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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.

Ongoing Opportunities:

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

  • Fall Season 2018 ... September - November

MARKETING & COMMUNICATIONS: This is an excellent opportunity for those looking to gain experience in marketing and communications. The person in this position will work closely with staff to help promote and share information about Special Olympics Oregon, its mission, events and campaigns through traditional and social media channels. This internship is available year-round with the duration based around the schedule of selected applicants. Contact: Chad Carter,


VOLUNTEER MANAGEMENT: An opportunity to acquire professional skills in manpower planning and resource management. Work with our staff in our Volunteer Services Department in volunteer sourcing and recruiting. Assist with continued training practices and database administration. Manage individual and group volunteers during regional & state competitions and special events as needed. Contact: LouAnne Tabada,  

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 at


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