I wouldn't have been able to spend my entire summer serving my community without TIPS. That's the most valuable part: getting to make a difference. I furthered my love for community service …my eyes were opened completely to the nonprofit sector and I know about careers in that field, now. I love my internship! TIPS did a great job placing me.
Emma Begley Collier, Hunger Intervention Program
I learned that I am really interested in the role nonprofits play in advocating for increasing food security. I always thought of politics being the only pathway towards changing laws, but I learned that nonprofits like HIP do a lot of work in that area as well. I learned that a career in nonprofit work is something I am interested in.
Jack Singh, Coyote Central
The most valuable aspect was working with such great and inspiring people from different backgrounds. I loved meeting kids, teachers, and the day-to-day staff. There was always someone with an interesting story and I loved hearing what people had to say.
Mansi Mishra, Tavon Learning Center
My job as an intern at Tavon Learning Center was a variety of many things, I was able to act as a community guide with the members and accompany them on several types of recreational or educational outings, I was also part of teaching them functional academics and life skills, and in the background, I worked on Tavon's social media, as well as flyers and posters for events… Tavon turned out to be such an incredible fit for me in many different ways! …I learnt how to do many new things that I wouldn't have done if I hadn't been given this opportunity...
Sammie Holmes, Trail Youth Coffee Home
I have always loved doing nonprofit work. For the past few years during the summer I would volunteer for nonprofits, I wanted to give them all my time but that was hard because I also needed to earn money for school. Through teens in public service I was able to dedicate my time to a nonprofit for a whole summer while still earning the money I needed.
Evelyn Chen, Camp Kindness Counts
I have further developed my willingness to take initiative throughout this internship. My supervisors have strongly encouraged me to share my own ideas, and this positive, welcoming environment has helped me to feel comfortable making suggestions. I gave advice regarding a teen council at a board meeting, and I also suggested improvements for camp that were applied the next week.
Nattue Abraha, Empowering Youth and Families Outreach
My job was to tutor and supervise kids at my summer camp, but more importantly it is to encourage them and make sure they are becoming resilient leaders.
Annabelle Falconer, CCSWW Youth Tutoring Program
Because of my internship I by far had one of the most memorable summers ever. I know that the lessons learned and the important memories from my internship will always stay with me... I worked with kids who live in the same city as me but come from such different backgrounds and it really opened my eyes more to the bigger issues in our community.
Fahimah Zaman, Bailey-Boushay House
I think the most valuable aspect of the TIPS summer internship program was being exposed to a environment which could possibly be in your future career; the skills you learn at this age can go on to benefit you your entire life… Every day was full of new experiences; I have changed my approach to people in many different ways because of my internship.
Michael Gary, Lavender Rights Project
The office setting and highly professional work matched my interests… I have really valued the experience of having a full time job. Commuting, communicating with a supervisor, and completing professional tasks has been great… I've learned a lot about what sort of career I'm interested and what my needs are workspace-wise.
Kolton Zeng, Bellevue Boys and Girls Club
The most valuable aspect of TIPS was definitely being able to work in an environment at a capacity most high schoolers wouldn't get an opportunity to... Being able to be with the club for the entire summer really helped me build relationships with the kids and help more as a staff member and because of that, I was given more responsibility. And being paid made the whole experience more real.
Julia Seaver, Lifelong/Chicken Soup Brigade
I have learned how to take initiative. There is always work to be done at Lifelong, and usually my supervisors/other staff are incredibly busy. Instead of asking for the next task or assignment, I have begun to recognize where I am needed and I take initiative. Whether it’s volunteers that need guidance on their assigned task, or cleaning up the kitchen, or helping another department at Lifelong …My supervisor also allowed me to shadow many different departments within my non-profit, so I was able to see the bigger picture as to how a non-profit functions.
Soha Naeni, Odessa Brown Children's Clinic
While working at my internship, I was able to assist at a children’s summer camp. I was able to connect and build relationships with the children I was working with. Because of my help, children who could not afford summer camps got a chance to have fun during the summer.
Arjun Narendra, Imagine Housing
The most valuable aspect of the TIPS summer internship program was getting to work in a low-income community, one that I have had minimal exposure to. I was able to step into the shoes of the residents and understand their struggles. This gave me a broader perspective of the challenges people face and the steps we can take to help.