Internship for Graduate Students with Seattle Public Utilities

Job Title: Adopt-A-Street Program Graduate Intern
Job Number: 2013-00642
Salary: $18.20 Hourly
Location:Seattle Municipal Tower, 700 5th Ave., Seattle, Washington
Job Type: Graduate College Intern
Shift: Day
Department: Seattle Public Utilities
Bargaining Unit: Not represented
Closing Date/Time: Tue. 07/02/13 4:00 PM Pacific Time

Position Description  Benefits  Supplemental Questions

Seattle Public Utilities (SPU) Customer Program Division of Customer Service Branch, is seeking a graduate level intern. This intern willwork with the Environmental Partnerships Team and Community Clean-Up Program manager to provide timely assistance to Seattle residents involved in maintaining clean and safe neighborhoods.

This internship is currently available to graduate students pursuing a degree in Environmental Studies, Community Stewardship, Communications, Public Administration, Race and Ethnic Studies, or closely related fields. This internship is for 12-18 months, or graduation, whichever comes first. We require a 1-year commitment for this internship opportunity.

Learning objectives for this internship include:

*  Gain practical experience in chosen career field;
*  Have an opportunity to apply skills and knowledge learned in the classroom to actual     on-the-job experiences;
*  Learn to work in teams and adapt in a professional work environment;
*  Discover employment options within academic discipline;
*  Learn project management and volunteer coordination skills;
*  Gain experience assisting with development of volunteer recruitment and retention strategies;
*  Learn about Seattle’s Race and Social Justice Initiative, and how it impacts various programs throughout the City

For more information about Seattle Public Utilities, please visit our website at

Job Responsibilities:

Under direct supervision, the intern will learn through supervised practical training various aspects of program management, volunteer assistance, project development, asset assessment, public administration, and community development. Specific duties include:

*  Assist residents in cleaning and maintaining neighborhoods, and support associated activities
*  Report on tasks completed
*  Develop promotional plans and materials
*  Attend community meetings, representing program objectives to the public and staff, working on Inclusive Outreach and Public Engagement Assessment and Evaluation in underrepresented communities
*  Conduct demographic surveys
*  Provide information on city programs to residents
*  Maintain databases
*  Identify new strategies for achieving program goals

This intern will be working primarily with the Adopt-A-Street and Spring Clean Programs.


Education: Applicants must be a graduate student pursuing a degree in Environmental Studies, Community Stewardship, Communications, Public Administration, Race and Ethnic Studies, or closely related field/s.

Student must be enrolled at time of application and for the duration of the internship for a minimum of 9 credit hours (or the school’s full-time equivalent if different). Exception:  The student does not need to be enrolled over the summer session, but will need to show proof that they are a continuing student and pre-registered for fall quarter. Must maintain a minimum 3.0 GPA.

Verification of enrollment is required at time of application.


*  Excellent oral and written communication skills
*  Highly skilled in computer software such as Word and Excel, and the ability to learn how to work with tracking databases
*  Proven ability to complete and maintain all appropriate paperwork including developing reports, tracking inventory and the distribution of resources
*  Demonstrated ability to work with diverse individuals and community groups

Licensing Requirements:  A Washington State driver’s license is required for this internship. A complete drivers abstract will be required of the successful applicant as a condition of hire, and must be provided before hire date.

Additional Information

Desired Qualifications:

*  Highly organized with good customer service skills, and a strong desire to assist the community
*  Ability to work independently
*  Is creative
*  Demonstrated good problem-solving and time management skills
*  Able to work in a multi-cultural environment; work effectively with diverse demographics such as immigrant and refugee populations
*  Ability to drive a pick-up truck, make deliveries and pick up supplies


During school sessions, work hours may be scheduled to complement class schedules (15-20 hours per week). The position may permit up to 40 hours per week during breaks and summer months. Work is normally between the hours of 8:00 AM and 5 PM.

How to Apply:

In addition to the on-line application, please include the following:
 *  Upload your college/university’s unofficial transcript. This should include a list of completed courses, courses currently in, grades for each of the courses as well as cumulative GPA. An official transcript will be required at time of hire.
*   Cover letter indicating your interest in this internship
*  Resume clearly identifying how you meet qualifications

NOTE:  References will be requested of those applicants invited to interview.

Incomplete applications will not be considered.

Questions about the application?
Contact Linda Rogers at or 206/233-7221

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