Internships and Volunteers



Intern Resources


The Washington State Department of Social and Human Services welcomes you to a team dedicated to transforming lives.  Hundreds of students from across the country apply each year to take part in this unique opportunity.  Take pride in what you've accomplished thus far.  We are sure that you will play an integral part in shaping our departments and communities.  Our goal is to also transform your lives with key objectives such as professional development and social awareness.  There's no limit to you that you can learn here at DSHS.  We encourage you to ask questions, network across administrations, and support each other.  Success is yours.  






​Advice From Former Interns

Decide what you can do to help DSHS and those that support your internship.

NETWORK - Build connections through informational interviews.

Trust that who you are brings something valuable to the table.

Share your ideas and respect the wisdom of others.

Get involved and be open to opportunities.

Develop the courage to tell your own story.

Focus on learning as much as you can.

Collaborate with your fellow interns.

Don't be afraid to ask questions.

Make this internship your own.

Find a mentor.

Visit Facilities.


Remember that you are serving real people with real lives.




Administrations Links Divisions Additional Links
Aging and Long-Term Support Administration Division of Vocational Rehabilitation Hiring Our Heroes
Behavioral Health Administration Office of the Secretary Paid Internship
Developmental Disabilities Administration Office of Indian Policy For Credit Internships & Volunteers
Economic Services Administration   MSW & BASW PRACTICUM
Facilities, Finance, and Analytics Administration   Internship 2022
    Internship 2021
    Internship 2020



For more information about internship at DSHS, please contact:

Swilley Tami - Statewide Interns and Volunteer Program Administrator: