PROMISE/NUFP Internship at OSU

Hello everybody my name is Joel Orozco and I am one the of NUFP (NASPA Undergraduate Fellows Program) out of state intern with Oregon State University working at the office of Dean of Student Life. I am originally from Chihuahua Mexico but I went to school in Denver Colorado. I recently just graduated from Metropolitan State University of Denver with a bachelor’s degree in behavioral science and a minor in sociology. Currently, I am doing my search to apply to a student affairs graduate program for next fall.

My journey at OSU was very rewarding. I started working for the office of University Housing & Dining Services (UHDS) for the first 3 weeks of my internship. Some of my tasks included initial student development research and comparison school interviews to design the curriculum for the community relations facilitators (CRF’s) program, which is a peer mentorship program that is intended to embrace diversity and address social justice issues by having creative and strategic events within the resident halls at OSU.

After the 3rd week in UHDS I started working at office of the Dean of Student Life. As soon as I got here I was given two projects. The first one was to put a detail resource guide for graduate school with a focus on student who wants to pursue a career in higher education and student affairs. The guide will be an addition to the NUFP handbook that students get once they get accepted into the NUFP program. The guide contains information from broad topics such as types of programs, financing, and application process to more specific topics such as terms and definitions, facts one should know before grad school, and a section on knowing the details.

My second project involved the international student population and the office of Disability Access Center at OSU. The purpose of my project was for me to gather reliable information in regards of international students in correlation with disabilities, by taking cultural competencies, and other struggles that international students have when it comes to disabilities. I had the chance to look at the literature and interviewed other schools and individuals to hear their feedback and to see how individuals from other disability centers in direct contact with international students are approaching this issue.

Part of my internship experience included having the opportunity to be a part of the Professional and Managerial Internships in State Employment (PROMISE) summer internship program. The PROMISE program allowed me to connect with other interns around campus while given the opportunity for learning and growth both professionally and personally through professional development presentations and dialogues.

All in all, I really enjoyed my time in Corvallis meeting new people and visiting local places, nearby cities, and specially the coast. I am really passionate about social justice efforts towards understanding and inclusion. For that reason I am happy to know that my research findings such as best practices and recommendations for both the CRF program and the international student population are going to put into use starting next term. I am also exited to know that after I am gone any student interested in learning about graduate school and the process to get into a graduate program can have access to it. Moving forward I am excited to see friends and family back home and start planning and preparing to attend graduate school within a graduate program in student affairs  here at OSU or potentially another school around the country!

Go Beavs!!!


Hello everyone,

This last week has been fairly busy for me. I got a car and hotel rented, then left for Warm Springs Indian Reservation last Wednesday. It was a great experience to be on my first professional business trip!

I arrived late Wednesday and the following morning on Thursday had a Native American Youth Conference which lasted all day long. I along with a fellow Oregon State recruiter-colleague, Kourtney, tabled along with about 8 other colleges and Army recruiter.  Students were free to walk up and ask questions about OSU. I got to talk about the Native American Longhouse along with other Native American resources and my experience going to Oregon State. Towards the end of the day Kourtney and I also gave a short presentation about Oregon State and resources available to Native Students. I would have to say that the conference was a bit different than I expected but I feel I gained valuable experience!

Next week will also be a busy week as I’ll be leaving for the middle school 4H summer camp. It should be a great experience as well!



You have already started your first company: “Your Career”

My mentor, Don Johnson, and I

The PROMISE summer internship program has been a great experience. The center of my work this summer has been focused on a new leadership program at the Center for Leadership Development. It is set to start in the fall of 2012, and we are working on program design and marketing. Since the website will be more visible in these new advertisements, I thought it would be a great time to update the website.

 Part of my summer work has involved talking with faculty and students, about what they would like to see in a new leadership program. I have met and reconnected with several great people at OSU. After each conversation, new ideas, and initiatives emerge including an event for the Fall term, and leadership advising. Everything is constantly evolving, staying true to the core theme, and adapting to the needs of the market. This is similar to a startup company, which brings me to my next summer experience…


This summer I recently read a book titled “Start Up of You” by the co-founder of LinkedIn, Reid Hoffman, and entrepreneur and author, Ben Casnocha. The book came out a bit before the internship started, and I purchased the book to give me ideas on how to incorporate entrepreneurship into my summer work. How did I learn about the book? Fast Company, of course, and I would highly recommend the magazine and website! 

The book talks about the term “permanent beta” which refers to software companies that are constantly updating their product (think Gmail). “The Start up of You” applies this idea of permanent beta, to a person’s life, suggesting that lifelong learning, planning, and relationship building are key to a successful career.

