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Joe Kraus ’09

Portland Program externship leads to job with Northwest Energy Efficiency Alliance

Joe KrausJoe Kraus landed an externship through the Portland Program that led directly to a job opportunity after graduation, which eventually led him to his current position with Northwest Energy Efficiency Alliance, a non-profit organization that accelerates the innovation and adoption of energy-efficient products, services and practices.

“I would not have my current job without the Portland Program,” said Kraus. “NEEA’s work has won national awards and has been written about in publications such as The New York Times. It is very rewarding to see my work contribute to innovative ideas that transform the use of energy throughout the country.”

Upon visiting Oregon, Kraus, who is originally from Milwaukee, Wis., fell in love with the natural beauty of the state and decided that Oregon Law was the right fit to pursue a legal education. “I enjoyed going to a large public university for undergrad and wanted similar atmosphere and resources during law school,” said Kraus.

Kraus had always been interested in the intersection of law, politics and business and thought law school provided the best opportunity to pursue those integrated interests.

While at Oregon Law, Kraus was the Student Bar Association president and Green Business Initiative co-founder, and recommends that students get involved in similar activities to gain experience.

“Get involved in activities because you are interested in them, not because they look good on a resume,” said Kraus. “If you enjoy an activity, there’s a much better chance that you’ll excel at it. Not only will employers be impressed with your experience, you will also feel more prepared once you begin practicing after law school.”


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