Community Internship Program


Mission and Goal: To provide access to academically and career relevant paid internship opportunities for Western students.

Interested in applying for WOU CiP? Check back in with us next fall when we will start recruiting students! These internships are two terms long from the beginning of Winter Term to the end of Spring Term. It is a great opportunity to learn more about the career path you want to take or build up on your professional skills.



What are the Benefits of Participating in WOU CiP?

The WOU Community Internship Program (WOU CiP) connects you to paid internships on-campus. By developing partnerships across campus, WOU students are able to gain invaluable internship experiences that facilitate professional development and integration of classroom knowledge. WOU CiP is managed in collaboration with departments and Service Learning and Career Development professional staff. This means you are provided with ongoing support and guidance in your internship from start to finish, and any time thereafter. Support includes, but is not limited to:

  • Resume and cover letter writing
  • Interview preparation and practice
  • Career coaching to facilitate:
    • personal and professional goal development
    • integration of skills and knowledge gained to translate experience into future job readiness


What are the Benefits of Doing an Internship?

Internships allow you to gain the necessary professional skills that allow you to integrate academic knowledge with real world application. Not only do internships provide you with experience to add to your resume, they also allow you to gain a competitive edge in the job market. Employers typically favor recent college graduates that posses internship experience over those that do not. It is common for employers to hire high performing and hard-working interns because they are more familiar with your work.

Additionally, internships allow you to practice and develop skills sets that are aligned with your academic and professional goals. This gives you a chance to “try” a career path to better understand which career is right for you.


Internship vs. Part-Time Job: What’s the Difference?

What makes internships unique is the focus on student learning. This is an opportunity for you to apply skills learned in the classroom or elsewhere, that tie to your academic, career or personal goals. While you might perform some roles that are not for your learning, the goal is for you to explore and practice your professional identity under supervision and with mentoring.

An example could be a student wanting to apply their writing skills and learn professionalism by writing press releases for a department. The expectation is that the student need some coaching and guidance and not be expected to accomplish the task perfectly on the first try. With gentle feedback, however, the final output will be professional, well written and offer a fresh, student oriented perspective.

Eligibility to Participate

  1. Enrollment: Students must be currently enrolled at Western Oregon University (for summer teams, students who graduated the prior Spring term are eligible)
  2. Academic Standing: Students must be in good academic standing
  3. Judicial Standing: Students must be in good judicial standing
  4. Prior WOU CiP Interns: Former WOU CiP Interns are ineligible


WOU Community Internship Program

503-838-8716 | or e-mail: | Location: WUC 119
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