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What is an Internship?

An internship is a short term opportunity to provide practical experience in an occupation or career field. An internship provides students an opportunity to "test the waters" and gain experience in a career setting while developing their professional network.


Washington State Legislative InternshipUndergraduate Legislative Policy Intern Program

Undergraduate interns spend a quarter in Olympia as staff for members of the House of Representatives or the Senate. In addition to their office work, interns, participate in seminars, classes, training, and shadowing. Students will earn academic credit.

Check out recent internships posted by community-based organizations on Career Service's online portal Handshake.

Are you an IAS student? For additional internship opportunities and resources be sure to check out the IAS internship page.

Community Partners 

For Bothell Area High School Students:

Lake Washington Watershed Internship Program

A partnership with Pacific Science Center’s Mercer Slough Environmental Education Center: Internships for Northshore high school students.

A year-long internship opportunity in Bellevue and Bothell for teens interested in stewardship, habitat restoration, and stream monitoring. Applications (see links below) due September 19, 2018.

The Lake Washington Watershed Internship is a year-long program that assists high school students in becoming informed stewards of their local community through mentoring, hands-on learning, habitat restoration and stream monitoring. High school students gain a greater understanding of the world around them while developing teaching and presentation skills, mentoring elementary-aged students about their local environment, gaining critical scientific skills and obtaining job experience.

As an intern, youth have the opportunity to explore their local environment through outdoor experiences such as hiking and canoeing. They also become leaders of long-term natural history, environmental science research and community outreach projects. Interns can participate in the program for up to three years and may be eligible to earn skill badges and college credit through the internship program. For questions, call (425) 450-0207 or email

North Creek Cohort (Bothell)

  • Who: Students in grades 10-11 who live or go to school in Bothell and are interested in environmental science, working with youth and spending time outside.
  • Where: University of Washington Bothell campus (18115 Campus Way NE, Bothell, 98011).
  • When: The year-long internship begins September 28.
  • Time Commitment: One 2-hour after-school meeting held weekly on Thursdays and two 5-hour Saturday meetings per month.

Go to Pacific Science Center website to APPLY.

Internship Report

The 2015 Internship Report addresses three specific functions 1. To develop a baseline of existing internship activities at UW Bothell, 2. To gather information about best internship practices for institutions such as ours, 3. To develop and operational definition of what constitutes an internship.

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Career and Internship Specialist


Impact stories

City of Federal Way

Accounting internships serve city and students

An accounting class project turned into internships for two UW Bothell students, who helped the City of Federal Way better understand their financial reports. 

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Student work leads to a full time position

Sage Miller's internship turned into a project he'll direct over the next two years.

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Community-engaged Internships:Intern Aysha Raza with Sen. Steve Hobbs

Olympia interns on inside track to policy careers

This winter, the University sent Shelby Lubchuk and Aysha Raza to the marbled halls of the Capitol.

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