Summer Jobs 253

Opportunities for the 2023-2024 School year!

New Jobs 253 service opportunities for the 2023-2024 school year are underway! You can join the Jobs 253 interest list to be notified when new opportunities are open for enrollment.

Coaching Internships will also be available for participation. Please check out our Coaching and Sports Management Internship website here.

jobs 253 Registration Form

*Note: Students will need to be logged into their district-provided student account to submit an application.


What Tacoma high school students gain from the Jobs 253 employment program

  • 40+ hours of job training and experience 
  • High school credit 
  • An academic completion bonus 
  • Basic work readiness 
  • Resume/interview skills 
  • Increased self-confidence and personal growth 

Jobs 253 offers TPS high school students the opportunity to earn high school credit for graduation while gaining meaningful work experience and life skills. The City of Tacoma partners in funding up to a $500 stipend (per experience) that students receive when they fulfill the program requirements.

Note: Students will be limited to the number of opportunities they can participate in. Students who have not yet had an experience will be prioritized. Students will also be limited to a maximum stipend-received amount over their entire high school career. Please reach out to your counselor or career guidance specialist for more information.

Students can earn up to a .5 elective course credit for completing all program requirements which develop professional skills essential to success in the workplace.

View Current Jobs 253 Opportunities

Jobs 253 stipend application process

  1. Review available Jobs 253 opportunities.
  2. Complete the Jobs 253 sign-up form. Students must be logged in to their TPS student account to access the form. Completing this form does not guarantee a Jobs 253 placement.
  3. After completing steps 1 and 2, you will receive an email with the next steps to complete.

If approved and placed in an opportunity, you will receive a confirmation email and then be asked to complete a W9 tax form before starting your experience.

At the end of your experience

You will need to complete and upload the following documents using our Microsoft form to qualify for your credit and stipend at the end of your experience:


It is your responsibility to complete any requirements and upload your documents appropriately. Failure to satisfy these requirements may impact your eligibility for this program. Students are limited to a maximum of three Jobs 253 experiences during their academic career.

*To maximize your success in programming, it is imperative that you check your district-provided email account daily for critical updates, requirements, and communication from program supervisors.

Why complete a Jobs 253 experience

  • Develop meaningful job experience and leadership skills.
  • Benefit a school, neighborhood, and/or community.
  • Is deemed safe by parent, guardian, school staff, or organizational staff.
  • Student service work hours are completed under the supervision of an approved Jobs 253 partner organization (nonprofit, government agency, or local business).

Contact Us

More Information about Jobs 253

Brady Bekker

Become a Jobs 253 Partner

Adam Kulaas
Director Innovative Learning and CTE

Need a place to deposit your check?

We got you covered! Tacoma Public Schools has partnered with Gesa Credit Union to help students open FREE checking or debit accounts… and with every swipe of your TPS-branded card, Gesa will donate money back to the district to help more support Jobs 253 work experiences!

Check out your card options here:

Complete an application and take it to the Gesa branch at 2637 N Pearl St to open your account and get your card. Mt. Tahoma HS students can open an account at the credit union on campus!