No matter your major, at OSU-Cascades you'll find ways to elevate your learning — and your resume — with real experiences in your field. That's guaranteed.
Nearly 80% of recent graduates engaged in one or more internships, practicums, capstone projects, service learning, leadership or study abroad experiences.
As an intern at Healing Reins Therapeutic Riding Center, kinesiology major Hailey Hendrickson '23 put her biomechanics courses to work. She helped people with a range of cognitive and physical abilities ride horses to build core strength, which improved their overall balance, movement and mobility. Plus, being around the horses was a lot of fun. "I think the mission of Healing Reins to help others through the use of animals is very powerful and moving," said Hailey.
Tourism, recreation and adventure leadership major Dominic Vezzani has worked as a terrain park supervisor at Mt. Bachelor for the past six years. For his internship, he wanted to gain experience as a tour guide – and only had to look across the mountain to the zipline to find it. Launching from an elevation of 7,800 feet, Mt. Bachelor's zipline is the Northwest's steepest and fastest. Groups of 12 are guided down three platforms in this multi-step thrill ride. Dom scheduled the other tour guides, communicated with ticket sales, and did a lot of problem-solving. "My self-confidence grew as a manager this summer," he said. "It's easier to have the hard conversations now."
As a Hydro Flask sales intern, outdoor products major Brendan Lewis worked with buyers to improve Hydro Flask’s in-store merchandising, made sure e-commerce sites were up-to-date with photos and branding, and helped Hydro Flask’s team of sales managers with daily tasks. He loved every minute of it. “I do well with hands-on learning,” said Brendan. “I'm excited to be getting real-life experience in my field.” Originally from Sisters, Ore., Brendan feels lucky to have the outdoor products degree program and industry leaders right in his own backyard.
When wild animals get injured, Think Wild's wildlife hospital on Bend's east side rehabilitates them to be released back into the wild. “It's important for wildlife to have a voice in conservation,” said tourism, recreation and adventure leadership major Liz Crandall. As a Think Wild intern, she fed, medicated and monitored animals ranging from songbirds to owls to skunks. About thirty percent of the animals have a good prognosis. “In the future, when I'm helping people enjoy the outdoors, I want to be more than just a guide,” said Liz. “I want people to have a richer understanding of the space they are in.”