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11/30/23 Career Connections Newsletter

Franklin High School Career Connections

Every other Thursday, Franklin’s Career-Connected Learning Coordinator Mr. Ruiz will post upcoming college and career related events, important application deadlines, career training program opportunities, jobs, internships, service learning options, and other career-connected topics of interest to students and their families. if you have anything you want placed in the newsletter.

If you do not have time to look through the whole newsletter, use the following directory to navigate to the section you are most interested in viewing:

Special Event: Computer Science Week!

December 4-8 is National Computer Science Education and Careers Week, and we are celebrating in a few ways:

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  1. Apple and Microsoft – On Wednesday, December 6th, Engineers from Apple and Microsoft will be here at 5th and 6th period in Room 205 to talk about their Map Systems and Artificial Intelligence run by the power of computer science and how to obtain careers at these two tech giants here in the Seattle area. If you are interested in attending, or teachers if you are interested in bringing your entire class, please contact Mr. Ruiz at or stop by Room 309 to talk with him. You can also sign up to participate in the Apple and Microsoft class by filling out the Request Form. A pass will be sent to your 5th or 6th teacher so that you can attend.
  2. 2. Google – On Thursday, December 7th, a representative from Google will be here in the Library during both advisory periods, to talk about the many ways to land a career in the tech industry that does not just include going immediately to a 4-year university. There are so many options now for students, so if you are interested in careers in computer science, but not sure how to do it in the best way for you, you should attend this Google session by filling out the Request Form. A pass will be sent to your Advisory teacher so that you can attend.
  3. 3. UW Allen School of Computer Science – The Allen School invites high schools to celebrate with them by attending their Open House on Saturday, December 9th, 1- 4:30pm. Learn about computing, meet current Allen School students, and engage in computing activities. Interested high school students can complete the UW Allen School of Computer Science Registration Form to attend. Please feel free to reach out to with any questions.

Jobs and Internships

There are some really fantastic job/internship opportunities this week! Check them out!

Interested in Science Careers? Work in a Research Lab this Summer!


STEP-UP is a US government-sponsored program that supports high school juniors and seniors from groups historically excluded from science to spend a summer in a paid, full-time, 8-week internship at research labs near their home.

  • Hands-on lab work – Do real research in a genuine lab setting.
  • Wide range of research choices – from engineering to health, and almost everything in between.
  • Get paid – receive up to a $2,500 stipend for your efforts.
  • Career connections – expand your network through program contacts.

After the program, students will have the opportunity to present their work at the National Institute of Health (NIH) in Bethesda, MD. All travel will be covered by the program.

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Find out what it’s like to be a scientist this summer by applying for the STEP-UP program today! Apply by February 15, 2024. Visit the program website to see full eligibility requirements.

A complete application includes:

  • Completion of online Application Form & Application Essay (600 Words)
  • 2 Letters of Recommendation  
  • Official School Transcript

Contact Elizabeth Delgado at for more information.

Seattle Children’s Research Institute Seeking Graduating Senior for Research Job Opportunity

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Seattle Children’s Research Institute, part of Seattle Children’s Hospital, is currently seeking a motivated high school senior, aged 18 or soon turning 18, to join their workgroup as a co-creator. This opportunity is set to begin early 2024.

The selected candidate will support the workgroup to organize community events that educate participants about pediatric health research at Seattle Children’s, conduct outreach initiatives to encourage diverse youth and parents/caregivers to share their perspectives on research, and actively participate in community events to gather input.

The co-creator will also delve into various research engagement processes within the institute, compiling insights from different research teams and familiarizing themselves with data collection processes,. making this is a great opportunity for a student who is interested in engaging in scientific/medical research as a future career.

Interested students should complete the Student Helper Application as soon as possible.

For questions before you apply, reach out to Amal Saleh,

Boeing Summer Manufacturing Internship Program Now Recruiting

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Boeing is now accepting applications for their 2024 High School and Community/Technical  College Manufacturing Internships! 

Boeing manufacturing internships are designed to provide students with a comprehensive experience including hands-on training, job shadowing, and career planning support for those interested in pursuing aerospace manufacturing and engineering careers. Build real-world manufacturing or industrial maintenance experience while participating in tailored training, factory tours, resume and interview skills workshops, and networking with Boeing employees.

Students can apply now for the Boeing Summer Manufacturing Internship Program. Applications will be accepted through Feb 5, 2024.

