Internship Opportunity with the City of Olympia:

Public Engagement Intern (Economic Development)

SALARY: $16.02 Hourly

($18.02 hourly if fluent in a verbal/written language other than English and can assist the city with outreach to that population)

OPENING DATE: 05/23/22

CLOSING DATE: 06/09/22


New hires must be fully vaccinated against COVID-19. This is a condition of employment with the City of Olympia. Exemption may be granted for religious or medical purposes; however, accommodations will be subject to approval based on the essential functions required of the position.

About the Internship

This summer the City of Olympia is kicking off a public engagement effort to develop a long-range plan to advance economic resiliency in our community. Resiliency refers to the ability of Olympia residents, businesses, our overall community and city organization to adapt and recover quickly from difficulties and to thrive in the face of long-term challenges. This plan will:

  • Expand on economic strengths and opportunities that Olympians value,
  • Adopt policies that sustain economic growth and help overcome hardships,
  • Elevate more people of all backgrounds and abilities into financial stability, and
  • Attract investment and generate new revenue to fund community goals and needs.

To assist with public engagement in this effort, the Olympia Economic Development Department is looking for two interns during the summer of 2022. To qualify, you must be a student currently enrolled in an associate, undergraduate or graduate degree program.

Interns will work on activities such as:

  • Conduct surveys at public events and locations throughout the city
  • Collate and summarize survey results
  • Assist with focus group conversations
  • Hang flyers advertising public engagement opportunities
  • Participate in bi-weekly economic development team meetings
  • Present survey results to a committee of the City Council

Interns will report to the Strategic Projects Manager. Work will be performed with general supervision, allowing interns the opportunity to exercise independent judgment.

The anticipated start date is July 5, 2022. This internship is expected to run through September 2022.

Ideal Candidate Profile

  • Interest in local economic development and municipal issues
  • Ability to work in a public setting and engage with diverse community members.
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills.
  • Ability to work independently and as a team member.
  • Highly organized and dependable individual.
  • Friendly and approachable.

Learning Objectives

  • Receive hands-on experience engaging with diverse members of the public.
  • Expand research, writing and analysis skills.
  • Gain a greater understanding of how economic development is applied at a local level and how public input shapes policy making.
  • Gain experience presenting information to the City Council at a public meeting
  • Learn about economic development goals and strategies in Olympia and Thurston County and how these support/are supported by other activities related to housing and development, transportation, the environment, education and more.

Knowledge and Experience Qualifications

  • Ability to communicate effectively with diverse individuals regarding potentially controversial issues.
  • Ability to establish and maintain effective working relations with city staff and partners.
  • Self-starter; able to work independently and as a team member, multi-task and prioritize, complete tasks on time and produce quality, detail-oriented work.
  • Competence with Microsoft Word and Excel.
  • Experience communicating effectively both orally and in writing.

Salary and Schedule

This internship requires that the applicant is enrolled in a full-time associate, undergraduate or graduate degree program (may be taking the summer off of school). Work hours are 20 hours per week between July 5 and September 30, 2022. Days and times may vary week to week according to community events and a mutually agreed upon schedule. A majority of the work will be conducted in the field. An ability to work some evenings and most weekends in order to attend community events is required. The salary is $16.02 per hour. However, a salary of $18.02 per hour may be offered if the candidate can speak and write fluently in a non-English language and assist with outreach to that population in Olympia. This position is not eligible to receive benefits such as medical insurance, paid vacation or paid holidays. You will receive sick leave in accordance with State Law.

To Apply

Please submit a cover letter and resume through our posting on the Handshake app.

  • This recruitment is open through June 9. To be considered for an interview please submit your cover letter and resume by 11:55 PM on Thursday, June 9.

In order to participate in the recruitment process, accommodations for people with disabilities may be made by contacting Amy Buckler, Strategic Projects Manager at 360.280.8947 or

The City of Olympia is an Equal Opportunity Employer, committed to a diverse workforce. We strongly encourage people who are Black or Indigenous, people of color, transgender, non-binary, LGBTQ, people with disabilities, and women to apply.

Contact information

If you have questions about the position and/or requirements, please contact Am

Buckler, Strategic Projects Manager at 360.280.8947 or