Student Internship Programs


PGE has several ongoing partnerships within the community, bringing the best and brightest for hands on opportunities in their selected fields. PGE sees our internship program as an excellent way to tap into new ideas and perspectives, while helping to set up students for future success. It’s a win-win for the students and PGE! We offer competitive pay, and host networking opportunities for students to meet each other throughout the summer program. In addition to work experience for your resume, interns are provided with outstanding training opportunities in a dynamic and rapidly changing industry.

When to apply

Positions are typically posted in January and applications will be accepted through early May or until positions are filled.

Position types include:

  • Engineering (Mechanical, Electrical, Civil)

  • Finance/Accounting

  • IT (Applications, Computer Science)

  • Administrative Support

  • Hydro Maintenance

  • Utility Workers

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PGE’s program is designed to assist students with their college costs, provide work experience and introduce students to utility careers. Therefore, to be eligible for PGE’s program, you must be:

  • At least 18 years old

  • A high school graduate (GED accepted also) who is college or trade bound (including community college, trade or technical institutes), or…

  • A full-time (a minimum of 12 credit hours) college student who is returning to college or trade school in the fall of the current year or…

  • A college graduate of the current school year.


Mechanical Engineering, Computer Science Engineering and Civil Engineering students who attend PSU, OSU, U of P and OIT may be eligible for the MECOP and CECOP programs. If you are an engineering major student at these schools, please connect with your student center to learn more. Engineering Work Experience is a PSU structured internship program for undergraduate students in Electrical & Computer Engineering, Mechanical Engineering and Civil & Environmental Engineering. Learn more about the EWX Internship program at PSU PGE and MECOP PGE.

Emerging Leaders Internship Program

PGE is committed to creating a diverse and inclusive workplace and community because it drives innovation and creates equitable opportunities. Our partnership with ELI is just one more way we stay true to this commitment. ELI matches underrepresented college students with paid internships at top companies throughout the Greater Portland area. Their goal is to remove the barriers these students can encounter when starting their careers, so they can access professional roles and advance into leadership positions. Portland's future hinges on building diverse leadership, ELI is targeted to help ensure these talented and diverse students find success in Portland. Learn more about ELI PGE.

De La Salle High School Interns

PGE has always been a proud supporter of the community and our local youth. By partnering with De La Salle we further stand by this pledge. High school Juniors and Seniors work at PGE as paid interns throughout the school year working one day per week for course credit, and many stay on during the summer. These students get the unique opportunity to experience the corporate world earlier than many of their peers and have found this program to be an excellent guide as they look to their futures.

Interested in an internship opportunity at PGE?

When applying to a specific internship position, you will be asked to submit verification of your student status (one of the following items):

  • Your college transcript (an unofficial one is acceptable)

  • Your latest college or school grade report

  • Your acceptance letter from a college level program or

  • A letter from a high school counselor about your college or trade school plans for fall