Washington State University Tri-Cities

Career Development Center

Summer 2014 Advanced Internship Program

Washington State University Tri-Cities and Washington River Protection Solutions announce the Advanced Internship Program for summer 2014.

Applications are accepted from students seeking internships and businesses seeking summer interns. Applications are due soon! Check specific sections for details.


Do you have a project but lack the time, staff, or specialized knowledge to complete it? A student intern might be your solution!

Deadline to apply is 2/21/14

WSU Tri-Cities is accepting applications to connect local businesses with talented students who can complete special projects.

A knowledgeable intern can benefit your business by completing your project this summer.

Who can apply for an intern?

The generous donor sponsoring these internships places the highest priority on supporting projects with:

  • For-profit businesses
  • Located in Benton or Franklin County
  • With at least one year of sales
  • Less than 50 employees

Projects will also be considered from larger businesses, not-for-profit organizations with an IRS status of 501(c)3 or 501(c)6, and public agencies.

What types of projects are considered?

Projects are designed to take up to 150 hours of internship support and to be finished by July 31. Interns typically work 18-20 hours per week for 8 weeks. Other interns work 30-40 hours per week for fewer weeks. The starting and ending dates are primarily based on the needs of the business. However, some projects are flexible to accommodate an accelerated schedule or an intern’s previous summer commitments. Past projects have included:

  • coding
  • software testing
  • product testing
  • Research & Development (R&D)
  • IT assessment
  • QA plan
  • safety plan
  • engineering design
  • mechanical pump design
  • environmental restoration plan
  • product introduction strategy
  • business plan
  • market research
  • marketing plan
  • feasibility plan
  • social media marketing plan
  • accounting system review
  • graphic identity and updated website
  • HR manual development
  • inventory management system
  • and other projects

How are companies selected?

Submit the business application by Friday, February 21, 2014. Companies who submit completed applications by this deadline will be contacted by the WSU Tri-Cities’ Intern Coordinator to identify project requirements and enable a comparison with available student intern expertise.

Which students can apply for internships?

Any WSU Tri-Cities’ undergraduate or graduate student, in good academic standing, and in any academic major may apply. Preference is given to undergraduate students with at least junior-level standing who have taken at least two courses required for their major.

How are interns selected?

Interested students provide an application, resume, two references and unofficial transcripts to the WSU Tri-Cities’ Intern Coordinator who screens applicants and then connects internship candidates with selected companies. If your company is selected, the Intern Coordinator will contact you to arrange your interview of the potential intern. Once you approve of the intern, then you, the student intern, and the student’s faculty mentor will sign a Student Project Participation Agreement which covers the agreed upon scope of work for the project, days/hours/location of work, start/end dates, and confidentiality.

What will it cost?

Washington River Protection Solutions supports the growth of small businesses in our community and has provided a gift to WSU to support these internships. Student interns are temporary employees of WSU assigned to internship experiences for the summer; all payroll costs are covered by the donor’s gift to WSU. Businesses benefiting from intern projects contribute $150 toward internship expenses. If your business is selected to have a sponsored intern, your company will be responsible for the $150 fee payable to WSU Tri-Cities at the beginning of the internship project.

Approved companies provide a workplace supervisor to serve as an intern mentor, access to appropriate company information, equipment and/or resources necessary to complete the project, and a safe work environment. Most internships will require the student intern to work at the location of the business. Occasionally, some of the project work may be done from another location with prior consent.

How do we apply?

Submit the business application by 5 p.m. on Friday, February 21, 2014. Applications are considered as they are received so early application is encouraged.

Submit by E-mail: careers@tricity.wsu.edu
Submit by Fax: 509-372-7676
Submit by Mail: Career Development Center, Washington State University Tri-Cities, 2710 Crimson Way, Richland, WA 99354

Questions? Contact the Intern Coordinator at 509-372-7600 or careers@tricity.wsu.edu.

Career Development Center, 2710 Crimson Way, Washington State University Tri-Cities, Richland WA 99354-1671
509-372-7600, Contact Us