Intern with OCO

and help us build an Oregon where all children thrive

An Internship Helping to Make a Better Oregon

Our Children Oregon’s Equity in Policy and Advocacy Internship Program provides an internship experience for students and individuals interested in child advocacy and targeted universalism. Undergraduate and graduate students contribute over one or multiple seasons to advance our mission while developing essential skills that support their career paths and personal interests.

Now is the time to reimagine the world we want to live in and make it real with each decision we make. Our shared prosperity will depend on our ability to create access to opportunities for our young people to develop and learn, OCO’s Equity in Policy and Advocacy Internship is one such opportunity.

What to Expect as an Intern

  • A paid internship to obtain academic credit
  • Co-creation of projects that address organizational needs, provide valuable learning experiences, and address the interests of the intern
  • Develop and improve skill sets by area of interest
  • A remote and virtual internship experience

How to Apply

Applications are open and reviewed on a first-come first-serve basis. Internship recruitment usually aligns with the academic school year. Please submit an application using the link below, taking care to answer all questions to the best of your abilities. Have questions before you apply? Reach out! raquel@ourchildrenoregon.org

Internship Programs

Youth Engagement Interns support recruitment of youth members to join Oregon Foster Youth Connection, the 2022 Gubernatorial Debate, and the All Children Thrive Collective. This intern helps to develop training materials for youth along with supporting youth voice across Oregon. 

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Communications Interns support OCO’s social media platforms, assist with the development and implementation of the organization’s strategic communications plan, and maintain media outreach lists for press and public engagement.

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Development Interns assist with event coordination for fundraising and advocacy program events, secure sponsorships with existing and new corporate partners, recruit event attendees, and conduct research on potential donors. 

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Research and Data Interns assist with analysis, development, and presentation of data visualizations to inform equitable policy decisions. Additionally, this internship supports research on state and federal policy issues that impact children and families.

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Legislative and Policy Interns support research on state and federal policy issues impacting children and families, developing issue briefs to share with legislative candidates and partners. Additionally, this internship schedules meetings with legislators and partners to discuss joint policy initiatives.

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Community Engagement Interns support bringing together our partner organizations throughout the state for monthly convenings, individual engagement strategies, and educational opportunities across the OCO network.

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See What Past Interns Have to Say About Their Experiences at OCO!

Marris She/Her

Legislative & Engagement Intern  |  Fall 2022 to Spring 2022

“[During my OCO internship] I’ve learned to trust myself, even when doing new things. Most of the policy-level work I did was brand new to me and the OCO team’s guidance and direction helped me feel like I knew what I was doing and, again, trust the work that I was doing was valuable and meaningful. I’ve learned both the technical skills to work effectively in policy and to be confident in my capabilities.”

Nallely She/Her

Community Engagement Intern  |  Winter 2022 to Spring 2022
“Yes. The leadership team and their support is one of the biggest reasons I would recommend this Internship program. It was an amazing educational experience and I had the support and space that I needed to grow and learn.”

Our Interns Helped Create:

Below is a small highlight of the projects our interns have worked on!

Internship Applications are Open!

Use the link below to apply for our internships. Internship applications are reviewed on a first-come first-serve basis and typically fill fast, so apply soon to help all of Oregon’s children thrive!