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Internship Program

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Port Internships Help Students Transition from College to Career

Port Staffers Who Interned at the Port Share Their Experience...


Brandon Whitaker
Waterfront Place Project Manager

“My internship laid the foundation for my professional career. Staff showed me the ropes and networked me amongst our peers. I am thankful for those experiences and the professional opportunity provided by the Port.”

CGasparCarmen Gaspar
Accounting Clerk

“My time working at the Port of Everett, from starting as an intern to now, has been a wonderful experience. I’ve learned so much, and I’m still learning. The Port has been a tremendous school for the 17 years I’ve worked here.”

CSoperCatherine Soper
Public Affairs Specialist

“Completing an internship at the Port was the best career decision I ever made. I took the leap from college to my field of study, and instantly felt like I was a valued member of the team. I never felt that I was just ‘the intern.’ The encouragement and training I received helped me to develop and continue to build confidence in my skill set.”

EGronwaldElise Gronewald
Environmental Remediation Specialist

“I gained so much more than I ever expected I would during my internship at the Port. Not only did I get the chance to learn in my field of study, but I also had the opportunity to learn about all areas of Port business from seaport operations to marina and real estate.” 


NOrdonaNichole Ordona
Administrative Assistant

“Interning at the Port provided me an opportunity to observe and take part in the complex inner workings of this bustling organization. Now working in a permanent capacity, I’m incredibly lucky to work at such a great organization and with exceptional people, all striving to help grow and support our community.”


PHagglundPaul Hagglund
Marine Terminal Customer Service Manager

“As an intern at the Port, I learned a great deal about working on a small, flexible team in a fast paced environment where communication, trust and respect are key elements to success.  I also gained an understanding of terminal operations and the whole logistics process.” 




About the Program

An internship is a great way to jumpstart a career; a chance for students and recent grads to test out their skills and gain valuable, on-the-job experience.

This has been demonstrated thoroughly at the Port of Everett. Over the years, our established internship program has recruited top-notch college students from various fields of study, including:

  • Communications
  • Environmental studies
  • Engineering
  • Planning
  • Information technology
  • Records management
  • and much more!

“We find great value in our internship program here at the Port,” said Les Reardanz, CEO/Executive Director of the Port of Everett. “Not only does it allow us to develop our future leaders, but it also provides opportunity for the team to grow. Interns bring fresh perspective and new ideas to the table that we often times integrate into our processes.”

The Port hires two or three interns a year, typically in the summer months. Interns take on daily duties and are given a project to take ownership of during their internship. Projects have included development of the Port’s Harbor Tours, and creation of an Environmental Sustainability Report.

Many interns use their experience to secure jobs right here in our community. Others enjoy their time at the Port so much, they seek employment when jobs become available and bring their skill set back to the Port team (see right).

Employment Details

Interns may be full-time or part-time. Most interns are hired on a project basis for a period of up to one year. 

All of the Port’s current internships are paid internships. Interns are paid overtime pay as provided by state and federal law, and are not eligible for benefits. Interns are not members of a bargaining unit and are considered to be at-will employees.

*To be considered for any internship offered at the Port Everett, the Port must have an internship position posted and advertised. At that time, a Port of Everett Application, cover letter and resume would need to be sent to Port of Everett, Human Resources, P.O. Box 538, Everett, WA 98206. Following the closing date of each internship, resumes will be screened in relation to the criteria for each internship. Candidates with relevant qualifications will be given preliminary panel interviews.

The Port of Everett is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer and values diversity at all levels of its workforce.

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