Career Readiness

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Preparing Ducks for life after graduation

The University of Oregon is dedicated not only to preparing students for their first job out of college, but for a lifetime of career success.

The UO provides various centers and resources to help students learn about career options and paths; develop strategies to find and prepare for part-time jobs, internships, and full-time career opportunities; and meet potential employers and reach their fullest career potential. Through these programs and events, students can gain on-the-ground experience in their chosen majors that will help launch them into the professional world after graduation.

Portland Internship Experience 2022

Ready to make a difference in the community? With the Portland Internship Experience, UO students can gain real-world training and make an impact through their work. Connect with 10-week summer internships at small businesses and nonprofits in Portland.

Apply by Feb. 18 to the Portland Internship Experience for the opportunity to work in areas related to social justice, community building, racial equity, or economic recovery.

  • Earn a $5,000 stipend
  • Receive career development support
  • Participate in team-building activities

Apply Now! Deadline Feb. 18

Julia Lo, major: Biology

“This experience has allowed me to take a peek into the nonprofit sector, where it’s not as easy to find paid internships as in other fields. I think this experience has taught me so much about how to work with others, as well as given me an opportunity to research topics I am interested in.”

Julia Lo
Major: Biology

Internship Site: Impact NW
Internship Focus: Diversity, equity, and inclusion


Equipping our students with the tools for success

The UO offers a number of tools, resources, and software to help students build the experience and skill sets needed to become career ready. Handshake is a software program that allows students to search all the available jobs and internships and meet with employers who are actively recruiting from the UO.

But the platform isn’t only for the job search. Through Handshake, students can get assistance with résumés and cover letters, mock interviews, career planning, and can register for career fairs and events.

Activate your Handshake account

Internships available
Students completed an internship in fall 2021
Student jobs offered on campus

Making sure every Duck graduate is well-equipped and ready to flourish in whatever career they choose is possible because of the access to support and resources at the UO.

Whether students decide to connect to a local job through Handshake, apply to one of many internship experiences in Eugene or Portland, or fine-tune their interview skills at the University Career Center, the UO’s commitment to supporting career readiness helps all Ducks take flight.

Career Readiness Week is February 4-11, 2022

Sponsored by the University Career Center, a weeklong slate of events to help prepare students for the professional world.

Navigating the Career Fair workshops Friday, Feb. 4, 4:00-5:00 p.m. or Monday, Feb. 7, 4:00–5:00 p.m. on Zoom.
BIPOC Leadership workshop Monday, Feb. 7, 3:00–4:30 p.m. in the EMU Multicultural Center.
How to Find an Internship workshop Tuesday, Feb. 8, 4:00–5:00 p.m. on Zoom.
Year of Service Panel Wednesday, Feb. 9, 2:00–3:00 p.m. in EMU Crater Lake North.
Student-Alumni Chat: Internships Info Wednesday, Feb. 9, 4:00–5:00 p.m. on SpatialChat.
Preview the Career Fair event Thursday, Feb. 10, 12:30–1:00 p.m. in EMU Ballroom lobby.
Internships and Summer Jobs Fair Thursday, Feb. 10, 1:00–5:00 p.m. in the EMU Ballroom.
Portland Internship Experience (PIE) program info session Friday, Feb. 11, 3:00–4:00 p.m.

Register to attend an event

Paul Timminsv Executive Director, University Career Center

“Our goal is for every Duck to be career ready when they graduate. We want all students to have ample opportunities to engage in experiences that will help them forge their path to career success.”

Paul Timmins
Executive Director, University Career Center

Campus programs help students prepare for life after college

Career advisers, online programs, internships and other services are available.

Be Prepared


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