For 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. 

It was truly a life-changing experience and probably one of if not the most meaningful times of my life. I was not only able to learn about myself but also able to foster connections with volunteers and staff and have a huge impact in the lives of many people in need.
— Danny, 2016 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.

My internship at Nature Consortium has been truly amazing. I love the people I work with as well as the many skills and experiences I’m gaining. My jobs vary from doing outreach for our programs to assisting staff in the office and helping art classes with disadvantaged minorities. I’m learning so much about nature and connecting art with the environment. The responsibilities that come with my internship have been challenging, but very rewarding in that they have contributed greatly in making me a mature leader in my community. Thank you so much for placing me at Nature Consortium.
— Naomi, 2015 Intern