Washington State Legislative Internship Program Information Sessions, May 1 and 2, 2018

Are you interested in gaining hands-on experience with a working government?  Do you want to build up your professional skills and develop contacts with people who shape policy in the State of Washington?


Interning with the Washington State Legislature during Winter 2019 is an excellent way to achieve these goals.  This is open to all majors and doesn’t require a background in Political Science to be successful.


The Coordinators for the Washington State Legislative Internship Program will be on the Seattle campus on May 1st and 2nd.  They will give eleven Information Sessions, all held in Gowen Hall, room 1A. Each session is half an hour long, starting at the following times:


  • Tuesday, May 1st, 10:30, 11:00, 11:30, 2:30, 3:00, and 3:30
  • Wednesday, May 2nd, 9:30, 10:00, 10:30, 1:00, and 1:30


You can find information about the program on their website:


You can also bring your questions for the Coordinators and to ask the interns from previous years.  If you cannot make any of these sessions, you can also contact Mark Weitzenkamp in the Political Science Advising Office to talk about the program (weitzen@uw.edu).


Credit internship opportunity working with children with special needs

Unique Volunteer OR Independent Study Opportunity – EDSPE 499 (5-9 Credits) ● Summer 2018


This volunteer experience OR independent study provides a rich, experiential learning opportunity for people interested in working with young children with and without disabilities. Students will serve as interns for an inclusive summer camp program, facilitating social skills through field trips and science experiments. In addition to supporting campers in day-to-day activities, students will participate in a professional learning community led by experts in the field. This independent study is open to all UW undergraduate and graduate students, with priority granted to students in the College of Education.

Learning Objectives

  • Review strategies for supporting learners with and without disabilities
  • Learn and practice effective classroom management techniques
  • Identify strategies for facilitating social skills, through positive behavior support
  • Learn and practice prevention and de-escalation techniques for challenging behaviors

 Additional Details

This course requires participation in up to seven weeks of summer camp, in addition to three-days of staff training, tentatively scheduled for June 27-29th, 2018 and some online work, which can be completed at your own pace.

Participants will receive a Right Response certification for participating in this part of the course. In addition to these training components, participants must be available to work in an inclusive STEM program serving preschooler age children with and without disabilities.

This program is scheduled to take place Monday-Friday, July 2-August 17th, 8am to 4pmdaily. During this time, students will serve as an intern. As an intern, your primary role is to engage with kids during play, supporting kids during circle time and seated tasks, and supporting the group during field trips. Participants will receive ongoing professional development and training during this time.


You may also participate in this experience as a volunteer if you are unable to take it for credit. Sign up for class via this Google Form!  



Tara Coffin – jumphc@uw.edu or 206.612.8697


Expectations for interns:

  • Ideally, interns will be able to commit to the full camp session, and will be able to work half/full days consistently. This means a weekday commitment, starting July 2(no camp July 4th), and going until August 17th.
  • Camp runs from 9-3:30pm

o Full day would be from 8:30-4:30 (with a break for lunch)

o Half day would be from 8:30-1pm or 12pm-4:30pm

  • Interns will be asked to commit until 5pmon Fridays, to allow for PLC work (detailed below)

Training Opportunities: 

Three-day Training (estimated dates: June 27-29th):

  • Camp logistics
  • Teaching science to young learners with and without disabilities
  • Building Blocks of Inclusion
  • Classroom management
  • Pivotal response treatment
  • Social skills support
  • Right Response Training
  • … (still being developed)

Ongoing Professional Learning Community (on going over the course of camp, with focused sessions on Fridays; July 2-August 17

  • Program fosters PLCs within individual camp classrooms. PLCs led by a Masters Level special educator or equivalent professions, and draw on experts from the community

o Working alongside specialists, including drama therapists, OT, SLPs, etc.

  • Prep and Debrief time:

o Before and after camp, camp staff will participate in structures prep and debrief discussions. These discussions focus on highlighting moments of success and moments of learning throughout camp, encouraging ongoing reflection.

  • FridayBreakout Sessions

o Guided readings over the course of camp; review readings on Fridays

o Experts in the field will be invited to visit Fridays to facilitate focused discussions

o All camp staff and interns will be invited to present on an area of interest to them, sharing this knowledge/passion with their team

o Friday sessions will be flexible and invite discussion about issues of emerging importance.


  • Students earn one credit for every 30 hours of service
  • Estimate of 5-7 hours/day for 5 days/week
  • 7 weeks of camp and 3 days of volunteer training

PHM Internship with SEAL

Summer Internship in Public Health Practice and Foodborne Illness

What is it?

Public Health Major students are invited to apply for a brand new, unpaid summer internship in public health practice, working with the UW Department of Epidemiology’s Student Epidemic Action Leaders (SEAL) Team. Interns will have the chance to assist with regional efforts to improve preparedness and response capacity for outbreaks of foodborne illnesses.

What will I do?

  • Attend a mandatory, 4-hour intensive training on cover outbreak investigation, environmental pathogens, foodborne illness, and epidemiologic methods with graduate students and faculty from the UW SEAL Team. The training will occur in June, the week after finals.
  • Work closely with SEAL mentors to explore the complexities of the agricultural industry and food processing chains, using your Public Health Major training to think creatively about improving public health response to foodborne disease.
  • Visit the Washington State public health laboratory and communicable disease epidemiology division.
  • Develop epidemiologic fact sheets covering a variety of different foods, how they are processed, risks for contamination, and the potential for associated outbreaks.

