Seattle Housing Authority – PAID Internship Opportunities!

Policy Intern, Office of Policy and Strategic Initiatives – 2 Openings

Hourly Rate: $15 – $22 per hour

The Seattle Housing Authority, a nationally recognized leader in providing innovative, affordable housing communities, is seeking an Undergraduate- or Graduate-level student with strong analytical and writing skills to work within the Office of Policy and Strategic Initiatives. The Housing Authority’s agency-wide annual budget is approximately $186 million, with assets of approximately $1 billion, including component units. The agency owns and manages about 8,000 residential units and administers more than 10,000 Housing Choice Vouchers, with a staff of 500 full time employees; it is an independent municipal corporation.

Seattle Housing Authority’s newly formed Office of Policy and Strategic Initiatives has committed to four strategic goals:

  • Focus on improving SHA’s operations and service by using Moving to Work (MTW) authority fully and most effectively;
  • Ensure that SHA’s Strategic Plan is a “living” guide for decisions, priorities, and measures of success;
  • Help SHA become a data driven organization, grounded in solid analysis, so we make well informed and adequately researched choices; and,
  • Elevate SHA’s strategic policy issues to an agency-wide focus

Under direct supervision, the Policy Intern position will assist with special projects, research and analysis in support of the Office.

In accordance with the HUD Act of 1968, Section 3 guidelines, first consideration for this internship will be given to students from very-low or low-income households, including current Seattle Housing Authority/Section 3 Residents.

The application process will begin March 9. First review of application materials is scheduled for March 30.

Minimum Qualifications:
Basic familiarity with office practices and procedures. General analytical skills.

Must be enrolled in an accredited college education program.

 Competencies, Knowledge, Skills & Abilities:

1. Interpersonal and teamwork skills using tact, patience and courtesy.
2. Verbal and written communication skills.

1. Establish and maintain cooperative and effective working relationships with others.
2. Plan and organize work in a timely, punctual manner.
3. Communicate effectively both verbally and in writing.
4. Operate a computer and other office equipment as assigned.
5. Demonstrate proficiency in Microsoft Office and Outlook.


May work from ten to twenty hours per week while school is in session, and up to full time during school break periods.

• Office environment.

• Hearing and speaking to exchange information.
• Seeing to read a variety of materials.
• Dexterity of hands and fingers to operate a computer keyboard.
• Stooping and kneeling to maintain files.

• Occasional contact with dissatisfied or verbally abusive individuals.

Further details and the online application can be found here.

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