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. 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 2.0 or higher. Preference will be given to first time applicants. Applicants must be U.S. citizens or permanent residents.

Interns are expected to work a full 40-hour week for ten consecutive weeks.

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.”

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

Program Dates: Monday, June 27, 2016 - Friday, September 2, 2016


Lead Coordinator: Charlene Martinez