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Leaders of Portland, workforce diversity doesn't just happen—you have to make it happen. If your current workforce doesn't reflect the diversity of our Portland community (not to mention your customer base), it should.

ELI can help make that happen. We can help you broaden the reach of your current internship program or help you establish a new, inclusive internship program for your company.

We connect the region's most talented students of color with paid internships at some of Portland's most exciting, innovative companies. All you have to do is provide the opportunity.

The future leaders of Portland are out there. Don't get left behind.


Partnership with Prosper Portland


Small Business Internship Grant

Small businesses need interns too. If you want to champion diversity and empower young leaders of color, but require extra funding to take actionable steps, apply for a Small Business Internship Grant with Prosper Portland to host a summer intern.


From Our 2018 Participants


“The most valuable thing about our experience with the Emerging Leaders internship was watching Jasmeen come to life with understanding of our business and, in turn, contributing a new, fresh and exciting perspective for us.”

—Tessa Baston, Instrument


“The EL intern we hired was ready to learn and ask questions about our practices from a place of genuine curiosity and inquisitiveness. We gained her insight into how to set up events in advance to make them more accessible to people with disabilities or needs. She brought fresh perspectives and enthusiasm that we all gained.”

–Carly Brown, The Oregon Community Foundation


“Alondra is thoughtful, diligent, and precociously aware of her own work style and skills. Each year, I've learned and grown through my relationship with DHM's intern. I hope the same is true for them!”

–Eddie Szamborski, DHM Research

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Working closely as the primary supervisor/mentor to our ELI intern was an incredibly rewarding experience. We had numerous conversations about the environmental field, our careers, being a young woman of color in the professional world. I loved having the opportunity to get to work alongside such a talented intern.”

—Raphaela Hsu-Flanders, Oregon Environmental Council


2018 Participating Companies

Allion USA

Avenue Agency

Beneficial State Foundation



Cascade Energy

Charter School Capital



DHM Research


FACT Oregon

Friends of the Children


Grady Britton



Jama Software

Mad Fish Digital

Marmoset Music

Metropolitan Group


New Credit America

Opus Agency

Oregon Community Foundation

Oregon Environmental Council

Pivot Group

Port of Portland

Portland General Electric

Prosper Portland

Ruby Receptionists

Salt & Straw



The Partners Group


Tillamook Creamery

Travel Portland

VTM Group


Vista Capital

Wells Fargo

Wieden + Kennedy


Key Dates For


Sign 2019 Memorandum of Understanding
Deadline passed

Submit Company’s Internship Details
January 31

Mock Interview Event
March 2

Final Company Intern Interviews
April 1–30

Submit Intern Offer(s)
by April 30

Internship Orientation
June 8


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