Internships last for eight weeks during the summer and pay $16.28 per hour for current high school students and graduating seniors. For a recap of last summer’s manufacturing internships, check out the videos below:

Have questions? Email

Interested in a career in the human services? Apply for the Teens in Public Service Summer Internship NOW!

If you are high schooler passionate about community service, the Teens in Public Service (TIPS) summer internship experience is for you!

See TIP work in action!

Check out the Teens in Public Service (TIPS) website to learn about the opportunities TIPS provides to grow student interest in public service through a paid summer internship at a non-profit organization. Students receive a $2900 stipend at the end of the summer for their dedicated participation!

Complete the 2024 Application now. Applications are due Monday, March 4th, 2024! 

Looking for a part-time job? Check out this custom search query to find local companies hiring teens logo

We have created an search query that limits jobs to a 5 mile distance from Franklin High School and is available for or catered to teens in high school. See local jobs that you qualify for, and apply today. Jobs currently available include: ride-along UPS driver helper, grocery shopper, holiday/seasonal retail associate, movie theater team member, cashier, and after-school kids program assistant.

Stay updated on all things internships on the District’s Regional Internships website

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Seattle Public Schools’ Career and Technical Education (CTE) department maintains an active directory of internships and other career-focused training programs that is updated throughout the year. The programs currently seeking students – and have open applications – are listed at the top. Programs that may not be accepting students now – but will in the future – are listed by CTE pathway below.

This is always the best place to start when looking for opportunities, but if you do not find something you like there, make an appointment with Mr. Ruiz to explore additional opportunities that may not be listed.

Scholarships and College Information

Scholarship Spotlight:

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  • WTS (Women in Transportation) Scholarship:
  • Amazon Future Engineer Scholarship
    • Award: up to $40,000
    • Deadline: 12/15/2023 @ 1:00PM
    • Who can apply?
      • current HS seniors
      • GPA: 2.3 or above
      • Planning to study computer science; engineering; robotics (more majors on the website!)
      • Prove that you need more money for school
      • Must be eligible to work in the US (if you win, you will be offered a summer internship!)
    • What do I do?
      • Complete application
      • Short Essays (1,000 CHARACTERS; spaces included)
      • Letter of Rec
      • Unofficial transcript
      • First 1 pages of IRS 1040 (with SSN blocked out)
  • APIA Scholarship 
    • Award: up to $20,000
    • Deadline: 1/9/2024
    • Who can apply?
      • current HS seniors
      • GPA: 2.7+
      • Identify as Asian (American)
      • Citizen or permanent resident in US
      • Completed financial aid (FAFSA only)
      • Enrolling in a degree-seeking institution next school year (Fall 2024)
    • What do I do?
      • Completed application
      • 2 Essays (500 words each)
      • OPTIONAL: Letter of Rec (Due: December 6 @ 3:00pm)
      • OR
      • 1 more Essay
  • Jackie Robinson Foundation Scholarship
    • Award: up to $35,000
    • Deadline: 1/10/2024
    • Who can apply?
      • current HS senior
      • Minority-identifying
      • Can demonstrate leadership potential and dedication to community service
      • Planning to enroll at a 4-year  Fall 2024
      • No more than 25% of credits needed to graduate from college (usually this means less than 22.5 college credits)
    • What do I do?
      • Completed application
      • 1 Short Essay (250 words)
      • 3 Essays (650 words each)
      • Unofficial transcript
      • OPTIONAL: test scores

Win $10,000 for College by submitting a 1-minute video to National Geographic!

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Complete a fun project for a chance to receive $10,000! The Slingshot Challenge from the National Geographic Society is an opportunity to showcase your ideas to slingshot our planet forward.

The National Geographic Society is challenging 13-18 year old students to create a one-minute video with a solution to a current environmental problem. From cleaning our air to reviving our oceans, students are encouraged to creatively tackle some of the biggest environmental challenges we face to create a better world for everyone.

Find out more at the Challenge Website. Submit your video by February 1, 2024 for the chance to receive up to $10,000 in funding.

Seattle Promise (2 years Free Tuition) Application Now Open

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Seattle Promise is a college tuition and success program launched by Seattle Colleges, Seattle Public Schools, and the City of Seattle. It offers free tuition at any of the Seattle Colleges: North Seattle CollegeSeattle Central College or South Seattle College for up to two years, 90 college credits or a student’s first degree, whichever comes first.

