Summer 2022 Internships | University of Portland

Summer 2022 Internships

For the first time since the pandemic-impacted roll-out of the Ethics and the Professions Internship program in 2020, EPI interns had primarily in-person internship work experiences during the Summer of 2022. Each of the four interns held a remote internship at one of two partner organizations.


Additional Experiences

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Ethics in the Community Storytelling Dinner

DBI hosted an Ethics in the Community storytelling dinner experience specifically for EPI interns, plus a fellow UP undergraduate guest they each invited. Three practicing professionals from around Portland shared real-life ethical dilemmas from their work and personal lives, engaging the students in dialogue about the varying priorities, important questions, and decision-making habits that surrounded these situations:

  • Seamus O'Connor, Associate General Counsel of A-dec, Inc. (UP grad, Class of 2003)
  • Patrick Ryan, Executive Director at Mater Dei Radio, Inc.
  • Sara Wendland, Global Kids Brand Director at Nike
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Ethical 1:1 Conversations

Each intern was also matched with one or two additional conversations partners from within DBI's professional network. These matches were made according to each intern's expressed areas of interest or professional aspirations. The connections allowed interns to explore the vocational journeys and ethical considerations of professionals who are currently living and working in roles and fields the students might want to enter themselves after graduation.
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Ethics Exploration Projects

Stemming from the richness of their internship tasks, their ethical conversations, and weekly reflection themes and readings, students chose diverse topics to delve into for their individual independent Ethics Exploration (EthEx) projects. Topics included allyship in the workplace; advertising ethics (specifically manipulative advertising and autonomy); the workplace impact and best practices for diversity, equity, and inclusion training; and the effects of COVID-19 on the nonprofit industry.

Meet Our Interns!

To learn more about the Summer 2022 EPI experiences of our interns, check out the profiles below!

Daniela Gutierrez

Daniela Gutierrez - Class of 2025
EPI Internship: WorldOregon

"I think the ethics conversations during my internship have given me helpful tips on how to navigate a career search and even how to analyze organizational culture. After graduation, I will hopefully have a career opportunity or even grad school, and I am more comfortable with my ability to make a decision with what I choose for my future."

Learn more about Daniela Guiterrez

Jack Jensen

Jack Jensen - Class of 2023
EPI Internship: WorldOregon

"During my ethics conversations, my questions focused a lot on important virtues to develop in the workplace and how people respond to ethical dilemmas that arise in their work. These are fascinating questions, and I would love to build on my experience here by pursuing them in graduate school and/or in my own life."

Learn more about Jack Jensen

Rid Malynn

Rid Malynn - Class of 2024
EPI Internship: Make-A-Wish Oregon

"My greatest takeaway from this experience was learning to value my own work, have more confidence in myself and my abilities, and know my worth within a company. It is easy to feel small when you are an intern for a well established, very busy company. But diving into ethical topics related to the professional world played a central role in building my confidence and giving myself the credit I deserve. This experience has given me the tools to advocate for myself, learn my limits, and value my role as a part of the team."

Learn more about Rid Malynn

David Montanez

David Montanez - Class of 2022
EPI Internship: Make-A-Wish Oregon

"Internships are important because the teach you a lot about what to expect in a job. Internships give you the ability to see what you like and how to act in a professional environment. You can pick up on the work culture pretty quickly and this will give you good insight on what you would like in a workplace."

Learn more about David Montanez