OASE interns gain hands-on experience helping an Oregon business reach their pollution prevention goals.

Are you ready to launch your sustainability career?

Apply to be a paid, full-time, 10-week intern.


Application Process

Information about applying for the summer 2024 cohort will be posted here when available. Applications for the 2023 cohort were due in April 2023. Below is information about the summer 2023 application process and list of participating businesses:

2023 OASE Application Information (pdf)

2023 OASE Host Business Descriptions (pdf)

Oregon-based, third- and fourth-year undergraduates as well as graduate students are welcome to apply for OASE internships.

Watch this OASE informational video to learn more. Also, check out the OASE LinkedIn page and get tips on assembling your best application on our Application Resources Page.

During this 10-week internship, you will be matched with an Oregon business to conduct research that can help improve efficiency, save money, and reduce waste. Project topics include energy or water audits, toxics reduction, green chemistry, and life cycle assessment.

You will benefit from

  • Hands-on experience in project development and management
  • Collaboration with industry
  • Mentorship by an OASE engineer or scientist
  • Communicating science to interdisciplinary audiences

OASE Program Information

Since its pilot year in 2017, Oregon Department of Environmental Quality and Oregon Sea Grant have administered the OASE program through funding obtained by an EPA Pollution Prevention grant. Third- and fourth-year college students and graduate students are recruited to conduct research that helps Oregon businesses reach their waste prevention and sustainability goals. Students are located at the business fulltime for 10 weeks during the summer. The EPA grant helps offset program costs, and intern stipends are administered by Oregon Sea Grant.

This is a win-win program that supports environmental workforce development, waste reduction, environmental protection and economic savings.

Program Approach

The OASE team works with various companies within Oregon to identify projects that may benefit from participation in the program. Through this program, the OASE team enters into agreements with these companies to identify the roles and responsibilities of the host company and the OASE team in accomplishing the project. The OASE team then identifies and recruits undergraduate and graduate students with skill sets that may make them successful in completing the types of projects that are submitted by companies and vetted by the OASE team. The OASE team pairs these interns and their respective skills and interests with the participating company’s proposed project to develop project assignments.

The OASE team provides technical and program support to the interns throughout the project. The host company’s identified site coordinator is also available to provide on-site resources and support to the interns. The interns develop recommendations for improvements that follow the Program’s goals and prepare reports detailing their efforts and any results of implementation, if applicable. The OASE team will publish a summary of these reports and follow-up with participating companies regarding implementation to verify savings and other benefits. 

All information gathered and reported to the OASE team under this program is confidential. The only published documents are the case summaries prepared by the interns, which are reviewed and approved by the companies at the end of the internship. The OASE team also uses these case summaries for reporting and program marketing purposes.

Internships are open to any college student in Oregon with junior or senior standing, or attaining graduate or advanced undergraduate training, in business, economics, engineering, environmental science, green chemistry, physical science, or sustainability science.

This internship provides $5,000 per student working full-time for 10-weeks. Interns must be available to work onsite at the businesses on a daily basis. Housing costs are not provided, but limited funds may be available to support program-related expenses.

A complete application will include the following 3 components. The résumé and transcripts must be uploaded to eSeaGrant as one combined PDF in the order listed below.

  1. A one or two-page résumé describing your work and/or volunteer experience. Please use 12 point Times New Roman font and 1 inch margins. The résumé must include your name, contact information (including phone and email address), GPA, and educational history. The résumé should also detail your work and volunteer history, particularly as it relates to the OASE opportunity. Include names and contact information for at least 2 references.
  2. A personal statement (not to exceed 2 pages) expressing your interest in the OASE opportunity. You must indicate preference for at least 1 of the listed projects. Please include how you might benefit from the OASE opportunity and how your skills align with the host business project(s) of interest. Use 12 point Times New Roman font, 1 inch margins, and 1.5-line spacing.
  3. Unofficial transcripts showing all college level education. Official transcripts will be requested at a later date if selected for an interview.

Note: Please include only the required components in your application packet (i.e., do not include a cover letter, additional recommendations, or photos). Failure to follow all guidelines may result in disqualification of your application.

