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Council Office Intern
Oregon Metro

20 – 30 hours per week, some evenings and possible need for additional hours (flexible). Duration: One year of service from hire date. Application materials are due by Thursday, July 5th at 5:00 p.m. The positions will begin in mid-August to mid-September. Two positions are available.
The Council Office Intern provides operational and administrative support to Metro’s Council Office staff with the goal of facilitating successful public policy outcomes and supporting our regionally elected Council. This internship is designed to provide interested people the opportunity to experience a fast-paced and dynamic political environment while learning office processes, and providing policy and operational support while conducting constituent and customer services.
For more information including how to apply, go to Beaver JobNet

Question: What can I do over the summer or while I’m searching for a permanent job so that my resume doesn’t have a gap in it?

Excellent question! There are many things you can be doing over the summer to gain experience, build skills, network, and in turn, make your resume stronger. Here are some ideas:

  • Internship – 9 in 10 employers said they look for students to have one or two internships before graduating, and that those internships should be at least three months each to provide enough experience. If you don’t already have an internship for the summer, create your own! Here’s how! Or get planning for next summer.
  • Part-time or temporary job – you can gain many skills through a part-time or temporary job no matter where you work. Communication, teamwork, adaptability, problem-solving, initiative, hard-working…these are all qualities employers across industries seek in their employees and you can easily demonstrate this on your resume through a part-time job. Also, sometimes that temporary job could turn into full time!
  • Volunteer – there are so many places that could use your help and volunteering is a great way to assist others and also improve your own skills. Thinking about becoming a vet? Volunteer at the humane society. Want to be a writer? Volunteer to start a blog for a nonprofit and write the entries. Interested in teaching? Volunteer at a kids camp or summer school program. The opportunities are endless!!!
  • Go abroad – summer is a fantastic time to travel! Going abroad either through school or on your own can be a great way to learn more about another culture and yourself. You can also build your network internationally and even better if you learn another language (or at least the basics!).
  • Take a class or two – either for your major or just to learn another skill (Photoshop, html code, typing, pretty much there is a class for everything these days!)…and oftentimes you can find them online.
  • Start your own business – due to technology pretty much anyone can start their own business and with little cost. Find out some strategies to get you started.
  • Start your own blog – blogging is a great way to network and be known in your field…or even in an area that isn’t necessarily related to your career. It shows that you have something to offer and you become somewhat of an “expert” on that topic. It also demonstrates your written communication skills and these days many companies have blogs and therefore need people to manage and write for the blog. There are various blogging platforms such as WordPress, Blogger, Weebly, etc. Here is a great article about the top 10 free online blogging platforms.

These are just a few ideas of ways you can gain experience and skills over the summer or while searching for a permanent job and still have some fun! And hopefully you will find that the things you are doing to gain experience and make yourself more marketable on your resume are FUN…this means you are probably going into an industry that fits your interests, strengths, and values and therefore you are more likely to be happy in your career.

What will you be doing this summer to develop your skills and gain experience? Any new ideas from the list above? Any career related questions you want answered during our Q & A Monday post? Comment below!

Jen Busick, Career Advisor & Outreach Coordinator at Oregon State University advises students about internships and the job search, applying to graduate school, resumes/cover letters, and interviewing. She also organizes and updates resources, manages social media for Career Services and coordinates outreach opportunities. She enjoys working with students in coming up with a plan to finding a job and assisting them with figuring out the next steps. She has a lot of international experience, including the Peace Corps, study abroad, and independent travel.

Welcome to Career Corner! Career Corner provides career and workplace related topics and information.

It takes more than starting a business to be an entrepreneur.  It requires drive and initiative to develop a product or service. Below are 8 strategies you should consider before pursuing a path of entrepreneurship.

Strategy 1: Being Self-Aware

Know yourself! Being aware of your strengths, abilities, personality characteristics and limitations allows you to leverage them in all situations.

Strategy 2: Believing in Yourself

Trust your abilities and talent. To be taken seriously as an entrepreneur, you must believe in yourself and have confidence. Convey an entrepreneurial mindset demonstrate your business acumen.

Strategy 3: Finding Your Niche

Be an active listener and pay attention to your market. Learn about what your target audience wants and develop solutions to address their problems.

Strategy 4: Turning Failure into Opportunity

Don’t fear failure. Evaluate the failure, learn from it and move forward. Use it as a guide to help you re-examine your purpose.

Strategy 5: Creating Connections Among other Entrepreneurs.

Develop a support system with other like minded people. Surround yourself with entrepreneurs who share your passion and interests.

Strategy 6: Being Committed to Your Passion

Enjoy what you do. Passion is what makes your actions and purpose more meaningful.  You are more committed to your goals when you have a purpose.

Strategy 7: Continuing to Reinvent Your Idea

Be a lifelong learner and find efficient ways to improve your product or service.

Strategy 8: Establishing Yourself as a Leader

Be a pioneer and use your creativity and innovation to make an imprint on society.

