Career Services Internship Spotlight!

Are you a business or engineering major? Do you want to be paid to gain valuable experience in the field? Looking to work for an innovative company right here in Portland? If the answer is yes, read on for how to apply for a paid internship with either of these game changers. Both internships are posted on

Internship Spotlight #1:

Armanino is looking for computer science or electrical/computer engineering undergraduate or an engineering graduate student.

Armanino is a California-based consulting firm that works with businesses small and large to help them succeed in their endeavors. Providing audit, tax, and consulting services, Armanino prides itself on being an innovative and untraditional company that is dedicated to giving each client personal attention and with help you achieve your goals through their scientific accounting programs. “Your success is our success,” their website shares.

Position: CRM Developer Intern

Job Description:

  • Self-starters who are interested in taking ownership of their projects.
  • Should have interest in developing their experience as a Software Developer
  • Build CRM workflows, write scripts in JavaScript, and configure Dynamics CRM in order to complete forms.
  • Interns who go through this program will have a good understanding of how a real software development team in a fast paced environment works to build a client’s system based off of their personal needs.
  • Office is located in SW Portland, perfect for students who come to UP from that area or like to explore other parts of the city. MAX lines also run by the office, making the commute easier for students without cars.


  • Must be a computer science or electrical/computer engineering undergraduate or an engineering graduate student
  • Minimum 3.20 GPA
  • 15+ hours per week
  • Will last 12-24 weeks, starting as soon as possible


  • $12-$15 an hour based off previous experience

Armanino will be accepting applications through October 29.

Interested and qualified students can send their resume and cover letter explaining their interest in the company to Larry.Bentz@AMLLP. Contact for the job posting is Larry Bentz, 9755 SW Barnes Road, Suite 660, Portland, OR 977225. All questions can be directed to Larry Bentz at Larry.Bentz@AMLLP.

Internship Spotlight #2:

Blount International Inc. is looking for Junior or Senior undergraduate student studying Finance, Accounting, or Business Administration.

Blount International Inc. designs, manufactures, and markets equipment for various consumers and professionals in the Forestry, Garden, Farm, Ranch, and Agriculture industries. Blount has worked with companies all over the world, including the United States, Canada, Japan, Brazil, China, and Europe. Their mission is to “create long-term value for our shareholders through profitable growth and performance-oriented culture of continuous improvement as a leader in our business segments”. Blount is also an environmentally conscious company that works to conserve energy and reduce waste during their manufacturing and distributing processes.

Position: Corporate Finance Intern

Job Description:

  • Support programs as a financial analyst and business partner
  • Collaborate with finance team using innovative approaches to complete multiple projects
  • Experience working on product profitability, market positioning, and manufacturing.


  • Junior or Senior undergraduate student studying Finance, Accounting, or Business Administration
  • 0 GPA or higher
  • Leadership, problem-solving, risk-taking, decision-making, and organizational skills
  • Ability to balance strategic thinking and attention to detail
  • 13-15 week summer 2015 internship


  • $17.50 an hour

Blount will be accepting applications through October 26.

Interested students can send their cover letters and resumes (addressed to Susan Hawksworth) to Amanda Wheaton at Contact for this job posting is Susan Hawksworth, 4909 SE International Way, Portland, OR 97222. Applications are accepted through UP’s Career Services Office and selected students will be contacted for on-campus interviews with Blount in November.

Please contact Career Services at 503.943.7201 or if you have questions about applying!


Recap: Watchdog Workshop

Investigative Reporting: The reporting, through one’s own work product and initiative of matters of importance, which some persons or organizations wish to keep secret.  (Think Clark Kent, without the undercover Superman thing going on).


