Government Internships

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Washington State Institute for Public Policy  City of Puyallup: Parks and Rec MetroParks
 Pierce County  Dr. Kim Schrier’s Campaign  

Washington State Institute for Public Policy

WSIPP’s mission is to carry out practical, non-partisan research at the direction of the legislature or the Board of Directors. WSIPP works closely with legislators, legislative and state agency staff, and experts in the field to ensure that studies answer relevant policy questions. Fiscal and administrative services for WSIPP are provided by The Evergreen State College. (in Olympia, WA)

Internship (Paid):

Interns assist WSIPP researchers and staff on a variety of projects, including those assigned by the legislature. Interns provide research assistance and administrative support for multiple projects throughout their internship, working both independently and with other researchers. One of the primary tasks for an intern is to conduct literature reviews, which involves critically evaluating studies for methodological rigor and determining if they can be included in WSIPP analyses


Undergraduate and graduate students as well as recent graduates are encouraged to apply. Persons applying for internships must have an interest in public policy. Interns must be detail-oriented, highly motivated, and have the ability to self-manage. WSIPP expects interns to be engaged and ask questions, report to researchers on the status of projects, and prioritize and balance work assignments from multiple researchers. Interns should be familiar with conducting literature reviews and analyzing and summarizing research articles. Interns are expected to work diplomatically, professionally, and in a non-partisan manner.

  • Computer: Proficient in Microsoft Word, Excel, Access, and PowerPoint
  • Analytical: Experience conducting literature reviews and analyzing and summarizing academic research articles
  • Communication: Strong writing and oral communication skills
  • Education: Two years of college credit and pursuing a relevant major (e.g., public policy, economics, political science, criminal justice, public health)
  • The following are desirable qualifications. Internship candidates ideally have taken coursework or have an interest in one or more of the following:
    • Research Methods
    • Public Policy
    • Statistics

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City of Puyallap Parks and Rec

Recreation Internship (Paid): The person in this position will be exposed to a full array of recreation programs such as event planning and management, day camp, marketing, recreation programming, sports program supervision, and other aspects of recreation programs.
The internship is 40 hours per week, and is expected to last approximately 10 weeks, from approximately June 18 to September 1, 2018.

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MetroParks Tacoma

Rocky Shores and Tundra at PDZA: The Rocky Shores/Tundra internship program at the Point Defiance Zoo and Aquarium is designed to provide participants with practical, hands-on learning opportunities and knowledge in the field of animal husbandry. In return, the intern makes a significant contribution to the daily operation of the Rocky Shores/Tundra exhibit area

Tacoma Nature Center Education/Naturalist for Summer Nature Day Camps Intern: Intern will learn how to design, plan, and facilitate an integrative environmental education program with hands-on experience educating youth ages 5-12 on native Pacific Northwest plant life and wildlife species.  Intern will learn about and promote conservation practices.  Intern will assist with teen leadership program in coaching or mentoring capacity

Youth Sports Intern: Interns learn how to design, promote and facilitate a quality youth sports program. Sports are offered and managed on a seasonal rotation. Internship experiences include the facilitation of instructional sports, promotional events, and leagues. Scheduling, recruiting coaches, and supervision of games are required for each season. Interns must be good with players, coaches and parents.

Zoological at NW Trek Wildlife Park Intern: The Zoological Internship program at Northwest Trek Wildlife Park is designed to provide interns with hands-on learning opportunities in animal husbandry.  This is a unique opportunity for interns to work alongside zookeepers and gain valuable on the job training

Fitness at STAR: Learn about and assist with fitness facility management and application. Gain experience in programming, scheduling, community outreach, member retention, and logistics of how a fitness center functions. Obtain practical experience in creating, marketing, instructing, and analyzing fitness programs from start to finish. Develop experience in working with members and assessing needs to be met with current classes or programs. Also, learn what goes on behind the classes, personal trainers and programs from an administrative perspective: how to manage a budget for classes, programs, equipment, etc.

Living History / Education for Fort Nisqually Living History Museum: The intern will learn educational programming as it relates to Fort Nisqually, taking part in Living History events, craft and skills demonstrations and program development. The intern will assist with "bringing the Fort to Life" for camps, daily summer visits, and Living History events. The intern will experience what it takes to provide a quality educational experience within a Living History museum.

Curatorial for Fort Nisqually Living History Museum : The intern will learn curatorial skills; assist with cataloging (photographing and entering the collection records into a museum data base). The intern may also assist with artifact conservation in a variety of mediums and work with specialized tours as well as maintenance and care of artifacts on display in period rooms. The intern may learn about and work with the research library.

Living History Clothing for Fort Nisqually Living History Museum: The intern will learn how to construct and repair 19th century garments. The intern will assist with  data entry and inventory of Living History Clothing.

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Pierce County

Community Recreation or Therapeutic Recreation Internship (Paid): The student will report directly to a Recreation Supervisor. He/she will gain knowledge in planning, coordinating and administering activities in all components of the department. Specific activities will be determined depending on the internship start dates. Examples may include: adult sports leagues, youth sports, day camps, environmental education, leisure classes, special events, volunteer service, inclusive programs and camps, fun runs/walks, facility booking/scheduling, grant writing, developing partnerships, and the basics of sponsorships/fundraising. In addition, the student will learn the day to day operations of the Parks and Recreation Department and be given opportunities to job shadow staff members in all four divisions of the department.

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Dr. Kim Schrier’s Campaign

Campaign Intern: Interns will be on the front lines of working with volunteers and voters in support of the Dr. Kim Schrier’s campaign for Congress. Interns will learn the ins and outs of supporting a nationally watched congressional race. Interns will take part in traditional methods of voter contact such as phone calls, door knocking. They will gain valuable experience in volunteer management, training and recruitment, as well as learning basics of campaign management software.

  • Manage databases of registered voters and campaign volunteers
  • Engage in regular field trainings for first-time campaign volunteers
  • Support the general campaign effort by participating directly in the execution of our voter contact strategy, which may include door-to-door communication, phone calls, voter registration, tabling, and visibility
  • Support the field program, including data management, volunteer recruitment and retention, and administrative duties

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