Become a part of Oregon's premier sustainability internship:
the Oregon Applied Sustainability Experience (OASE)

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We connect businesses, academia and government to cultivate the next generation of sustainability professionals. 

During this 10-week internship, college students are matched with an Oregon business to create sustainability solutions for industry practices. Interns help businesses improve efficiency, save money and reduce waste through projects based on preventing pollution.

The interns are PAID, and the program is FREE for first-time businesses.


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  • Create collaborative solutions to environmental problems
  • Help businesses reduce waste, prevent pollution and increase efficiency
  • Develop Oregon’s environmental workforce through hands-on internships
  • Produce measurable environmental improvements
  • Foster an innovative community of practice to prevent pollution

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43 OASE interns placed with businesses


35 Oregon business participants


105 partner organizations


OASE savings from pollution prevention actions 2017-2022


$6.7 million for businesses


571,300 pounds of hazardous waste


119 million gallons of water


OASE reductions 2017-2022


317,260 pounds water pollution


398,935 pounds of solid waste


86,485 metric tons of CO2

This program is coordinated by Oregon Sea Grant and the Oregon Department of Environmental Quality, and funded in part by the Environmental Protection Agency's Pollution Prevention Grant.

This web page was developed under Assistant Agreement No. NP 01J51101 awarded by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). It has not been formally reviewed by EPA. The views expressed are solely those of Oregon DEQ and Oregon Sea Grant and EPA does not endorse any products or commercial services mentioned.