For more than 20 years, Teens In Public Service has provided interns with unique summer experiences that amplify each teen's role as a community leader. Being a TIPS intern requires dedication and commitment to supporting our community.


Serving the Community

TIPS interns help nonprofits carry out organizational initiatives by providing invaluable support to their summer programs. In turn, interns learn how to work in the nonprofit community while also building leadership skills to meet the needs of their organization. This is a win-win-win program for interns, nonprofits, and the communities they serve. 

Annabelle - TIPS Intern
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.
— Annabelle, 2019 Intern

Developing Skills

For many of our interns this is the first professional experience they have ever had. The entire process is designed to give them a chance to step up into a professional capacity. Applicants must submit a written application for the program. If the application is accepted, the teenager will move on to a formal interview. Based on all of the above, we work to best match the interests and abilities of our applicants with those of our nonprofit partners.

During the program, our interns spend 6-8 weeks working with their nonprofits in a variety of areas. They develop skills and have the chance to work on a wide array of projects with some of the most driven and inspiring organizations in the city. We also provide our interns with several opportunities to work with their larger class at a leadership training day and other TIPS events.

Want to become a TIPS Intern next summer?

Internship applications open in late fall the year before our summer program begins. We encourage all high school students who qualify to apply for a TIPS internship. Please click the links below to find more information about applying for a public service internship through TIPS, and to learn about our requirements and the hiring process for TIPS summer program.

our interns

Each TIPS intern and internship experience is unique. TIPS interns come from schools all over the greater Seattle area, and are placed within a variety on nonprofit causes. The work an intern accomplishes depends on the organization they are paired with, the department in which the intern is placed, and the type of service the organization provides. While interns gain hands-on experience supporting their not-for-profit organizations through a variety of different roles, each teen comes away from their summer of nonprofit service having made an a meaningful impact in the community.