Washington Applied Sustainability Internship (WASI)

Fellowship Dates: 10 weeks during summer 2022

Application Deadline: April 22, 2022 by 5:00pm Pacific Time

Application Deadline

The application period is now CLOSED

As an WASI intern

You will be matched with a Washington state business to create sustainability solutions for industry practices. During this 10-week internship, you will conduct research that can help improve efficiency, save money, and prevent/reduce waste. Project topics might include energy or water audits, toxics reduction, green chemistry, and life cycle assessment. Read the Host Businesses Project Descriptions very carefully to determine which project best suits your interests, skills and knowledge.

Additionally, you will benefit from:

  • Hands on experience in project development and management
  • Collaboration with industry
  • Mentorship by an WASI engineer or scientist
  • Communicating science to interdisciplinary audiences

2022 WASI Host Businesses and Project Descriptions

(Note: applicants may apply to one or both positions):

  1. Harborview Medical Center | UW Medicine
  2. Crane Aerospace & Electronics

CLICK HERE for full 2022 WASI Host Business project descriptions


  • The Washington Applied Sustainability Internship (WASI) is currently open to any student in Washington state with junior or senior standing, or attaining graduate or advanced undergraduate training, in business, economics, engineering, environmental science, green chemistry, physical science or sustainability science. Recent graduates are also eligible (i.e. graduated no earlier than January 2021)
  • Each internship position has preferred majors and desired skills and experience, see project descriptions for details
  • DACA students are eligible to apply, however each internship position may have specific requirements related to immigration status or citizenship
  • Black, indigenous and other people of color (BIPOC), representatives of the LGBTQ+ community, people with disabilities and allies are encouraged to apply for this opportunity

How to Apply

Washington Sea Grant uses eSeaGrant for submitting applications. In order to access this system and submit your application for this fellowship, please:

  1. Email sgfellow@uw.edu declaring your interest in applying and so that the Washington Sea Grant internship team can provide application support
  2. Access eSeaGrant at: https://esg.wsg.washington.edu and register for a user account
  3. All application materials (see Required Application Components below) should be uploaded to eSeaGrant by April 22, 2022. Incomplete or late applications will not be considered. While we encourage electronic submission of your application, if this is not a possibility please contact sgfellow@uw.edu and we will provide accommodations
  4. Note: Applicants may apply for one or both of the available internship positions. If applying for more than one project you must submit a Project Preference Statement for each project.

Required Application Components:

A complete application will include the following 3 components:

  1. A Résumé describing your work and/or volunteer experience. (maximum two pages; use 12 point Times New Roman font and 1 inch margins.)
    • The résumé must include your name, contact information (including phone and email address), GPA, and educational history.
    • The résumé should also detail your work and volunteer history, particularly as it relates to the WASI opportunities.
    • Include names and contact information for at least 2 references
  2. A Personal Statement sharing your academic and career vision and how the WASI opportunity fits into and supports your goals (maximum one page; use 12 point Times New Roman font, 1 inch margins, and 1.5-line spacing.)
  3. A Project Preference Statement indicating why you are interested in your preferred WASI project, how you would benefit from the project and how your skills align with the host business project if interest. (maximum 300 words)
    • NOTE: You may apply to more than one project position. If applying for more than one project you must submit a Project Preference Statement for each project.
  4. Unofficial transcripts showing all college level education. While required to confirm eligibility, details of student transcripts are not factored into the selection process

Note: Please include only the required components in your application packet (i.e., do not include a cover letter, additional recommendations, or photos). Failure to follow all guidelines may result in disqualification of your application.


WASI Internship Review Criteria – 20 points total

  1. The student’s articulated goals for what they want out of the position align with project objectives. (0 – 5 points, poor to excellent)
  2. Applicant has skills relevant to the position. Which may include the following: lifecycle assessment, cost benefit analysis, energy audit, economic / sustainability analysis, materials/waste management. (0 – 5 points, poor to excellent)
  3. Student degree aligns with those identified by host. (0 – 5 points, poor to excellent)
  4. Priority for graduating / graduated students. (0 – 2 points)
  5. Priority for students who would benefit from this experience (have not already had similar opportunities). (0 – 3 points)


Important dates:

  • WASI Program Application Deadline: April 22, 2022 by 5:00pm Pacific Time
  • WASI Summer Program: 10 weeks during summer 2022 – exact dates to be determined by host business and student depending on student academic calendar. Tentatively, June 16 – August 25, 2022
  • Mandatory Training/Orientation: First two weeks of fellowship

Stipend Amount:

  • $6,908 per student for a full-time, 10-week internship (interns must be available to work onsite or virtually at the businesses on a daily basis)
  • Housing costs are not provided, but limited funds may be available to support program-related expenses
  • Intern stipends are administered through Washington Sea Grant and the University of Washington
  • Note: that internship stipends are non-benefits-eligible and will not have taxes withheld. Interns are not UW employees—i.e., this is not an employment relationship but rather a trainee/learner experience

Intern Selection

Application will be evaluated and finalists selected by the Washington Sea Grant WASI review panel. Finalists will then be interviewed and interns selected by a team conisting of representatives from the host businesses and Washington Sea Grant.

Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion at Washington Sea Grant

WSG maintains a commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion, by pursuing diverse perspectives, and enhancing cultural understanding. WSG works to create equitable access to resources and opportunities for Washington’s diverse communities and seeks to incorporate their voices and priorities. WSG’s values are informed by environmental justice and are based in a culture of inclusion, respect, long-term engagement and accountability. Individuals that are historically underrepresented in marine science and policy work are encouraged to apply for this opportunity.

For further information:

Please contact Deborah Purce, WSG Fellowships and Research Specialist: sgfellow@uw.edu