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    Students with IEPs have access to XIP, the eXploratory Internship Program. XIP teachers help students apply for/develop jobs and internships in the community. Students get coaching and help to support their IEP Transition Plans and earn high school credit toward graduation.

    Students work or volunteer independently in the community (without school staff). The worksites relate to each student's career path. Most students work or volunteer after school or on weekends. Sometimes students work or volunteer during the school day, or in the summer.


    To qualify for XIP, students need to be age 16 or older. Students need to have passed a qualifying CTE (Career and Technical Education) class. Or, students may be currently taking a CTE class.

    For XIP, students work or volunteer 180 hours in the semester (10-15 hours per week) at their worksite. The XIP teacher meets with the employer to create Learning Goals for the student at work. If a student has Extra Time Accommodations in the IEP, they might get more than one semester to finish 180 hours.


    The XIP teacher checks in weekly with each student at school. The student does a career assignment every week, like a journal, skill tracker, career assessment or resume. If the student already has a job, it may qualify for XIP; contact your XIP teacher for more information.


     XIP Flyer


    Some of our partnership sites where students have earned XIP credit:

    • Alki Bike and Board assembly and sales intern
    • All About Kids Infant and Childcare child care assistant
    • Asadero Ballard dishwasher
    • Associated Recreation Council school age counselor
    • Bangbar Thai hostess
    • Cafe Flora steward and support staff
    • Camp Crockett dog wrangler
    • Capitol Cider dishwasher
    • Chevron cashier
    • Clear Sky Urban Native Education Alliance program co-coordinator
    • Coastline Burgers cook
    • Coldwell Banker marketing and research assistant
    • Commercial Filter office and warehouse assistant
    • Garden House Playschool teacher assistant
    • Hiawatha Community Center school age counselor and student intern
    • Kathy’s Studio of Dance assistant teacher
    • Kumon assistant
    • Macha Theatre Works production intern
    • McDonald’s cashier, crew person and prep cook
    • Mercedes Benz of Seattle lot attendant
    • Observe Inc (CenturyLink Field) supervisor
    • Papa John’s Pizza cashier and pizza maker
    • Platform Inc marketing intern
    • Popeyes Louisiana Kitchen crew member
    • Rainier Beach Pool lifeguard
    • Safeway courtesy clerk
    • Seattle Aquarium Café, café worker
    • Seattle Bouldering Project youth instructor
    • Shiekh Shoes sales associate
    • Skate Church intern
    • Sound Theatre Company production assistant
    • Starbucks barista and clerk
    • Student Conservation Association crew member
    • Taco del Mar cashier and front-end server
    • Taco Time crew member
    • The Dish Café hostess
    • The Salvation Army academic mentor
    • The Whale Trail volunteer
    • Tully’s Coffee barista
    • Wedgwood Swim Club instructor and office assistant
    • West Seattle Lawn and Garden groundskeeper
    • Westside Presbyterian assistant teacher
    • Woodland Park Zoo, Zoo Corps volunteer
    • Yesler Community Center Green Team member
    • Youth Career Training Program assistant