Internships

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. Here are the internships our students are participating in for our '21–'22 program. 

Mission

We inspire action to solve climate challenges by learning as a community to grow, eat, and live sustainably.

Description

The Food Access/ Distribution Intern’s primary project will be expanding our current food distribution and working to enhance and eliminate barriers in food access.  Our intern will have the opportunity to work closely with farm staff, community members and various community organizations to further develop a dynamic and equitable food distribution model, building on work from past UCBI interns.

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ACRS promotes social justice and the well-being and empowerment of Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders and other underserved communities – including immigrants, refugees, and American-born – by developing, providing and advocating for innovative, effective and efficient community-based multilingual and multicultural services.

Description

The Nutrition Program Intern will help with food distribution at our main facility’s Club Bamboo kitchen, our Chinatown food bank, and the Seattle Community Farm. They will assist with loading and unloading food, planting, growing and harvesting crops, and cooking in our Kitchen.

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Saving lives through research, innovation, education and excellence in blood, medical and laboratory services in partnership with our community.

Description

Researchers will use the participant data collected to study many different conditions, including cancer, diabetes, depression, asthma, and other diseases.This role offers a lot of creativity and opportunity to learn from our experts in the field.  We will orient you on blood donation (ie. importance, need, blood facts), so that you can identify new groups to reach out to, and to establish a confidentially connection in effort to identify how tracking one’s health is a proactive and effective prevention tool.

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Our mission is to advance educational equity for all students.

Description

A Canopy Scholars intern will help coordinate and lead our tutoring program for elementary students.

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 Columbia Legal Services advocates for laws that advance social, economic, and racial equity for people living in poverty.

Description

Columbia Legal Services is developing the systems and structures that will help our organization diversify funding. To this effect, the intern will be responsible for working with their supervisor to help social media management, community connections mapping, and database management.

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Community Alliance for Global Justice is a grassroots, membership-based organization in Seattle that educates and mobilizes to strengthen the food sovereignty movement. CAGJ organizes solidarity campaigns with local groups across the food system - from grocery store workers to farmworkers - and in regional, national, and international alliances and coalitions.

Description

CAGJ’s AGRA Watch campaign supports African-initiated agricultural programs rooted in agroecological and indigenous farming practices in coordination with African food sovereignty networks to challenge the corporatization of African agriculture led by the Seattle-based Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation and their initiative, the Alliance for a Green Revolution in Africa (AGRA).

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El Centro de la Raza is a voice and a hub for Seattle and Martin Luther King, Jr. County’s Latino community as we advocate on behalf of our people and work to achieve social justice. Through our comprehensive programs and services, we empower members of the Latino community as fully participating members of society. We also work to raise awareness with the public, and government, business and civic leaders about the needs of the Chicano/Latino community in the United States.

Description

El Centro de la Raza provides comprehensive, culturally competent education and counseling services to individuals seeking homeownership, homeowners, and renters, victims of foreclosure, small businesses or those seeking to start small business, and those who wish to have a better grasp and understanding of their finances. The Financial Empowerment Intern will support the administrative process such as files, records, personal, demographic, and economic data and engage in outreach activities of financial counseling and education.

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Elizabeth Gregory Home (EGH) serves single homeless women in the greater Seattle area by providing transitional housing, a Day Center and case management services. Elizabeth Gregory Home provides a welcoming and respectful refuge where homeless and at-risk women have access to compassionate care.

Description

The intern will work to enhance LQBTQ+ and BIPOC services by researching and reporting on existing community resources and holding focus groups or engaging with clients individually to gain an understanding of resource needs and suggestions to improve services provided by EGH. Using information learned through client interactions, report recommendations to Day Center staff for enhancing services to marginalized populations.

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The mission of the Filipino Community of Seattle (FCS) is to promote cultural diversity, ethnic pride, unity, education, and socio-economic empowerment among Filipino Americans in the Pacific Northwest. The mission of the Youth Development Programs (YDP) is to amplify the visions of young community leaders by providing beyond-school programming that nurtures youth culture and partnerships with families, schools, and BIPOC members of the community.

Description

The Innovation Learning Center (ILC) is a new learning space for our communities, near and far, to use as a space to hangout, build community, utilize resources available, and bring their imaginations to life.The intern will support programs, which will include the Filipino Community of Seattle’s Intergenerational Programs: the Intergenerational Preschool, Youth Development Programs, and Senior Programs. ILC will also provide STEAM classes and external classes from other organizations, educational institutions, and businesses

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The mission of the Filipino Community of Seattle (FCS) is to promote cultural diversity, ethnic pride, unity, education, and socio-economic empowerment among Filipino Americans in the Pacific Northwest. The mission of the Youth Development Programs (YDP) is to amplify the visions of young community leaders by providing beyond-school programming that nurtures youth culture and partnerships with families, schools, and BIPOC members of the community.

