INTERNSHIP SPOTLIGHT: Catholic Charities Oregon & Comcast SportsNet Northwest

By Emily Neelon |

Calling all students interested in marketing and communication: Here are two spring internships you NEED to apply for. Are you super passionate about service and social justice? Apply for the Marketing and Communications Internship with Catholic Charities Oregon. Maybe you’re more of a hardcore sports fan. The Marketing/PR Internship with Comcast Sports Northwest will be perfect for you. Happy applying!



Company: Catholic Charities Oregon

Catholic Charities Oregon is a non-profit organization based out of Portland that “brings hope, resources, and advocacy to the poor and most vulnerable around us regardless of faith, race, marital status, or condition of life.” With beginnings in 1838, Catholic Charities partners with clients to achieve their economic and educational goals as well as support their physical and emotional wellbeing. To date, the organization has 25 programs, 20 grantee agencies, and four agencies and serves over 100,000 people a year.


Position: Marketing and Communications Intern


Job Description:

-Manage and enhance Catholic Charities’ social media presence on various platforms.

-Write press releases, media advisories, and announcements for Catholic parishes in the Archdiocese of Portland.

-Assist the Marketing and Communications Manager in research for the development of the Catholic Charities website.

-Update information on

-Find stories about the organization that can be featured and shared with internal and external audiences.




-Minimum eight hours per week beginning in January 2015.

-Preference given to juniors, seniors, and graduate students pursuing degrees in marketing, business management, management communication, organizational communication, or communication.

-Must have taken marketing/communication classes previously.

-Strong written, verbal, interpersonal communication, and time management skills

-Understanding of various multimedia platforms and their marketing tools.

-Experience preparing written public messages such as press releases, brochures, flyers, or newsletters.

-Familiarity with and support of the mission, teachings, vision, values, and structure of the Catholic Church.

-Ability to speak Spanish preferred, but not required.


Compensation: Unpaid, possible academic credit.


To Apply:


Catholic Charities will be accepting applications through December 5th, 2014. Interested students can submit a cover letter, resume, and writing sample relevant to the position to Alice Lundell, Marketing and Communications Manager, at The contact for this application is Charities of Oregon, 2740 SE Powell Blvd. #5 Portland, OR 97202.





Company: Comcast SportsNet Northwest

Based out of Portland, Comcast SportNet Northwest is an American regional sports network owned by NBC Sports Group. The network covers various sports at the professional, collegiate, and high school levels, mainly the Portland Trailblazers and University of Oregon Ducks.

Position: Marketing/PR Intern

Job Description:

-Contribute ideas to optimize brand exposure as well as potential story ideas.

-Observe each live show or show recording and take pictures on set.

-Watch programming and transcribe best-of quotes and timing.

-Record event/promotion details on event recap sheets.

-Provide support at live events/promotions through manning booths, passing out flyers, etc.

-Assisting Marketing Manager with planning and implementing said events and promotions.

-Working on other assigned duties and tasks required of the Marketing/PR department.



-10-15 hours per week with availability during evenings, weekends, and holidays starting in mid-January 2015 and ending in April 2015.

-Minimum 3.0 GPA.

-Must be at least 19 years old and at least sophomore status.

-Enrolled in an accredited institution in pursuit of an associate, bachelor, or graduate degree.

-Authorization to work in the U.S.

-Extensive knowledge and interest in Pacific Northwest sports.

-Good communication skills, positive attitude, and willingness to learn.

-Ability to work in a fast-paced, high-pressure environment.


Compensation: Paid

To Apply:


Comcast SportsNet Northwest will be accepting applications through December 3, 2014. Interested students can send a resume and cover letter to Jaimee Bremner, Marketing/PR, at

Read on for UP student Katie Dunn’s marketing internship experience at Comcast SportsNet Northwest:

Informational Interviews: What, Who, and How-To

By Emily Neelon

YES, you’ve finally picked a major! But the anxiety you had about what to major in has only been replaced with anxiety about what to do with said major after graduation. I’m right there with you. Communication Studies is a super broad field of study and I still have no idea what direction I want to pursue within it. Should I be a journalist? Should I work in public relations? What about in radio or social media or human resources or in the non-profit sector? I literally have NO idea. But that’s ok because there’s this magical thing that you and I can do to help narrow down our options, no matter our career goals: informational interviews.