I noticed that the book had a student fellowship, decided to apply, and was accepted! During this next year at OSU I hope to start a student club in collaboration with the Center for Leadership Development and the “Start Up of You”. I am also in the process of planning some fun workshops and event(s) that revolve around the core themes of the book, and how to apply those themes to students. Students, we have already started our first company, and it is our career. We have got to be able to market our skills effectively, navigate our own networks, and be able to adapt and react to the job market. Please visit my personal blog or send me any comments on this.

Only Three More Weeks?!

Hi Everyone! Happy Week 7! I hope you all had a wonderful weekend (even though it was dreadfully hot).

Week 6 was a very productive week for me. A lot of my focus has turned back to my projects and ensuring smooth progress.

Having been able to have a discussion and brainstorm session with directors from ISS, advisors from EOP, and additional faculty really helped me realize that I needed to be going into another direction with my Career Development Project. With all the input and advice they had given me, I found that the model I was going to follow was too general, and served a “cookie cutter” population. It was not specific or catering to our target group- students of color who serve as leaders on campus. The amount of cultural contexts applied to this model was clearly lacking thereof and calls for more research and student voices to be heard. So the rest of this week I will be out and about, trying to interview students and see what they specific needs are- after all, diversity isn’t about trying to see everyone as the same, but rather celebrating and appreciating their individuality.

The Alumni Association has been helping me find information on names that I’ve found and continuously adding people onto our Diversity Development Database.We still have a long way to go since there are about fifty staff or so each academic year and the centers have been around for more than 20 years- that’s a lot of people! The next few weeks will be comprised of a lot of backtracking. My fingers are crossed!

Lastly, the library project will take its next steps! The centers are approaching the final stages of their sorting and labeling which means it’s time to submit their books into “Booxter”, a bookkeeping program that all the centers will utilize to keep track of their collections, and “Library Thing” a central DD library database that can hopefully be used in conjunction with the library somehow to create more accessibility of our resources to our students . There’s still a lot of room for discussion on what role the Valley library will play with our libraries, but hopefully we can figure out a way to make it easier for students to find our books through something so centralized and highly utlized rather than using only a simple widget to the centers’ homepages as the only way to link the OSU community to our centers.

I'm glad to have had the opportunity to intern with Victoria this summer 🙂

Reflecting on PROMISE activities, getting to know our cohort more has been enjoyable. I’ve met many who share the same career interests with me and getting to connect with them has been fun. I look forward to hopefully seeing them in the future (that is, if I get into grad school and the CSSA program of course).

Speaking of graduate school, Janet Nishihara’s presentation really re-motivated me to get back on track! Once again, I got a friendly reminder that it’s time for me to get ready to apply and continue to research schools. I admit that this has been on the back burner because of PROMISE, but once I’m done I’ll know what to expect. Previously, I was really considering going straight into attempting a PhD, but after hearing about the work and research that it requires I felt that it wasn’t for me and maybe I’d attempt it after getting my masters; however,  after Janet’s the presentation and hearing from various faculty and staff, I’m starting to reconsider again. The ongoing internal battle returns! Just when you think you have the best plan figured out, something better or even more promising makes an appearance and blocks the plan until you make that decision- I guess that’s just how life is 🙂

I also had my site visit this week! What was expected to be intimidating, serious and formal turned out to be very lighthearted, approachable, and cordial- something that I could say describes our coordinators very well. So for those of you who haven’t done it yet- although I’m sure I’m the last one- don’t worry! It’s not as bad as it seems 🙂

Well, I hope everyone has a great week! See you all soon!

– Michelle


Data Collection for the GIS Project of Yaquina Bay

Week 6


Examples of different types of markers in the mudflats

This has been an interesting Week 6 for me. My mentor, Itchung, and I started collecting data for the GIS mapping project of Yaquina Bay. While most people with standard working hours were still asleep on Wednesday, I was dressed in hip waders and armed with a GPS, camera and a stack of data sheets at 5:30am. The area of focus for data collection is “Idaho Flats”, which are the mudflats behind Hatfield’s housing units. It is full of life at all hours of the day; filled with ghost shrimp, brown, red and dungeness crabs, fish, clams, mussels, sea stars, native and Japanese eelgrass and seaweed. It is also frequently visited by blue herrings, sea gulls as well as people who are digging for their own fish bait.

The objective of this project is to collect GPS information, description of experimental markers and photo data, to create a comprehensive database of the experiments that are being conducted in Yaquina Bay. This project is highly dependent on low tide, as a high tide limits the area of mudflat exposure. This week, we completed 3 of 6 total days of data collection where the tide height is negative to allow the experiment markers to be accessible by foot.

