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Intern Grant


The 2021-22 grant application is now open! 

How to Apply

1. Create an Account or Login

In order to apply for the grant, you'll need an AWSP account. Most people applying for the grant will need to create their AWSP account. 

You do not need to be a member to have an AWSP account. If you'd like to become an Aspiring member, you can learn more about membership and benefits here

NOTE: The login and create account buttons on this page should redirect you to the intern grant application in our grant application program. 

2. Start Your Application

You should be redirected to our grant application software portal (OpenWater is the platform, is the URL). From here, you can work on your application and save your progress. See the screenshot below to see what the application screen should look like. 

Intern grant application screenshot
If you aren't redirected, head to the application using the Apply Now button below. If you're logged in, you should head straight there. If you aren't logged in, you should be redirected after logging in. You can use the Apply Now button to resume your application as well.

We strongly encourage you to use the 10 Tips document when filling out your application.

Questions? Want More Resources?

Have questions regarding the application process or are a current grant recipient?

Email Macy

Looking for tips on completing your intern grant application?

10 Tips

View sample look-fors.

Application Look-fors

The Washington State Education Leadership Intern Program Grant 

Established in 1993, the Washington State Education Leadership Intern Program Grant is designed to provide rigorous, authentic and quality training experiences for interns. It also provides funds for partial release for those participating in administrative preparation programs that have been approved by the Washington Professional Educator Standards Board (PESB).

Grant Timeline  

  • March 26, 2021 | 2021-22 Grant Application Due to AWSP
  • Week of April 19, 2021 | Grant Application Screening
  • Week of May 24, 2021 | Applicant Notifications

Reimbursement Funds

The Intern Grant program provides substitute cost reimbursements for the release of administrator intern candidates from their teaching positions in order to engage in on-the-job training with a mentor administrator. Districts are reimbursed for days of release time at a daily substitute rate of $107. The number of days varies annually. Principal intern candidates are required to complete 540 hours of training, half of which must be when students and staff are present during the regular school day.

PESB-Approved Principal Preparation Programs

  • Central Washington University
  • City University of Seattle
  • Eastern Washington University
  • Gonzaga University
  • Heritage University
  • Pacific Lutheran University
  • Northwest University
  • Seattle Pacific University
  • Seattle University
  • Saint Martin's University
  • University of Washington (Bothell)
  • University of Washington Danforth (Seattle)
  • University of Washington (Tacoma)
  • Washington State University (Spokane/Pullman, Tri-Cities and Vancouver)
  • Western Washington University
  • WGU Washington
  • Whitworth University 

Intern Advisory Committee

The Intern Advisory Committee meets twice a year to review and approve:
  • Policy standards/guidelines
  • Application packet
  • Required training activities
  • Year-end program assessment
  • Program costs

The committee is comprised of practicing building/district administrators and representatives from AWSP, OSPI, WASA and higher education. 


For More Information 

Macy Bruhy | Professional Learning & Intern Support | (800) 562-6100