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The City of Portland, Oregon

Community & Civic Life

Promote the common good

Main: 503-823-4519

City/County Info: 503-823-4000

TDD: 503-823-6868

1120 SW 5th Ave, Suite 114, Portland, OR 97204

PSU University Studies Senior Capstone Program

PSU University Studies’ Senior Capstone Program

  PSU Capstone student planting in garden


Partnership opportunity

Community organization partners can work with a class of 16 undergraduate students for a community-benefitting, ten-week-long project (fall, winter, spring or summer term).


Sample projects

Marketing plan development; grant-writing; tutoring; asset mapping.


What PSU offers

If a professor choose your project, your organization will receive:

  • A team of knowledgeable junior & senior undergraduates
  • Regular communication, updates from the student team
  • A final product in line with your organization’s mission and matches community interest


What agency must offer

To ensure a successful project, agency partners must provide:

  • Feasible project goals aligned with organizational mission
  • A tentative, general implementation plan for project
  • One primary agency representative for the duration of the project
  • Availability to give feedback to students throughout the term
  • On-going communication with the faculty throughout the term


How to submit information

Send project goals, tentative implementation plan & contact information (approx. 1-3 paragraphs) to Dr. Seanna Kerrigan,



Ongoing (it may take several terms to find a relevant PSU course available to develop a new partnership)