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Phone: 503-823-7740

Fax: 503-823-6995

1120 SW 5th Avenue, Room 1000, Portland, OR 97204

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2017 Summer Internship: High School Cohort

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Applications are due by 5 p.m.
Sunday, May 14, 2017. You can apply online, by email or by mail:

Questions?

Contact Christa Shier at 503-823-8859 or Christa.Shier@portlandoregon.gov

Discover careers in natural resources, environmental sciences and city government.

8-week internships available with Environmental Services (June 26 – August 18, 2017)

City of Portland Environmental Services invites high school students entering 11th or 12th grade (2017-18 school year) and 2017 high school graduates to apply for one of eight internship opportunities with the bureau. The student cohort will participate in an 8-week paid internship that could include office work, field work, trainings, and professional development. It is a great opportunity to learn more about careers in the fields of natural resources, environmental sciences, watershed services, pollution prevention, stormwater, wastewater and public service. Thumbnail of fact sheetPhoto of intern sampling

Through this internship program, we hope to empower students to become tomorrow’s decision-makers and advocates for the environmental health of their communities. We encourage students of all races, ethnicities, genders and abilities to apply.

Image of interns in canoeWhat you can expect

Students are matched with one Environmental Services mentor for 4 weeks from June 26 to mid-July and a second Environmental Services mentor for 4 weeks from mid-July through August 18. Students are matched with mentors based on the student’s areas of interest. The internship provides students with an opportunity to tour City facilities, learn about city government, develop some entry-level work skills in the office and field, and to gain knowledge about a range of career options in environmental fields. The internship pay is $10 an hour.

What you’ll learn

While working with their mentors, students will learn about career paths, field data collection and/or office work. Students will be able to develop or improve skills in public speaking; resume development; interviewing; and software programs like Word, Excel and PowerPoint. Depending on placement, interns may also learn specialty software programs such as GIS or database management.

Image of intern groupRequirements

  • Must be enrolled in 11th or 12th grade for fall 2017-18 school year or be 2017 high school graduate.
  • Must be available 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. four days a week either Monday–Thursday or Tuesday–Friday from June 26 to August 18 for about 25-30 hours per week.
  • Must be available the first AND last week of the internship with no more than 3 planned absences.
  • Live in the City of Portland.
  • Image of intern field tripBe able to travel to/from a work site downtown or North Portland. The City will provide a bus pass.
  • Have an interest in natural resources, environmental sciences, watershed services, pollution prevention, stormwater, wastewater or public service careers.
  • Be prepared to work in both a professional office environment and outdoors in the field—rain or shine!

How to Apply

Applications are due by 5 p.m. Sunday, May 14, 2017. You can apply online, by email or by mail.