Emerging Leaders Internship (ELI) removes barriers to access by connecting talented students of color with leadership-track, paid internships at top companies throughout the Greater Portland area.

Start Ahead

The deadline for Summer 2019 internships has passed, but 2020 is just around the corner. Explore the site and start planning for next summer.


For Interns

We're looking for underrepresented college students, graduate students, and those who have graduated within the last year. You must have completed a minimum of one year of college coursework at a community or four-year college.


For Companies

Shape your company’s future leaders and strengthen its culture. Find talent—and a better tomorrow—among our driven, diverse, highly qualified interns seeking opportunities in fields ranging from accounting and marketing to web design and engineering.


Emerging Leaders Interns
2018 by the Numbers 


876 students applied, 435 interviewed, 80 placed

Half of all ELI applicants were selected by one of our participating companies for an interview, and nearly 20% of the students who interviewed got an internship.