Human Resources Intern


Human Resources Intern

$14.57 – $18.83 Hourly
King County – Shoreline, WA
Job Type
Dept. of Transportation
Job Number
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This position is open until filled.
This is a temporary position/internship, lasting approximately six months.

The Opportunity:

We have an exciting opportunity at The Washington State Department of Transportation’s (WSDOT) Northwest Region Office of Human Resources and Safety.  We are looking for a college student currently enrolled in an HR discipline-related accredited program or recent graduate. This is a unique opportunity for an individual who wants  exposure in the HR field in a government environment. This intern will have the opportunity to gain valuable experience in the practical application of HR procedures, concepts, and techniques, in an on-the-job environment. You’ll learn a lot and we’re willing to provide a flexible schedule depending on your class schedule.

WSDOT is the steward of a multimodal transportation system and responsible for ensuring that people and goods move safely and efficiently. In addition to building, maintaining and operating the state highway system, consisting of over 18,000 lane miles and 3,600 bridge structures, WSDOT is responsible for the largest ferry system in the nation; owns three Talgo train sets in the Amtrak Cascades fleet; and works in partnership with others to maintain and improve local roads, railroads and airports, as well as to support alternatives to driving, such as public transportation, bicycles and pedestrian programs. Additionally, WSDOT manages the world’s widest tunneling project and the world’s longest floating bridge.  WSDOT’s diverse programs and projects are supported by more than 6,800 full-time employees, including engineers, vessel captains, maintenance technicians, environmental specialists, planners, and more. We take pride in our workforce and strive for excellence and integrity in everything we do.

Depending on the specific assignment, the position will perform the following work: 

  • Assist HR team members in administering a variety of functions, including, but not limited to, recruiting support, training, employee orientation,  benefits enrollment and benefits administration, compensation/classification activities, labor and employee relations support and research projects.
  • Respond to inquiries from employees and business partners regarding HR policies, regulations, and procedures.
  • Review benefits eligibility, program offerings, job classifications, compensation, and leave of absence requests.
  • Audit for the accuracy and completeness of documents.
  • Maintain HR data, both physical and electronic.
  • Perform special projects and other duties as assigned.

An ideal candidate will have the following qualifications:

  • Currently enrolled and pursuing a degree in Human Resources or a closely related discipline or a recent graduate
  • Customer service experience
  • Strong interpersonal and collaboration skills
  • Strong analytical skills and attention to detail.
  • Excellent communication skills, both written and verbal.

How to Apply:

Applications for this recruitment will be accepted electronically. Please select the large apply button at the top of this announcement.  You may need to create an account profile. To be considered for this position you will need to answer the supplemental questions.  As part of the supplemental questions, you will need to provide a letter of interest and resume. Your letter of interest should describe how your experience, training and education make you a viable and competitive candidate for this position. Be prepared to provide references at the time of interview.

Contact us:

For inquiries about this position, please contact Cody Buchanan at 206-440-4068 or email  Please reference recruitment number 17DOT-NWR-HRINTERN.

The Washington State Department of Transportation is an equal opportunity employer. Women, racial and ethnic minorities, persons of disability, persons over 40 years of age, and disabled and Vietnam era veterans are encouraged to apply. Persons with disabilities needing assistance in the application process, or those needing this job announcement in an alternative format may call the Recruitment and Retention Section, Office of Human Resources, at 360.705.7064 or email at

More than Just a Paycheck!
Employee benefits are not just about the kind of services you get, they are also about how much you may have to pay out of pocket. Washington State offers one of the most competitive benefits packages in the nation.

We understand that your life revolves around more than just your career and that your priority is making sure that you and your family will maintain health and financial security. That’s why choice is a key component of our benefits package. We have a selection of health and retirement plans, paid leave, staff training and other compensation benefits that you can mix and match to meet your current and future needs.

Read about our benefits:
The following information describes typical benefits available for full-time employees who are expected to work more than six months. Actual benefits may vary by appointment type or be prorated for other than full-time work. Check with the agency human resource office for specific benefit information.
Insurance Benefits
Employees and families are covered by medical (including vision), dental and basic life insurance.  There are multiple medical plans with affordable monthly premiums that offer coverage throughout the state.  Staff are eligible to enroll each year in a medical flexible spending account which enables them to use tax-deferred dollars toward their health care expenses.  Employees are also covered by basic life and long term disability insurance, with the option to purchase additional coverage amounts.  To view premium rates, coverage choice in your area and how to enroll, please visit the Public Employees Benefits Board (PEBB) website.
Retirement and Deferred Compensation
State Employees are members of the Washington Public Employees’ Retirement System (PERS).  New employees have the option of two employer contributed retirement programs.  For additional information, check out the Department of Retirement Systems‘ web site.
Employees also have the ability to participate in the Deferred Compensation Program (DCP).  This is a supplemental retirement savings program (similar to an IRA) that allows you control over the amount of pre-tax salary dollars you defer as well as the flexibility to choose between multiple investment options.
Vacation (Annual Leave)
You begin accruing vacation starting your first month of employment. Since we value your loyalty, the amount of vacation you can accrue increases the longer you work with us. Washington State supports members of the armed forces with 21 days paid military leave per year. Vacation accrues for full-time employees per WAC 357-31-165.


Full-time employees are entitled to eleven* paid holidays:

New Year’s Day
January 1
Martin Luther King, Jr’s birthday
Third Monday in January
Presidents’ Day
Third Monday in February
Memorial Day
Last Monday in May
Independence Day
July 4
Labor Day
First Monday in September
Veterans’ Day
November 11
Thanksgiving Day
Fourth Thursday in November & Friday after
Christmas Day
December 25
Personal Holiday
Employee’s selection each calendar year

*Employees who are members of certain Unions are entitled to an additional personal leave day of their choice. Please refer to specific Collective Bargaining Agreements for more information.

Social Security
All state employees are covered by the federal Social Security and Medicare systems. The state and the employee pay an equal amount into the system.
Sick Leave
Full-time employees earn eight hours of sick leave per month. Paid sick leave may be used for reasons included in WAC 357-31-130.
Please visit the State HR Website for more detailed information.
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