On the Campaign Trail


By Emily Neelon

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You’re in the voting booth, peering down at the list of measures you are supposed to vote on, but you have no idea what any of them are advocating for. Crap you think to yourself. I should be more politically aware. As the small booth gets seemingly smaller and your brain tries desperately to recall the political ads you can’t quite remember, you begin to randomly check boxes. This is the scenario that sophomore Kate Garcia is working to avoid.


Garcia, an English and political science double major, is interning for the Oregon State Public Interest Research Group (OSPIRG) this fall. OSPRIG is an organization that works on behalf of Oregonians by spearheading campaigns they believe in. Through interviewing the Oregon public on their beliefs on current political issues, OSPRIG works to act as a voice for the people.  Garcia is currently working on the campaign for Measure 92, which will determine whether genetically modified organisms (GMO’s) will be labeled on food products in Oregon.


“There’s no law in Oregon and measures like this were recently rejected in California and Washington,” Garcia said. “It’s big agribusinesses that are opposing these types of measures. We just stand with the idea that we have the right to know what we’re consuming”.


Garcia, who works directly under the campaign organizer, says her main task is to spread the word about Measure 92, which will be voted on this November. She makes phone calls to Oregon residents who have signed initiatives in support of Measure 92 and writes letters to the editors of Oregon publications like the Oregonian and the Statesman Journal that run stories about the issue.


Garcia, who works three days a week at the non-partisan organization, got connected with OSPRIG when the campaign organizer spoke in her World Politics class earlier this semester. At the end of the class, Garcia signed an initiative saying she was interested, interviewed with OSPIRG, and was hired. As her first time doing something directly related to political science, Garcia enjoys working on a project she is passionate about.


“My favorite part (about my internship) is knowing that I’m contributing to a cause I support,” Garcia said. “I think GMO labeling is really important so it’s nice to get involved in this way.”


Internship Spotlight: Nordstrom Retail Management Internship

“You can write your paycheck.”

With an ongoing goal of creating the best shopping experience for their customers, Nordstrom works to see their business through the eyes of the shopper. Founded in 1901, the company has 118 full line stores, 162 Rack stores, a Nordstrom.com website, and owns the flash-sale website Hautelook.com. Nordstrom is also expanding internationally and will be opening five stores in Canada and one store in Puerto Rico by 2018.

Ever wondered what it would be like to work at this rapidly growing and highly esteemed company? Now’s your chance to find out!

What: Retail Management Intern. The internship is designed to start your career quickly and move you directly into an assistant department manager role.

Who: Juniors and Seniors in any major.

When: Summer 2015, 8-10 weeks.

Where: Any full-line Nordstrom store.

Nordstrom is looking for applicants who:

  • Work well in teams.
  • Are competitive and result driven.
  • Have interest in selling clothing items, serving customers, and moving up in the company.
  • Are passionate about the fashion industry.


  • Must be enrolled in an accredited institution and graduating in 2015 or 2016.
  • Open availability. Must be able to work anytime prior to, during, and after the store hours.
  • No retail experience is necessary. The company is looking for applicants who can demonstrate past leadership experience.


  • Commission-based pay.

Responsibilities: Interns will be based out of a department in a Nordstrom store where they will gain hands-on experience interacting with and selling to customers. They will learn about and participate in management responsibilities such as merchandising the sales floor and acting as a leader to the sales team. Interns will work on a final project and presentation that focuses on business strategy.

Interested and eligible students can apply for the Retail Management Internship starting December 1, 2014 on careers.nordstrom.com. Along with the online application, students will be asked to go to a panel interview at the store where they have applied. This interview often ends with an exercise where applicants must demonstrate an ability to sell.

…Still not convinced you should apply? Here are a few more incentives:

  • Nordstrom promotes from within the company, not outside of it.
  • Full time sales employees make an average of $18-19 an hour. This translates into a $40,000 annual income.
  • Interns will get at 20% discount on all merchandise in any full-line or Rack store, as well as on Nordstrom.com and Hautelook.com.
  • Again, you can apply for an internship in any full-line store across the U.S. Ever wanted to work in San Francisco? Boston? Seattle? There are 118 stores to choose from.

And lastly, this could be you. There’s me, looking trendy with my furry unicorn backpack at work in Brass Plum:

Emily N.

I worked at Nordstrom for two years in support and cashiering positions in the Brass Plum department. Although working for Nordstrom was really difficult at times, I gained amazing career and life experience during my time with the company.

Written by Emily Neelon, Communication, Class of 2017



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 www.collegecentral.com/up/:

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 wheaton@up.edu. 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 career@up.edu 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 CollegeCentral.com 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 volunteer.cascades@redcross.org 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 prp.fm/contact/ 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: shelleyd@ori.org. 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.