A new program at the University of Washington Tacoma will pair students with local agencies and businesses for year-long paid internships that emphasize community-based learning.
The City of Tacoma and United Way of Pierce County will be the first agencies to participate in the Institution-to-Institution internship program. Each will take on two UWT students who will spend a year lending their skills to the institutions while learning to apply their education to the world around them.
“Major institutions in the community have an important role to play in the education, professional development and continuing support of UW Tacoma students,” UWT Chancellor Debra Friedman said in a news release. “We are pleased to formalize these partnerships.”
Internships are available through the city for students interested in working with cybersecurity and in the City Manager’s office. At United Way, interns will work in social media, marketing, community education and resource development. Students who are accepted into the program will be paid through UW Tacoma to earn money to help fund their education.
The model was tested over the past year with internships at the Museum of Glass and the Boys & Girls Clubs of South Puget Sound. The university hopes to increase the number of available internships by establishing partnerships with additional local businesses.
UWT students interested in one of the four available internships should contact Julia Smith at firstname.lastname@example.org or 253-692-5895.