Get Involved

There are many opportunities for students, professionals, and community members to get involved at the CPID.


Apply to the Certificate for Public Interest Design program.

Participate in design-build projects or community engagement initiatives in Portland and beyond; for examples of previous opportunities check out our projects in Haiti and Montana

Apply for a Student Fellowship to work on an active CPID project under the guidance of one of its faculty members. Students are considered through a competitive process--applications are due August 1.

Paid Graduate Research Assistant positions include tuition remission for graduate students

Project-specific positions and internships are available as needs arise.


CPID Talks is a series of informal talks engaging with a wide variety of aspects of public interest practice. They are held at the CPID office in Shattuck Hall and open to the public.  Attend and perhaps even consider giving a talk.

Partner on a project – We are always looking to engage new expertise and connect with practitioners.

Attend events and seminars: CPID forums and events provide opportunities to engage with specific issues (see the re:GENERATION competition and subsequent exhibition for an example of past events)


Can design make a difference in your community?  The CPID provides research, design, consulting, and community engagement services to address the persistent challenges facing our most vulnerable communities and ecosystems. Contact us regarding opportunities for partnering on a project that matters to you.


Opportunities are available for a variety of interests and skill sets.  




Send us an email at if you are interested in any of these opportunities.