Internships & Assistantships
Internships are a key way to get useful experience and apply what you’re learning. Take advantage of our location and connections to expand your education beyond the classroom.
Gain professional skills, develop your professional network, and offset the cost of your degree through internships and assistantships.
Our program has long-standing partnerships with state agencies and nonprofits, and we’re constantly collecting and sharing opportunities to get you into the field. See the newest internship listings on the MES Weekly blog for the latest opportunities.
If you have a particular interest or a connection with an organization, you can also develop your own internship. We’ll help you work through the paperwork.
You may discover your thesis topic or even begin work on your thesis through an internship. You can take up to 8 credits of internship as part of your degree.
A Sample of Paid Internships
Here are sample internships and assistantships that may be available for MES students. You’ll get regular updates about available opportunities while you’re a student here.
Sustainability in Prisons Project
Several graduate research assistantships in sustainability education, conservation, and scientific research. Pay is $15/hour for 19 hours/week. Position lasts as long as student is in MES. Students may earn internship credit, as well as develop a thesis related to their assistantship.
Washington Department of Transportation Habitat Connectivity
Two year-long paid internships studying habitat connectivity on major Washington freeways. Position is 19 hours a week at $13/hour. Students earn internship credit, and position comes with optional thesis research.
Washington Department of Transportation Wetlands Management
Paid summer internships to up to 20 students. Pay is $3,000 for summer and includes credit.
The Evergreen State College Center for Sustainable Infrastructure
One graduate assistantship position in program and administrative support. Pay is $14/hour for 19 hours a week.
Washington Department of Fish & Wildlife Budget Assistant
This position was created by one of our alumni as a “foot in the door” job at WDFW for an MES or MPA student. Position is part-time/permanent to allow students to attend school full-time. Pay is $17.29–$22.61/hour.