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.
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."
"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."
"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."
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!
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
- Graphic Design
- Health Services
- Project Management
- Real Estate
- Restaurant Management
- Social Entrepreneurship
- Social Media
- Software Development
- Web Design