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Posted by | April 10, 2018

National Urban Extension Conference

WSU will be hosting the National Urban Extension Conference (NUEC) in May, 2019. The Metro Center is offering several internship and volunteer opportunities for this conference which will bring together hundreds of leaders in Urban Extension from across the nation.
Communication Internship

The Metropolitan Center for Applied Research & Extension (Center) is seeking a Communication Intern with a focus on marketing, graphic design and digital media. Though not required, the ideal candidate will have experience with or interest in Adobe Creative Suite, Trello, BaseCamp, as well as familiarity with other graphic design, photo editing and social media platforms. Ideal candidates are individuals interested in careers in government and/or communication.


  • Design and production of marketing materials (including but not limited to flyers, posters, postcards, social media posts, infographics, web advertisements)
  • Contribute to social media efforts, including campaign strategy, content development, and developing outreach materials
  • Coordination of communication and graphic design towards a large-scale conference
  • Development of document templates in Word (e.g. digital letterhead) as well as uniform design elements (font, color palette, headings, etc) associated with Microsoft Themes


  • Interns will work closely with the Center’s Communication Coordinator with supervision provided by the Operations Manager.

Knowledge, skills and abilities

  • Strong written communication skills with experience writing content.
  •  Work independently and as part of a collaborative team.
  • Exercise independent judgment and discretion.
  • Organized and able to manage multiple projects and timelines with
    limited supervisory guidance
  • Creative, flexible, and willing to think outside the box
  • Comfortable working in cloud-based file server environment.

Learning Objectives

  • Develop work-related experience, including communication and organizational skills and abilities to work in a business environment, specifically a public-sector organization.
  • Enhance abilities to multi-task and juggle priorities while delivering at a tactical level but with an understanding of a strategic perspective.
  • Gain knowledge of an organization and its approach as a community centered utility and an emphasis on race and service equity.


  • Interns can anticipate working 10-18 hours per week out of the WSU Everett campus.
  • Schedules are flexible with a student’s course-load commitment.
  • Pay rate is $12.00 per hour and work-study students are encouraged to apply.


Generally, work can be performed remotely but requires the expectation of communication via conference calls and use of online project management tracking. Interns must be present for face-to-face meetings as scheduled (TBD).

Office space can be found at WSU Everett or WSU Seattle as desired.

To Apply

Internships will run from May 2018 through May 2019 with preference given to candidates who can commit to at least six (6) months. To apply, submit the following materials with the subject line “Communication Internship Application” to

  • Cover Letter that describes your interest in working for the Center, and previous experience
  • Resume/CV with three (3) professional references and contact information
  • Statement of Intent/Goals; this serves a dual role as a writing sample with a maximum of five (5) pages. (i.e. what do you want out of this internship, and how will this experience advance your career goals?)
Hospitality Internship

The Metro Center is searching for professional and knowledgeable hospitality interns to assist in the day-to-day event planning and management of the National Urban Extension Conference. Interns will also provide logistic support and staffing during the conference.

Required qualifications/skills

  • Enrolled in college courses
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills
  • Reliable
  • organizational abilities
  • Attention to detail

Preferred qualifications

  • Access to a computer/internet


WSU Everett or WSU Seattle as desired


  • 6 hours a week during fall 2018 and spring 2019 semesters
  • 40 hours during the week of the conference




Email resume and a brief cover letter stating why you are the best candidate for this position to with the subject line “Hospitality Intern”.

On-Site Event Volunteers

The Metro Center is seeking volunteers to participate in on-site event assistance in Seattle Washington.  Volunteers will operate the registration booth, assist in directing conference attendees to meeting locations, and organize and direct attendees from the conference to a series of Seattle tours.

Required qualifications/skills

  • Ability to work on site during event dates
  • Reliable
  • Team player


Seattle, Washington at Motif


On-site event assistance during event on May 20 – May 23, 2019


Email with the subject line “NUEC19 Volunteer ” letting us know you are interested in volunteering.

Miscellaneous Opportunities

Latino Leadership Initiative (LLI) Volunteer

Become a volunteer and experience first-hand multicultural leadership training, connect with professionals (presenters and LLI staff), as well as leaders and students of partnering colleges. Volunteer will assist Dr. Garcia-Pabón in his multi-cultural leadership training, Latino Leadership Initiative (LLI), by assisting in coordinating retreats, events and logistics. Additionally, the volunteer will assist in data entry on the evaluations and feedback provided by LLI participants.

Required qualifications

  • Enrolled in college courses
  • People oriented individual with good communication skills.
  • Familiarity with the Latino population in Washington State
  • Access to computer/internet. Own transportation preferable

Preferred qualifications

  • Understanding of some level of Spanish
  • Own transportation


Events and meetings take place in one of the three college campuses (Everett Community College, Edmonds Community College and Skagit Valley College). Some work may be done remotely.


Hours range from a few hours per event to an on-going involvement. Occasional availability on weekends and/or evenings is preferred. Events run from December 2018-May 2019.


Email resume and a brief cover letter stating why you are interested in this opportunity to Jose Garcia-Pabon at

Data Science/Analyst Internship

Cultivate your skills in data analytics by working on real-world projects. The Metro Center has internship opportunities supporting projects in climate change impacts modeling, natural language processing for public sentiment analysis, and data visualization. Gain skills in data processing, modeling and analytics using Python, R or Scala/Spark.

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