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

Stay tuned! Information about the 2017–18 Portland Senior Experience is coming soon.

For detailed information on the program, visit the PDXSX blog!

The Portland Senior Experience (PDXSX) is a premier college internship program offering SOJC seniors the chance to intern with business partners throughout Portland. The PDXSX takes place during the fall (September through December) and spring (April through June) terms.

The 20–25 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 receive preference.

Students can earn credit for some journalism classes while participating 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. Over 100 employers support the PDXSX, and the program’s job-placement/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.

Staniak Technology Scholarship for Women

The Portland Senior Experience program is thrilled to announce 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.


Miranda Atkinson

Miranda Atkinson

Associate Director of Student Services

134C Allen Hall