PSB Summer Intern - Physical Environment

King County   Seattle, WA   Full-time     Engineering
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Posted on March 26, 2021

The King County Executive's Office of Performance, Strategy, and Budget (PSB) is hiring three (3) summer interns to work with several different teams within the office.
 Interns will gain a firsthand understanding of the branches of government and how they interact with each other, get an overview of how projects, policies, and legislation are created and implemented, understand why civic engagement matters, and build an appreciation for the importance of public service in its many forms from elected officials, to staff, to stakeholders, to clients, and the economy/environment. Please note that each internship is posted individually.
 The Office of Performance, Strategy and Budget (PSB) is in the Executive department of King County government. It serves as a resource to the County's departments and agencies in developing and implementing budgets, strategic plans, business plans, financial plans, visual management tools, continuous improvement processes, and performance metrics. It is also responsible for regional planning and implementation of Lean process improvement. PSB is committed to becoming an inclusive, collegial, and open organization that models the County's values. PSB employees enjoy a flexible workplace, a lunchroom that often features home-cooked snacks, and frequent opportunities for collaboration and celebration. For additional information please visit our website:

King County is seeking a thoughtful and intellectually curious student intern (completion of two (2) years or more higher education studies) to provide analytical and financial consulting in support of King County agencies and the Executive Office. The Physical Environment Intern will join the Budget Team in the Office of Performance, Strategy and Budget (PSB) and report to the Capital Budget Process Manager.  The Budget Team is a group of about 25 analysts and managers who have a unique role supporting agencies, advising decision-makers, and coordinating a budget process where technical analysis, public policy, and politics meet.  More specifically, this position will be part of the Physical Environment team, which provides policy and budget support to Metro Transit, the Department of Natural Resources and Parks, and the Department of Local Services.

Job Duties

The intern’s body of work will include some of the following items: 

  • Supporting capital budget process improvements.
  • Providing project management and drafting support for a fiscal sustainability study that King County Council has requested for the unincorporated area of King County. 
  • Researching capital budget practices in other jurisdictions and identifying best practices to help support process improvements at King County. 
  • Supporting day-to-day work in connection with Executive Analyst duties for the Surface Water Management program and Roads Division. 
  • Providing support to the Budget Team, as needed, including crosschecking and editing fiscal analysis, memos, budget proposals, legislation, and more.   

Experience, Qualifications, Knowledge, Skills

  • Pursuing a degree in public policy/administration, finance, economics, business, or a related field in an accredited undergraduate or graduate program.
  • Strong written and oral communication skills.
  • Ability to innovate, embrace data, and solve problems.
  • Experience with PowerBI or other data reporting/visualization tools desired, but not required.
  • Talent for working with partners and stakeholders to address issues collaboratively.
  • Commitment to support the goal in King County's Equity and Social Justice Strategic Plan of, "full and equal access to opportunities, power and resources so all people may achieve their full potential."
Note: we will be considering both undergraduate and graduate student candidates for this opportunity. Undergraduate candidates must have at least two years of higher education completed

Supplemental Information

Forbes recently named King County as one of Washington State's best employers.

Together, with leadership and our employees, we're changing the way government delivers service and winning national recognition as a model of excellence. Are you ready to make a difference? Come join the team dedicated to serving one of the nation's best places to live, work and play.
Guided by our "True North", we are making King County a welcoming community where every person can thrive. We value diversity, inclusion and belonging in our workplace and workforce. To reach this goal we are committed to workforce equity. Equitable recruiting, support, and retention is how we will obtain the highest quality workforce in our region; a workforce that shares and will help advance our guiding principles--we are one team; we solve problems; we focus on the customer; we drive for results; we are racially just; we respect all people; we lead the way; and we are responsible stewards. We encourage people of all backgrounds and identities to apply, including Native American and people of color, immigrants, refugees, women, LGBTQ+, people living with disabilities, and veterans.
King County is an Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO) Employer
No person is unlawfully excluded from employment opportunities based on race, color, religion, national origin, sex (including gender identity, sexual orientation and pregnancy), age, genetic information, disability, veteran status, or other protected class. Our EEO policy applies to all employment actions, including but not limited to recruitment, hiring, selection for training, promotion, transfer, demotion, layoff, termination, rates of pay or other forms of compensation.
WORK SCHEDULE FOR ALL INTERNSHIPS:  The work schedule will be Monday-Friday. The workweek will consist of a minimum of 20 to a maximum of 40 hours (see each internship description for specific hours). These internships will last from early June to mid-August, although the position may begin later or end later depending on project and scheduling needs.
At this time, all internships will be virtual via online tools such as Zoom and Microsoft Teams.
FORMS AND MATERIALS REQUIRED: Application and supplemental questions available at , attach a resume, cover letter and writing sample to the on-line application in the Resume Attachment section. Please fully complete the online application.
CONTACT: If you have additional questions regarding this recruitment, please contact Seth Watson at
SELECTION PROCESS: Applicants meeting qualifications will be screened based upon clarity, completeness, content, grammar and punctuation of their application materials. Selection process also includes submission of writing/work sample, interview and reference checks.
 Priority will be given to candidates who come from economically disadvantaged backgrounds that have historically lacked equitable access to education, employment, and professional development opportunities[WS1] .
NECESSARY SPECIAL REQUIREMENTS: Valid Driver's License or the ability to travel throughout King County in a timely manner may be required and will be discussed with the supervisor if so.

This position is not eligible for King County leave, holiday, insured, or other benefits.  Please contact the recruiter on the posting for any additional questions regarding associated benefits.

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