ODFW floating buoy tied to a wood stick


The pursuit of markers in the vast area is challenging because of the time constraints of a low tide, the numerous markers spread out over the mudflats, as well as the sheer amount of time it takes to cover the area. The ghost shrimp is one of the many species that inhabits the mudflats, but they are also “ecological engineers”; important species that alter the habitat. Their burrowing in the mud creates holes that oxygenate the mud for clams and mussels to live in. However, another effect of the shrimps’ diggings, is that it makes the mud very soft and hence, extremely difficult to walk through. It is not uncommon to abruptly sink in the mud and spend several minutes struggling to create air spaces to release the suction of the mud. Before we go out, we are advised have form-fitting boots and bring along a floating device, such as a 5 gallon plastic bucket. It proves to be invaluable, both as a carrying tool as well as a leverage to haul yourself out of the mud. On my first experience with the mudflats with boots that were too big, I sank in the mud and ended up successfully freeing my foot, but leaving my boot behind. The next day, I had several layers of socks and a couple of plastic bags wedged into my boot. While the method sounds strange, it proved effective and saved countless minutes off our already tight schedule and our constant attempts to elude the rapidly advancing tide.

I look forward to spending this upcoming week of high tides recuperating before completing my remaining days of data collection, followed by the analysis and mapping of this project.

Happy weekend!

Stacy Sim


STEM Academy

Hello everybody,

This week is an interesting week in my internship. My sponsor and director of the program is off for the week in Eastern Oregon running a camp for elementary students. What does that mean? That yours truly will be running STEM Academy for the week. This week have two LEGO Robotics classes going on. In a classroom in Kearney, students are working with their instructor to learn the ins and outs of building a Lego robot. So far we have seen ton’s of different variations of robots and the kids are letting their imaginations wander.  Once they build their robots, they try to program them to follow a course that is set up on the floor.
Overall a pretty fun week and will be looking forward to having my boss back in the office!  —- Kasra Azizian


Busy Busy Busy

I have not posted in a few weeks but that is mainly due to the fact I have been incredibly busy.

The week of July 16th, I was running all over Benton County. I had meetings with almost every Department Head in the County. One day I think I was in the office for maybe 45 minutes at a time. From those meetings, I was able to really start my project. I started working on service/partnership descriptions for every department. I made an org. chart that shows how interconnected the County is with other agencies such as the Corvallis school district, and non-for profits. I have to give a presentation to the Board of Commissioners at the end of the month so I started making a Prezi. Everyone in the office that has seen it  thinks the Prezi is really interesting.

Last week on Thursday, I spent the day in the District Attorny’s office. I got to watch a release hearing and some court appearances. I chatted with people from Victim Services, the intern for Victim Services, the District Attorney Investigator, Child Support Enforcement, the Chief Deputy DA who showed me the software the DAs office uses to keep track of cases, and a Deputy District Attorney that gave me advice on law school. After lunch, I was in court until about 3:45 pm. Most people would think that would be boring but it was really fun. I got to run case files up to the DAs office, sit at one of the tables in the Court room, and even read the case files.

Meeting the Halfway Mark

Now that week 5 has officially passed, It’s time to update everyone! Last week was very eventful- but in a good way of course 🙂

Our event, A Taste of Culture was a success. Though it was hectic, I could see that the coordinators have been doing a great job transitioning to their new positions, and I’m glad to have had the chance to guide them through the process. I’d also like to thank everyone that attended our event! We appreciate the support! When it comes to evaluations and so forth, the group plans on getting together and figuring out in what ways we can improve our annual summer event- so thank you for your input in the event evaluations!

Finally! My supervisor, Victoria has returned and come back to the office- it’s great to have someone to guide me through everything and work with. I am a bit of an independent worker, but when it comes to projects and whatnot, it’s nice to have someone to get feedback from and support.

The Career Development day was quite fun. I learned a lot about Professional portfolios as I’m not too familiar with them, but I look forward to creating mine and building it up over time. I think most of us can agree that the etiquette lunch was very interesting. I personally have never been to a meal with so much silverware and rules, so it was a slightly stressful, but it was also nice to be able to learn all the rules with a delicious meal as a bonus! The networking session was also very useful to me as it was something that I knew of, but once again, etiquette not so much. Practicing it then and there was nice and actually gave me the chance to get to meet and know a faculty member who was very kind and helpful. Even though it was somewhat like a simulation, I like that we got to actually network as well.

When it comes to project updates, I will be meeting with coordinators, students, staff and faculty to receive input for our career development program. I look forward to meeting with everyone and getting to hear their experiences in the process, this is something that I would personally like to make sure is effective and helpful to students as I’ve personally struggled with making those hard life decisions after college and knowing what to do afterward. I hope that the students leaders will be able to gain some help earlier on and be prepared in addition to understanding how to effectively gain more professional development in their working positions now.

The library project has been going great thus far with centers sorting and labeling their libraries. Our plan is to get all this done by the end of the summer so that come fall, they can be placed in a Diversity Development library database, and by winter, work with the valley library to create an efficient check-out program, and by the next year have a completed library system.

