Tuesday, December 02, 2008

$15 an hour this summer--paid internships at the Port of Tacoma

This is a really good opportunity that can mix politics, business, and international relations. The Port has a Government Relations office that might also be open to interns, and PG has a contact there if you want to explore that opportunity more directly.

The Port of Tacoma internship opportunities are designed to offer students an opportunity to participate in meaningful work experience to compliment and enhance their learning and growth within their programs of study. These work experiences are a chance for students to apply their classroom learning in a real work setting. More importantly, interns gain access to knowledge and expertise of the talented people that we have at the Port, which we feel will be beneficial to their career development.

In return, the Port benefits by having capable and enthusiastic students assist in normal work activities and/or special projects and events, while making a valuable contribution to the next generation of an up and coming creative, energized and educated workforce.

The types and the number of internship opportunities vary year to year. Opportunities can range in all types of departments such as IT, Finance, the Port’s Lines of Businesses, Human Resources, Communications, Marketing, Operations, Engineering, Environmental, Maintenance, etc. Most of the internships are full-time during the summer months, but occasionally there may be opportunities during the academic year on a part-time basis. All of our internships are paid with an hourly rate as follows:

College $15.00/hr
Graduate $18.00/hr

To be eligible to participate in the Port’s internship program, candidates must be enrolled in an accredited school, college or university. Students will be considered for internships based on qualifications and course of study for each opportunity.

Recruitment for internship opportunities generally begins in January and February for internship opportunities for the following summer, however, internships may arise anytime throughout the year. Listings may be sent to major universities and local community colleges and associations. Students can also contact the Port’s Human Resources Office to find out what opportunities may be available or should send a cover letter and resume to hr@portoftacoma.com for consideration of open opportunities. Please direct any questions pertaining to internships to Christina Kim, Manager, Employment services, at 253.592.6757 or send an e-mail to the above e-mail address.