Teens in Public Service

Teens in Public Service (TIPS) is a summer experiences partner and provides summer-long, paid community service internships that pairs participants with nonprofit organizations over the summer.

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.

For many of their interns this is their first professional experience. Their internship program is designed to provide them the tools to take initiative and serve our community. All applicants must submit a written application and a letter of recommendation for the program. Top applicants will move on to a formal interview.

Based on their application and interview, TIPS will work to best match the interests and abilities of our applicants with the service areas and needs of our nonprofit partners.

See the program in action:

Program Details

  • Varies based on placement (King County, WA)
Program Length: 160 hours
Courses and Dates: 
  • Intern Orientation: May 22, 2024
  • Internship: June 17 - August 23, 2024
  • Leadership Day: July 20, 2024
  • Celebration of Service: August 17, 2024
Participant Mix: Mix of students from across Washington state. You may not have another Summer Searcher in your chosen field, but there will be Summer Searchers attending the internship program.
Accommodations: Commuter program, orca cards provided by request
Bathrooms: Shared facility bathrooms
Phone Access: You'll have your phone throughout the program, but please be fully present during internship.
COVID Policy: Proof of vaccination is required.
Travel (In State):  In state students are eligible for transit cards while attending the commuter program.

Program Activities

Summer activities...

  • Spend 6-8 weeks working with their nonprofits in a variety of service areas.
  • Take part in professional development and leadership workshops with your fellow interns.
  • Take part in programs and projects where you are given the opportunity to explore your strengths as a leader.
  • Grow your teamwork, collaboration, communication, and problem-solving skills that can be applied in future academic environments or professional careers.
  • Develop connections at your nonprofit, along with a deeper understanding of the needs of your community.

students will get from this experience...

  • Develop leadership skills.
  • Work on a wide array of projects with some of the most driven and inspiring nonprofit organizations in the Puget Sound area.
  • Explore a career in public service and build connections within your community.
  • Internship participation is a valuable item on a resume or college application.
  • Earn up to $2900 over the course of the summer (based on the City of Seattle’s 2023 minimum wage of $18.69/hr).

This experience could be a good fit if you...

  • Available for a part-time work schedule for 6-8 weeks during the summer months of June-August
  • Passionate about service, social justice, and investing in their community.
  • Interested in nonprofit organizations and exploring a career in public service.
  • Hardworking, reliable, and enthusiastic about helping others.
  • Willing and excited to develop their communication, leadership, and practical work skills.



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