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Emerging Leaders Internship (ELI) Program - Info Sessions

Wednesday, January 15 at 12:00pm to 2:00pm

Erb Memorial Union (EMU), Multicultural Center - Room 109
1395 University Street, Eugene, OR 97403

Get a competitive edge and attend the Emerging Leaders Internship (ELI) program info session to learn more, its selection process, how to apply, and tips for a competitive application. ELI is focused on building a more inclusive Portland metro area by providing pathways to leadership for traditional and non-traditional students of color and aspiring professionals. ELI is dedicated to improving racial and cultural diversity at the leadership level with Portland-area employer.


TWO REPEATING SESSIONS - Wednesday, January 15

12:00pm-1:00pm: ELI Info Session - presented by Demetrius Rhodes, ELI Assistant Director for Scholar Empowerment
1:00pm-2:00pm: Drop-In and Q & A
Multicultural Center, EMU (room 109)


3:00pm-4:00pm: ELI Info Session – presented by Demetrius Rhodes, ELI Assistant Director for Scholar Empowerment
4:00pm-5:00pm: Drop-In and Q&A
University Career Center, 50 Tykeson Hall, Garden Level



  • Matches students of color with paid summer internships with top Portland metro employers and community organizations. Eli Internships provide access to a network of professionals of color, mentoring, and leadership development.
  • Open to undergraduate, graduate students as well as recent grads (within 1/yr of graduation) who call Oregon home and see themselves making Portland a place to build a career.
  • Internships are available in marketing/communications, tech, operations/projects, people/engagement, finance/accounting, sales/products and more.


TRAINING + 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 build your skills, help you gain experience and grow your network. You will be able to practice your interview skills with professionals and receive feedback on the spot.

SUPPORT + PROFESSIONAL GUIDANCE: Your ELI internship includes mentoring within your host company as well as 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 + 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 + 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.


  •  JANUARY 31, 2020 - application deadline
  • Mock Interview Event (mandatory): March 7 in Portland - you will be invited to attend if you make it to phase 2
  • Company finalist interviews: April 1–30
  • ELI Intern Orientation: June 6



Event Type



Division of Student Life, University Career Center, Employer Info Session

Target Audience

All Students

Co-Curricular Domains

Career & Professional Development



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