Undergraduate Community Based Internships (UCBI)

UCBI is a paid internship program that places undergraduates in non-profit and public sector organizations. Students interested in public service get the chance to explore, contribute, and grow as they work in, with, and for local communities.

Why get involved

  • Take your learning off campus and (re)connect with communities
  • Dive into a topic or issue you’re passionate about and explore career opportunities
  • Learn more about power, privilege, identity, and systems of oppression through community engagement
  • Receive mentorship and coaching from experienced student mentors and nonprofit/public sector leaders
  • Engage in professional development opportunities and build your personal and professional network with your cohort and partner organization
  • Earn a stipend ($2000/quarter) for your work

What to expect

  • Work with on-site host organizations for 10 hours per week
  • Spend an additional two hours each week with UCBI staff and fellow interns through one-on-one mentorship and cohort meetings
  • This cohort-based model allows students to learn in depth about social issues and reflect on power, privilege, identity, and systems of oppression

Email ucbiteam@uw.edu


The application will open on Monday, October 11, and close on Sunday, October 24, at 11:59PM. Applications are submitted electronically through a Google form and reviewed by the UCBI team and community partners. Interviews will be held in November, and selected interns will be notified shortly after.

Applicants are strongly encouraged to attend an informational session before submitting an application. Info sessions will begin in October and will be available both in-person and online.

More details to come in October! Follow us on Instagram @ucbi_uw and/or email us ucbiteam@uw.edu for more info.

Internships run from January through June. Interns start at their sites during week 1 of winter quarter and wrap up during week 10 of spring quarter. Interns are not expected to work during finals weeks and breaks.


Host organizations are located throughout the greater Seattle area. Our community partners work with a variety of populations and address a wide range of topics and issues throughout the greater Seattle area. Interns receive coaching and support from a site supervisor.


You can view this map that shows the locations of partners and read about the internships for the previous academic year (2020-2021). This year’s internships will be posted by Monday, October 11, when the application opens.