Salary: $21.76 – $27.58 Hourly
Location: Seattle, WA
Job Type: Intern
Department: DES – Executive Services
Job Number: 2023BM18294
Division: Airport
Closing: 3/27/2023 11:59 PM Pacific

About this opportunity
Are you ready for an internship in the dynamic and exciting field of aviation? King County International Airport (KCIA), located just south of Seattle’s Georgetown neighborhood, is an airport with a rich aviation history and exciting future that provides critical services to the region and the world. These internship positions will provide you an opportunity work alongside airport professionals in a fast-moving, dynamic environment helping to break down barriers for Equity and Social Justice in your own community and shape this “city within a city” for decades to come.
KCIA is recruiting for two (2) graduate-level interns in a variety of fields. See below for details on each position.
  What will you get out of this internship? You will…

  • Lead and participate in interdisciplinary projects to understand the diversity of work at the airport
  • Participate in ongoing professional development including attendance at paid workshops, trainings, and professional certifications.
  • Be paired with a mentor and within a cohort of other students 
  • Complete a culminating project with the support of their mentor to be shared at the end of their term (if required by academic institution.)
  • Gain vital job skills that will be valuable in your career.
  • For ALL internships: You must be currently enrolled in an accredited college or university in a graduate program and live within a reasonable distance to the King County Airport.

Environmental Science Graduate Intern (environmental science program or similar)

Location: Teleworking and occasionally onsite at the Airport Terminal Building as necessary

The responsibilities of the Environmental Science Intern include performing site inspections and sampling, revising and editing technical documents, assisting with planning and communication with stakeholders, updating digital records and working with environmental staff on emergent projects. The internship will help the student apply their academic skills to gain firsthand knowledge of airport layout and operations from a technical perspective and learn processes involved with environmental permitting and compliance with State and Federal regulations.
Job Duties

  • Perform site inspections and stormwater sampling for compliance with NPDES permit 
  • Update digital files, create new media for communicating environmental projects and solutions 
  • Perform basic research of equipment and basic data calculations
  • Assist with site cleanup activities including the Lower Duwamish stormwater system line cleanings, source control sampling and tracing 
  • Provide input for revisions to the airport Stormwater Pollution and Prevention Plan 

Experience, Qualifications, Knowledge, Skills 

  • Basic familiarity of site cleanup, green infrastructure and landscape principles and State and Federal environmental regulations 
  • Familiarity with map types, Google Earth imagery and street addresses
  • Excellent communication skills in public, online and group settings 
  • Competence in using computer software such as Microsoft office programs 
  • Knowledge of basic GIS and AutoCAD applications

Public Administration/Planning Graduate Intern (public administration, urban planning, or business administration program)

Location: Teleworking and occasionally onsite at the Airport Terminal Building as necessary

This masters-level internship will provide the opportunity for a future public-sector leader to get hands-on experience supporting the planning, prioritization, and monitoring of the division’s capital improvement program (CIP). Capital improvement programs are the cornerstone of infrastructure planning and development in the United States.  
This position will help develop a logical framework for monitoring the impact of the airport’s infrastructure investments by designing and delivering a series of workshops to identify Inputs, Processes, Outputs and Outcomes of the CIP. Additionally, this position will help with standardizing project management through improved reporting processes.  The chosen candidate will work on highly visible projects and assist with achieving major agency goals. This position will have the opportunity for paid professional development opportunities, access to public management mentors from withing the County and cross-sectional work within the division to get a full picture of work at King County International Airport (KCIA).  

Job Duties

  • Design and carry out a series of internal stakeholder workshops to build a monitoring framework that includes data collection protocols, performance targets and performance reporting 
  • Perform a program evaluation of CIP change management (e.g., management reporting, data integration, tier boards, project management processes) and assist in developing and refining standard work with the Engineering team 
  • Assist with the community engagement efforts for the Airport’s Vision 2045, community working groups, and occasional outreach events  
  • Work with the division’s Equity and Social Justice team to integrate equity into planning and implementation of projects 
  • Support the CIP database Lead in implementing project reporting and quality control  

Experience, Qualifications, Knowledge, Skills 

  • Meeting planning and facilitation skills, including setting agendas, leading productive work sessions, facilitating crucial conversations, and capturing and communicating outcomes.  
  • Experience in making presentations to a variety of audiences and ability to clearly communicate complex technical information, both in writing and orally in an engaging way.  
  • Experience performing data analysis, including presentation of results in concise reports and memos that include maps, charts, text, and other elements that engage readers and “tell the story.”  
  • Knowledge about logic models/frameworks, performance monitoring, project/program monitoring and evaluation
  • Proactive, motivated, self-directed learner with good problem-solving skills.  

Selection Process:  Applications will be screened for clarity, completeness, and qualifications.  The most competitive candidates may be invited to participate in an interview and practical test.  Unfortunately, application packets that do not include all the required components and/or do not follow application instructions will be deemed incomplete and will not be considered.  Reference checks will be conducted.
Union Membership: This position is not represented.
Work Schedule: This is a 40 hour per week position for the summer normally working Monday through Friday, 8 – 5 p.m. and 15-20 hours per week during the school year. There may be rare times when after-hours, weekends and/or holidays are required. This position is non-exempt from the Fair Labor Standards Act and is overtime eligible.

A King County application (paper or electronic) is required. We highly recommend that you also provide a resume and cover letter.

If you have any questions, please contact DES Talent Solutions at DESTalentSolutions@kingcounty.govIf selected, you will need to provide proof of (1) college coursework and (2) enrollment in college for the 2023 -2024 academic year.  

To Apply
If you are interested in pursuing this position, please follow the application instructions carefully. If you need this announcement in an alternate language or format, would like to request accommodation or assistance in the application or assessment process or if you have questions please contact the recruiter listed on this job announcement