I hope that you found these tips helpful and can apply them to your own strategy for success.  Best of luck!

What advice would you give an aspiring entrepreneur?

Marian Moore, Career Development Coordinator/Career Counselor in Career Services at OSU is passionate about empowering others holistically to find meaningful and sustainable careers that promote lifestyle optimization. Interests: Career Coaching, Talent and Human Capital Management, Curriculum Design and Development, International Education, Personal Branding, Organizational Development, Entrepreneurship, Global Economic Development, Human Rights and Immigrant and Refugee advocacy.


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Software Engineer, Intern/Co-op

Facebook is seeking Software Engineering Interns to join our engineering team. You can help build the next-generation of systems behind Facebook’s products, create web applications that reach millions of people, build high volume servers and be a part of a team that’s working to help people connect with each other around the globe.

This internship has a minimum twelve (12) week duration.

• Code high-volume software using primarily C++ and Java
• Create web applications using primarily PHP
• Implement web interfaces using XHTML, CSS, and JavaScript
• Build report interfaces and data feeds
This opportunity is located in our Palo Alto, CA headquarters as well as our Seattle, WA office.

For more information including how to apply, go to Beaver JobNet.

To view this job/internship listing, you must be a currently registered OSU student and have an existing Beaver JobNet account. If you are eligible and do not have an account, register now. Beaver JobNet is a great way to get your job or internship search started. Meet employers from a variety of organizations.

Job/Internship of the Week
Campus Point

For more information click here.

About the Company:
This Company is a leader in developing innovative orthopedic and medical solutions to improve patient care around the world.

We are looking for a Graphic Design Intern (ideally a current student) to assist the MarCom department in the creation of print and online marketing materials.

The Graphic Design Intern will be responsible for:
• Assisting in the creation of print and online marketing materials – including collateral pieces, template design projects, journal ads, image/asset management, quick turn-around projects
• Other job related duties as assigned

United States
Computer Software Development / Design, Design, Graphic Art / Design, Other


The path may have many forks, bends, and waves, but the skies are clear!

Hi, OSU Career Beavers blog readers. It’s Finals Week of spring term 2012, and I’ve been writing to you all year about my changeable and wavy career path. I’ve taken many roads! Since graduating with my undergraduate degree, I’ve been an actor, a waiter, a receptionist, a creative writer, a college composition instructor, a gas station attendant, a high school drama coach, a substitute teacher, a real estate office manager, a writing workshop leader, a nonprofit program director, and now, while I’m in graduate school, I’m a career advisor! Imagine that, me with my wavy path, I get to help other folks figure out their paths, write their resumes and cover letters, prepare for their interviews, and search for jobs. One thing I’ve learned from helping students with these skills is that the better you’re able to articulate who you are and what your goals are, the easier it will be to explain those things to potential employers, through your resume, your cover letter, and in an interview situation. When I work with students that learn how to do this, they have the ability to land the jobs and opportunities they want.

If you’re still searching and your career path may be wavy like mine, you can still have goals and a strong sense of your identity. I needed to take the path I took in order to discover that advising at a college would be a great fit for my skills, my needs, my strengths, and my goals and priorities. But along the way, I was still able to tell others why the next experience, whatever it was, was the experience I needed to get me closer to my goal. Goals change, people change, but from where you sit right now, what is your goal? What is your dream job? If you could wave a magic wand, where would you work? Now, what do you need to do to get to that dream? If your dream changes in the process of getting there, that’s fine. The important thing is to have the dream and a plan.

In this swiftly changing economy, workers of the future will need to be adaptable. That is a given. So, why not look at change as opportunity, change as the ability to learn more, change as a way to explore another facet of who you can be in this life. I’ve always viewed change as positive and exciting. We only get one chance at this life thing; we might as well learn as much as we can!

Thanks for following my story this year. Good luck to you in your own path. May you be always learning more, about yourself and the world of work, so that you can create the place where the two meet and like each other a lot.

Jessica Baron is currently a Graduate Assistant in Career Services at OSU and a full time student in the College Student Services Administration Program.

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Job/Internship of the Week
Samaritan Health Services

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Our passion is providing world-class health care. On the job and off, each of our employees brings the skills and personal commitment to contribute to the health of the region we call home. If you’re like the thousands of Samaritan professionals who aspire to serve others, join us.

Samaritan Health Services is currently recruiting for an Interactive Marketing Specialist who will be responsible for the design, development and delivery of interactive marketing strategies. Candidate will provide website analytics to develop future strategies. Maintains brand consistency and meets marketing objectives while supporting various channels of communication such as the organization’s website, email and social media.


, Corvallis
, Oregon
, United States
Position Type: Permanent Full-Time
Salary Level:
$21.97 – $32.26/hour
Job responsibilities include:
Manages and executes interactive marketing strategies including but not limited to the website, search engine optimization, search engine marketing, e-mail marketing, online media/advertising and social media. Bachelor’s Degree or Equivalent Work Experience Required 

Provides recommendations and best practices for online marketing opportunities and tactics that assist in achieving organizational goals. Analyzes web and campaign data for trends and patterns, and makes recommendations for improvements.

