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APPLY NOW for Gorge Works Internships Starting in June 2019

Gorge Works has a wide range of internship and work experience opportunities for you to consider.

Interested in exploring jobs with career potential and getting paid in the process?  Gorge Works offers access to multiple paid work experience opportunities for Summer 2019 in the Columbia Gorge  through one convenient application process.


This year’s slate covers a LOT of territory, from research and development to construction and all kinds of things in between.

So click on the button below and take a look at what might await in your adventure exploring new career horizons!

Host An Intern

Gorge Works is excited to have a wide selection of host employers participating for the 2019 Summer Internship. Our thanks to these participating employers:

Big River Insurance, The Dalles

City of The Dalles

Collins Aerospace

Crestline Construction

Innovative Composites Engineering

Oregon Cherry Growers

The Dalles Area Chamber of Commerce/Port of The Dalles

Powder Pure

Prigel Machine

SDS Lumber

Slingshot Sports

Waste Connections

If you are an employer and are interested in hosting an intern, contact us right away. The intern application period closes February 15, 2019, but we may still be able to include you as a host employer.

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Professional Development

Community leaders and industry specialists teach interns professional development skills in weekly workshops. Do you have some expertise you’d be willing to share with people embarking on a new career? If so, you may be a future Gorge Works presenter!

Here are a few examples of last year’s presentations:

Career Exploration

High-Flying Applications

Project Management

Workplace Expectations

Ethics for the Workplace

Community Development

Your Self-Care Tool Box

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Our Objectives

Gorge Works has three objectives:

  1. To help businesses identify candidates for skilled employment;
  2. To provide internship opportunities allowing for the exploration of local skilled employment opportunities;
  3. To promote the Columbia Gorge as an excellent place to live and work.

We believe this program can provide life-changing opportunities for people to try out career options, show their abilities to potential employers and connect with diverse training options, whether they are new high school graduates or are already on the job and looking to improve their options.

Supply and Demand

Filling skilled jobs, particularly in technology and manufacturing industries, is a growing challenge in the United States, where skills gaps, retirements and other factors contribute to unfilled job vacancies.

The situation is no different in the Columbia River Gorge where dozens of skilled, well-paying jobs with benefits remain unfilled while workers languish in unskilled, minimum-wage or part-time jobs with no benefits.

Getting Started

Gorge Works is working with a number of major employers in the Columbia Gorge. They will be offering internships that range from front office specialities like accounting, marketing and Human Resources, to hands-on jobs like heavy equipment operators, mechanics and advanced manufacturing. In addition to the host businesses, several other major employers are serving on our steering committee, and a number of local organizations have agreed to serve in supporting roles, including the Port of The Dalles, Columbia Gorge Community College, The Dalles Area Chamber of Commerce and others.

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