Become an OASE Intern

This internship matches undergraduate students with an Oregon business to create sustainability solutions for industry practices. During this 10-week internship, interns 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. 

OASE interns 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

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 the Oregon Department of Environmental Quality have partnered to administer this project. Visit Oregon DEQ’s webpage for more information. Read more about the program.


Details and instructions on how to apply for the 2020 Internship available HERE!

The 2019 OASE Project Descriptions are now available HERE. The 2020 Project Descriptions will be available in March 2020.


This internship provides $5,500 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. 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.


2018 OASE Interns and Local Business Partner (l to r)

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)