All graduating seniors attending Seattle public high schools are eligible for the Seattle Promise program regardless of grade point average (GPA), income, ability, or country of birth. But you MUST APPLY to claim your free tuition. The application deadline is February 16.

Even if you are expecting to attend a 4-year university after high school, sometimes plans change, and you do not want to miss out on free tuition for 2 years. You cannot apply to Seattle Promise after February 16, so do it now even if it is a backup plan.

Find out more information about the Seattle Promise.

Apply for Seattle Promise NOW!

Training and Mentorship Programs

Women in Construction Careers Field Trip Opportunity

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If you are a female or non-binary Franklin student interested in learning more about the many STEM and Skilled Trades careers in the construction industry, sign up to attend a field trip opportunity to the Federal Way Sound Transit Light Rail construction site next Thursday 12/7. This trip is hosted by Franklin’s IGNITE student organization.

  • Next Thursday 12/7/23
  • 9:00am to 3:30pm (lunch provided!)
  • Open to all Franklin female and non-binary students
  • Get a permission slip from Ms. Gatti in Room 208 ASAP to attend!

Computing For All offers a Web and Software Development pre-Apprenticeship

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Becoming a web and software developer no longer requires a four-year university degree. Many local tech companies are now hiring young people directly into what are called apprenticeships, which allows you to get paid for working immediately and learning your trade on the job.

Computing For All is a local organization that provides pre-apprenticeship training to young people to get them ready for available apprenticeships. In this program you will: learn to code, build professional job skills, and network with employers. Their courses will prepare you to complete industry certification tests such as those offered by Microsoft and other companies. You may also earn college credit.

Program Structure:

  • Live, online, instructor-lead classes
  • Earn while you learn, qualified students can receive stipends
  • 4 quarters per year, 6 quarters to complete
  • Tuesday & Thursday afternoons during Fall, Winter, and Spring; daily classes in summer

To apply, you must be at least 16, a Washington resident, and have financial need. If you meet these qualifications, complete your Computing for All application now. Applications are being accepted now for the Winter quarter beginning January 2024.

Applications due by December 15 for UW School of Dentistry’s Community Health Professions Academy

Students in the 2022 Health Academy

The Community Health Professions Academy (CHPA) offers a 6-session high school program designed to help high school students explore the health professions in an engaging, and supportive atmosphere. The Academy provides hands-on activities in each of following fun careers – dentistry, medicine, nursing, pharmacy, social work, and public health.

Who: All are welcome to apply. However, this program specifically promotes and encourages the participation of 9th-12th grade students who are Native American, Hispanic, Pacific Islander, or African American.

When: (6) Saturday sessions between February to May 2024.

Where: University of Washington Seattle Campus

How to apply: Complete the UW School of Dentistry Application Form by December 15. For more information, please contact the Office of Educational Partnerships at

Service Learning and Community Programs

Local snowboarding program offers leadership service opportunity through “Core Program”

Reminder: Applications deadline for this really cool service-learning program is December 1.

Service Board team with students playing in the snow

Interested in getting service-learning credit while also learning how to snowboard and going on fun outings in the snow? The Service Board brings together a group of high school students and adult mentors from a diverse range of academic, racial, cultural and economic backgrounds to engage in their Core Program. Program participants meet twice weekly from beginning of winter through spring. Weekday workshops focus on engaging discussions encompassing a broad range of social justice topics. Weekend activities during Core Program – The Service Board rotate between intensive service-learning projects and snowboarding outings.

This year’s Core Program will be four months long, beginning in late January and ending in mid-May, meeting on Wednesdays and Saturdays.

Music, snowballs, fresh food and a sense of community are the common threads that tie the Core Program together. tSB emphasizes the importance of youth voice, supportive community and promoting positive risk-taking to build youth leadership skills.

If you are interested in learning more check out the Service Board website and when ready, fill out their Core Program Application. The deadline to apply is December 1.

UW’s School of Social Work Offering Legacy Letters Program

Service Learning Credit available

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Legacy Letters is a free service-based volunteers community program that offers participants opportunities to meet, connect, and share something meaningful with people from other generations.

Legacy Letters meets once a week for 90-minute sessions. Each of the 6 sessions includes games, paired & group discussions, and reflective writing. Student volunteers work together with local elders, and the activities provide opportunities to build connections and give all participants opportunities to share something meaningful within an intergenerational community. Students can get up to 10 hours of service-learning credit for their participation in the program.

Learn more about the Goldsen Institute

Register to participate in Legacy Letters Program.

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