PAWS Animal Shelter Provides Nonprofit Marketing Opportunities for WLWV High School Students

Posted by West Linn-Wilsonville on 12/19/2019 11:00:00 AM

Wilsonville High School student Olyvia Neal photographs a couple of PAWS cats to raise awareness.

The West Linn-Wilsonville Internship Pathways Program launched this summer, connecting WLWV high school students to career-based learning opportunities in the local community. One such work-based opportunity came through PAWS Animal Shelter in West Linn.

Arts and Technology student Brandon Murray, Wilsonville High School student Olyvia Neal, and West Linn High School student Emily Buffington spent part of their summer interning for the local organization. PAWS, an animal shelter dedicated specifically for cat adoption, is the only shelter of its kind in Clackamas County. Students helped raise awareness of the unique nonprofit through a variety of internship tasks.

Brandon helped showcase animals to increase animal adoptions through photography, while Olyvia provided marketing expertise through a social media internship and Emily a promotional video. Students put together professional-grade marketing materials, including social media accounts and posts to increase the digital footprint of PAWS.

“This is a great opportunity to learn new schools while gaining important work experience,” Olyvia said.

Students spent 30 hours working for the nonprofit in addition to several internship assignments and interviews of professionals in similar career fields. Students learn career-specific skills in addition work experience that is important in any workplace setting.

“I’m interested in photography and possibly marketing so this internship was a good fit to get some of that experience,” Brandon said of the summer internship.

All WLWV student interns receive .5 high school credits for their internship work in addition to the career skills they gain. To learn more about available student internships, or for local businesses interested in hosting a high school intern, please visit the district website.