About Us

Since 1997, Teens in Public Service (TIPS) has been striving to support community-oriented leaders by providing paid internship opportunities at non-profit organizations in the Greater Seattle area. These internships offer teens practical work experience, an understanding of ethical leadership, and a venue to put their values into action; and, our nonprofits gain additional staff during the summer months, at no cost to their organizations. Internship service areas range from youth development to medical/hospital, to environmentalism, and you may be familiar with some of our core partners, such as Atlantic Street Center, Seattle Humane Society, and Hunger Intervention Program. Hear from some of our 2021 interns as they reflect on their summer experience with TIPS here.

A recent publication in The Seattle Times covers the barriers presented by unpaid internships – while the experience is important, committing time and energy without a paycheck in return is inequitable and marginalizes a large portion of students. Since its start, TIPS has been intentional about providing the opportunity to gain real work experience while also ensuring interns receive appropriate compensation for the work being poured into the community. Learn more about the TIPS impact in a Seattle Times article featuring recent TIPS alum, Ryan Phi, here.

Nonprofit Partnership Application for the 2024 TIPS Summer Internship Program

Thank you for your interest in partnering with us for the 2024 TIPS Summer Internship Program!

All nonprofit partner applications are due Monday, April 8th, 2024 at 5pm PT.

Before you begin, make sure you have reviewed TIPS nonprofit partner requirements and Terms of Selection. 

Have questions before you apply? If you have not partnered with TIPS before, or if you would like to discuss your application, please contact us with your questions - josephine@teensinpublicservice.org

We are available to work with you on the details of your internship application through the deadline to ensure that your organization is placed with a teen to carry out a fulfilling summer internship experience through a TIPS nonprofit partnership.  

*If you intend to apply for more than one TIPS intern in different positions at your organization, please contact TIPS (josephine@teensinpublicservice.org)



To start your application to TIPS, you will need to Create Your Account on Submittable. This application takes around 30 minutes to complete. Please make sure you are connected to the internet during this time. You can save your work and return to this application at any time before the deadline (April 8th at 5pm PT). This application must be filled out completely and submitted for consideration by TIPS. Please remember to click the "SUBMIT" button at the end of this form when you are ready to submit your application.

Thank you for your interest in the TIPS 2024 Summer Internship Program! Before you begin, make sure you have reviewed our eligibility requirements and internship FAQs which include details about TIPS internships and mandatory program dates.

What you need to apply:

  1. Complete and submit the online internship application. All applications must be complete and submitted by Monday, March 4, 2024.
  2. Obtain a letter of recommendation to upload in your intern application. Make sure to review TIPS Letter of Recommendation Guidelines. You must obtain and submit your letter of recommendation by the application deadline (March 4th). 

If you have any questions about the application, or application process, review our Application FAQs or send us an email at apply@teensinpublicservice.org

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