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 high school students ages 15 – 19 who are:

  • Energetic leaders among their peers.
  • Interested in community service.
  • Hardworking and dependable.


Visit the TIPS application to apply online or download a PDF version of the application and mail it to TIPS.  The 2017 application will become available January 3 and is due by March 10, 2017.

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 Friday, March 10th, 2017 – No late letters or applications will be accepted!

How do I apply to become a TIPS Intern? 

Fill out and submit an application.

Have two letters of recommendation submitted on your behalf. 

Have a high interest in serving their community.

Complete an interview (if application is accepted).

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: March 10th).

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 2017 summer programs


How does TIPS select Interns?

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?

Each intern will commit to a schedule of either part-time (20 hrs/week) or full-time (30 hrs/week) for 6 to 8 weeks and 5 of those weeks must be consecutive (we may make exceptions to this requirement).

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

  • TIPS Orientation – Wednesday, May 31, 2017  (2 hours in the evening)
  • Leadership Training – Saturday, July 15, 2017 (1/2 day)
  • Day of Service – Saturday, July 29, 2017 (1/2 day)
  • Celebration of Service – Friday, August 18, 2017 (evening)


Interns are paid Seattle minimum wage, which will be $13 per hour in 2017. 

How much do TIPS interns get paid? 

All interns must attend the pre-program orientation on May 31, 2017

Most internships begin the week of June 19, 2017

All internships must end by Friday, August 18, 2017


When will the TIPS program start?