Description

The FCS Youth Development Programs will be providing programs for young people in the community (grades K-12) to help meet and support their expressed needs. The YDP Intern will support winter and spring programming and directly interact and engage with youth. The programs we plan to implement include field trips, academic support, community building activities, and intergenerational program events. The intern will be supervised by the Youth Program Coordinator and will have opportunities to collaborate and build community with other FCS staff, volunteers, and/or intern(s).

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Full Life is a not-for-profit organization dedicated to enhancing the quality of life for frail elders and people with chronic or terminal illnesses and disabilities. We are committed, through our program of health and social services, to the independence and well-being of all participants and to providing respite for caregivers.

Description

An intern will support multiple programs and departments of Full Life Care, including Volunteer Services, Communications, and ElderFriends, which relieves loneliness and isolation among older adults by custom matching volunteers with elders for 1:1 friendly companionship, outreach, and advocacy.

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To offer multilingual and multicultural services that can help its target low income East African immigrants and refugees attain immediate and long-term adjustment through social work, community capacity building, education and advocacy. Join our team in supporting the academic success of East African immigrant and refugee youth! We assist students in grades K-12 in improving their academic skills, and we support low-income immigrant and refugee families in helping their children succeed in school.

Description

We are looking for a detail-oriented and focused intern to serve as our Volunteer Coordinator. This person will be responsible for interacting with volunteers and connecting those volunteers with Horn of Africa Services (HOAS) opportunities, with the support and collaboration of the Youth Development Program Coordinator.

The Volunteer Coordinator's responsibilities include recruiting and training new volunteers, keeping a spreadsheet of volunteer information and skills, matching volunteers to opportunities that suit their skills, keeping volunteers informed, and conveying the organization's purpose to the public. 

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The mission of the IRC is to help people whose lives and livelihoods are shattered by conflict and disaster to survive, recover, and gain control of their future.

Description

The International Rescue Committee responds to the world’s worst humanitarian crises and helps people whose lives and livelihoods are shattered by conflict and disaster to survive, recover and gain control of their future. In more than 40 countries and over 20 U.S. cities, our dedicated teams provide clean water, shelter, health care, education and empowerment support to refugees and displaced people.  The IRC intern will provide ongoing support to newly arrived refugee and immigrant job seekers, support non-job-seeking adults in accessing community resources, and develop comprehensive employment plans and household budgets. 

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Mission

We conduct fair, open and accurate elections.

Description

The intern would support this work by working across teams to develop and implement civic education programming for young voters, specifically college and university students. As the civic engagement intern, they will gain an in-depth knowledge of the voting process, create civic engagement content, conduct outreach to college and university groups, and present materials in partnership with election staff.

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Lake City Collective’s mission is to empower underrepresented communities across cultures in the North End.

Description

The UCBI Intern will be working with the Lake City Collective to support their Little Brook Environmental Empowerment Project (LBEEP). By the start of winter quarter, LCC will have done the community outreach, education, and engagement component of the project, and will use the support of an intern to do analysis of community input, create an Environmental Justice Action Plan, and to connect families to resources who are interested in doing environmental justice related action within their community.

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We remove barriers to health with relentless compassion so that no one faces illness and injustice alone.

Description

The Marketing and Communications Intern will work with Marketing and Communications staff on writing blog posts and social media content, creating and updating outreach materials, and working with community partners to promote Lifelong’s services, events, and campaigns.

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Neighborhood Legal Clinics program, part of the King County Bar Association, offers free, limited legal advice and referrals to King County residents and Washington State residents with legal issues in King County who might otherwise have no access to the legal system. It is a goal of the program to make the clinics accessible regardless of barriers such as income, education, language or disability.

Description

The NLC Intake & Referral (I&R) internship is focused on providing direct service to clients by scheduling them for free 30-minute legal consultations on civil legal issues, as well as making referrals to outside organizations. We have clinics specializing in family law, debt/bankruptcy, civil rights, and general clinics (that commonly handle landlord-tenant issues and employment law questions). After training, I&R interns receive a list of clients who have requested a pro bono legal appointment, call those clients, and then schedule and refer them as necessary to get help. 

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Individuals from underrepresented communities face systemic challenges that pose a threat to overall health and well-being. We are committed to changing that. At Nurturing Roots, we are dedicated to providing a welcoming space for our community to access sustainable food and sustainable knowledge through agriculture and environmental stewardship.

Description

Outreach Assistant will assist with daily operating functions of the farm, special projects, event planning, as well as child and family outreach.

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OneAmerica advances the fundamental principles of democracy and justice at the local, state, and national levels by building power within immigrant communities in collaboration with key allies.

Description

The intern will help compile both qualitative and quantitative data and participant feedback for purposes of program evaluation. They will also attend class regularly to build relationships with the students, assist with new student onboarding calls once a quarter, and summarize program evaluation findings and success stories creatively and/or visually.

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Pongo’s core mission is to engage youth in writing poetry to inspire healing and growth.

Description

The Pongo Poetry Project teaches and mentors personal poetry by youth who have suffered childhood traumas, such as abuse, neglect, and exposure to violence. We especially focus on young people who have difficulty expressing themselves. The Pongo Project Poetry Intern will support in facilitiating poetry with teens at King County Juvenile Detention, conduct social media outreach, and support donor cultivation.

