Portland Experience

Staniak Technology Scholarship for Women

The Portland Experience program is thrilled to announce the Staniak Technology Scholarship for Women (STSW). In 2015, 23 technology companies in Portland signed an industry pledge to improve gender and racial diversity among their organizations. In an effort to increase opportunities for college-age women from the UO School of Journalism and Communication to consider and begin careers in Portland’s technology sector, Betty and Eric Staniak have established specific funding to support internships for women and dovetail with the Portland Tech Diversity pledge.

The STSW fund offers a $5,000 scholarship for women who participate in the PDXEX program. The STSW will offer a direct $2,500 stipend at the beginning of the academic term with a $2,500 employer match to be paid to the intern during the academic term.


“Graduation is right around the corner! What’s your plan?”

If this question makes you nervous, you’re certainly not alone. Starting your professional career may seem like a far reach right now. The SOJC’s Portland Experience offers internships in media and communication fields that can provide valuable work experience and enhance your resume.

What is the Portland Experience?

The Portland Experience is an internship program designed to help you get your foot in the door with an internship at an SOJC partner organization. We have partners in disciplines and industries across the city.

When is the next Portland Experience?

The next cohort of about 20 SOJC students will start their placements in Summer 2018 (July – September 2018).

Who should apply?

Senior Advertising, Journalism, Media Studies and Public Relations majors who have a passion and drive to start their professional career in media or communications. Applicants should complete their coursework prior to the summer term.

What’s the timeline for applying?

  • Information Session: Tuesday, January 16 at 6 p.m.
  • Application Deadline: Friday, January 29 by 5 p.m.
  • Interviews: Week of February 5
  • Notification of Decision: by Thursday February 15

How is the Portland Experience cohort selected?

Each cohort is selected through a competitive application process, including an interview with a faculty panel. Once selected, the 2018 cohort will participate in a two-credit/weekend workshop during Spring term led by program coordinator and PR faculty member Kelli Matthews and Associate Director of Student Services Miranda Atkinson. The workshop will focus on polishing application materials, interview skills and more.

What kind of internships might be available for the Summer 2018 cohort?

The Portland Experience has relationships with partners in advertising and public relations agencies and “legacy” media companies, but we can also open doors in digital agencies, content marketing, brand journalism, local and globally-focused nonprofits, technology companies, start-ups, social media, politics and government, sports and more.

What is the application process?

Please submit the following to kmatthew@uoregon.edu by Friday, January 29 at 5 p.m.

  • Cover letter for the program that includes the kind of internship you’re most interested in and what you bring to the position
  • Updated resume
  • Three professional writing samples that demonstrate an array of skills and talents

To see what current PDXEX students are up to, visit the student blog, I am the Portland Experience.