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FLASH Program

F- freshman L- learners A- acquiring S- skills (in) H- higher education


Here are some dictionary meanings, which are pretty fitting to our program:

  1. To break forth into sudden flame or light (learning!) especially transiently or intermittently
  2. To burst suddenly into view or perception (global awareness)
  3. To have a sudden thought, insight, or inspiration about…(critical thinking)
  4. To feel an instantaneous understanding and appreciation of…(wellness)



Campus Rec will offer 7 - 10 positions during fall term 2014 for the following employment areas: Member Services Staff, Fitness Center Staff, Outdoor Program Equipment Center AttendantMarketing & Outreach, Lifeguard, and Accounting Assistant. (Please note, specific positions are not guaranteed.) Employees will form a FLASH cohort receiving organized training and support throughout their freshman year of employment.

This program will start fall term 2014 and provide on-campus employment and development opportunities to incoming first-year students. The program is designed to provide resources and support to freshman who may be seeking their first paid job and aspire to become future leaders of Campus Rec. We are looking for students who will enhance our diverse and multi-culturally competent staff.


  • Current Portland State University degree seeking student with freshman class standing (defined as having fewer than 30 completed college credits)
  • Maintain minimum enrollment of 6 undergraduate credits for three out of four terms in the year
  • Minimum 2.0 grade point average and maintain good academic standing during employment
  • Positive attitude
  • Commitment to Campus Rec’s mission statement
  • Successfully complete a background check
  • Must be available to attend multiple mandatory trainings (See below for times and dates) 


  1. Complete the Campus Rec application. CLICK HERE for application form.
  2. For position applying for, write, “FLASH.”
  3. Write a one page cover letter that includes the ranking of the positions listed below based on your interest and explain the position(s) that you find most desirable & the one(s) you find least desirable and why.
    1. Member Services Staff
    2. Marketing & Outreach
    3. Accounting Assistant
    4. Fitness Center Staff 
    5. Lifeguard (must have current lifeguard certification to be eligible)
    6. Outdoor Program Equipment Center Attendant 
  4. Answer the following essay question: Explain why you are interested in the FLASH Program, what specific skills would you like to acquire, and what do you hope to contribute? (200 words or less)
  5. Email application, cover letter, and essay question to with the subject line: FLASH, (your last name)
  6. You will receive a confirmation email that we have received your application within one week of receipt.

DEADLINE FOR SUBMISSION: Thursday, October 16th 2014 at 9:23am (Incomplete applications will not be accepted.)

If you need accommodations filling out this application, please contact the Campus Rec Administrative Suite front desk at 503-725-5127 or

FLASH Info Sessions

Freshman! Looking for on campus employment? Want to work at the Rec Center? Come to the Campus Rec FLASH Info Session and get the inside scoop about employment. 


Session 1: September 24, 2014
Time: 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Session 2: September 25, 2014
Time: 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Session 3: September 26, 2014
Time: 11:00 am - 12:00 pm
Location: ASRC 210A 

Mandatory FLASH Employee Trainings




Saturday, 11/8/2014

9 am - 2 pm

Cohort Session 1 - Team Building & Employee Orientation

Friday, 11/21/2014 TBA

Breakfast w/ FLASH Alumni

Friday, 12/5/2014 11 am - 1 pm

Cohort Session 2

Monday, 12/15/2014

10 am - 6 pm


Tuesday, 12/16/2014

10 am - 6 pm

FLASH First Aid Training, ASRC

Friday, 1/9/2015

11 am - 1 pm

Cohort Session 3

Friday, 1/23/2015

11 am - 1 pm

Student Leadership Conference

Friday, 2/6/2015

11 am - 1 pm

Cohort Session 4

Friday, 2/20/2015

11 am - 1 pm

Cohort Session 5

Friday, 3/13/2015

11 am - 1 pm

Cohort Session 6

Friday, 4/3/2015

11 am - 1 pm

Cohort Session 7

Friday, 4/17/2015

11 am - 1 pm

Cohort Session 8

Friday, 5/1/2015

11 am - 1 pm

Cohort Session 9

5/15/2015 or 5/16/2015



Portland State University is an Affirmative Action, Equal Opportunity Institution and welcomes applications from diverse candidates and candidates who support diversity.