Program Updates

Earlier Start

Learn about our Earlier Start Initiative!

A Rewarding Career Path

A scholar with a passion for photography finds a rewarding career!

College Support for Scholar Success

College visits freshmen year provide scholars essential, in-person support from their counselors.

Colleges and Universities with 2015 Rainier Scholars Graduates

Rainier Scholars is proud to celebrate the upcoming graduation of scholars from 25 colleges across the nation!

High School Scholars Tackle Tough Issues at Leadership Retreat

Rainier Scholars students analyze and present findings on obstacles to educational equity.

Colleges and universities attended by Cohorts I - VI 2014 - 2015

We currently serve 176 scholars at 73 different colleges and universities in 22 states.

Cohort VI transitioning to college

Summer retreat to prepare rising college freshmen.

High School Senior Scholars headed to college this fall

Congratulations to Cohort VI on their college decisions!

Cohort I and II scholars are college graduates and career professionals

Rainier Scholars first graduates emerged, spring of 2013.


Quality internships enable scholars to explore various career paths, network
with professional adults and build resumes based on relevant experience.

Organizations who hire interns reap rewards.

By partnering with Rainier Scholars, your organization makes a commitment to workplace diversity and invests in tomorrow's leaders. Our scholars study and practice leadership, enabling them to offer high self-efficacy and discipline. They bring new perspectives to their jobs and enhance the level of creativity and innovation within an organization. Quality internships enable scholars to explore various career paths, network with professional adults and build resumes based on relevant experience.

Our internship program:
Our internship program provides the best intern match without any placement fees. We screen our intern applicants to ensure quality service to internship sites. We're committed to finding internships in all sectors to represent the diverse interests of our scholars and work closely with our partners to make it possible.

High performing interns - more than 95% of our interns received scores 8 or higher out of 10 by their mentors.

We've successfully placed students in more than 400 internships over the past six years. The opportunity to have a direct and meaningful impact as a mentor to our scholars.

Internship flyer_program overview

Ideal internships provide scholars the following:

  • Active professional work environment
  • Compensation at or above state minimum wage
  • One-on-one mentorship with students
  • Job shadowing opportunities
  • Duration -

High School-Six to eight weeks in July & August
College-10 to 12 weeks between May & September

Our internships partners include:

Aegis Living
Beacon Development
The Boeing Company
Brighton Jones, LLC
Cascadia Capital
Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)
F5 Networks
Fifth Avenue Theatre
Institute for Systems Biology
Juma Ventures
K & L Gates LLP
King County Councilmember Rod Dembowski
Kumon of Seattle
Liberty Mutual - Safeco
Logic 20/20
Miller Nash Graham & Dunn
Perkins Coie
Pyramid Communications
Rainier Scholars
Rios Cruz
Russell Investments
Seattle Aquarium
Seattle Children's Hospital
Seattle City Light
Seattle Northwest Securities Corp.
Seattle Parks and Rec
Seattle Seahawks
Stephen C. Grey & Associates
Swedish Neuroscience Institute
UW Department of Chemistry
UW Department of Environmental Stewardship & Sustainability
UW Department of Global Health
UW Department of Neurological Surgery
UW Robinson Center
Venture for America
Vulcan Inc.
Whitepages, Inc.

For more information on hiring a Rainier Scholars intern, please contact:

  • Internship and Networking Manager , R. Thomas Wilson at (206) 838-6675
  • High school internships: Susie Wu, Director of Leadership Development at (206) 407-2142