On Friday’s Watchdog Workshop hosted by UP’s Communication Department in Buckley Auditorium, speakers discussed the different strategies for breaking into the investigative reporting field. Being the newspaper freak and hopeful that I am, I was more than excited to be sitting in a room full of real, live journalists in the wild. Between my fan-girl freak outs and feverish note taking, here’s what I learned:


In the first session, “The Art of the Interview”, producer of 9News/KUSA Denver in Colorado Nicole Vap let me in on the secrets to making the most of every interview. Working in the broadcasting field, Vap believes there are three key reasons for interviewing a person on camera: To hold someone accountable, to give the story emotion, or to include expert opinion on the issue being covered. To accomplish these three things, Vap suggests following these tips:


  • If your source sees that you are unorganized or unprepared, it gives them the opportunity to shoot down your questions. In order to avoid this, DO YOUR HOMEWORK BEFORE THE INTERVIEW. Do your research before talking with a source and leave informational questions at home. Google is your new best friend.
  • Ask one question as at a time to make sure you get the answer you need. Your source will probably have a prepared, PR endorsed answer for every question you ask. Your goal is to get around this wall to get a more truthful answer. It’s ok to ask the same question over and over.
  • Think of the order in which you ask questions as hiking up and down a mountain. Ask easy, less weighted questions at the beginning and end of your “hike” as a warm up and cool down. Ask your most hard-hitting questions at the top. This will allow for your source to start and end the interview in a relatively comfortable place.
  • If a source becomes angry or aggressive towards you, try to remain as calm as possible. Stay on topic instead of feeding off their negative energy. If you remain professional and polite, then the source will end up looking bad, not you.
  • Finally, if a source is uncomfortable or unwilling to say much during your interview, let the silence between you sit. People will often open either because they feel awkward or have time to collect their thoughts.


In the second session, “Getting an Investigative Mindset”, Cheryl Phillips of Stanford University, discussed how to use data to tell a story. Now, I know what you’re thinking: data means numbers, numbers means math, and math and I have a complicated, “hate/hate” relationship. Phillips eases these worries and explains the importance of learning to love data. The more we embrace technological tools like data and the programs that work with it, the better the stories we will be able to tell. The best stories are full of details that will engage readers. What has more details than data? Treat data just like a source. Who is represented in the data? What is the data showing? When was it created and by whom? Where did it come from? Why do I care about what it says? By asking these questions, you will be able to find a lot of information that will be useful in developing a story.


With my newfound knowledge, I’m ready to take on the world with my tape recorder in hand. Watch out, Excel, I’m coming for you too!


By Emily Neelon

Student Spotlight: Horsing Around

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Interview by Emily Neelon

While most college students are still in bed at 4 am on a Sunday morning, University of Portland sophomore Malika Andrews is already starting her day. As her alarm clock beeps unrelentingly, she wants nothing more than to throw it across the room, sink deeper into her blankets, and fall right back asleep. But the barn and its horses are waiting. So she gets up, puts on her riding boots, and heads out the door.

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Andrews, an Organizational Communication and Marketing major, works at Crescendo Farms in Beaverton two Sundays a month, completing maintenance work for its horses.

“I clean stalls, feed the horses, and ensure happy and healthy horse wellbeing,” Andrews said. “I also ride a few horses for the owner when she doesn’t have time”.

Andrew’s job at Crescendo is not her first encounter with horses. The animals have been an integral part of her life for as long as she can remember. Andrews was two when she began riding. After just one trip around the course, she never got off the saddle.

“My dad would drag me around this loop and I thought it was the best thing ever,” Andrews said. “I wanted to go every day. (After that) I just never stopped”.

Andrews’ professional equestrian career began when a family friend gave her horse-riding lessons for her ninth birthday. Following her first lesson at Edgewood Farms in Marin, California, the instructors saw something special in Andrews and asked her to begin competing with their show horses.

“They sponsored me to start riding their horses and in exchange for (winning) blue ribbons, I got to do what I loved,” Andrews said.

Andrews went to Edgewood four times a week and rode the sale horses during a lesson with an instructor. Following intense training, she would compete with these horses in the hopes of increasing their monetary value. Andrews competed in the Juniors Division, the highest level a rider under the age of eighteen could compete in, quickly becoming a very accomplished rider at a young age.

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“They would judge me on how well I could ride the horse and how good I made the horse look,” Andrews said. “The more ribbons you win for the horse, the more valuable they become”.

During the year Andrews took off between graduating high school and beginning college, she purchased her first horse Dante, who she had been informally riding for a year. The owners of the barn where Andrews boarded Dante became impressed by her knowledge and talent in the field, hiring her to teach lessons and train horses.

“They saw me working with him and saw how I talked to people around the barn and gave out pointers and they asked me if I would be interested in training for them,” Andrews said. “I was training my own horse with the help of my best friend Jean and I would school the lesson horses for the barn. I would get on them 2-3 times a week to get their attitudes in check”.