OASE intern applications will be evaluated based on the following criteria, out of 20 points total:

  1. The student’s articulated goals for what they want out of the position align with project objectives. (0 – 5 points, poor to excellent)
  2. Applicant has skills relevant to the position. Which include the following: lifecycle assessment, cost benefit analysis, energy audit, economic / sustainability analysis, materials/waste management. (0 – 5 points, poor to excellent)
  3. Student degree aligns with those identified by host. (0 – 5 points, poor to excellent)
  4. Priority for graduating / graduated students. (0 – 2 points, poor to excellent)
  5. Priority for students who would benefit from this experience (have not already had similar opportunities). (0 – 3 points, poor to excellent)

Mid-March-AprilIntern recruitment and site visit. Host businesses are selected. Oregon Sea Grant receives and vets student intern applications. Businesses interview top candidates for their position.

May: Preparation for Intern. OASE will coordinate a meeting between businesses, technical advisors/mentor, and interns to finalize project scope. OASE hosts an event to showcase past projects and introduce the new cohort.

June-AugustIntern Arrives! Interns attending mandatory training hosted by OASE, work fulltime for 10 weeks on their projects, and prepare final reports and case study presentations.

  • OASE Summer Program: (tentatively) mid-June - late August
  • Mandatory Training/Orientation: Mid-June; Location TBD
  • Public presentation: Opportunities to present your OASE work will be announced for both Corvallis and Portland in the fall.

September-October: Wrap Up. Approve final case study for dissemination. Interns present at community events. Program evaluations are submitted.

By the end of the internship, each intern will provide the business and project team the following:

  • a final detailed project report, following OASE's outline
  • a case study summarizing the project for an external audience
  • a presentation of project results to be delivered to the project team, business management, and external partners

There are five main members of the OASE project team: 

  • Pollution prevention intern 
  • Host company, represented by their site coordinator
  • OASE technical advisor/mentor(s): DEQ, professors, others
  • OASE developer and coordinators: DEQ, Oregon Sea Grant, Oregon State University, Portland State University
  • OASE program administrator: Oregon Sea Grant

OASE interns have been placed at the following host businesses:

  • Ant Farm Café
  • Boeing
  • Columbia Sportswear
  • Craft Brew Alliance
  • EcNow Tech
  • EMA Architects
  • GoBox
  • Green Hammer
  • Hummingbird Wholesale
  • Knife River Concrete
  • Lamb Weston Potatoes
  • New Seasons Market
  • Northwest Green Chemistry
  • Nossa Familia Coffee
  • RiverBend Materials
  • Stanley Tool
  • Stumptown Coffee
  • West Linn Paper
  • Yogi Tea

What is the Oregon Applied Sustainability Experience (OASE)?

Since 2017, Oregon Sea Grant (OSG) and the Oregon Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) has matched talented engineering, chemistry, sustainability and environmental science students with Oregon businesses to create sustainability solutions. Summer projects focus on research and education that can help improve efficiency, save money, and reduce waste through energy or water audits, toxics use reduction, green chemistry, and life cycle assessment.

How are students chosen?

  • OSG and DEQ solicit student applicants
  • Students apply through the eSeaGrant online application process
  • Student applications are reviewed and ranked through a panel reviewer process set up by OSG and DEQ
  • Top student candidates applications are sent to Host Business
  • Host Business reviews all referred applications and directly contacts student(s) for interviews
  • Host Business ranks students post interview (1st choice, 2nd choice, etc.) and sends that information to OASE Coordinator and OSG
  • Host Business communicates intention to offer position to their top candidate
  • OSG will speak with top candidate and make the final offer (if top candidate declines the position – takes another job, drops out of the running – OSG will reach out to the next in line candidate)

What about insurance?

OASE does not provide insurance to scholars. 

Are there training opportunities?

Students are required to attend two half-day trainings that cover basic concepts of sustainability and pollution prevention, project management, report writing and professional conduct. Students and businesses representatives are required to attend a Meet and Greet social event where past successes will be highlighted and the new cohort will be introduced.