1000 FRIENDS OF OREGON
PAUL GERHARDT, JR. INTERNSHIP
ANNOUNCEMENT OF PUBLIC INTEREST INTERNSHIP
FOR SUMMER 2018 IN PORTLAND, OREGON
1000 Friends of Oregon is a forty-two year old public interest organization that advocates smart growth
through comprehensive land use and transportation planning, using Oregon’s renowned planning program.
We work with citizens across Oregon to enhance the state’s quality of life by building livable urban and
rural communities and protecting family farms and forests.
The Gerhardt Internship was established in 1986 to commemorate the life and work of 1000 Friends’ first
planner, Paul Gerhardt, Jr.
The purpose of the internship is to provide an opportunity for on-the-job experience for planning students or
those in similar fields, especially for those interested in public service.
The position is for 35 hours per week for 10 weeks, at the 1000 Friends’ Portland office. A stipend of
$4,500 is provided. Limited additional funds are available for assistance with travel expenses to and from
DESCRIPTION OF WORK:
The intern will work on one or two large projects, such as 1000 Friends’ efforts to reduce greenhouse gas
emissions through linking land use and transportation planning, ensuring communities plan for affordable
and diverse housing, or to preserve farm land. The intern might also work on smaller, short-term projects to
gain a wider acquaintance with Oregon’s land use program. Supervision will be provided by the 1000
Friends’ staff member overseeing each project.
The criteria used in selecting the intern include academic excellence, demonstrated interest in public service,
evidence of initiative, and the ability to work independently. Preference will be given to undergraduates
majoring in planning or a related field and graduates who have not yet begun graduate school. However,
students in graduate school will be considered. Law students are specifically excluded.
APPLICATIONS AND DEADLINES
Applications should include a cover letter, resume, academic transcript, writing sample, and three reference
letters, including at least two from professors familiar with the applicant’s work. References should offer a
confidential evaluation of the applicant’s qualifications as measured against the criteria above and should be
sent directly to 1000 Friends of Oregon; references should provide full contact information. The writing
sample can be on any topic and need not be lengthy. Complete applications, including reference letters,
must be received by Thursday, February 15, 2018. The intern will be selected by Thursday, March 22,
2018 and will be notified by phone shortly thereafter. Those not selected will be informed by letter. Please
send applications to:
1000 Friends of Oregon
133 SW 2nd Ave, Suite 201
Portland, Oregon 97204-2515
or via email to the firstname.lastname@example.org
For additional information about the organization, check our web site, www.friends.org; or email Robin
Jennings, Administrative Assistant, at email@example.com.