Salary: $15.00 Hourly


Job Type: Internship


Job Number: 2019-12636


Location: Thurston County – Olympia, WA


Department: Office of the Governor


Interns must be enrolled college students and can start on June 8 or June 22, depending on whether they are on quarters or semesters at their schools

  • Students graduating in May or June 2020 are not eligible.

Governor’s Office

  • Boards and Commissions
  • Communications
  • Constituent Services
  • International Relations and Protocol
  • Policy (graduate or law student)
  • Washington DC Office


  • Accounting
  • Budget (to begin in September)
  • Director’s Office
  • One Washington
  • Serve Washington
  • State Human Resources
  • Technology Services and Facilities Planning

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The Governor’s Leadership Academy is a unique internship program for currently enrolled college and graduate students to gain a hands-on learning experience in the Governor’s office. The Inslee Administration is looking for innovative, forward-thinking individuals who are committed to public service and who want to develop their leadership and public policy skills in a dynamic environment.
Please Note:  Application review begins January 15 and will continue on an ongoing basis until an adequate pool of candidates is established. Therefore, it will be to the applicant’s advantage to submit materials as soon as possible *If you have already graduated, or will have already graduated by summer 2020, you are not eligible for the program. 
  • Start dates:  June 8, 2020 OR June 22, 2020 (10 week program)
  • Location: Olympia, WA OR Washington, DC

Boards and Commissions
Boards and Commissions give citizens a voice in their government and provide a means of influencing decisions that shape the quality of life for the residents of our state. Washington State has 200+ boards and commissions to which Gov. Inslee appoints citizen members. Interns will assist the Director of Boards and Commissions in the fulfillment of office responsibilities including, but not limited to: soliciting, receiving, organizing, processing and responding to applications, assisting in outreach to board and commission members and researching board functions.

The Communications office works with the media to keep Washingtonians up to date on what’s happening in Gov. Inslee’s office. An intern in the Communications office will assist with creating social media content, drafting press releases and speeches, assisting with media events, media tracking and other related duties as assigned.

Constituent Services
The Constituent Services division receives and processes 80,000 to 100,000 contacts each year. Interns will assist with research, data entry, constituent responses, agency referrals and ceremonial letters from the Governor and other duties as assigned. Constituent Services interns are expected to have a high level of interpersonal, writing, and research skills.

International Relations and Protocol   
The Governor’s office meets and hosts numerous international dignitaries every year, and it also participates in periodic international trade missions. Interns who work with the International Relations Director will assist with preparing briefings, correspondence, protocol, event coordination and other duties as assigned.

The Governor’s Policy Office is comprised of several policy advisors who work closely with stakeholders, constituents, legislators, and state and local agencies to develop policy initiatives in support of the Governor’s agenda. Interns in this office will work with senior policy advisors to learn the ins and outs of policy work and provide general support to the policy team on relevant initiatives, including crafting and analyzing legislation.

The ideal candidate for the Policy Office internship will be able to return to the internship in January, 2021 to rejoin the team during the next legislative session, in a part-time/full-time capacity for a quarter or semester. This internship is designed for students interested in a career in policy work, particularly in state government. Internships in this department are intended for graduate students or law students.

Washington, DC Office
Interns in the Washington, D.C. office will have a unique opportunity to assist the Director of the Washington, D.C. Office with projects related to the Governor’s federal agenda and will promote Washington interests in the nation’s capital. Interns will assist with research, tracking developments in Congress and federal agencies, preparing briefing memos, scheduling and other duties as assigned.

Ruth Woo Fellowship Opportunity
One Governor’s Leadership Academy intern will be selected as a Ruth Woo Fellow. This fellowship is named after a revered community mentor dedicated to public service for historically disadvantaged populations and empowerment of the next generation of emerging leaders. In addition to the Governor’s Leadership Academy experience, the Ruth Woo Fellow will have an opportunity to make important connections with community leaders, organizations and public officials representing the spirit of Ruth Woo’s life and legacy. To be considered for this opportunity, students must be applying for one of the Leadership Academy positions in the Governor’s Olympia office. They must submit the Leadership Academy application materials and include in their letter of interest specific reasons why they would like to be selected as the Ruth Woo Fellow within the Governor’s Leadership Academy. Learn more about the Ruth Woo Fellowship opportunity here.

The Office of Financial Management’s (OFM) mission is to support and improve government on behalf of all Washingtonians. As an intern of OFM, you will be part of a team of dedicated professionals that works every day to fulfill this mission by providing vital information, fiscal services, policy support and technology services that the Governor, Legislature and state agencies need to serve the people of Washington. 

This division maintains the state government’s central books of accounts, provides financial direction through state accounting policies, and supports state agencies with administering those policies through training and consulting services.

Budget – see Director’s Office for Description (this internship will start in September)

Director’s Office
The Director’s Office is comprised of executive management, Legal and Legislative Affairs, and Communications.  The Budget Division creates the governor’s budget request and works closely with state agencies to implement the final enacted budget. 

One Washington
One Washington is a comprehensive business transformation program to modernize and improve the state’s aging administrative systems and related business processes that are common across state government.

Serve Washington
Serve Washington’s mission is to advances national service, volunteerism, and civic engagement to improve lives; expand opportunities to meet the local critical needs of residents of Washington; and strengthen community capacity while creating healthy and resilient communities.

State Human Resources
State Human Resources serves as the state’s central HR policy making body and provides leadership and support on enterprise HR strategic planning, collective bargaining and oversight of HR systems, structure, rules and policy.

Technology Services and Facilities Planning
TSFP supports OFM’s enterprise applications used by agencies to manage their budget, accounting and human resource systems. This division supports the IT needs of OFM and the Governor’s Office, and coordinates facilities planning needs with state agencies.




  • Currently enrolled college, graduate student, or law student with an expected date of graduation after summer 2020.
  • Ability to work 28 hours/week (4 days/week, 7 hours/day) for a period of 10 weeks.


  • Outstanding communication and leadership skills.
  • Ability to handle multiple priorities and meet established deadlines.
  • Ability to work well and creatively, in a team environment and independently.
  • Good judgment, ability to manage sensitive situations, professional and highly personable.
  • Committed, with a passion for public service.


Supplemental Information

Interns will earn $15.00 an hour, for their 28 hours/week (4 days/week, 7 hours/day). No benefits are available. Course Credit: College course credit may be available. We will work with students’ academic institutions to help them earn any academic credits for which they may be eligible. Interns will be provided with a free Olympia Intercity Transit pass for the duration of their internship.

Top candidates will be contacted directly to interview for this program. Selection will be based on information provided by you. It is in your best interest to identify the knowledge, skills, and abilities that address the mandatory and desirable qualifications described below.

Interested applicants must submit the following:

  1. A letter of interest describing specific qualifications, as well as your expected graduation date.
  2. A current resume detailing applicable experience and education.
  3. A short writing sample (2 pages) answering the following two questions:
    • How will your past experiences bring a unique diverse voice to the Governor’s Leadership Academy?
    • How will this internship experience support your future goals?

The Office of the Governor is an equal opportunity employer. We strive to create a working environment that includes and respects cultural, racial and ethnic, sexual orientation and gender identity diversity. We celebrate diversity and are committed to creating an inclusive environment for all applicants and employees. We are committed to building a team that represents a variety of backgrounds, perspectives, and skills. The more inclusive we are, the better our work will be.

Persons needing accommodation in the application process, or who wish to receive this job announcement in an alternative format, may call 360-725-0158 or the Telecommunications Device for the Deaf: 711 Relay. For questions about this recruitment, please email or call us at (360) 902-0461.

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