Our interns have the chance to work with some of the most inspiring organizations in our city. The ambition and enthusiasm they tap into at their placements is electric and it is not uncommon for an intern to continue volunteering with an organization long after completing TIPS.


Nonprofit Partners

Publicly available resources are of vital importance in King County and the surrounding regions. The demand for nonprofit organizations to meet the needs of the clients and neighbors they serve continues to grow. Every year, TIPS pairs nonprofit organizations with a summer intern free-of-charge to help our partners provide their services to the community.

Through TIPS, local nonprofits get to work with a committed, bright teen intern - increasing each organization’s capacity to carry out their mission with the support of a consistent summer staff person. In exchange, TIPS partners provide interns with unique summer job experiences, learning what it takes to run a not-for-profit along the way.

Being such a small grassroots nonprofit having the help, skill sets and compassion from our intern has been simply amazing! Our intern was simply amazing to work with. Her generous spirit and desire to learn was refreshing and so helpful to us!
— Dhaarmiko Coehlo, Camp Kindness Counts

We believe there are many paths towards supporting our community, and as a result our nonprofit partners represent a variety of causes. TIPS interns help achieve many of the nonprofits' goals for the summer. In some cases, interns even assist with designing and leading their own projects for the organization!

Each internship represents an opportunity for developing the community leadership skills for an intern to effectively move forward as public service advocates. Many interns continue volunteering with an organization long after completing TIPS, and throughout their academic and professional careers.

Who we partner with

Teens In Public Service partners with a diversity of non-profit organizations located in and around the greater Seattle area. TIPS looks for organizational partners who can provide teens with unique, life-changing summer internship experiences in the following areas:

  • Social rights activism

  • Environment

  • Summer camp administration

  • Elderly care

  • Arts and sciences

  • HIV/AIDS and community health

  • Animal welfare

  • Youth education and tutoring

  • Special needs

  • Homeless and humanitarian issues

  • Medicine and hospital programs

How does TIPS pair interns?

Each year, hundreds of students apply to for one of 50 - 60 internship positions and TIPS vets students through several stages of application collection, review, interviewing, and pairing. After passing a first round review of applications and letters of recommendation, a selection of teen applicants are invited to interview with two volunteer interviewers trained through TIPS to make selection recommendations. The purpose of the TIPS interview is for our committee to get a better understanding of the applicants' skills and interests as best meet TIPS mission.

We then pair interns based on recommendations from the intern interview and selection committee. This process takes into account each teens’ skills, interests, qualifications, location, and other application details in conjunction with the nonprofit internships available for the 2020 summer program.

Selected candidates are then invited to participate in the TIPS Summer Internship program with details about their nonprofit placement. Upon accepting their job offer, students are hired and trained as TIPS interns, ready to begin their summer of nonprofit service at their nonprofit placements.

developing the next generation of leaders

TIPS accepts applications from teens ages 15-19 years of age interested in serving their community. Interns come from dozens of schools around the Puget Sound, and have demonstrated leadership qualities within their academic, volunteer service, and/or personal interests.

The teens we hire are interested in nonprofit work and passionate about giving back to their community.

TIPS interns care about volunteerism and learning how they can affect positive change in the lives of others through public service. While each intern brings a different set of skills, backgrounds, and interests to their internship, the teens all have a desire to make a tangible impact at their not-for-profit cause.

TIPS works closely with our partners to ensure each internship delivers an experience that meets our interns’ potential as public service leaders, empowering them to further contribute to the missions of their organizations.