Emerging Leaders Internship

Find Your Future

The Emerging Leaders Internship (ELI) Program matches underrepresented college students—first-generation students, low-income students, and students of color—with paid internships at top Portland companies.

Our Vision: 125 ELI interns by 2017, 1000 ELI interns by 2020

Portland's business leadership is too white and too male.

So we’re cultivating leadership that’s talented, driven, and diverse in top companies across Portland. Our city’s economic and cultural future depends on it.


Bring all your talent and ambition. Your internship will challenge and inspire you—if you give it everything you’ve got.


Shape your company’s future leaders. Find talent—and a better future—among our driven, highly qualified interns.

From Our 2016 Interns

"The Emerging Leaders Internship Program signals to me that there are people in Portland who are taking positive steps towards making our community more inclusive."

-Rodrigo Pedraza

"I was able to showcase my talents not only as a diverse individual but also as a leader. I am looking forward to seeing this program grow and seeing how it can help shape the city of Portland."

-Elijah Graham

"The ELI program gave me a taste of industry life in one of the most vibrant and innovative companies in Portland. Working for Barre3 showed me what it means to love my job."

-Kiana Neisig

Get as Much as You Give

ELI internships launch careers and galvanize young leaders. This is real work. If you’re accepted, expect to hit the ground running with talented colleagues on projects that matter.

Connect with Leadership

You’ll work with senior leaders who are as engaged in mentoring as you are in contributing.

Develop Practical Skills

You’ll learn on-the-ground skills in projects with real responsibility. This internship will push you!

Get Paid

Your work, your skills, your time, your creativity—all are valuable. Most ELI paid internships will pay $15+ per hour (at 30-40 hours weekly).

Potential Internships In

  • Advertising
  • Banking/Finance
  • Communications
  • Education
  • Events
  • Graphic Design
  • Health Services
  • Insurance
  • Law
  • Marketing/PR
  • Non-profit
  • Project Management
  • Real Estate
  • Research
  • Restaurant Management
  • Social Entrepreneurship
  • Social Media
  • Software Development
  • Transportation
  • Web Design

From Our 2016 Participants

You want a leadership team who makes smart decisions? You need leaders with diverse points of view.

ELI internships embody the idea that people are smarter, more resilient, more productive, and more empathetic when we diversify. Validate a young person by opening up opportunity. Strengthen your company from within. Commit to diversity. Join us!

Invest in your company’s future. Show Portland what you’re made of.

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