Success For Each Child & Eliminate the Opportunity Gap by Leading with Racial Equity

LIT (Leaders in Training) 2017-18 High School Internship Program

High School Internship Program

LIT is a program of support coordinated and implemented across PSESD departments. We believe that intentional supports for PSESD staff and students are necessary for meaningful, transformative high school student internships, and that inviting student interns into our work is necessary to becoming an Antiracist Multicultural Organization and valuing and respecting youth voice. It is about including those impacted in the decisions that will affect them.

LIT is staffed by consultants Roslyn Kagy and Marc Bautista, and Cassandra O’Francia and Sarita Siqueiros Thornburg in Strategy, Evaluation & Learning. It is led by the LIT Advisory (Jeannette Belaski, Marques Gittens, Aurora Huerta, Kyla Lackie, Sarita, and Cassandra).

Supports for students

  • Orientation (May)
  • Learning community of students
  • Navigating professional environment supports
  • Check-ins with LIT partners and Internship Facilitators (Roslyn Kagy & Marc Bautista)
  • Collecting feedback on students’ experiences

Supports for staff

  • Information session (January 23, 2018)
  • Outreach and recruitment of interns
  • Orientation (May 2018) (includes further development of internship with students)
  • Summer learning group
  • Funding for student stipends (@$15/hour)
  • Shared cubicle space if needed
  • Support for developing a project based on department need and capacity to provide support
  • Determining if an internship program would work for your department

2017-18 Timeline

This year’s LIT is organized to support summer 2018 high school internships.

February 27: General internship application posted online
March 20: Internship application deadline
March 20: Department/team internship descriptions finalized (please contact Sarita for more information about what is needed)
March 26-31: Interviews (Staff are welcome to join interviews if interested and available)
March 31: Intern selection
April 2-11: Intern hiring paperwork completed; Initial intern and internship matching
May (specific date TBD): Orientation and final intern/internship matching
June-August: Internship (approximately 25-60 hours, depending on the internship)

For more information or help please contact:

Sarita Siqueiros Thornburg


Cassandra O'Francia

LIT (Leaders in Training) Staff Resources

LIT Summer 2017-18 High School Internship Announcement

Staff Resources

Let us help you design a meaningful transformative summer internship that will benefit your program, and help connect you with fabulous high school students! Please contact Sarita ( or Cassandra ( We are excited to honor the recommendations of our interns and help you host meaningful transformative internships for high school students!

You can find more information in this presentation from the January 23, 2018 Staff Information Session


The purpose of this guide is to support PSESD staff to develop and implement meaningful, transformative high school student internships. It is designed to be used by staff stand-alone or in consultation with the LIT Advisory.

How to use this guide

High school student interns were invited to develop recommendations for high quality student internships at PSESD. This guide presents their recommendations to staff in their words. Staff are invited to hear these student perspectives and apply them to their planning and implementation of high school student internships. The text of this guide comes from the 2016-17 High School Student Involvement Internship participants, with some supplemental additions by the 2017-18 LIT Advisory.

Staff Guide

High School Internship Announcement

LIT (Leaders in Training) Internship Description

Puget Sound Educational Service District (PSESD) is an educational organization that works to eliminate the opportunity gap by leading with racial equity. We are seeking up to twenty high school interns to help us accomplish this goal. We believe that listening to young people is a critical part of our racial equity work in education.  You can find more information about PSESD at

We are developing high school internships for summer 2018. PSESD works in many areas including: Business Services; Communications; Dropout Prevention and Re-Engagement; Early Learning; Early Warning Systems; Equity in Education; English Language Arts; Expanded Learning; Math & Science; Postsecondary Readiness and Access; Research & Evaluation; Risk Management; Special Services; and Workers Compensation. The summer internships will be placed in these areas.

High school students are invited to learn with us and influence the work of our organization into the future. Interns will be part of the LIT (Leaders in Training) Squad, and participate in group learning with other interns in addition to completing their internship with a PSESD department.

Internships will generally take place at PSESD (800 Oakesdale Avenue SW, Renton, 98057)

Specific internship details will vary by placement. Generally, all LIT interns will:

  • Help shape their internship experience
  • Have a shared internship experience with other high school students
  • Learn about working in a professional setting
  • Have the opportunity to influence projects and decision-making
  • Help shape internship design for the next group of interns

Generally, we are seeking students who:

  • Are curious and passionate about making change in public education
  • Enjoy collaboration & working with others
  • Are eager to learn how decisions are made in educational organizations
  • Are 10th and 11th graders
  • Attend any public school in King and Pierce counties

Interns will be compensated $15/hour, and need to have transportation to the meeting location. A transportation stipend of $100 will be provided. Students will need I9 Form (Proof of eligibility to work in United States) Washington State Identification Card, Driver’s License or Student ID with photograph AND Social Security Card or Birth Certificate.


Please apply by March 20.

Please contact Sarita Siqueiros Thornburg (, 425-917-7724) or Cassandra O’Francia (, 425-917-7846) for more information.