Students gain real world experience during their studies at Puget Sound in a variety of ways, including hands-on internships. While some choose internships during the academic year, many students spend their summers working in a wide variety of fields.
Jumping Right In
Juliano Estrada Donatelli ’21 is passionate about writing, community, and education. He spent his summer leveraging all three as the operations intern at Degrees of Change.
Educating the Community
After her first year at Puget Sound, Altynai interned at the Explora Science Center and Children’s Museum in her hometown of Albuquerque, helping visitors of all ages explore science and math through hands-on activities. The experience she gained at Explora helped to prepare her for her most recent internship, at the Tacoma-Pierce County Health Department.
South Sound Storytellers
In the midst of thesis writing, working as editors at The Trail, and myriad other senior year commitments last spring, Olivia Langen ’19 and Serena Hawkey ’19 served as editorial interns at Premier Media Group.
Sometimes students find internships at precisely the right place and precisely the right moment that allow the experience to exceed even their greatest expectations. For Isaac Sims-Foster ’21, his summer internship at the Tacoma Urban League was a soul-awakening, life-directing experience.
The Enterprising Intern
Will Shanahan ’20, a double major in economics and international political economy, is making sure his resume will be jampacked with local and international business experience by the time he graduates.
A Natural Fit
Claire has helped to run her grandmother’s Miller Lavender booth, now at the Olympia Farmers Market, for fifteen years, so when the opportunity arose for Claire to be a social media and community engagement intern for the Tacoma Farmers Market, it was a natural fit for the sociology and anthropology major.
Rachel Johnson ’20 spent last summer interning at Girls Rock Math, helping teach young girls how to do geometry, how to be confident, and the value of supportive community.
Many Tacoma residents may not be aware that one of the country’s largest immigration detention centers is in their city. Evan Eurs ’18 certainly wasn’t before he began an internship with the Northwest Immigrant Rights Project (NWIRP), in partnership with Puget Sound’s Summer Immersion Internship Program.
Linnea, a Puget Sound psychology student, worked at the children's museum last summer as a “learning experiences” intern, teaching dozens of children about science, technology, and art. She found the internship through RISE (Reflective Immersive Sophomore Experience), a Puget Sound program designed specifically for second-year students.