This FAQ was last updated in March 2022 and reflects the 2022 program. Have more questions after reading these FAQs? Contact Becca Kedenburg at email@example.com.
WHO IS ELIGIBLE?
Age: Interns must be high school students who are 15 years old by the first day of the internship.
Covid-19 Vaccination: All staff and interns are required to show proof of vaccination.
|Office or Field|
What does a typical week look like?
- On Field days, interns are driven in a King County van to sites around King County.
- On Office days, interns work in an office setting (in a computer lab at King Street Center).
What do interns do on office days?
Work on various communication tasks – i.e. emails to local leaders, informational interviews with professionals, and a final PowerPoint presentation.
What do we do on field days?
Visit places around King County for tours and skill building. Expect to walk up to two miles, sometimes on uneven surfaces. A few field days involve physical work – i.e. using a shovel to dig out blackberry roots.
Is CWA online or in person?
In person! Exception: On Fridays, our office work will happen online over Zoom.
What happens if Covid-19 conditions worsen?
We will continue monitoring Covid-19 recommendations from King County, State, and Federal health officials, and will make modifications to our program as needed.
Where do interns start and end their day?
Mondays, Tuesdays and Thursdays: Downtown Seattle, at the Stadium Lightrail Station (map).
Wednesdays: Downtown Seattle, at King Street Center (map).
What kinds of places do the interns go?
Some examples of field trips include:
- King County wastewater treatment facility (i.e. Brightwater in Woodinville)
- CitySoil Farm (Renton)
- Cedar River Watershed (North Bend)
- Fish hatchery (Issaquah)
SCHOOL YEAR EXTENSION
What happens during the school year?
During the summer, interns plan projects that help teach their community about how to help protect clean water. During the school year, Clean Water Ambassadors staff support students in implementing those projects. We ask that interns commit at least 40 total hours to their project during the school year.
What are some examples of intern projects?
- Teach a lesson in a science class at your school.
- Start an Environmental Club at your school.
- Organize a volunteer restoration event.
- Plan the installation of a rain garden or rainwater cistern at your school.
Interns earn $17.72 per hour and are provided with an ORCA transit card.
What are my transportation options?
Interns must get themselves to downtown Seattle each day, but we do provide ORCA transit cards.
On field days, interns are driven by internship staff in a King County van.
What does the ORCA card give me access to?
ORCA cards are accepted on all services provided by Community Transit, Everett Transit, King County Metro, Kitsap Transit, Pierce Transit, Sound Transit, and Washington State Ferries, as well as on Monorail and Seattle Streetcar. Learn more at orcacard.com.
WHAT TO BRING / WEAR
Interns should dress comfortably! On office days, clothing should be clean and professional.
Closed-toe shoes that are comfortable for walking, jacket, sun protection (i.e. sunglasses, hat, sunscreen). All safety gear will be provided.
Backpack, mask, lunch and snacks, water bottle, notebook, pen/cil.
How do I apply?
Applications are open April 1 – May 10, 2022.
Visit: https://www.governmentjobs.com/careers/kingcounty and search for ‘intern’.
You will need to create an account and fill out the application online.
What would make my application stand out?
Be authentic! Share your passions. Elaborate on your answers – write at least a few sentences per question.
What happens after I apply?
You will get an email from internship staff by the end of May regarding if you are selected for an interview. Interviews will be conducted (in person or virtually) between May 20 – June 3. Final decisions will be made by June 10 – selected candidates will be notified by email.
Becca Kedenburg (she/her)
Education Program Manager
Mountains to Sound Greenway Trust (mtsgreenway.org)
Kristin Covey (she/her)
King County Wastewater Treatment Division
Siena Ezekiel (she/her)
King County Wastewater Treatment Division