Founded and offered annually since 1992, the PROMISE program is a ten-week paid internship which provides opportunities in state, local government agencies, and university programs for Oregon State University undergraduate students, with particular emphasis on providing pathways for historically underrepresented students to professional careers. Historically underrepresented students may include, but is not limited to: first generation college student, low-income, LGBTQ+, students of color, veterans, transfer students, students with disabilities, etc…
My mentor Eric
Eric Dickey is the Research Program Administrator for the College of Liberal Arts. His roles include researching grant opportunities for faculty, reviewing and writing grant proposals, and submitting the finished proposals to funding organizations.
The College of Liberal Arts has recently started supporting efforts to elevate its research profile. As a PROMISE intern, I was responsible for helping set a baseline for how OSU Liberal Arts research compare to liberal arts research at other institutions.
◦Identify 3-4 universities
◦Identify similarities/differences between CLA programs
◦Reach out to administrators and faculty for research data
◦Attend grant proposal meetings
◦Develop final report and present to CLA Dean’s Office
Promise has given me the opportunity to work my first 40 hour/week job, develop professional working skills and gain knowledge on both university-wide and CLA specific grant writing, gain networking skills at professional development sessions, create this e-portfolio, and appreciate the difficulty of grant writing. I feel like this internship has prepared me to continue my education onto graduate school, where I know I will be using the information i learned about grant writing to apply for my own grants.