What’s in it for me?

After completing this internship, you will be able to:

  • Explain the significance of foodborne illness to public health agencies and communities.
  • Describe the processes by which food sources are contaminated and foodborne illnesses occur.
  • Develop informational tools to support epidemiologic investigations.


Timeline: After the initial training session, students can work remotely. The internship will require between 8-10 hours per week over 4-6 weeks, depending on how quickly students complete their assigned work.

How do I apply?

Interested students should submit a one-page (single space) cover letter describing:

  • Why they want to participate in this internship
  • What skills or background they feel make them a good candidate


Please submit this cover letter along with an unofficial copy of your transcript via Google Forms by 11:59pm on Monday, May 7th. Questions can be sent to the SEAL Team Research Assistant, Maayan Simckes (msimckes@uw.edu).

THU & FRI: D.C. Internships Info & Drop-in Sessions and Upcoming Deadlines

Are you interested in doing an internship in Washington, D.C. and earning UW credit? If yes, come to either an information session or drop-in session for The Washington Center (TWC):

Thursday, April 19

1030-1115 Drop-in with TWC Rep SMI 215
Pol S Advising Office
1130-1220 Information Session GWN 1A
(ground floor Gowen Hall)
1230-120 Information Session GWN 1A
(ground floor Gowen Hall)
230-320 Information Session GWN 1A
(ground floor Gowen Hall)
330-420 Information Session SAV 158

Friday, April 20

930-1130 Drop-in with TWC Rep SMI 215
Pol S Advising Office

The Washington Center (TWC) runs an internship program in Washington, D.C., that is open to all UW undergraduates (all majors welcome) and provides comprehensive service, including internship placement and housing. Placements include government agencies, corporations, nonprofits, museums, arts organizations, and international organizations. Hundreds of UW students have participated in this program since UW’s affiliation in 1977, and many made connections that led to post-degree employment.

At the informational meetings, a Washington Center representative and I will discuss the  structure of the program, scholarships, the application process, and UW credit.

The program is affordable for many students. UW WA State residents receive a $2500 scholarship that makes the cost of attending the program comparable to participating in many study abroad programs. UW international students and residents of other states receive a $1000 scholarship and may pay less for this program than the estimated cost of attending UW for a quarter. Additional scholarships may be available for students interested in the autumn or spring semester programs.

TWC’s facilities are accessible to students who have disabilities. In addition, their Disability Services Coordinator will assist with accommodation at the internship and programming sites.

These are the upcoming application deadlines (for a full list of organizations that have earlier deadlines see http://www.twc.edu/node/11029):
Autumn 2018 (15 weeks, Aug-Dec): Regular: May 16
Spring 2019 (15 weeks, Jan-May): Priority*: Oct 17, Regular: Nov 14
Summer 2019 (10 weeks, Jun-Aug), Priority*: Feb 20, Regular: Mar 13
* Priority deadline is for scholarships above the minimum guaranteed

Regardless of your major, there is an internship in D.C. for you! Whether you want to do an internship this year or in three years, come to an information session to learn more.

If you can’t make it, contact Meera Roy, for an appointment (available online at https://depts.washington.edu/polsadvc/signup.php — you can change the week at the top of the screen–or you can email me for an appointment time). Program information is also available at TWC’s website, www.twc.edu.


Additional information: Internships Info & Drop-in Sessions and Upcoming Deadlines

IRC New Roots internships!

Internship opportunities with the New Roots program this summer. These opportunities are open to current undergraduate and graduate students or recent graduates only. The internships can be used towards school credit.


New Roots is looking for two interns to support program activities this summer, including coordinating produce sales from communal and individual garden plots, coordinating a New Roots partnership with City Fruit to harvest fruit from trees in South King County, and to design and implement focused evaluations for programming offered at New Roots garden sites.


For more information and to apply follow this link: https://www.rescue.org/announcement/2018-summer-internships

Apply Today: CoMotion Mary Gates Innovation Internship ($5000+course credit)

The CoMotion Mary Gates Innovation Internship Program is now accepting applications!  Students can spend Summer quarter working as interns with UW faculty-led start-up companies, seeking to transfer research to real-world applications.  Participants will build upon their strengths and learn about intellectual property and entrepreneurship through hands-on teamwork with an emerging company.


Each Innovation Scholar will receive a $5,000 scholarship and earn course credit.


Students with backgrounds in art, biology, botany, business, chemistry, civil & environmental engineering, computer science & engineering, electrical engineering, mechanical engineering, microbiology, linguistics, neuroscience, physics, public health, psychology, speech & hearing sciences, statistics, visual communications, web design and more should apply.  Nine different internships are available this year, across a broad spectrum of engineering, bilingual learning and translation, health sciences, and natural sciences.


Students from all three campuses are invited to apply.  All internships will be at/near the Seattle campus.  Only degree-seeking UW undergraduate students are eligible (students graduating in Summer 2018 or later are eligible; Winter or Spring quarter graduates are not eligible).  This program is made possible by CoMotion and the Mary Gates Endowment for Students.


Please send questions specific to the CoMotion Mary Gates Innovation internship program to Janice North at jlnorth@uw.edu. General question regarding Mary Gates Scholarships should be directed to mgates@uw.edu.