What’s that?

Informational interviews are casual conversations you can have with professionals out in the workforce. These interviews are great opportunities to learn more about a position in a particular industry and can help you figure out whether a certain career will be the right fit for you.

Another perk to informational interviews: NETWORKING OPPORTUNITIES. If you’re anything like me, the word “networking” sends you running in the opposite direction. I literally get stressed out just thinking about talking to strangers, let alone doing it. Informational interviews are a less awkward way to get your face out there and your foot in the door.

So you may be asking how do you do one of these “informational interviews”? Here are some tips I’ve picked up from Stanford’s Career Development Center and our own Career Services office:

  • Get into contact with the person you want to speak with. This will require YOU reaching out to THEM, not the other way around. If you are able to get ahold of their phone number, give this person a call. I know this sounds straight-up terrifying, but it’ll be worth it! Introduce yourself and ask this person if they can spare thirty minutes to talk with you and give you advice and insights into their job because you are interested in possibly pursuing a career in the same field. Remember that you are looking for guidance, NOT a job. Offer to meet them at their workplace or wherever is most convenient for them. You can also take them out to coffee or lunch. If you don’t have the individual’s phone number, another option is to email or reach out to them over LinkedIn.
  • Treat an informational interview like you would a job interview. Prepare what questions you’d like to ask, show up five-ten minutes early, dress appropriately, and make sure to speak and act with confidence and courtesy. Upon meeting, reintroduce yourself and the reasons why you hoped to meet with this person. Give them your academic and work background and then ask them questions. You have the power to control the conversation, so use it to your advantage. At the end of your conversation, ask them if they would be able to refer you to other individuals who would have additional advice to give. Make sure to thank them for their time.
  • Within in one day of your meeting, send them a hand-written thank you letter. Make sure to include your contact information in case they want to get in touch with you.

For more tips of informational interviews and sample questions to ask, visit:

Her Campus Career Panel Recap

By Emily Neelon


“No day is the same.”


The student-run organization Her Campus Portland welcomed back four UP alums from the class of 2014 back on campus last night to discuss their new jobs. Each pursuing four different careers in the business world, the grads shared their insights on how to make the most of your time at UP.


Erika Schmidt graduated in May with a degree in Marketing and Sustainability. She now works as a Digital Marketing Strategist at a local startup. Schmidt loves how vast and fast paced the marketing field is. She also enjoys the freedom her job allows her: “No one is ever hovering over my shoulders. It’s fantastic.” In her experience, she believes it’s really important to never assume anything about the consumer. Additionally, she emphasized the importance of doing something you are passionate about. Schmidt searched for a job that she would be excited about going to everyday. Under her current position, she finds herself wanting to work all the time because she loves what she does. Her biggest piece of advice: “ Don’t be afraid to fail…it’s what helps you get better.”


Alex Calvert graduated with degrees in Marketing and Sustainability as well as Entrepreneurship and Innovation. He now works at a local startup as one of six employees, developing an app called “NurseGrid” which will facilitate communication among nurses. “Wearing so many hats at the age of 22 has been crazy,” the grad says of his multidimensional role. Calvert began college under the impression that he wanted to be a doctor, but quickly discovered that working in the medical field was not the career path for him. He soon fell in love with marketing, loving how you can connect people with what they need. As a junior, Calvert participated in UP’s E-Scholars program which assisted him in applying what he learned in class to the real world and attained his current position through the power of networking. Calvert’s biggest takeaway from his college experience? It’s totally ok not to know what you’re doing or where you’re headed.


Zoe Schmidt graduated with a degree in Organizational Communication, loving how the program combined many of her interests in public relations and social media, but didn’t require her to take any math. She now works for Little Green Pickle, a PR company in Portland that works within the food industry. Schmidt found that Advanced Public Speaking was the most useful class she took during her four years at UP, helping her prepare for future job interviews and office culture. Her biggest piece of advice for students working unpaid internships is that you should pretend it’s paid anyways. Employers will notice your ambition and professionalism.


