I can honestly say that being a part of the Portland Experience has been one of the single greatest decisions I have ever made. I am not only thankful for the opportunity, but thankful that I had the faith in myself to apply. I think back to my last minute decision to submit an application and it makes me cringe. I can’t even imagine if I didn’t make the leap of faith. My internship was a perfect match, personality wise and education wise, and has now given me opportunities I never would have dreamed of.

I looked at old copy of my resume last week that didn’t have my current internship on it. It was skinny looking. It had no meat on its bones. I actually laughed when I saw it because I thought back to when I applied to the PDXSX with this same resume and remember thinking that I was so prepared for the real world. Maybe I was? But now instead of thinking I am prepared, I know I am. Instead of looking at career sites and feeling hesitant I feel comfortable and calm.

Updating my resume was beyond gratifying and seeing the actual words on paper was surreal. There weren’t nearly enough words or ways to describe what I got out of my internship.

One of the greatest feelings in life is knowing that a step in the dark led you on an amazing path. I came into the PDXSX blind. My expectations were blown up. My confidence in myself is upping. And I hope that everyone feels the way I do. I think what we have done as a group is revolutionary and I wanted to congratulate everyone on their accomplishments and their future.

Allyson Will


About Allyson Will

I am a currently a junior at the University of Oregon studying Journalism.
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  1. Bree says:

    After reading your post, I started thinking about when I applied for this program. I remember it being a last minute decisions as well. I wasn’t going to apply at first, because I felt that I wasn’t capable of preparing for such a change so soon. Not only would I have to cram some unwanted courses into my winter schedule, but I would have to move, find a sublet, and transfer jobs. Don’t get me wrong, all the stress was worth it, but I sure don’t miss winter term 2012. I’m so thankful for getting the chance to be in this program.

  2. shannonsloan says:

    You took the words right out of my mouth. I was hesitant about applying for a number of reasons but I can’t imagine where I would be right now if I hadn’t. I think I would be terrified about life after graduation and how I would hold up in the real world. Thankfully, I took a risk and Portland sure did pay off. This term has really opened my eyes and helped prepare me for the future. It’s been a great experience and I am so thankful I’ve got to share it with all of you. Good luck to everyone!

  3. jamesynwa says:

    That calmness and confidence will do wonders for you as you approach the post-grad job market. The prospect of a securing a full-time position after college carries with it such a negative stigma, and we’re constantly reminded of how “bleak” the economic outlook is. Sometimes I feel like employers can sense our desperation from miles away. Fortunately, you’ve embraced this opportunity in Portland and earned some valuable experience along the way. The tangible progress on your resume is great, but I think the personal growth and stability that you mentioned is the most notable benefit of this experience.

  4. zolfaghari says:

    Happy to hear that you’re satisfied with your experience here in Portland! You nailed it on the head when you said that what we’ve done should be considered revolutionary. It’s such an uncommon thing to experience and the fact that we made it happen is all that much more gratifying. Curious to know, have you considered what you’re next step will be? I’m excited for you and your future decisions!

  5. Shannon McGuire says:

    I’m so happy to hear you got a lot out of your internship. It sounds like you really got a grasp on the industry and some self confidence! Everyday at the office it seemed like someone was over by your desk talking over some project with you. I hope you can use everything you’ve learned in the future. Good luck in that job market! Try to stay confident, you’re awesome!

  6. These internships have been short / long journeys. Short because they have flown by so fast and long because we can all look back and be amazed how much we have accomplished in that time. I’m glad that you decided to apply to this program and were able to come along for the adventure. I think it makes an excellent final stop on the way to the destination of graduation and will probably be one of the stages we remember most for years to come. Congratulations and enjoy your last week with your team!

  7. So great that your internship was a great fit for you. Loving where you’re interning really makes a difference. That’s funny about your resume, I haven’t looked back at mine to update it yet, but imagine that will have similar reaction to you. I hope that the experience you’ve acquired at your internship will help open other doers for you going forward! Best of luck with everything!

  8. I felt the same way when I recently updated my resume and was able to add some more and new experience to it and bumped some of my old stuff further down. I will feel a lot better passing it along when looking into jobs in the future. It’s great that you are loving your internship and your choice to come up to Portland and be apart of this awesome program! I feel the same way. Even though sometimes I feel like I might be missing out on some things down in Eugene I know that this program has given us all opportunities that we would not have had without the Portland Experience.

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