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Possible Internship Placements

One Economy Corporation

One Economy Corporation is an innovative international nonprofit working to deliver the power of technology and information to low-income people, giving them valuable tools for building better lives. One Economy helps bring broadband into the homes of low-income people, employs youth to train their community members to use technology effectively, and provides public-purpose media properties that offer a wealth of information on education, jobs, health care and other vital issues. One Economy’s mission is to maximize the potential of technology to help low-income people improve their lives and enter the economic mainstream.

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Planned Parenthood Columbia Willamette

Planned Parenthood Columbia Willamette is the regional arm of the international nonprofit Planned Parenthood. Planned Parenthood delivers reproductive health care, sex education, and information to millions of women, men, and young people worldwide. The Columbia Willamette network may have a need for interns in human resources, program coordination and development, and a variety of other administrative, community-building and indirect service opportunities.

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Outside In

Since 1968, Outside In has provided life-changing services to homeless youth and other marginalized people.  We help our clients as they work towards self-sufficiency and improved health by providing them innovative social, medical and mental health services and material resources.  Volunteers and interns help in a variety of ways.  They help support homeless people who need to see a doctor, students furthering their education or employment prospects, and homeless youth who need basic resources like meals and hygiene supplies.  Volunteers also provide administrative support and work with the dogs at Virginia Woof Dog Daycare, our nationally recognized job training program.

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IRCO - Immigrant and Refugee Community Organization

IRCO promotes the integration of refugees, immigrants, and the community at large into a self-sufficient, healthy, and inclusive multiethnic society. Specifically, IRCO assists recent immigrants and refugees from all over the world with employment, housing, language, and basic living skills. IRCO teaches 36 literacy classes each month and 12 practical workshops for newly arrived refugees; they also provide parenting education for 624 families of children between birth and age 5—usually in the family’s native language. IRCO has a need for interns and volunteers to work in both direct and indirect service with refugees, working in areas like translation, job and life skills coaching, marketing and planning, program development, outreach and media, advocacy, and daily operational or administrative functions. IRCO has over 170 employees and is the largest refugee resource center in the Portland area.

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Portland Rescue Mission

The Portland Rescue Mission offers a continuum of services for Portland residents dealing with poverty and homelessness. The mission offers hot meals, addiction counseling, emergency services, and healthy living programs for mothers and children dealing with issues of homelessness and substance abuse. Possible projects may include working directly with clients as mentors, educators, trainers or indirectly through administrative program support, warehouse and distribution services, and specific side projects.

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OHSU – Center for Diversity & Multicultural Affairs (CeDMA)

The OHSU Center for Diversity & Multicultural Affairs serves as a university resource supporting collaboration with the academic units, hospitals, and other campus and community resources in promoting an environment that values and nurtures an inclusive environment of diversity through various resources and programs for students, staff and faculty. Service and internship opportunities may include human resources, research, program development and implementation, student advocacy and outreach, public relations and marketing, and strategic planning.

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Albertina Kerr Centers

Albertina Kerr Centers is a leading provider of services to children, adults and families with mental health challenges and developmental disabilities in the Portland area. Kerr partners with families and the community to support people with developmental disabilities and mental health challenges to lead self-determined lives and realize their full potential. Albertina Kerr currently has a strong need for bilingual Spanish/English speakers to serve at their Family Resource Center, which is a free library for resources and services for families dealing with mental health or developmental disability issues. Other service projects in program administration, advocacy, marketing, outreach, and planning may be possible as well.

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