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 is not limited to: first-generation college student, low-income, LGBTQ+, students of color, veterans, transfer students, students with disabilities, etc.

Internships are available to all OSU undergraduate students who are or will be enrolled for Spring term, 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 throughout the last year to better fit the needs of mentors and students while providing a valuable experience. Click here to view the new 2017 changes to the program.

PROMISE Applications Timeline 2017

PROMISE timeline

  • Feb. 14: Mentor applications are available online
  • Mar. 1–2: Student Info Session
  • Mar. 7: Mentor application deadline
  • Mar. 7–9: PROMISE committee screen mentor applications
  • Mar. 17: Mentor projects are available online for students to view
  • Mar. 17: Intern applications are available online 
  • Apr. 7: Mentor connection workshop (2:00 PM – 5:00 PM @ LaSells Stewart Center)
  • Apr. 21: Intern application deadline
  • Apr. 28: Announcement of PROMISE acceptance**

**PROMISE Applications are currently in the process of matching mentees + mentors. We are expecting a one–two week delay. We apologize for the unexpected delays and hope to announce awards as soon as possible. 

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.


  • 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

PROMISE Program Timeline

Monday, June 26, 2017 - Friday, August 18, 2017

PROMISE Applications are now closed.

Click below to get involved as a mentor or as an intern.

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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 Charlene Martinez at or at (541) 737-7298.