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High School Internships

The summer high school internship program opens for applications in May of each year.

Why intern with the Port?

It's not just another summer job. Few organizations, public or private, can offer high schools interns the experience the Port of Seattle provides:

  1. Jumpstart your future professional career
  2. Work experience on your resume at a well-known public organization with a long history
  3. Selfie-worthy work locations at SEA Airport or along the Seattle waterfront
  4. Real work on real projects that impact local communities and the regional economy—no coffee runs
  5. 100 percent of our internships are paid

The Port of Seattle offers high school internships to explore careers within our organization that fall into the following career focus areas:

  • Aviation Operations
  • Maritime Operations
  • Governance
  • Community Engagement
  • Green Jobs

Gain career skills:

The Port of Seattle’s High School Internship Program is designed to provide you with the skills you need to be successful in a corporate environment.

Interns will learn the Port’s Code of Conduct and communications technology, as well as business skills such as: diversity and inclusion, process improvement, project management, networking, public speaking, communications, and leadership.

A variety of career awareness activities will be available during the summer to promote learning and increase exposure to various aspects of the Port. This includes mentorship meetings, facility tours, LinkedIn 101, and resume workshops.


Qualified high school interns are:

a) At least 16 years of age before the beginning of the internship

b) Currently enrolled in high school, recently graduated from high school (no more than 12 months removed), or currently in a GED completion program

c) Ideal candidates have demonstrated the ability to complete projects, have volunteered with community organizations, and/or participated in extracurricular activities

d) Authorized to work in the United States


Application Requirements

Fill out the online application. Make sure to add your contact and educational information.

  • Resume: Upload your prepared resume
  • Cover Letter (optional): Upload your prepared cover letter

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How to Apply

The Port of Seattle accepts applications online for our summer internship program in May. Applications for winter will open in November. To check out available opportunities, please browse our Current Opportunities

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