Seattle City Light Celebrates Public Power Week


Starting Oct. 2 to Oct. 8, Seattle City Light will be joining more than 2,000 public utilities as it celebrates Public Power Week, hosted by the American Public Power Association.

Throughout the week, you will meet some of City Light’s hard-working staff, learn more about the utility’s history and find out more about what public power means to you. 

Follow the Seattle City Light Facebook account to participate in City Light’s personalized version of Public Power Week. With seven days full of content, videos and photos — the utility put together a guide (below), so you can follow along and celebrate Public Power Week!


Day #1 – “Substation Sunday”
Michael Clark, Seattle City Light’s Denny Substation Program Manager, explains how the Denny Substation is known as “The World’s Coolest Substation.”



Day #2 – “Meaningful Monday”
Seattle City Light General Manager and CEO, Larry Weis, starts the day off with an introduction of how important it is to be publicly powered.



Day #3 – “Tech Tuesday”
Meet the Seattle City Light Energy Advisors and learn more about the importance of energy conservation and other green-minded tips.



Day #4 – “Working Wednesday”
Seattle City Light lineworkers and interns share their rewarding experience of helping customers and the community while working for the utility.



Day #5 – “Throwback Thursday”
This #TBT is dedicated to the powerful history of Seattle City Light and being one of the first publicly-owned utilities in the nation.



Day #6 – “Future Friday”
Seattle City Light General Manager and CEO, Larry Weis, explains how the utility will move forward into the ever-changing industry.




Day #7 – “Safety Saturday”
It’s almost storm season, so time to brush up on your safety skills. Learn more safety tips from some of Seattle City Light’s Safety Team.



DPD Rated as One of Region’s Best Internships

The City of Seattle is proud to be ranked among the top 18 internship sites in our region by NerdScholar, a financial literacy website for empowering students. These 18 internship sites were selected based on the unique and high-quality opportunities they provide for young professionals to grow and develop. NerdScholar reviewed the employee satisfaction ratings and Glassdoor reviews of hundreds of companies in Seattle in order to find the best possible places to be an intern.

Rutha (pictured below) held the City of Seattle internship highlighted by NerdScholar. She did her work through the Seattle Youth Employment Program (SYEP) in the Seattle Department of Planning and Development (DPD) and took a few minutes to tell us more about her experience:

Why did you decide to work with the Seattle Department of Planning and Development (DPD)?

I was interested in the Department of Planning and Development because they worked on planning projects that helped neighborhoods around the Seattle area. I was familiar with the particular neighborhoods they were working on.

How did this internship help you?

I was able to learn how to solve problems in neighborhoods by communicating with people that actually lived in the neighborhoods where the development was occurring.  I had the opportunity to see community leaders and City of Seattle staff work with a diverse group of people within their communities to implement a larger connection.

What are you doing now?

I’m an undergraduate student at the University of Washington studying computer science.

What would you tell students considering an internship with the City of Seattle?

I recommend this internship to anyone interested in learning the ways the City works with the community to help build a safe and healthy welcoming environment. If you’re interested in community development, apply today!

You can visit the City of Seattle Internship page to learn more about all of the internship opportunities we offer!