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Emerging Leaders Internship Application Opens

Wednesday, December 1, 2021 at 12:00am

The Emerging Leaders Internship (ELI) program matches students of color with paid summer internships at top companies throughout the Greater Portland area. This includes all current college students, as well as recent graduates who study in or call Oregon or southwest Washington home. Find more info about eligibility requirements.)

Applications are open from December 1, 2021 until January 31, 2022.

ELI brings you the following:

  • TRAINING AND PREPARATION - ELI offers support and training as you advance in the selection process. Applicants who advance to phase two will be invited to a mock interview event designed to help you build your skills, gain experience, and grow your network. You will be able to practice your interview skills with professionals and receive feedback on the spot.
  • SUPPORT AND PROFESSIONAL GUIDANCE - Your ELI internship includes mentoring within your host company, professional development workshops during the summer, and gatherings with your fellow ELI interns. The ELI staff is your resource to answer questions and provide support and encouragement.
  • COMMUNITY AND NETWORK - ELI is a connection point for young, diverse leaders. Meet peers in the ELI family who will be there to support and inspire you through the summer and beyond. ELI gives you the opportunity to interact with professionals, make connections, and establish mentors as you shape your professional career path.
  • GET EXPERIENCE AND GET PAID - Your work, your skills, your time, your creativity—all are valuable. That’s why ELI internships are paid. Work full-time on meaningful projects that will help both you and your host company grow.

Find an ELI summer internship opportunity in:

  • Marketing and communications
  • Tech
  • Operations and projects
  • People and engagement
  • Finance and accounting
  • Business and entrepreneurship
  • ... and more!

The timeline:

  • Application deadline: January 31
  • Mock interview event (mandatory): Saturday, February 26 or March 5. Qualifying applicants will be assigned a session and invited to attend virtually.
  • Company finalist interviews: April 1–30
  • ELI intern orientation: June (TBA)

The process:

  • Submit an online application before the January 31 deadline, including a professional resume and short essay questions.
  • If you pass the first screening, you'll be invited to a mock interview. This is a required step to move forward in the selection process.
  • ELI staff will then evaluate your application, resume, and interview results and match 3 finalists to each internship opening. Client companies will then select an intern from their finalist pool. Students who apply are not guaranteed an internship.
  • In April, if you're matched to an opening, you will be contacted by the company to set up a finalist interview. Company interviews and offers will take place in April and May and are the decision of the company that is offering the position.
  • In June, you'll attend an orientation to set you up for success in your 10-12 week internship. During the summer, ELI invites you to gatherings to train, provide support, and inspire.

Apply on Handshake.

Event Type

Academic Deadlines, Academic


Career Services, Lundquist College of Business





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