional and Managerial Internships in State Employment



Program Dates: Monday, June 22, 2015 - Friday, August 28, 2015


Founded and offered annually since 1992, the PROMISE program is a ten-week paid internship which provides opportunities in state, local government agencies, and university programs for Oregon State University undergraduate students, with particular emphasis on providing pathways for historically underrepresented students to professional careers.

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.”


  • Retention and success of historically underrepresented students and groups
  • Diversity in Oregon employment
  • Leadership development
  • Transformational learning opportunities

Core Values

  • Reflection
  • Social Justice
  • Leadership
  • Reciprocity
  • Accountability
  • Community

What are the benefits of being a PROMISE intern?

As an intern, we hope you will engage in meaningful projects and work with supervisors/mentors which develop your professional capacities and give you a glimpse of the kind of work you could do post-graduation in that particular field.  The majority of your experience will be at the work site and with your respective supervisor/mentor and co-workers.  In addition to your 40 hour work weeks and varying projects, weekly and periodic professional development sessions will be held once a week to support your growth and development as an emerging professional. 

At the end of your PROMISE internship, you will be able to:

  • gain hands-on work experience,
  • complete projects and work,
  • connect with co-workers and start building a professional network,
  • articulate your growth and areas for improvement;

And, at the end of the professional development series you will be able to:

  • understand professional workplace expectations,
  • reflect on your multiple identities and values as it relates to your work environment,
  • enhance and update your resume,
  • and, synthesize your internship experience through the production of a project.

How Does PROMISE Serve Oregon?

There are many successful leaders, managers, program directors, and academics in a variety of fields ranging from education to agriculture and the arts who started their leadership journey as a PROMISE intern.  Many decide to give back by going on to host PROMISE interns once in their established careers because their experience was transformative and life changing.  Over the years, PROMISE alumni continue the legacy of serving historically underrepresented communities and providing leadership for social change in Oregon.

Past Cohorts and Contributing Organizations

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:

2015 Timeline

  • Thursday, February 26: Supervisor/Mentor application deadline
  • March 2: Intern applications open
  • March 4: Information Session at the APCC, 3-4:30pm
  • March 24: Intern application deadline
  • April: Interviews and selection
  • May: Pre-orientation meeting for Supervisors/Mentors
  • Program Dates: Monday, June 22 - Friday, August 28

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