Supports e-marketing and communication projects such as e-newsletters, as well as print versions, and web-based campaigns. Manages e-mail communication creation, distribution, delivery and reporting.

Assists in writing and editing copy for a variety of e-communications including website, e-newsletters and e-mail. Maintains brand consistency across channels of communication.

Defines and provides on-going website analytics, customer relationship management (CRM) metrics where applicable, utilization and others to be defined.

Serves as CRM database super user.

Develops and monitors social media listening tools. Defines and provides on-going website analytics, CRM metrics where applicable, utilization and others to be defined.

Experience and/or training in the following required:
– Utilizing web analytics and tools.
– Writing for search engine optimization.
– Interactive marketing including web site strategy, social media, online media and search marketing.
– Website design, CRM tools and website utilization.

Three (3) years experience in marketing, communications or a related field required. Interactive marketing experience preferred

– Full Time
– Day Shift

Samaritan Health Services offers an exceptional benefits package!


You’re determined to make a positive impact on the world, so you want to work for a nonprofit. Is it a good idea? It really depends on who you talk to. In a recent survey of 3,500 nonprofit employees performed by Professionals for NonProfits, 70 percent of employees stated that their jobs were either disappointing or only somewhat fulfilling. 25 percent said that they were thinking about looking for work outside of the nonprofit sector. According to three out of four survey respondents, internal politics lowered their ability to properly function in their jobs.

I have to admit that the results from this survey surprised me. The nonprofit employees in the survey worked in the New York and Washington metropolitan areas. To get some other perspectives, I contacted some folks working in the nonprofit sector in Oregon.

Anissa Arthenayake, Director of Community Education at the OSU Federal Credit Union, told me, “I had always worked for for-profit businesses, being in the banking world. In working for OSU Federal Credit Union I did not see it as a nonprofit, but as a job I fell in love with. It is for me finding my passion and finding my voice.”

Her favorite part of her job is “Getting to meet lots of different people from various backgrounds and socioeconomic conditions. I get to help them by giving them skills to better their lives.” Regarding the personal rewards of her job, she stated that she loves “seeing people succeed.”

I also asked Anissa about the differences of for-profit and nonprofit workplaces. She said, “I find my workplace environment is now all about the relationships. That is the best part.” I asked her if working for a nonprofit provided any surprises, and she said that being able to see others’ needs more clearly and unveiled was unexpected.

Anissa provided the following advice for college students interested in working for a nonprofit: “To work for a nonprofit, a person has to have the fire inside them to work to make a difference due to the extreme hardships you see. A person needs to separate themselves and not internalize others’ troubles. The work can be very rewarding.”

Kathleen Mason, Public Relations Manager for the Aurora Colony Historical Society/Old Aurora Colony Museum, landed her first nonprofit job as a membership development manager for the Girl Scouts after completing a nonprofit management/fundraising certificate program. Her favorite part her current job is “Working with passionate volunteers who give so much of their time, expertise, and money to support causes and organizations. They make me feel so humble.”

Regarding the differences between the for-profit and nonprofit workplace environments, she stated, “Just as in [for profit] businesses, the larger the nonprofit, the more of a corporate environment you will encounter – including a larger hierarchy. This hierarchy, from the executive on down, seems at times to mirror its own large corporate donors. Smaller nonprofits, in my experience, tend to have a more business casual environment.”

She provided the following advice for college students thinking about working for a nonprofit: “Just do it! The pay will not be as good as in the for-profit sector, but the trade off is that you could gain more responsibilities and experience than you would in another entry-level job or higher job.”

“Do think about internships – just cold call – you can always talk to someone about tailoring an internship that suits your degree focus and their organizational needs. Nonprofits are always looking for employees who can step up to help, even if it’s not in their job description. Also, since nonprofits have become much more professional, degrees in nonprofit management are available, and there is a greater demand for accountants, human resource managers, marketing professionals, grant writers, and of course capable organizational leaders with great people skills.”

Typically, nonprofit jobs involve a lot of hard work and are perhaps more challenging than jobs at for-profits. Due to limited funding, employees at nonprofits often have more job responsibilities than those working for for-profits. Employees at nonprofits often have to do more with less and in shorter periods of time.

Many small nonprofits have a flat organizational structure which allows even interns to provide their ideas and affect change. The loose hierarchical structure allows for closer working relationships among staff members and it also allows for changes to be made quickly. However, some nonprofits are more traditional and hierarchical. The intrinsic benefits of working for a nonprofit can outweigh the higher salaries provided by for-profits. When working for a nonprofit, you are able to engage your head and your heart.

To succeed at a nonprofit, one needs to be self-directed, be prepared to take initiative, and not see it as a typical job. Commitment and passion are important!

Brian Jenkins writes about careers in accounting, among other career fields, for