Intern of the Year Award

The University of Portland Intern of the Year Award formally acknowledges an intern who demonstrated excellent personal and professional growth. This award recognizes an intern who has made a significant contribution to their internship organization.


Past Award Winners

Alex Peterson

2018 Winner: Alex Peterson | Class of 2019, Finance

During his internship at Teamlift, Inc, Alex supported efforts to bring affordable eye care options to several boarding schools in northern Malawi. He researched equipment that provides precise eyeglass prescriptions, then found and negotiated an agreement for glasses at low cost. Additionally, by developing a computerized medical records system, and finding a tractor for the school’s farm, his contributions will continue to make an impact for years to come. Even after his internship ended, Alex traveled to Malawi with his supervisor and helped administer hundreds of eye exams and prescription eyewear to students at the boarding school.  

Applying business principles learned in the classroom, Alex directly impacted an entire community in East Africa. His genuine interest in helping others and contributing his skill set to the greater good will certainly be an asset, wherever life takes him.

Catalin Wong

2017 Winner: Catalin Wong | Class of 2018, Marketing

As an intern at AWS Elemental who went above and beyond her core responsibilities, Catalin consistently reached out for additional informational interviews because she was interested in her responsibilities and objectives. She went on to learn more about inclusive language is and how it impacts everything marketers do.  

She then took the time to review the company’s job descriptions to see how they fared on the inclusivity scale. This showed incredible initiative on a topic that is becoming one of the very most important in the tech industry. Catalin’s work with the 4K 4Charity could certainly be described as a special project, as it wasn’t part of her initial core set of responsibilities but became one of the most valuable contributors to that team. Her contributions to AWS Elemental’s efforts to make strides in diversity and inclusion and giving back to the community are some of the biggest the company has seen from any single employee.