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Career Launch206

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What is Launch206?

Launch206 Internships provide students with a look at opportunities in career pathways that are aligned to their interests and personalities. Small groups of students will work closely with a business mentor. Students will learn on-the-job problem problem-solving, collaboration, project management skills. Youth will begin to develop 21st century leadership skills, presentation skills, and networking skills. There is space for 50 students, sign up today!

  • Collaborative internship program that supports local (206 area code) industries with meaningful worksite learning experiences for high school students.
  • Helps companies discover new and hidden talent, implement the latest trends in social media, and increase productivity and retention.
  • Create space for local area business partners to mentor up and coming young- professionals.
  • Teens learn about company operations, marketing, finances, technology and leadership skills.

Program Overview

Students will work approximately 18 hours a week between June 27th and August 4th

  • You will attend class virtually, on a SPS-issued laptop Tuesdays and Thursdays from 10 a.m. – 3 p.m.
  • You will work on-site with your mentor Mondays and Wednesdays from 9:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.
  • You and your team will present your Lions Den project in a final presentation to internal and external stakeholders on August 4th.

What Will Student Interns Be Doing

The mission of Seattle Public Schools Career Launch206 Internship Program is to build diverse talent pipelines into high demand, family-wage career pathways in the Seattle region. As a high school intern, you will work in a hybrid environment to learn about Seattle industries and develop the competencies of our future workforce, including: project management, public speaking, professional networking, and team leadership.

  • Understand workplace expectations and develop a career action plan. 
  • Build your network with professionals in the Seattle region.
  • Participate in on-site and behind-the-scenes tours of the company you are matched with. Participate in career connected learning classroom activities.
  • Develop technology skills and fluency with Microsoft Office products. 
  • Gain exposure to a variety of career pathway and learn meaningful 21st century leadership skills through hands-on field experiences.

Student Project Modules


Use workplace skill development to enhance your resume and get employers to notice you.


Solve company problems with creativity and hands on problem based learning. Think “shark tank” for teens.


Practice your interview skills with your mentors and classmates. The more you practice the better prepared you are for the future.


Use Microsoft Office Specialist throughout, and attempt the MOS exam for FREE.

Supports for Student Interns

  • Student preparation in the classroom.
  • Internship design with the employer partner.
  • Employer host orientation and ongoing troubleshooting.
  • Employer assessment of skill accomplishment.
  • Compensation for students to purchase workplace necessities (pants, steel toed boots, hair net, PPE, etc.)
  • Orca Cards provided upon request

Ideal Student Candidates

  • Demonstrated the ability to complete projects, have volunteered with community organizations, and/or participated in extracurricular activities.
  • Seattle Public Schools students aged 15+ (Limited experiences available for 15 years old, and 16+ will have access to more industries)
  • Access to reliable transportation (Orca Cards provided upon request)
  • Available from June 27th to August 4th, Monday thru Thursday for 4.5 hours per day

If you are interested in learning about any of the seven career pathways: Arts, Design and Graphics, Business and Marketing, Culinary & Hospitality, Education and Human Services, Health and Medical, Skilled Trades, STEM Engineering and Agriculture.

Prior experience or previous involvement with CTE, career activities, or similar programs is not required.

Populations who are historically underrepresented in Seattle leadership careers and management roles are encouraged to  apply. Seattle Public Schools values diverse perspectives and life experience and encourages students aged 15+ of all backgrounds to apply.

Sound like something you want to try this summer? Apply now!


Jan/Feb/MarchLaunch206 Program Marketing (C89.5, SPS Communications, CTE websites)
March 1st to June 1st Student Applications: student applications are open
March 1st to June 1stEmployer commitment forms (window for partners to pledge their commitment and mentor youth this summer)
May 13th First round student applications will be reviewed by SPS CTE central office.
May 16th to May 31st Matching occurs with Business-Mentors and Students sent acceptance letters
June 1st Business mentor pre-internship seminar
June 2ndStudents pre-internship seminar
June 9th – 20th Student introduces self to employer via professional email
June 27th and 28thOrientation Days for students and business mentors
June 29th Internship Begins (first day on the official job site)
June 30th First day in classrom experience (virtual)
July 15th Employer Mid Way Check In
August 4thFinal Presentation Day

Business Mentors Benefits

Our program strives to support the career interests of a new generation of Seattle leaders who represent the diversity of the communities in the 206-areacode. Our ability to provide students this unique opportunity hinges on sustained partnerships with students and community members. Employees who take part in the program connect with high school students, meet, teach, and ultimately, mentor students.  Participating student-interns will gain insight into career opportunities in the Seattle region, develop leadership skills, and gain exposure to advanced technical skills.

  • Mentorship Opportunities: Internships give current employees the chance to mentor future leaders in the field.
  • Postive Publicity: Communities and industries often commend those who provide internships to the next generation.
  • Fresh Perspectives: Interns offer a fresh look at a company’s day to day business and procedures and can share ideas on strategy, plans, policies and more.
  • Employee Candidate Pool: many interns secure job offers after the internship ends.

Ready to be a mentor this summer? Commit Now!

Business Mentor Qualifications

  • Relevant expertise or knowledge
  • Enthusiam for sharing industry expertise
  • The ability to give honest and direct feedback
  • Reflective listening and empathy skills
  • Willingness to be a mentor
  • Able to entrust teens with a special problem and/or project

How to Apply?

Students can apply to this internship by clicking “Launch206 Student Application” below using your email address. The application takes less then 10 mins to complete. Students will be asked to list their general information, which career pathways interest them, and why this experience appeals them. Student applicants will also need to upload a resume.

Your resume must include, at minimum, the following:

  • Contact information
  • Education
  • Any relevant employment, volunteering, or school projects

Business Mentors can commit to become mentors for this internship by clicking “Launch206 Business Mentor Commitment Form” button below. Tell us about your company and provide a general description of what skill-sets interns will develop.

General Logistics

  • Work Schedule – This is a summer intern position expected to last for six (6) weeks. The normal work schedule will be Monday – Thursday between the hours of 9am and 3pm with occasional evening and weekend hours in some cohorts. 
  • Committed to Equity – You will apply equity and exemplify shared values, behaviors, and practices in all aspects of the work. At Seattle Public Schools, equity is a daily responsibility and a foundational expectation for all SPS employees. 
  • Work Environment – You will work in a hybrid remote/office environment with regular site visits as needed.
  • Limited Duration – This is a limited duration position and is expected to last no longer than six weeks. 
  • Safety Requirements – You will be required to comply with all work rules, safety, and Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) requirements.
  • Covid-19 Vaccination Requirement – Seattle Public Schools will require that at the time of hire, and as a condition of employment, the successful candidate will be able to provide proof of their full COVID-19 vaccination status, as part of the hiring process. This is a condition of employment for all positions. People are considered fully vaccinated two weeks after their second dose in a two-dose series or two weeks after a single-dose vaccine.  Prior to employment, candidates may make requests for a reasonable accommodation based on a medical disability or for sincerely held religious beliefs.  Philosophical, political, scientific, or sociological objections to vaccination will not be considered for an exemption or accommodation.