Larissa Wood graduated with a degree in Marketing. She now works at a local Target in a supporting role, managing five assistant managers and cultivating store culture. She hopes to move into a role in Target’s human resources department within the next year. Wood found that being a part of the marketing club on campus was really valuable during her time at UP, allowing her to see where her major could take her after graduation. Additionally, she felt her Capstone class was the most useful of all her courses, culminating the knowledge she had gained over the past three and a half years into one project. She advises taking advantage of being a student while you can because you have more time to reach out to professionals you admire.







Exciting Work Experience Opportunity!

Calling all Pilots! Here’s an event you should definitely mark down on your calendars – the team at Precision Pass is offering up 10 spots for students to help staff an event on December 6th, 2014, to take place at Providence Park. Here’s a quote from the event blurb:

“Precision Pass holds soccer tournaments inside Premier League stadiums across the UK and also inside MLS stadiums in the US. These tournaments are mainly for local youth soccer teams, allowing them the unique opportunity of playing soccer inside professional stadiums. We are looking for confident and like-minded individuals who want some experience being involved in a highly-organised event, whilst also enjoying being part of a young and dynamic team and getting an experience of behind-the-scenes at top soccer stadiums.”

Sounds exciting, right?

All 10 of the positions will require a full day’s work, from 7:30 am to 8:00 pm, with time for plenty of breaks throughout. While this is an unpaid position, there will be a provided $50 stipend for food and travel expenses, as well as a framed field-side photo in staff kit, and perhaps the most valuable benefit, a reference for your resume.

To apply, simply send your resume or CV into, along with a short paragraph on why you would be interested in joining the Precision Pass team.


To learn more about the company, visit, or contact them at 1 213 559 2449.


This is an exciting and engaging opportunity, and we’re glad to bring it to the Pilot student body!


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Student Spotlight: Katie Dunn

By Emily Neelon


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Like any good Portlandian, you’re a hardcore Trailblazers fan. You’ve been known to paint your entire body red in support of your favorite team. You’ve definitely been guilty of screaming at the TV during a few (every) games. Imagine getting to work for the network that broadcasts Blazers games. For UP student and sports fan Katie Dunn, this is a reality.  A marketing major and Sports Editor of The Beacon, Dunn is broadening her experience in the industry she loves.


As one of two paid marketing interns at Comcast SportsNet Northwest, Dunn works about ten hours a week to plan, promote, and run various events the company puts on including viewing parties for Blazers games. Additionally, Dunn is helping run “All Star Coach”, a program for K-12 public schools in the Portland metro area that allows them to nominate their coach in the hopes of winning $5000 for their school.


Dunn’s major responsibility as a marketing intern is spearheading the reform of Comcast’s social media. She is currently working to create a social media guide that can work as a foundation for future use.


“We’re looking at what works and what doesn’t and basically making a book,” Dunn said. “We’re in the throws of planning that right now. We’re thinking of taking over the Facebook and Twitter and analyzing that and seeing what works using the tools Google Business has”.


Without any basis to work from, Dunn’s work to standardize and transform Comcast’s social media has proven difficult.


“NBC Universal owns Comcast Sports Net so we can’t completely go off the rails with what we do,” Dunn said. “But there’s nothing for us to go off of. We’ve had a bit of a problem actually implementing any ideas.”


Despite the challenge of creating something out of nothing, Dunn’s favorite part of her job is the liberty she is given to pursue her own projects.


“We have a lot of freedom to do whatever we think is best,” Dunn said. “Our boss gives us a lot of ideas, but if we say, ‘Well we think this is really going to work better”, she’s totally like ‘Ok let’s try it and see if it works.’”


Although she values the experience she has gained over the past month, Dunn doesn’t foresee herself working in sports broadcasting beyond graduation.


