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We offer customized, staff-level internships to qualified college students, recent graduates, and individuals making a career change or returning to the workforce. SOOR internships are unpaid, but the experience is well worth your time. You are placed with enthusiastic mentors, who help you develop future job skills and discover the inner workings of a major sports organization.

Our goal is to provide you with opportunities to form a well-rounded, professional experience.  The most successful interns are interested in working for and with individuals with intellectual disabilities, have good interpersonal skills and can articulate their goals. Enthusiasm is important.  Internships typically require a minimum of an eight week commitment. Many internships are part-time for a three to six month period.

Many of our interns do receive college credit for their internships. Contact your advisor or department chair to inquire about your school's policy and procedures for awarding credit for internships.

DEVELOPMENT DEPARTMENT: Fundraising and Event Intern

Special Olympics Oregon seeks a highly organized and dynamic individual to assist with day-to-day fundraising and planning efforts of the organization’s premier community and dinner event, the Governors’ Gold Awards.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities
General tasks related to the Governors’ Gold Awards, including but not limited to:
• Provide support for the planning and execution of Governors’ Gold Awards
• Assist with in-kind gift procurement and various tasks related to silent auction
• Assist with pre and post-event communication with registered and prospective event participants
• Data entry into Greater Giving Database
• Other tasks as assigned by development department
• Must be available all day on October 20, 2018 for onsite support of the event

• Experience and/or interest in development, fundraising and eager to learn about non-profit sector and Special Olympics Oregon, in particular
• Comfortable with outreach via phone, in person, and email
• Strong writing skills, attention to detail
• Knowledge of Greater Giving auction software a plus, but not required
• Able to communicate in a professional manner

Timeline: Internship commitment from May- October 2018. Hours flexible and dependent on schedule.

How to Apply:
Please send resume and letter of interest to Audrey Holt, Donor Services & Events Manager at

CHAPTER SPORTS MANAGEMENT: This is a great position for those interested in gaining experience in sports management. Work closely with Special Olympics Oregon staff in Portland to provide hands-on support in planning and developing Chapter Championships, assist with the development of athlete and coach recruitment practices, assist with the delivery of coach education programs and courses, and more. Contact: BJ Mealy,   This internship is available: 

  • Winter Season 2018 ... January - March ... FILLED

  • Summer Season 2018 ... May - July ... FILLED

POLAR PLUNGE EVENT: Works with the Director of Development, LETR  on the Polar Plunge. The Polar Plunge is the largest grassroots fundraiser for Special Olympics Oregon. Duties will include team support, sponsor fulfillment, data entry, and event logistics. This is a two month internship in January and February. Please contact Jenelle Clinton,


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