Lastly, the Alumni Project is starting to get rolling again as collaborative partners are beginning to get back to me. For now, there’s still a long way to go as it’s a lot of back tracking- but I look forward to learning more about the centers and their history!

Throughout working on these projects, I realize that these are things that will remain over time, and I will not be able to remain here to maintain these projects. So there is a big importance in my role to not only implement these programs, but also create manuals and information so that these programs can continue and if someone chooses to take this on- improved. Thinking about all the time we have left I feel that there’s still so much to do, but now that Victoria will be here I feel I can be feel a little more at ease. I can’t believe we have about 4 weeks left! So much I’d still like to do, but so little time!

Half Way to the End


I hope everyone had a great 5th week. We are half way through our internships and it is sad to see that it will soon come to an end.  These past 2 weeks I have been working on an ASOSU Constitutional and Statutory Timeline and have been doing research on the differences of how MIP (Minor in Possession) and marijuana possession is handled by law enforcement for an article that will go on the Barometer.  I have also worked on other office projects with the other office interns. Following the article on MIP’s and Marijuana possession I will be writing two more articles throughout my internship at the Office of Advocacy. Writing these articles has allowed me to learn very interesting information that I didn’t know before and that other students might also find informative.

I have very positive thoughts on our Professional Development Day as I felt it gave the group an opportunity to bond and develop as individuals toward our path to professionals.  The workshop on portfolios really helped in knowing what I could include and how I could organize my portfolio based on my internship.  As for the Networking portion of the day I was delighted to know that one of the individuals I met worked at the same elementary school I attended while I was there as a kindergartener. I had a great conversation with her and the others I got to meet as well.

The etiquette lunch was a success. It was interesting to see how many utensils I used, that I usually don’t use on my daily life. Yet, it is always good to have a sense of knowledge of how to be courteous at professional gatherings where there will be food. It goes to show that you are polite and serious about your role in a professional setting.

I have to say our community service activity was my favorite part of our Professional Development Day. It was a sunny day to be outdoors at the Starker Arts Garden for Education.  Not only did I give back to the community but I learned how to plant potatoes! I had never done any gardening in my life until our community service activity. It was great experience that I would definitely do again and something I find personally gratifying.

Well that concludes my week, may you all have a great weekend!

-Claudia Mata

Professional Development Day

Week 5

Firstly, I want to say that I cannot believe we are at the halfway mark of this internship! I absolutely loved spending a whole day with my PROMISE peers on Tuesday. Especially while every one is interning at or near the Oregon State University campus, I really enjoyed getting to know them better. The Professional Development Day was a definite success. Learning about creating a portfolio from Kim, a PROMISE alumna, getting a new perspective on interviews and a search committee process from the larger than life, interesting, Anne Gillies and stepping into the world of professionalism with Doug Cochran. Mr. Cochran covered topics such as networking in a conference, preparing for an interview and about proper etiquette in a business four-course lunch.

Networking is a valuable skill that each and every one of us should strive to improve upon, as it has huge effects on opportunities. During our networking session, I was fortunate enough to have a one-on-one conversation with Anne Gillies. She is fascinating as a speaker as well as a conversationalist. Immediately after hearing about my interest in the marine sciences, she suggested that I speak to the Director of Oregon State University’s M.S. Marine Resource Management program, Flaxen Conway. My perception of Marine Resource Management on Tuesday was limited to policy and management, as the name suggests. However, Ms. Conway’s research combines her work as a Professor of Sociology and Marine Resource Management Director. From what free publications that I could access online, I am actually very interested in learning more about the field of Human Dimensions. It studies human behavior to apply empirical findings to contemporary problems in managing environmental resources. As an example of the type of work that is studied, Ms. Conway has published reports titled “Ocean Space, Ocean Place: The Human Dimensions of Wave Energy in Oregon” and “Managing-Data Poor Fisheries by Paying Attention to Managing Relationships”. I am very excited to learn more about Human Dimensions as a possible research choice, as well as for the prospect of applying to OSU’s graduate program in Marine Resource Management.

Over the last two days, I designed and researched information for an informational packet for this weekend’s Camping Trip. Since we are halfway done with our internships, I am looking forward to start pulling projects together, such as creating a portfolio.

Sunset over the South Beach Jetty

Just a small slice of the type of beauty that I am surrounded with here at Newport!

Stacy Sim

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Building Connections

Interns will be forming long-lasting bonds with their supervisors and with each other as well as getting the opportunity to network with professionals in a variety of industries.

Gaining Skills

An etiquette lunch, networking practice, and a myriad of other presentations and activities from some of the best at OSU will help hone the intern's skills so that they are ready to go into professional fields after college.

Creating Memories

Going out to sea on a scientific vessel, designing a booth for DaVinci Days, creating fine cuisine made by summer camp kids, and inspecting insects for mutations: These were only a few of the many projects that interns took part in last year.