After beginning her freshman year at UP, Andrews continued to work with horses by volunteering at Beet Farms twice a week. Her responsibilities at the facility consisted of teaching mentally and physically disabled kids the basics of grooming and riding, as well as training their horses. During her six weeks at Beet Farms, Andrews gained perspective about the sport she loves so much.

“Riding is such a physical sport and I don’t think most people understand just how much physical strength it takes,” Andrews said. “I definitely took that for granted and so watching these kids who may not necessarily have their (strength), their bodies working against them, taught me a lot about riding and about life in general”.

Now, having just sold Dante after their two years together, Andrews makes the trip out to Beaverton where she has been working periodically for over a year. After so many years competing, training, and teaching, Andrews feels blessed to have the opportunity to get back to the basics.

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“I’ve worked with horses for so long and I see that they’re very special, but I need to reevaluate where I’m at with horses right now,” Andrews said. “So being able to go out there…is a humbling experience that gives me a clear space to where I want to move on next. I think I’m probably going to wait to buy my next horse until I’m out of college and have more time and more direction”.

Through her ownership of Dante, Andrews learned irreplaceable life lessons and formed an unbreakable relationship.

“With Dante, we used to fight all the time and all of my insecurities and frustrations with life would translate (over),” Andrews said. “He could feel when I would tense up, when I would get angry. He’s like me in that he mirrors a fighting perspective. Working with him for the two years that I owned him taught me to let go. Dante was my partner and my love and I don’t think I would have been able to learn that without him. On a horse you have to let go of control in order to gain it back. Building that kind of partnership is irreplaceable and I’m looking forward to building up that partnership with my next horse because with Dante it was magic. Every time I sat on Dante, it was home. Once we figured out how to speak the same language, there was no stopping us.”

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Internship Spotlight: Red Cross, Radio, & Research

Do you need to get an internship, but haven’t been successful in your search? Are you guilty of typing “Internships in Portland” into Google (and then finding nothing)? Does give you anxiety? Well, we’ve taken the “searching” out of your job search. Here are our top three picks for internships that you need to apply for NOW.


The American Red Cross is a humanitarian organization that works to alleviate suffering during emergencies, disasters, and every day life. Through the generosity of community partners, donors, and volunteers, American Red Cross has become the leading crisis relief organization in the US.

Position: Non-Profit Management Intern

Job Description:

-Support Executive Staff

-Facilitate relationships between government and community partners

-Carry out tasks for meetings and events


-Strong verbal, written, and communication skills

-Ability to manage time and act professionally

-Proficiency with Microsoft Office software

-Experience working in business administration

-Junior/Senior/Grad students studying Political Science, Business, Communication, etc. preferred

Time Requirement:

- A 1-2 (2 preferred) semester commitment beginning this fall.

-Minimum 15 hours per week during business hours (M-F: 8-5).

-Red Cross has flexible hours that can work around school schedule



-Possible academic credit


Red Cross will be receiving application through October 20. To apply, send a resume and cover letter to with the subject line “Non-Profit Management Internship”. Contact for this job posting is Laurie Conroy, Volunteer Services Director, 3131 N Vancouver Ave. Portland, OR 97227, 503-528-5627.



The Portland Radio Project is a Portland-based online radio station. Playing a combination of rock, blues, and folk music, the station works to promote singer songwriters and local artists. With the goal of reconnecting radio with the Portland community and operating with the values of a non-profit, Portland Radio Project seeks financial support through listeners, businesses, and foundations.


Position: Real World Radio Opportunities Intern

 Job Description:

-Maintaining website content

-Reporting for Community Voices Series

-Writing public service announcements

-Reaching out to local artists, creating playlists, and coordinating in-studio performances

-Possible on-air experience


-Must be able to find and pay for transportation to studio

-Seeking Communication majors

Time Requirements:

-At least two hours two days a week.

-Flexible schedule



-Possible academic credit


Portland Radio Project will be receiving applications through December 15. To apply, fill out an application at Contact for this application is Rebecca Webb, 1410 SW Morrison St. Suite 850 Portland, OR 97205,503-784-6869. Interested students are encouraged to visit the studio Monday through Friday between 7 and 10 a.m.



