Oregon State University interns capped off their 10-week PROMISE programs on Thursday with a bit of show and tell at the LaSells Stewart Center.
The 27 students, who have been working as interns in a variety of workplaces this summer, displayed posters with photos and slideshow presentations detailing their experiences.
The program, funded by OSU’s office of the provost, is now in its 20th year. It gives OSU students a chance to gain professional and managerial internships in state employment. (In fact, PROMISE stands for Professional and Managerial Internships in State Employment.) It attracts interns from under-represented backgrounds who have completed at least their sophomore year of college.
Interns served in a diverse variety of settings, from the Hatfield Marine Science Center in Newport to KidSpirit on the OSU campus to the Benton County Board of Commissioners in downtown Corvallis.
Thursday’s event, which included a luncheon, was bittersweet for PROMISE director Diane Davis. She has been especially impressed with the teamwork displayed by this year’s group and was sad to see this year’s class wrap up its work.
“It’s been remarkable,” said Davis, who has led the program since 2007. “This cohort has been so engaged and collaborative.”
Half of them, she said, worked together by their own initiative, which is something she hopes will continue organically in the program’s future. She noted that the interns have bright futures ahead of them, noting that several already either have received job offers or plan to continue their education as graduate students at OSU.
Sophie Wilson, a recent OSU graduate in the Department of Human Development and Family Sciences, spent the summer interning in the office of the Dean of Student Life at OSU.
“I worked on a resource video series,” she said. Along with making 12 videos about life at OSU in 10 weeks, Wilson spent time improving OSU’s social media presence on sites like Pinterest.
Wilson said that the internship provided her with experience that will be useful as she pursues a career in student affairs. She will attend OSU in the fall as a graduate student in college student services administration.
“I’m so glad I did it,” Wilson said. “Even though I’m graduated, I still learned things I didn’t get to learn in the classroom.”
Sponsors from the departments applied for interns during the academic year with specific projects in mind. Intern Michelle Lee, a senior in human development and family sciences, worked on several projects.
“I did three projects with the office of diversity development,” Lee said. “I’ve always wanted to work in student affairs; this internship confirmed my passion.”
Josh Scacco, the PROMISE intern coordinator, said this year’s posters had a new format, allowing a more visually enhanced display of what the interns did this summer.
“It’s more than just internships,” Scacco said. “It’s augmenting them, giving them work experience (and) helping them become a civic person in their communities.”
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