Seattle Good Business Network connects local youth ages 16-24, from all backgrounds and levels of experience, to meaningful learning, career, and leadership opportunities. Our youth programming is founded on interagency collaboration, co-designed initiatives, and equitable opportunities for youth from underfunded and under-resourced communities.

These paid internships are made possible with support from Seattle King County’s Workforce Development Council, Seattle’s Office of Economic Development, and all of our Seattle Good members from across our communities.

Read more below to learn about the program, our participants, and how you can get involved! Contact us if with any questions!

INTERNSHIPS:
WHERE TO BEGIN

For Youth interested in applying for an internship:

  1. Read about past and current internships to see if they fit your interests!
  2. Send in an application through the link below!
  3. Have any questions? Contact us.

HOST AN INTERNSHIP

For Businesses interested in hosting an internship:

Read more below on how you can partner with us and connect local youth with your business. Not a Seattle Good Business Network member? Find out which program to join for free here!

About the Program

With the support of Seattle-King County’s Workforce Development Council (WDC) and City of Seattle’s Office of Economic Development, we connect local young adults from underserved communities to local businesses for a meaningful mentorship/internship opportunity (e.g., low-income and BIPOC, and who may also be facing a number of barriers including, but not limited to: homelessness, foster care, and joblessness). 

Above all, we are building a safe space and stronger career pipelines for all youth who seek belonging and opportunities for growth. We prioritize the health and vibrancy of all our community members and strive for equitable solutions.

  • Opportunities are available on a rolling basis for 2021 cohorts. Check out the opportunities here! Interns are matched with one of these local business from Seattle Good Business Network, of their choosing, and earn hourly wages, paid by Seattle Good Business Network.
  • Each internship will be completed after 150 hours. Weekly schedules are flexible and determined by each business host/intern.
  • The opportunity is open to 16-24 year olds in the Seattle area. 
  • Must participate in monthly check in calls with Program Manager. 
  • Interns are required to attend up to two, 90-minute Race & Social Equity workshop (Next: 3/31 – additional dates TBA).
  • Participating interns will be able to: access financial literacy trainings; childcare resources; professional development training (resume-writing, interview training, etc.) build connections; explore Race & Social Justice communication tactics in the workplace; gain unique work experience in the local sector. 
  • Intern hourly wages are paid by Seattle Good Business Network through grant funding.
  • Eligible business hosts will be Seattle Good Business Network members. Not a member yet? Learn more and apply here for free.
  • On boarded intern hosts/employers are provided a stipend to cover a select number of training and overhead business host application form). Application information is posted here for prospective interns to check out.
  • Businesses are matched with a prospective intern on a rolling basis, based on interests, skillsets, and a final interview conducted by the business.
  • Supervisors must participate in up to four surveys that are dispersed throughout the internship.
  • Each business is to create 150-hour work plan/tasks/projects and set expectations from the outset with the intern. 
  • Intern supervisors are required to attend up to two, 90-minute Race & Social Equity Workshop (Next: 3/31 – additional dates TBA).

Meet current interns and their business hosts!

Big thanks to our 2020 internship cohorts and a warm welcome to our 2021 interns! Applicants are matched with local Seattle businesses and given the opportunity to build tangible skills and explore personal career inspiration. Another big thanks to our Seattle Good Business Network members who have been dedicated to providing meaningful mentorships and internships with local youth. 

production Intern at The seattle barkery

This internship was my first time having a real job experience and first time earning money. I learned working skills as I learned to complete given tasks and had try to do customer service.

Kenneth Tran, 17, he/him

Hosting an intern, led us to realize what we needed for our business! Our intern was so valuable to us that we have made it a permanent position going forward, creating another job!

DAWN FORD, OWNER

Digital Marketing Intern at Molly Ray Parfums 

I enjoy having a physical workspace and working with someone so dedicated to making my goals come to fruition.

Adilia Watson, 21, she/her

I can say that a valuable part of having an intern is that it pushes you as a business owner to look at your brand and business through a different lens. That's super important this year in particular!

Molly Ray, Founder/Designer

operations intern at french girl

I enjoy most the great people I work with, it's a good work environment. I definitely learned how to be more social thanks to my co-workers!

jasmine navarro, 17, she/her

The internship program is a benefit for both the intern and the host. As the host, FRENCH GIRL was happy to have Jasmine join the team. She has been an excellent employee during her short time with us: she's interested in the business itself and is always willing to do whatever task is assigned to her. We are grateful to both Seattle Good and Juma Ventures for making this internship possible.

PHIL GRIMES, DIRECTOR OF OPERATIONS

Production Intern at Prairie Underground

I enjoyed earning wages as well as the management. I learned how to steam and fold clothes in a proper way.

Amina Mohamud, 17, she/her

Hosting an intern through this program helped my business create an ethical structure for internships that include day to day tasks alongside behind the scenes learning objectives.

Davora Lindner, Co-Founder/Creative Director

Social Media and Research Intern at rue Santé - Mindfulness-Based Self-Care™

I learned a lot about manufacturing, how to handle professional conversations with international companies, and how to properly manage my responsibilities.

Anishta Kathireson, 18, she/her

I’m so grateful for the Seattle Good Business Network. It has really made a difference for us at a time when our resources were incredibly tight due to Covid. Our intern, Anishta, was incredibly helpful and eager to learn. She was able to take on some major projects, like researching sustainable dispensing options, updating our research links and helping with our social media. It is very rewarding to mentor youth because the learning is happening on both sides.

Elizabeth Lopez, Founder/Owner

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Production Assistant Intern at Bucha Belly

I enjoyed learning about entrepreneurship and kombucha production through my internship.

Dakota Nguyen, 18, she/they

Hosting an intern through this program helped my business because I was able to reduce my personal workload, giving me time to develop a training program that makes it easier to bring on new interns and employees in the future.

Ryan Strandin, Co-Founder
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Intern at Fancy

When first staring my internship I wanted to be a lawyer or vet, but now I'm thinking of being a CEO or at least creating something as my own business.

Ninah Martin, 17, she/her

Fancy is a community and environment-focused boutique that re-purposes precious vintage jewelry and metals. From simple to ornate, each piece of jewelry is handcrafted to be unique and reflective of perfect imperfections. Fancy is currently hosting intern Ninah Martin.

Sally Brock, Founder/Artist
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Yousra is a local high school student who is interested in the small business world with keen skills in communications and customer service. She is starting an internship position with Pot Pie Factory, a Seattle Good Business Network member!

Yousra Kemal, 17, she/her

The extra hands are so helpful to catch up with inventory needs. Plus it's really nice working with an all female team.

Logan niles, ceo/flour-whisperer

Frequently Asked Questions

Internships are open to 16-24 year olds in the Greater Seattle area. Though anyone can apply, we prioritize young people from underrepresented and underserved backgrounds (e.g., low-income, BIPOC, POC, refugee, immigrant, and more). 

Any local Seattle business open to hosting local youth/students looking for career exposure and entrepreneurial learning opportunities. Though anyone can apply, we prioritize Seattle Good Business Network members – learn more about our programming and join for free here!

Interested in hosting? Fill out this form

Yes, each intern’s hourly wages for 150 hours are covered by Seattle Good Business Network or community-based partners. 

Seattle Good Business Network prioritizes the health of all participants and asks that all internships follow COVID-19 restrictions and accommodations to ensure everyone’s safety. While we prioritize at-place internship opportunities, depending on the business host’s current regulations, internships can be held virtually, in-person, or a combination of both.

Thank you to our program sponsors!

Thank you to our community partners!