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College and Graduate Internship Program

Why intern with the Port?

Few organizations, public or private, can offer college interns the experience the Port of Seattle provides:

  1. Behind-the-scenes looks at airport and maritime operations that move millions of passengers and billions of dollars in goods
  2. Selfie-worthy work locations at SEA Airport or along the Seattle waterfront
  3. Real work on real projects that impact local communities and the regional economy—no coffee runs
  4. The opportunity to work for an established public agency with a heritage of service
  5. Numerous opportunities to network with fellow interns and full-time professionals
  6. 100 percent of our internships are paid

The Port offers internships for graduate and undergraduate students in various departments across the Port, including but not limited to:

  • Accounting
  • Airport Operations
  • Business Development
  • Commission or Government Relations
  • Construction Management and Services
  • Engineering
  • Environment & Sustainability
  • External Relations
  • Finance & Budget
  • Human Resources
  • Information Technology
  • Maritime Operations
  • Project Management


Qualified college or graduate interns are:

a.) Currently enrolled in an undergraduate or graduate degree, or recently graduated (< 1 year ago). In some cases, students may be enrolled in technical certificate programs in particular fields relevant to the Port's business objectives. We will accept applications from students who have recently completed undergraduate degree work and are enrolling in a graduate degree program for the following academic year.

b.) Considering a profession related to some aspect of the Port's business objectives. Generally, interns should be advanced enough in their educational programs to have begun taking courses in a field related to their work at the Port. However, in some cases previous work experience or education may substitute for current academic placement.

c.) Willing to participate in intern activities organized by Human Resources, and interested in seeking information about the Port and its business objectives that may not be directly related to the internship project.

How to Apply

Application Requirements:

  • Online Application (browse open internships)
  • Resume
  • Cover Letter
  • Official or unofficial transcripts

When to Apply:

New college internships are posted throughout the year. Full-time summer internship opportunities generally post between late February and early May, while part-time fall internship opportunities generally post between late August and mid-September. We recommend setting up email alerts through the Port's Taleo application system to notify you when new positions become available.  

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