The Oregon Research Institute is a research center devoted to understanding human behavior for the purpose of improving the quality of human life. ORI is the largest independent behavioral research institute in Oregon and studies topics like childhood obesity, substance abuse, adult chronic physical illness, and adolescent depression.


Position: Research Assistant Intern

 Job Description:

  • Assist with data entry, preparation for brain scans, administering surveys for Chocolate Study, which is examining how overeating is connected with neural processes.
  • Observe brain scan assessments.


-Must have past research experience working with data entry and study participants

-Biology and psychology majors wanted



-Possible academic credit

Time Requirement:

-Must have flexible schedule and be able to work on weekends.


ORI will be receiving applications through October 26. To apply send an email that includes your resume, prior research experience, availability, and desired number of hours per week to: Contact for this job posting is Shelley Reetz, 729 NE Oregon St. Suite 150 Portland, OR 97232, 503-278-3674.



Post by Emily Neelon

Recap: “The Academic Road Map” Session

“I know what I like to do, but what am I going to do with the rest of my life?”

So you haven’t declared your major yet. Whether you are an underclassman still exploring your options or an upperclassman who has finally realized you hate what you’re studying, picking a major can seem like an impossible task. Are you interested in too many things? Do you have no idea what you want to do? Is this indecision giving you anxiety? During Friday’s “The Academic Road Map: Unwrapping the Academic Mechanics to Graduation”, Career Services’ Mary Beth Snell and Freshman Resource Center’s Brenda Greiner addressed these fears and put them to rest. Were you unable to make it? We’ve got you covered.

Do you feel like you’re the only person who isn’t on a path toward direct success? Does everybody seem like they know exactly where they’re going and how to get there? You’re not alone. Nationally, 30-40% of incoming freshman go into college undeclared. Moreover, 75-80% of students change their major at least once.

Many students hope to major in something they can get a job with, but realistically, a person’s major does not usually translate into a predetermined career. Only 50% of grads report that their career closely relates to the subject they studied during college. In addition, it’s estimated that a person will change careers 3-5 times over the course of their adult life. For this reason, it’s essential to major in something you enjoy learning about. While you will probably forget the theories and facts you learn in the classroom, the passion and skills you attain will transfer over to any job in any field.

The first step in figuring out what you want to major in is to get to know yourself. What do you value? What are you interested in? What are your strengths and your weaknesses? Being able to identify these traits within yourself and what you enjoy learning about is key to figuring out what you want to study. Don’t be afraid to sit down and have this conversation with yourself.

The second step towards choosing a major is simple: Go to class. No matter how tempting your bed and an episode of Grey’s Anatomy may seem on Monday mornings, it’s really important to go to that 8:10 Introduction to Statistics course. By engaging in your classes, you may find that you really enjoy one of the subjects you are studying.

UP’s core curriculum is set up to assist students in making these discoveries, requiring students to take 13 classes introducing the basics of many different areas of study. These seemingly pointless classes really do have a point, as they may steer you in the direction of a deciding on a major.

Moreover, UP students are required to take elective classes outside of their major. In the College of Arts of Sciences, students are given up to 15 elective courses of WHATEVER THEY WANT. This not only allows for undeclared students to explore what they want to do, but for already declared majors to pick up another major or minor.

So after some self-discovery and studying, you may be asking yourself what next? For additional assistance, stop by Career Services and Freshman Resource Center to make a one-on-one appointment with a counselor. They’ll be happy to help you during the decision process. Additionally, come to “Connecting Interests and Skills with Majors” on Friday, October 3rd from 4-5 and “Making a Major Decision” on Friday, November 7th from 4-5 in Career Services.


Written by Emily Neelon.


Grad School Panel: What I Learned

By Emily Neelon


Sitting in the back row of Tuesday’s Panel Discussion on graduate school, I knew one thing for sure: I had never felt more out of place. In a room full of senior Engineering and Math majors, I was the lone sophomore studying social science. As students adorned in funny science tee shirts joked about Calculus 2 and Differential Statistics, I felt even more conspicuous in my large wool hat and with my distaste for numbers and equations. Would I be this intimidated all the time if I decided to go to grad school?

