An Extern participating in his field placement at Boeing

STEM Externships provide teachers with a fresh look at today’s science, technology, math, and engineering workplace through hands-on work and mentorship. Our state is home to innovative, cutting-edge STEM industries yet we struggle to attract local talent to rewarding STEM careers. As a STEM extern, your increased exposure to educational and career possibilities can help you shape students’ visions for their future upon graduation.


2018-19 STEM Externship Program Dates

Participants must commit to attending ALL summer and school-year sessions.

June 9, 2018: half-day orientation
July 9-26, 2018: externship placements and professional development
Three full days during the 2018-2019 school year, TBD

An Extern working at Mosby Farms

An Extern working at Mosby Farms

More Information for Teachers:

The STEM Externship enables teachers to connect their curriculum to real-world applications, which enhances student engagement and provides examples of how their learning is linked to future career options.  Externs complete a rich, three-week summer training that combines professional development from WABS staff and University of Washington faculty, and an on-site externship placement with one of our STEM industry partners. The externship experience provides valuable insight into 21st Century skills needed in the modern STEM workplace, while interactive curriculum design workshops help Externs translate those real-world experiences to the classroom through problem-based lessons (PBL) to the Next Generation Science Standards and Common Core State Standards. Follow-up sessions during the school year provide opportunities for ongoing collaboration and reflection with your cohort.

More Information for Businesses:

Businesses gain one-of-a-kind insight into the world of K-12 education, perhaps the first time they have thought about education since they were in the classroom themselves.  They gain an understanding of how education has evolved as our world has shifted to a global, knowledge-based economy.  They have an opportunity to connect with an educator and get involved in helping prepare their future potential employees for tomorrow’s challenges.


Past & Current Externship Hosts:

Agilent, ANEW/AJAC, Artefact, ATS, City of Lynnwood, Cochran, COE Aerospace, Community Transit, Construction Center of Excellence, Electroimpact, Expedia, Farmer Frog, Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center, Integrus Architecture, Future of Flight, IRG, Lease Crutcher Lewis, Machinist, Inc., Makers Architecture, Microsoft, Mosby Farms, Nissan of Bellevue, NWABR, NW Wind & Solar, Parr Lumber, PATH, PCSI/Design, Perteet Engineering, Snohomish PUD, Providence Everett Medical Center, Public Health – Seattle & King County, Regency Care Center, Seattle Tunnel Project, SEA-LECT Plastics, Silicon Energy, Solar Washington, The Boeing Company, The Greenbush Group, Inc., UW Seaglider Fabrication Lab, VA Puget Sound Healthcare System

“For me it was an amazing, eye-opening experience. It gave me a new perspective on the application of STEM, 21st Century Skills, and problem-based learning to the classroom.”         – STEM Extern

If you are a business or community partner interested in hosting a WABS STEM Extern or supporting the program, please contact Lisa Chen,