Malheur Works

Student Internship Program

Our Mission:

To attract and grow talent through an industry-led internship program that benefits companies, interns, schools, and the communities of Malheur County.


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

About the Program

Malheur Works is a workforce readiness program to connect the learning needs of youth to the talent needs of industry resulting in a more inclusive and vibrant local economy by equipping young people with job-ready skills.

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)

What benefits do internships have for employers?

By providing an internship for a local student, you can help them develop relevant skills, allow them to network within the community, and build their excitement and prospects about certain careers. Plus, there are many benefits to employers too:

  • Evaluate a potential future employee and create a pipeline for candidates

  • Attract enthusiastic workers who can contribute new ideas and bring fresh, innovative perspectives

  • Increase diversity at your company and access students with special skills and/or knowledge

  • Enhance visibility of your company and remain competitive in the market for top talent

  • Build local community capacities by building local workforce and helping youth develop their educational and career journey

Mid-June - Mid-August 2021

The best internships are project-based and provide interns with real-world experience that helps shape their future career aspirations.

Requirements hosting an intern--Host Site Industry and Business Partners:

  • Are able to hire an intern full-time at or above minimum wage for 9 weeks (mid-June through mid-August, varies by employer)*

  • Have an employee who is willing to supervise an intern

  • Have the office/floor space to house an intern

*Ideally, the host site organization pays the interns. However, if your organization is not set-up to pay for an intern, don't be discouraged from applying, there might be other funding options available.

Malheur Works takes care of:

  • Marketing the internship positions

  • Receiving and organizing applications

  • Facilitating the WORKS program including the weekly Professional Development Workshops for interns

Malheur Works Internships

The application for Malheur Works Summer 2021 internships is now open. There is a single application that will allow you to apply for multiple opportunities.

Applications must be submitted by March 29, 2021, 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 Initiative 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 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 Coordinator

  • 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 7, 2021. (Host sites may be flexible on dates.)

Internship Opportunities