The internship program is designed to provide qualified candidates with meaningful and educational work experience to supplement and enhance their academic programs. In return, the City derives the full benefit of the students' capabilities to assist in normal work activities and/or with special projects and events. Additionally, internships enable students to establish effective working relationships with professional staff, which may be beneficial to their future career development.
Types of internships
The number, level and content of internships vary each year. Most internships are scheduled for part-time work during the school year and full-time in the summer. Some internships are paid while others are unpaid and will be clearly listed in the description. The rates for the paid positions are based on the academic level of the student - Cooperative Education Intern (undergraduate level) and Municipal Government Intern (graduate level). Deadlines for applications are indicated in the posting.
Students will be considered for internships at the City of Seattle consistent with specific qualifications described in the internship listing.
Qualified interns are also:
How to Apply
All internship positions are available on the Temporary and Student Internship Opportunities page. You may submit your application only when there are open student internship positions posted.
The majority of City of Seattle internships are posted quarterly and open for approximately two weeks. Some internship positions may be open longer or posted off-quarter. Postings will begin appearing the first weeks of February, April, August, November according to the following schedule:
Start dates vary by internship and will need to be discussed during the interview process.
The City of Seattle is proud to be ranked among the top 18 internship sites in our region by NerdScholar, a financial literacy website for empowering students. These 18 internship sites were selected based on the unique and high-quality opportunities they provide for young professionals to grow and develop. NerdScholar reviewed the employee satisfaction ratings and Glassdoor reviews of hundreds of companies in Seattle in order to find the best possible places to be an intern.