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Important information on applying to become a TIPS Intern

What is TIPS?

TIPS employs teenagers in community service during the summer to work in non-profit organizations across the Puget Sound area.

Why is TIPS a good choice for summer employment?

TIPS allows you to give back to your community and earn a paycheck at the same time.

TIPS offers an opportunity to become involved in meaningful work at nonprofit organizations.

TIPS internships help teens gain professional experience that you will appreciate long after the summer is over.

Who should apply to be a TIPS intern?

TIPS is seeking enrolled high school students ages 15 – 19 located who are:

  • Energetic leaders among their peers.

  • Interested in community service.

  • Hardworking and dependable.

Minimum age requirement: All applicants must be 15 years of age or older by May 31, 2019

Maximum age requirement: Applicants may not exceed the age of 19 years during the summer program, which concludes on August 16, 2019.

High School Enrollment: You must currently be enrolled in high school (graduating class years 2019 - 2022) to qualify for a TIPS summer internship.

Location: TIPS is a Seattle-based program, with internship location options throughout the greater King County region. You must have an address in the state of WA to be considered for an internship.

Visit the TIPS application to apply online or download a PDF version of the application and mail it to TIPS.  The 2019 application will become available Tuesday, October 31st, 2018 and closes on Monday, February 25, 2019.

Each applicant must also submit two letters of recommendation to qualify for an internship. Your application and letters of recommendation may be submitted separately. Please read TIPS Letter of Recommendation requirements for obtaining and submitting your letters!

Application and letters of recommendation are due on Monday, February 25th, 2019 – No late letters or applications will be accepted!

How do I apply to become a TIPS Intern? 

What must each applicant do to be selected for a TIPS internship? 

Teens apply to TIPS online or through a mail-in application and must submit two letters of recommendation (deadline: February 25, 2019).

After reviewing applications, TIPS will contact applicants who qualify to interview for an internship.

Candidates then meet with a set of 2-3 interviewers to conduct a job interview for the internship to get a better understanding of the applicants' skills and interests.

A selection committee then reviews all application and interview information to place teen interns at the nonprofit internships available for the 2019 summer programs

*Non-Discrimination Policy

We value our interns and the non-profit organizations we serve by providing equal employment opportunities to all applicants regardless of sex, race, color, creed, national origin, religion, age, marital status, pregnancy, physical, mental or sensory disability, sexual orientation, gender identity or any other basis protected by federal, state and/or local laws. TIPS is committed to giving interns of all backgrounds the opportunity to work and contribute to the organizations we serve and to the community.

How does TIPS select Interns?

Before hiring interns, TIPS reviews applications and invites candidates to interview. Individuals who qualify to interview are available to work during the TIPS summer internship program and will submit full application materials (application + two letters of recommendation).

All qualifying (and unqualified) applicants will know if they have been selected for an interview by the end of March.  From there, interviews will take place through mid April.  

TIPS will then then inform all interviewed applicants by April 30th of our decision to hire or wait-list a candidate, or request that they reapply the following year.

When will I know if i have been hired?

No, TIPS places interns at designated non-profit organizations. The expectation is that each TIPS intern should be able to succeed at any of our nonprofit opportunities. However, applicants may indicate “Areas of Interest” on the application.

Can the intern select their own placement?

TIPS partners with a variety of organizations ranging in focus areas such as advocacy, arts, human services, environment, tutoring, childcare, and technology - to name a few.  Internships are located around the Puget Sound Region, with the highest density of nonprofit internships located in King County.  Interns are partially placed based on location and travel distance to the organizations we have available.  Please refer the full list of nonprofits TIPS has partnered with over the past 20+ years.

Where do interns work?

Each intern will commit to part-time schedule (about 20 hrs/week) for 6 to 8 weeks during the summer, with a total of 160 hours to complete over the course of the internship. Accepted interns may take a 1 week vacation during the course of their internship, as long as dates of absence are listed on their applications and interview materials. Vacations must not coincide with any of the dates below, and must not interfere with their ability to provide a consistent source of support to their intern over the summer.

TIPS interns are committed, punctual and enthusiastic about community involvement.
You MUST attend 4 mandatory events:  

  • TIPS Orientation – Thursday, May 30, 2019 (2 hours in the afternoon)

  • Leadership Training – Saturday, July 13, 2019 (1/2 day)

  • Day of Service – Saturday, July 27, 2019 (1/2 day)

  • Celebration of Service – Friday, August 16, 2019 (evening)

  • Last Day of Summer Program – Friday, August 16, 2019


Interns are paid Seattle minimum wage, which will be $15 per hour in 2019. 

How much do TIPS interns get paid? 

All interns must attend the pre-program orientation on May 30, 2019.

Most internships begin the third week of June, with flexible start dates throughout the month of June (as needed). Interns must be able to dedicate 5-8 consecutive weeks of their summer to their TIPS internship.

All internships must end by Friday, August 16, 2019.


When will the TIPS program start?