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City of Tacoma WA Engineering Intern, Tacoma Water in Tacoma, Washington

Engineering Intern, Tacoma Water


$31.10 - $37.80 Hourly


Tacoma, WA

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3/1/2024 5:00 PM Pacific

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Position Description

Are you looking to apply and grow the skills you are learning in school in a professional environment while serving your community with clean, reliable water? If you answered “yes,” be sure to apply to Tacoma Water’s engineering internship opportunities!

Tacoma Water ( has four engineering internship positions available for interested candidates to join our System and Asset Planning, Treatment and Quality Planning, and Water Design teams under the Planning and Engineering section. As a public utility, we operate and maintain one of the country’s oldest municipally owned water systems and serve more than 300,000 residential and commercial customers.

We are looking for people who can bring a fresh perspective to the work we do while supporting staff on a variety of projects. Engineering interns can expect to build on their technical skills, further grow their professional development skills and expand their networks. Duties may include project management, collecting and analyzing large quantities of data, performing engineering calculations, reviewing plans, drafting technical memos, presenting findings, and participating in team meetings. Engineering interns will also be able to collaborate with a team, network with other professionals, and learn about various projects across our water system.

Engineering internships are typically 40 hours per week, 12 weeks long, and coincide with the summer break.

Interested candidates must be currently enrolled in bachelor's degree program and pursuing an engineering program studying chemical, civil, environmental, mechanical engineering or related field. The roles require advanced technical skills, teamwork, flexibility, ability to organize, perform a variety of on-going tasks, customer service skills, and basic engineering calculations.

Tacoma Water values diverse perspectives and recognizes it is diversity that fuels innovation. Tacoma Water under Tacoma Public Utilities is committed to achieving equity and inclusion in its workforce, service delivery, policy decision making, and community/stakeholder engagement. Each and every employee has a role in contributing to our organization’s success. Come join our team!


  • Bachelor's Degree in progress

  • Proficiency in Microsoft Word and Excel desired;

  • Experience with 300 level courses desired;


  • Depending upon assignment a WA driver's license may be required.

Selection Process & Supplemental Information

This recruitment is being managed by Joanna Hambrick; if you would like to be notified of similar opportunities or stay connected with things going on at Tacoma Public Utilities and the City of Tacoma, connect with me on LinkedIn ( !

City of Tacoma Commitment to Diversity and Inclusion

Tacoma's diversity is its greatest asset. Tacoma embraces its multi-cultural and multi-ethnic character. Communities of color and immigrant communities are fundamental to Tacoma's entrepreneurial spirit, workforce, and long-term success. In Tacoma, equity and empowerment are top priorities, meaning that all Tacoma residents must have equitable opportunities to reach their full potential and share in the benefits of community progress. One of our goals is for the City of Tacoma workforce to reflect the community it serves. We actively work to eliminate racial and other disparities and welcome candidates with diverse backgrounds and/or multicultural skill sets and experiences. Our goal is for Tacoma to be an inclusive and equitable place to live, work, and play.

The City of Tacoma is an Equal Opportunity Employer and values diversity in its workplace. Applicants are considered for positions without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, ancestry, age, marital or veteran status, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity, or any other basis prohibited by federal, state, and local laws.

Tacoma Water

Tacoma Water has a proud tradition of operating and maintaining one of the country's oldest municipally owned water systems. We provide high-quality water at very competitive prices. We provide direct service to more than 305,000 people throughout Pierce and King counties.

Our mission is to provide clean, reliable water. If you share our values of Safety, Customer-driven, Employee Invested, Stewardship, Adaptability, and Equity, we are looking for you.


Interested individuals should apply online and attach a detailed resume and cover letter that includes job experience, major responsibilities and accomplishments related to this position.

Applications will be reviewed as they are received for interview consideration.

Reference checks will be conducted on final candidates and appointment is subject to passing a background check.

Communication from the City of Tacoma:

We primarily communicate via e-mail during the application process. E-mails from and/or must be placed on your safe domain list to ensure that you receive notifications in a timely manner. As a precaution, you may also want to check your junk e-mail folders.

If you have any additional questions regarding this position, please contact the Human Resources Department at 253.591.5400 by 4pm on the closing date.

The City of Tacoma provides excellent medical, dental and vision plans for the whole family; paid holidays and paid leave; participation in the Tacoma Public Employees' Retirement System (alternate plan for Police/Fire); continuing education and advancement opportunities and a growing variety of City-sponsored health and wellness opportunities and incentives.

Medical Coverage: For eligible employees and their families, including domestic partners and dependent children age 26 or younger.

Dental Coverage: For eligible employees and their families, including domestic partners and dependent children age 26 or younger.

Vision Coverage: For eligible employees and their eligible dependents.

Paid Leave: City employees are entitled to received paid holidays, sick/vacation leave or personal time off (PTO), depending upon union affiliation and appointment type.

Insurance Plans: Employees are covered by a long-term disability plan. Short-term and expanded long-term disability insurance plans are also available to employees. The State Industrial Insurance Act also covers employees.

Deferred Compensation: Income can be set aside on a pretax basis and invested for supplementation of normal retirement income.

Retirement: All employees of the City, except members of the Police and Fire services, Tacoma Rail and certain project employees, are included in the Tacoma Employees' Retirement System. Information on the Tacoma Employees' Retirement System can be found at or by calling (253) 502-8200.

Other Employment Information

Direct Deposit: Employees are paid on a bi-weekly schedule by direct deposit.

Salary Increases: Based on satisfactory job performance, the City provides for a regular progression of salary increases for most classifications according to the salary schedule.

Union Affiliation: Many job classifications are covered by union security provisions which require union membership, dues, or payment of equivalent service fees.

Note: The provisions of this job announcement do not constitute an expressed or implied contract. Any provision contained herein may be modified and/or revoked without notice.


Responses to supplemental questions must be original content created by the applicant using their own words. The use of online tools or resources to create responses, such as Artificial Intelligence (ChatGPT, etc.), Google, Bing, etc., or plagiarism in any form, is considered cheating and falsification of the application. I understand that any form of cheating or falsification will disqualify my application for further consideration.

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    Are you currently enrolled in a college-level program designed to result in a Bachelor's degree?

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    What school are you currently enrolled in?


    Please mark your level of experience with Microsoft Word and Excel.

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  • Proficient

  • Some Experience

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    Please indicate which engineering program you are pursuing.

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  • Civil

  • Environmental

  • Mechanical

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    What is your current year of school?

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Human Resources Department 747 Market Street Tacoma, Washington, 98402-3764





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