Leaders in Training Website

Leaders in Training Internship 

PSESD's high school internships began in the 2015-16 school year to engage young people in the Agency's Strategic Design process. The program grew from two departments and four interns to eleven departments and twenty-two interns in 2018-19. We are relaunching LIT following virtual internships during COVID-related closures in 2022, and we are excited about hosting ten youth.

Each internship pays $15/hour and a minimum of $1,200. A range of PSESD departments have hosted LIT interns, including the Washington State Risk Management Pool, the Puget Sound College and Career Network, Communications, Strategy, Evaluation and Learning, Early Warning Systems, and Expanded Learning and Equity in Education. 


"I met new and amazing people who lived in different cities, went to different schools, and had different ethnic backgrounds from me. Not all of us had the same school experiences. It is important for the PSESD to have diverse interns, students, and staff because decision-makers need to hear from multiple voices and perspectives to make effective change." - LIT Participant

LIT Timeline: March-August 2022


PSESD Staff Intern Hosts

LIT Interns


Staff collaborate with StEL and HR/OD to develop intern descriptions and projects

Students from PSESD region high schools apply to be interns


Interns are selected during interviews and complete onboarding paperwork


LIT Interns attend Saturday Training


Staff interview students “speed hire events” to support intern matching

LIT Interns attend Saturday Trainings

Students attend “Speed Hire event” to match with intern projects


Intern hosts support interns with 10 hours/week internship

Interns work ten hours/week during summer

Interns attend one Saturday training


Staff and interns debrief on successes and lessons learned through internship

Staff and interns participate in end of summer celebration

















Apply to LIT https://forms.gle/GoLdH48WFxUYGBSD7

Please contact Hilary Loeb 425-917-7603 for more information.