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.


Apply now for a paid internship for summer 2014

Deadline to apply is 2/28/14

  • Get paid while you gain relevant experience to build your résumé
  • Develop your network for future career opportunities

The Advanced Internship Program connects local businesses with talented WSU Tri-Cities’ students for paid, summer internships.

What kind of businesses hire interns?

For-profit businesses, not-for-profit organizations, and public agencies, located in Benton or Franklin County, may apply to be considered for an intern project; preference is given to projects with for-profit businesses that have at least one-year of sales and less than 50 employees.

This opportunity is being promoted in the community to get applications from businesses who need interns. If you know of a business that could benefit from this program, encourage them to apply.

What kinds of internships might be available?

Student interns complete specific projects of up to 150 hours. 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

What’s in it for me?

  • Cash: As a student intern, you would become a temporary WSU employee who is paid $10–$13 per hour, depending on your qualifications and the project requirements, for up to 150 hours over the summer.
  • Experience: Apply your knowledge to assist a business, gain valuable skills and enhance your résumé.
  • Credit: Prior to starting the internship, you must be enrolled in at least two (2) semester credits at WSU Tri-Cities during summer semester. You are responsible to pay WSU summer tuition for these credits.

What’s the time commitment?

Projects are designed to take up to 150 hours during summer semester. Interns are paid for project time but are not paid to do school work associated with this internship, if any; requirements for academic credit, as defined by the faculty member, are in addition to the paid work hours.

Interns typically work 18-20 hours per week for 8 weeks. Other interns work 30-40 hours per week and work fewer weeks. The starting and ending dates are primarily based on the needs of the business. Some projects are flexible to accommodate a late start or end date, an accelerated schedule, or an intern’s previous summer commitments. Internship projects are completed before the beginning of fall semester.

Most internships will require the student intern to work at the location of the business. Occasionally, projects may allow the intern to do some of the work from another location as arranged before the internship begins. The commute time to and from the place of work is unpaid time.

Who can apply?

  • Any WSU Tri-Cities’ undergraduate or graduate student, in good academic standing. Preference is given to undergraduate students with at least junior-level standing who have taken two or more of the upper-division courses required for their major and to graduate students.
  • All majors are considered but opportunities are most frequently available for engineering, computer science, science, business, DTC, and English majors.
  • Selected interns become temporary WSU employees so must be eligible to work in the United States.
  • Students selected as interns must become enrolled in at least 3 semester credits at WSU Tri-Cities during summer semester; these credits may be in any academic course.

How do I apply?

Download the application or contact the Career Development Center at 509-372-7600 or careers@tricity.wsu.edu.

How are interns selected?

Completed applications that are received by the deadline will be reviewed by the Intern Coordinator. Top intern candidates will be interviewed by the Coordinator, matched to a project and interviewed by the business. Internship placements will be finalized by mid-April.

DEADLINE: Completed applications must be received by the Career Development Center no later than 5 p.m. on February 28, 2014.
Career Development Center, 2710 Crimson Way, Washington State University Tri-Cities, Richland WA 99354-1671
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