As a Communication major, I often see life beyond graduation as a dark abyss of low-paying writing positions and one-room apartments. I haven’t decided how I will apply the skills I have learned, nor do I know what jobs will be available in the rapidly evolving industry of mass media. Prior to attending this discussion, I had never considered grad school as a path to take after my four years at UP. But, as I’ve stubbornly learned again and again, it’s never too early to look at your options.

Although most of the discussion was geared towards the Math and Engineering fields, I was able to glean many important tips from the panelists. The first, most obvious question to ask yourself:

Why do you want to go to grad school?

You must have to have some motivation beyond: “I’ve never been bad at this, so why not keep going?” Your motivation can be as simple as not being ready or qualified enough to enter the workforce in your field, or as complex as one panelist’s comment:

“I wanted to contribute to the collective sum of knowledge.”

If you decide that you do in fact want to continue on to grad school, you must take two important things into consideration: location and fit.

“If you don’t like cornfields, don’t go to Nebraska,” another panelist recommended.

The application itself will often consist of an essay, transcript, and multiple letters of recommendation among other requirements. The panelists stressed the importance of taking time to write a sincere and sound essay. This will be the component of your application that will distinguish you from other applicants. Additionally, ask for letters of recommendation from professors you have relationships with. In other words, don’t ask that one professor you had one class with freshman year to help you get into grad school.

During your decision process, try to talk to as many grad students from the schools you’ve been accepted to. Another pro tip: Go to grad student parties where professors aren’t present. These gatherings will provide you with honest answers to what it’s like to attend that university.

So what’s life like as a grad student?

Word on the street is that grad students sleep in the library and survive off of old coffee and stale pop tarts. Although this may very well be true, the panelists emphasized the importance of taking time to do things completely unrelated to your studies. Pick up a new hobby. Have you ever wanted to learn how to ride a skateboard? Cook? Play an instrument? Now’s the time. Additionally, make friends outside of your discipline to avoid burning out on whatever you are studying.

Despite the amount of tears and dollar bills you will spend to attend grad school, this extra degree can pay off in big ways. If nothing else, remember this:

“What can you NOT do with a master’s degree?”

The Importance of Understanding Organizational Culture

In school we spend a lot of time learning about culture—we learn about our own culture, about different cultures, and even about respecting any and all cultural differences. Often we learn about culture in the context of different countries, races and religions. Rarely do we hear about culture in the workplace—until now.

The concept of “workplace culture” or “organizational culture” is becoming increasingly important to employees across all industries. Put simply, organizational culture can be described as “how things are done” in an organization. In truth, there is much more to it than that. Organizational culture encompasses several different aspects of an organization and its operations, including the organizational expectations, experiences, philosophy and values that hold it together; as well as the way organizations choose to conduct business with clients, customers, and even among coworkers. Organizational culture is often based on a set of shared attitudes, beliefs, customs and both written and unwritten rules.

It’s easy to see that once you begin trying to dig in and understand the concept of organizational culture, you are faced with a very complex and involved task. But that doesn’t make it any less crucial to really sink your teeth into this ever-important aspect of today’s job market!

Now more than ever employers are looking for candidates who they think will fit well within their current organizational culture. That being said, as job market entrants and potential employees it is imperative that we take the time to research the organizations we want to work for. Look for cues and hints about what the organization’s culture might look like. This will give a better sense of what the organization might be looking for, and allow for stronger, more tailored responses during an interview. Upon entering a new organization, understanding and embracing the organization’s culture can not only help make your transition more seamless, but it can also help you to better determine if the organization is a good fit for you. Particularly when completing an internship or volunteer experience, do your best to immerse yourself and learn everything you can about what makes the organization tick. Developing this understanding as early as possible will help you to develop your long-term goals—and to determine if those goals include working to stay with the company or not.

Ultimately the importance of organizational culture is becoming more and more prominent. Speaking from personal experience, I have been really fascinated in trying to wrap my mind around the culture present in the organization where I’m currently completing an internship. There are so many different facets that make an organization run, so many different pieces that go into creating a well-oiled business, and organizational culture is one of the most intriguing pieces I’ve found thus far. If you’ve got questions about organizational culture, transitioning into a new organization or any other related questions, Career Services is a great resource—and we’re still open during the summer!

Written by Sarah, senior Finance major