Meet the Interns: Ollie Caron-Noble Balances Research and Rock Climbing

Port legal intern Ollie

The Port of Portland’s Internship Program gives college students an opportunity to apply their classroom education to real-life situations and develop the skills and work experience that will enhance their competitiveness for future employment opportunities.

In return, these college students give us lots of new energy and creative ideas.

Are you in college or know someone attending a local university? To give you a preview of what the Port’s internship program entails, we asked our current interns to answer a few questions about their experience. Today, we’re excited to introduce our Legal Intern, Ollie Caron-Noble.

Name: Ollie Caron-Noble (pronouns: they/them)
Title and Department: Intern, Legal Department
School and Studies: Lewis and Clark Law School

Legal intern Ollie at work

Can you share a bit about your background and what drew you to apply for an internship at the Port?

Originally hailing from upstate New York, I graduated from State University of New York in 2016 with a degree in political science and am currently attending Lewis & Clark Law School. I spent last year working at PSU Student Legal Services and worked at Perkins Coie LLP before law school. I chose to spend my final year of law school working at the Port because of the opportunity to work with our fantastic legal team on a diverse array of legal issues.

In a few sentences, describe your work at the Port.

I work with all of the attorneys in the legal department. It’s a mutually beneficial relationship as I get to take some of the work off their plates while getting the opportunity to learn by doing. Most of my time is spent on legal research projects.

What do you find most rewarding about your work?

Getting to work with so many different departments within the Port has been one of the most gratifying aspects of this internship. I wasn’t expecting to be able to interface with other departments as much as I have, and it has been a pleasure to work with so many people around the Port and learn about their areas of expertise.

What do you like to do in your free time?

In my free time, I’m outside – rock climbing, bicycling, and hiking. I plan to summit South Sister (the third tallest peak in Oregon) this summer.

Our careers website plays with the idea that “We’re not what you’d expect.” What can you share about yourself that might surprise people?

This year, I’m celebrating the holiday season unconventionally by going backpacking around Thailand for two weeks in December.


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