“I’m interested in college sports,” Dunn said. “You actually get to work with the players and the media. (Broadcasting is) interesting, but I just think it’s a sector I don’t fully want to get into. It’s really good to see it and experience it and know how that side works because you have to work with (broadcasting) in any sporting realm.”




The Life of a Nordstrom Employee (Part 1)

By Emily Neelon |


I had never felt so overwhelmed. It was my first day at my very first job and I was in survival mode, sweating through the outfit I had spent hours meticulously putting together and stumbling over my words (not to mention my feet). I jumped every time someone asked me a question and ate lunch by myself in the far corner of the employee break room. What had I gotten myself into?


My very first job was at Nordstrom as an intern for the Brass Plum Fashion Board the summer before my senior year of high school. BP Fashion Board is a program for high school students passionate about fashion and interested in learning about the different positions available within the Nordstrom Company. Along with going to monthly meetings and fashion events where we discussed everything from marketing to merchandising, I played a supporting role to the sales team in the Brass Plum Department.


My main task as an intern was to take the clothes that had been left in the dressing room and put them back on to the sales floor. Affectionately termed as “dump” by employees, I carried armful after armful of rejected sweaters and skirts back onto the floor, attempting not to collapse under the weight of that season’s “trendiest” pieces. The sales floor became a scavenger hunt and after a couple of shifts, I could quickly find the prize, running dump like nobody’s business.


If there wasn’t any dump to do, I would help organize or remerchandise the sales floor or back stock room. When the department was especially slow, I was often asked to model for the BP Instagram page, styling outfits that the store hoped to promote through social media. I even got to help out in a fashion show in another department and provide my feedback about what I believed was selling well and what merchandise I thought the department needed.


My year as an intern at BP had its ups and downs. I had to complete monotonous and often very physically demanding tasks for the small compensation of $8 an hour. Additionally, perching on rickety ladders and cleaning out sale racks for eight hours a day does something to a person. I was not seen as a very valuable employee on the Nordstrom food chain, and was often treated as insignificant by both coworkers and customers because of my age.


But despite all of its drawbacks, working for BP was an amazing first job. I not only acquired skills that could set me ahead if I chose to work in the fashion industry, I learned all about how to work in the retail business. The customer service skills I gained are irreplaceable. Additionally, completing undesirable tasks for such lengthy periods of time gave me an amazing work ethic and the ability to be a good team player.


With the program drawing to a close, I thought my time at BP was ending. Little did I know, I was far from done with Nordstrom….

Teacher, Teacher, I Have a Question!

By Emily Neelon

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Like other college students, junior Alexa Bryant Capellas spends countless hours in the classroom each week. But unlike your average Pilot, she isn’t listening to the lecture; she’s giving it. With the hopes of becoming an English high school teacher following graduation, Capellas is steadily working through her 72 hours of required filed experience for the semester, one raised hand and red pen at time.


An English, Spanish, and secondary education triple major, Capellas spends about eight hours per week at Roosevelt High School, assisting teachers with their lesson plans. She spends the first half of her week in an AVID (Advancement Via Individual Determination) classroom.


“It’s geared towards students that want to go to college,” Capellas said. “It’s a lot of collaborative inquiry skills, writing skills, reflection, (and) critical thinking”.


The second half of the week, the junior works in a humanities classroom offering writing assistance to students struggling with essays. Capellas believes the most challenging aspect of her field experience is maintaining a sense of authority in a room full of teenagers.


“I think it’s really difficult for me because I want to connect with these students on a more personal level, but I’m also trying to command some respect in the classroom,” Capellas said. “Sometimes they see us as too much of a friend or a peer, so then we can’t convince them to focus or something like that. I think that’s a challenge for any teacher, but especially for practicum students. They aren’t going to respect you unless you respect them.”


Focused on forming good relationships with her students, Capellas loves nothing more than a student who wants to talk to her beyond the confines of the classroom.


“My favorite thing is when students come up to me outside of class and ask me for help,” Capellas said. “That means they see me as a resource and they see me as more than just a body in the classroom. For me that’s the most rewarding (part).”