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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-Tac 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% 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
  • Finance & Budget
  • Human Resources
  • Maritime Operations
  • Public Affairs


Qualified college or graduate interns are:

a.) Currently enrolled in an undergraduate or graduate degree. Students can intern up to 12-months past their graduation date. 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
  • Resume
  • Cover Letter
  • Official or unofficial transcripts

If you are having difficulty with the online application process, please refer to the Port's FAQ for job applicants (update pending).

When to Apply:

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

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The Port of Seattle is an equal opportunity employer M/F/D/V and is committed to diversity in the workplace.

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