An internship program exclusively for School of Journalism and Communication students at the University of Oregon.

For detailed information on the program, visit our blog site!

The Portland Senior Experience (PDXSX) is a premier college internship program that takes place at SOJC in Portland. It is offered for SOJC students close to graduation. The PDXSX takes place during the fall (Sept-Dec) and spring (Apr-June) quarters.

New Scholarships for Spring 2017!

The Portland Senior Experience (PDXSX) program is thrilled to announce a new scholarship fund, the Staniak Technology Scholarship for Women (STSW). In 2015, 23 technology companies in Portland signed an industry pledge to improve gender and racial diversity among their organizations. In an effort to increase opportunities for college-age women from the UO School of Journalism and Communication to consider and begin careers in Portland’s technology sector, Betty and Eric Staniak have established specific funding to support internships for women and dovetail with the Portland Tech Diversity pledge.

The STSW fund offers a $5,000 scholarship for women who participate in the PDXSX program. The STSW will offer a direct $2,500 stipend at the beginning of the academic term with a $2,500 employer match to be paid to the intern during the academic term.

Shannon Nelson

In Spring 2016, Shannon Nelson interned with Portland Center Stage.
Learn about her internship and how the SOJC prepared her for this competitive opportunity.

The twenty to twenty-five students accepted into the PDXSX program each term must have a strong GPA, demonstrate excellent communication skills and be approved by a faculty panel. Students with previous internship or work experience may be given preference.

Students can earn credit for some journalism classes while particpating in the program, although course options are limited. Consequently, students should consult closely with an SOJC advisor if they are interested in the program. Planning in advance is essential.

The PDXSX has served more than 150 students since 2006. More than 100 employers support the PDXSX, and the program’s job-placement or internship extension rate is greater than 60 percent.

Even students who don’t get a full-time offer benefit from real-world experience for their résumés.  They also get an inside look into the work world that will help with career planning.

Students may apply for the Staniak Scholarship, which provides a $2,000 stipend for two to three PDXSX students interning with a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization.

To see what current PDXSX students are up to, visit the student blog, I am the Portland Senior Experience.


Josh Netzer

Josh Netzer

Instructor and Portland Senior Experience Director

350A White Stag Block

Miranda Atkinson

Miranda Atkinson

Associate Director of Student Services

134C Allen Hall