Internship Testimonials

Abbie Lorensen

Design Engineering Intern, Summer 2015

The most valuable thing I have learned this summer isn’t something that I can put down on a resume. I learned that this is the type of work I want to do and that I can do it. This internship has convinced me of that and has given me the experience to put on my resume so that I can convince others when I am applying for jobs.

Steven Nwaokolo

Airport Operations Intern, Summer 2015

This internship give me an edge upon graduation and getting into the industry, I already have the basic knowledge on the environment and how it works and would easily fit in.

Mekal Banyasz

Trade & Economic Development Intern, Summer 2015

My experience as an intern for Snohomish County has redefined my image of public service. So much effort and collaboration occurs on a regular basis to bolster and support communities across the county for successful futures. It is both impressive and inspiring. I will most certainly draw from this experience as I make my way through my career, whether in the public sector or the private sector.

James Kussy

Airport Engineering Intern, Summer 2015

Having this internship helped me network with the job field I am about to enter as well as provide me with insight on how it is this career path functions.

Senait Gebreeyesus

Lakes Water Quality Intern, Summer 2015

My internship engagement has motivated me to seek challenging opportunities in industries concerning water quality.


Nancy Tahl

Applications Developer Intern, Summer 2015

Completing the internship has better prepared me to enter the workforce with an understanding of how to be successful in a collaborative environment.

Ryan Deem

Drainage and Engineering Intern, Summer 2015

Interning with the county has been such a valuable, gratifying experience. As I shift my focus back to school, I can apply real-world concepts developed at the county to the academic side of engineering. My development of technical skills and deepened understanding of real-word engineering have also prepared me for the eventual transition to the work environment.

Daniel Farmer

Trade & Economic Development Intern, Spring 2015

During my time at Snohomish County I was exposed to a wide array of activities that enhanced my classroom learning and informed me about possible future career paths. In addition the program significantly expanded my professional network and helped me gain contacts that will be useful when I graduate. I was able to refine my writing, research and speaking skills in a demonstrable way that I believe will be invaluable in my future job search. Both my supervisor and the internship coordinator were very hands on throughout the program and worked with me to develop practical skills that would supplement my theoretical knowledge.

Danielle Verwahren

Agriculture Economic Development Intern, Spring 2015

This was such an incredible internship because it develops such an acute appreciation for agricultural economic development while providing exposure to diverse stakeholders, government employees, and elected officials. It was an especially good primer on the characteristics of local government in Washington for an out-of-state student.

Justin Wilson

Airport Engineering Intern, Spring 2015

My intern experience was very educational. I learned something new every day. I have a better understanding of what it takes to be an engineer and learned even more than I had hoped to gain.

Casey Shepard

Energy & Sustainability Intern, Winter 2015

This internship is beyond valuable for my future career path in sustainability and business. I now have the knowledge and experience that future employers are looking for in my career path.

Cintia Luna-Villasana

Human Resources Intern, Summer 2014

Having the opportunity to take part of the Snohomish County Internship program was a great opportunity as well as a great achievement. Through my first-hand experience during the time of my internship at the Human Resources Department, I realized that I had indeed pursued the right career path for me.

In the Human Resources Department I was able to work on many projects that impacted multiple aspects of HR, such as recruitment, on-boarding, and Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO). The highlight of my experience was when I worked on making sure that all jobs and future jobs to come had the EEO Policy on them, it made me proud knowing the County takes value into creating an inclusive and multicultural workplace.

Since I used multiple HR management and tracking systems during my internship experience, I was able to get a job within three months after graduating from University and I have the Snohomish County Internship Program to thank for that. This was an internship where you learned from professionals in your field of interest and they learned from you. I would highly recommend this internship program to everybody, because you get actual experience (not just theories from textbooks), and it just opens doors to a brighter future.

Adam Hiatt

Engineering Intern, Summer 2014

As a civil engineering student, working for Snohomish County has provided me with valuable experience and greater perspective into the engineering field. The North Road project provided me the opportunity to learn more about survey work, reading plan sets, grading, paving, and many others. The field work has been extremely beneficial to me as a future civil engineer and I would recommend it to anyone.

Ciera Mead

Water Quality Intern, Summer 2014

My internship with Snohomish County’s Surface Water Management was a unique opportunity that was unparalleled by any of my previous work experiences. As a Water Quality Intern, I expanded my knowledge of concepts and terminology in the field which in turn increased my confidence. There is something incredibly effective about learning and retaining this knowledge when you are constantly required to apply it to real-world scenarios on the job.

The staff was committed to providing me a breadth of tasks that were interesting and meaningful. I was given responsibilities that ranged from data management and analysis, to hands on field work. Throughout my experience I was constantly inspired by the expertise and warmth of the individuals I worked with. They respected me and trusted me to work independently, and would also inquire about my opinions in group settings. Working alongside them, I have become more aware of the potential career paths that exist in my field of environmental studies and have honed my interests.

I strongly encourage anyone considering an internship with Snohomish County to go for it! This is not the kind of setting where you sit at a desk doing busy work, but one where you’re fully immersed in the program. The skills and connections you will take away will definitely prove useful beyond your last day.

Alexa Ramos

Airport Environmental Anthropology Intern, Summer 2014

Thank you Airport and Snohomish County Internship Program for helping give me such a great start in the workplace. I look forward to opportunities for me to give other young people similar encouragement in the future.

Alec Harrison

Engineering Intern, Summer 2014

My summer with the internship program at Snohomish County Public Works was valuable in so many ways. I gained experience in a workplace environment, I learned a lot about construction processes and practices, and I gained knowledge to help me in my continued studies and future career. Every step of the way, there was someone to answer my many questions, and everyone was very open, helpful, and as eager as I was to make sure I learned as much as I could. I felt like part of the team from day one, and enjoyed every minute of my time as an intern for the County.

Stephanie Messa

Stewardship Intern, Summer 2014

Being a student is not an inexpensive enterprise, being able to participate in a paid work experience while still attending college is a wonderful, awesome thing! Gaining knowledge and skills while building relationships with professionals in my field of interest is a great opportunity.