The Oregon Applied Sustainability Experience is a non-regulatory summer program designed to link top-level engineering, chemistry, sustainability and environmental sciences students with business and industry to conduct pollution prevention research. Oregon Sea Grant and Oregon Department of Environmental Quality have partnered to administer this project. Visit Oregon DEQ’s webpage for more information.

OASE Summer Student Internship Program

Application details to be announced in early 2019.

Welcome, 2018 OASE Summer Student Interns!

OASE Summer Interns 2018

OASE Summer Interns 2018

2018 OASE cohort, pictured left to right:

Sharlee Hughes, Portland State University (New Seasons Market)

Ashley Baker, University of Oregon (Northwest Green Chemistry)

Maya Vigil, University of Oregon (Nossa Coffee and Oregon Coffee Board)

Jensen Perrick, Portland State University (Columbia Sportswear)

Jake Price, Oregon State University (Boeing)

Emily Hodges, Oregon State University (Craft Brew Alliance)

Anika Sarkar, Oregon State University (Knife River Concrete)


2018 OASE Opportunity Information

The Oregon Applied Sustainability Experience (OASE) wants you as a paid intern to conduct Pollution Prevention research at a local business.

June 21 training opportunity open to all students! See flyer for details.

Application Deadline

The application deadline has passed. We anticipate advertising the next opportunity in Winter of 2019.

What is Pollution Prevention?

Pollution prevention (P2) is any practice that reduces, eliminates, or prevents pollution at its source, also known as "source reduction."  Implementing P2 best practices can improve efficiency, prevent wasted resources and save money.

As an OASE intern

You will be matched with an Oregon business to create sustainability solutions for industry practices. During this 10-week internship, you will 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.

Additionally, 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


Internships are open to any student in Oregon who are juniors or seniors or have obtained graduate or advanced undergraduate training in business, economics, engineering, environmental science, green chemistry, physical science, or sustainability science.

How to Apply

Applications to Oregon Sea Grant are received through eSeaGrant. To access this system and submit your application for this opportunity, email declaring your interest in applying as soon as possible. While we encourage electronic submission of your application, if this is not a possibility, please contact Sarah Kolesar for alternate accommodations.

Required Application Components:

You will provide the following three components (résumé, personal statement, and transcripts) as one combined PDF in eSeaGrant.

  1. A one or two-page résumé describing your work and/or volunteer experience, and including the names of at least two references.
  2. A personal statement (2 pages max) expressing your interest -- how you might benefit from the opportunity and how your skills align with the project(s) of interest.
  3. Unofficial transcripts showing all college level education. Official transcripts will be requested at a later date if selected for an interview.

Important dates

  • OASE Summer Program: June 18 – August 31, 2018
  • Mandatory Training/Orientation: Thursday, June 21; Salem, OR
  • Fall presentation October 19; Corvallis, OR (Portland presentation date TBD)

Stipend Amount

$5000 per student for a full-time, 10-week internship (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.

OASE Intern Project List, click the following link for full project descriptions: OASE 2018 Hosts Project Descriptions

  1. Boeing – Hazardous Waste Reduction Project; Portland, OR
  2. Craft Brew Alliance – Life Cycle Analysis / Multiple Waste Stream Reduction Project; Portland, OR
  3. Columbia Sportswear Company - Energy Efficiency and Associated Costs; Portland, OR
  4. Daimler Trucks – Energy and Plastic Waste Reduction Projects / Pollution Prevention Assessment; Portland, OR
  5. Knife River – Environmental Product Declarations / Pollution Prevention Assessment; Portland, OR
  6. New Seasons Market – Food Waste Reduction; Portland, OR
  7. Nossa Coffee and Oregon Coffee Board – Sustainability Best-Practices Guide / Pollution Prevention Assessment; Portland, OR

OASE Internship Review Criteria – 35 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 relevant skills in: A. lifecycle assessment, B. energy audit, C. economic / sustainability analysis, D. materials/waste management. (0 – 5 points, poor to excellent for EACH of the 4 categories)

3. Student skills and degree align with those identified by host. (0 – 5 points, poor to excellent)

4. Priority for graduating / graduated students. (0 – 2 points)

5. Priority for students who would benefit from this experience (has not already had similar opportunities). (0 – 3 points)

Contact Information

Research and Scholars Program Leader:  Sarah Kolesar, 541-737-8695, Email