Malheur Works

Student Internship Program

Collaborative Effort Between:

Generous Grant Funding Secured From:

  • Eastern Oregon Border Economic Development Board

  • Oregon Community Foundation - Ignite Partnerships Matching Grant

  • Eastern Oregon Workforce Board

  • eXtension Foundation: Impact Collaborative Summit Seed-Funding

  • The Ford Family Foundation

  • WorkSource Oregon - Eastern Oregon Workforce

  • Malheur Education Service District

Our Mission

To connect the learning needs of youth to the talent demands of industry resulting in a more inclusive and vibrant local economy by equipping young people with job-ready skills.

Our Program

A nine-week paid internship for graduated seniors, pairing employers with prospective talent, providing meaningful work experience for youth while filling a labor gap faced by industry. This coupled with weekly professional development workshops and mentorship provided by community volunteers establishes the three pillars on which success is built.

Grow Our Own

The Malheur Works program is a Grow Our Own initiative. The economic vitality of any community depends on a sustainable talent pipeline and a new generation of young people who choose to put down roots in the community. This program supports our economic landscape by helping to retain and grow talent starting from within our own educational institutions.

What is a Student Internship Program?

An internship is a form of experiential learning that integrates knowledge and theory learned in the classroom with practical application and skill development in a professional setting.

Internships give students the opportunity to gain valuable applied experience and make connections in professional fields they are considering for career paths; and give employers the opportunity to guide and evaluate talent.

-National Association of Colleges and Employers (NACE)

How do internships benefit employers?

Internships positively impact employers, students, schools, and communities. If you are considering hosting an intern at your company, potential advantages include:

  • Evaluating potential employees creating a talent pipeline

  • Increasing company diversity while accessing specialized skills and knowledge

  • Enhancing company visibility in a competitive market

  • Expanding community and workforce capabilities by developing youth career pathways

June 5th - August 11th 2023

The best internships provide youth with real-world experience that helps shape their future career and collegiate aspirations.

Employer partners should be able to:

  • Have a supervisor for the intern

  • Provide office or floor space for working

  • Hire an intern full-time at or above minimum wage for nine weeks (start and end dates are flexible)

  • If an organization is unable to provide full-time wages, please contact Malheur Works for funding options

  • Allow time for interns to attend weekly Professional Development Workshops with Malheur Works team

Malheur Works takes care of:

  • Outreach for all internship positions

  • Receiving and reviewing applications

  • Filtering candidates based on desires and aptitude

  • Sending applications to host site for review and selection

  • Facilitating weekly Professional Development Workshops for interns throughout their employment

Malheur Works Internship Positions:

The application for Malheur Works Summer 2023 internships will open January 30th. A single application allows you to apply for multiple opportunities.

Applications must be submitted by March 31st, 2023, including the completed online form, resume, and cover letter. Incomplete application packets will not be considered.

These are competitive opportunities, so putting your best foot forward is important!

The Malheur Works Internship Program gives interns not only the opportunity to complete project-based internships and other work experiences, but to network with other companies, and learn professional skills from community leaders.

Internship May Opportunities Include:

  • Education

  • Agriculture

  • Information Technology (IT)

  • Health Sciences

  • Communication/Marketing

  • Engineering

  • Mechanics

  • Construction

  • Welding/Fabrication

  • And more

Benefits to Malheur Works Interns

Malheur Works is not a traditional internship program:

  • One application connects you to multiple opportunities around Malheur County

  • Every week you'll learn professional development skills from community leaders and industry experts

  • Receive support and guidance from mentors and the Malheur Works Team

  • Network with peers who are also in the internship program

  • Connect with businesses around Malheur County through networking activities

  • After completing your internship, you’ll be considered a Malheur Works alumni with lasting connections

Malheur Works Details

  • Full-time, paid internships

  • Multiple host sites

  • 9-week internships start June 5th, 2023. (Host sites may be flexible on dates.)