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Senior Project

The Seattle Academy Senior Project provides our students with career exploration opportunities in alignment with our mission that challenges students to question, imagine, and create in order to contribute boldly to a changing world. The Senior Project Program is a non-paid internship experience designed to introduce our students to real-world job experiences in a career field of their interest.

The three guiding principles behind Senior Project Program are:

The Senior Project Program prepares students for life by exposing them to real-world settings that require risk-taking, resilience and empathy. Students are thrust into environments that require them to apply interdisciplinary skills and display an ability to work in a team setting with individuals from extremely diverse backgrounds and experiences. They are faced with real-world issues that require problem-solving skills on a daily basis.

"To be sure, there was initially a steep learning curve- public lands, surveys, grants and patents –all new stuff; plus some GIS software, but he became quite skilled very quickly. That allowed a more independent approach to his work.​​​​​​" - Charles Raines, Cascade Checkerboard Project/Forest Conservation 

Photo of Seattle Academy Seniors at UW Medicine for the Senior Project in 2022

The Senior Project 

Provides students the opportunity to explore areas of intellectual and professional interest that may help guide them in their college and post-collegiate life.

Photo of Seattle Academy Senior at Internship site in the science career field

The Senior Project

Develop a code of ethics about living and working in the adult world where there is more independence (and greater consequences) for their actions.

Photo of a Seattle Academy student at 2022 Senior Project Night

The Senior Project

Interact with people outside of the Seattle Academy community; building an increased awareness of life beyond Seattle Academy.

Photo of Seattle Academy at their Senior Project Night Presentation

The Senior Project

The Senior Project Program occurs the final five weeks of spring trimester during senior year and is ultimately an opportunity to activate the skills they have developed over their time at Seattle Academy in an adult setting that requires real-world competencies.

2022 Senior Project Mentor Survey Results

Following the completion of the Senior Project, site mentors were asked to rate students performance on a scale of 1-10. Results from the 2022 survey are below:

How satisfied were you with the quality of the work performed by the Seattle Academy student? (Rated 8, 9, or 10)
10% 20% 30% 40% 50% 60% 70% 80% 90% 100%
Respondents willing to mentor again
10% 20% 30% 40% 50% 60% 70% 80% 90% 100%
Was the SAAS student prepared (adequate skills, ethic, initiative, etc.) to perform in the work environment? (Rated 8, 9, or 10)
10% 20% 30% 40% 50% 60% 70% 80% 90% 100%

“There is a lot that is wrong with the world today, but the two of you give me great hope for our future.” - Jimmy Hung, Chief Deputy | Juvenile Division | Prosecuting Attorney’s Office (Interns: Abigail Batingan '22 & Ryder Gwinn '22)