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The QLaw Foundation of Washington promotes the dignity and respect of LGBTQ+ Washingtonians within the legal system through advocacy, education, and legal assistance.

Description

The UCBI intern will work primarily on social media and communications supporting QLaw Foundation’s direct legal services and community outreach and education work. These programs include the LGBTQ+ Legal Clinic, Family Matters Legal Clinic, and dissemination of community education and know-your-rights materials. The UCBI intern will 1) market the clinics and other resource materials using social media and community partnerships, and 2) develop, design, and research content for know-your-rights materials.

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ROOTS Young Adult Shelter builds community and fosters dignity through access to essential services and a safe place to sleep for young adults experiencing homelessness.

Description

Our intern will support administrative and coordination needs for the Race and Social Justice Team, which is dedicated to addressing areas of inequity and oppression within our organization. They will play an integral role by attending bi-weekly meetings and working in tandem with committee members, the Executive Director, and other organizational stakeholders to build equity and inclusion within ROOTS. Additionally, the intern will have a leadership role in recruiting ongoing and one-time shelter volunteers. This would include creating and frequently updating online volunteer recruitment postings, and utilizing social media, email and physical outreach materials to be deployed in the shelter space. The intern will also lead a 3-hour volunteer group on a weekly or every other week basis, managing this group as they engage projects that involve cleaning and organizing the shelter space.

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To create an inclusive community by promoting confidence, leadership, and social justice through skateboarding.

Description

We value experiential learning and civic participation, by providing opportunities to be involved in the skateboarding community. Skate Like a Girl Intern will support in fundraising efforts, building and distributing skateboards, and social media outreach.

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To enhance the lives of students in need by increasing access and opportunities through school sports.

Description

Participation in school-based athletics provides a means for students to more meaningfully engage with their education, increase academic performance and attendance, and learn to implement the 3P’s: Practice, Perseverance, and Patience throughout their lives. Intern will support in girls leadership programs, middle school tennis program, and annual auction.

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To dismantle systemic inequities in education by engaging parents, educators, and community partners in systems change work on a local, state, and national level.

Description

Intern will lead and support SPEB staff with the Reflections Project. The hope of this project is to capture the Institute’s (2021-2022) individual community learning process and bridge their own data (stories, experiences) through their choice of medium (videos, interviews, art, poetry…) as a representation. The project’s purpose is to collect, compile, and categorize (themes) from these individual learning reflections to design a representation that brings to life their collective learning.

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Teen Feed is a Seattle nonprofit 501c3 which works with the community to offer support to meet basic needs, build strong relationships, and ally with homeless youth as they meet their future off the streets. With the tremendous support of the community, Teen Feed responds to the most basic needs of homeless youth with three integrated programs: Teen Feed Meal Program, Street Talk Outreach Program (STOP), and Service Links for Youth Support Coordination (SLY).

Description

UCBI interns are responsible individuals over 18 years of age who provide consistency and positive relationships to youth guests, in addition to helping meet basic needs at the Teen Feed dinner program. This direct service position requires the intern to work primarily in-person and on-site.  UCBI interns are crucial members of our direct service team who remember youth’s names, help meet the basic needs of meals and supplies, conduct entryway health screenings on youth, and join guests in open air environments 1:1 to engage in socially-distanced conversation, do regular wellness checks, and hand out PPE. Additionally, Advocates help with nightly set up and tear down of the service space and work with staff coordinators to create detailed records of the evening’s activities. Advocates are a member of a 4-7 person team of staff, and a critical part of the mission of Teen Feed.

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Teen Feed is a Seattle nonprofit 501c3 which works with the community to offer support to meet basic needs, build strong relationships, and ally with homeless youth as they meet their future off the streets. With the tremendous support of the community, Teen Feed responds to the most basic needs of homeless youth with three integrated programs: Teen Feed Meal Program, Street Talk Outreach Program (STOP), and Service Links for Youth Support Coordination (SLY).

Description

UCBI interns are responsible individuals over 18 years of age who provide consistency and positive relationships to youth guests, in addition to helping meet basic needs at the Teen Feed dinner program. This direct service position requires the intern to work primarily in-person and on-site. Since the COVID Crisis, Teen Feed has transitioned to a completely “To Go” dinner service model, with staff and advocate volunteers continuing to serve young people on a nightly basis. UCBI interns are crucial members of our direct service team who remember youth’s names, help meet the basic needs of meals and supplies, conduct entryway health screenings on youth, and join guests in open air environments 1:1 to engage in socially-distanced conversation, do regular wellness checks, and hand out PPE.

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The Doorway Project aims to affirm and empower young adults harmed by multiply intersecting systems through the provision of therapeutic art based programs, system navigation, and case management grounded in healing centered engagement. These interventions are key in supporting young adults to connect their experience of harm to larger social and institutional systems, rather than character and cultural shortcomings.

Description

The Doorway Project is an initiative co-led by the University of Washington and YouthCare to address youth and young adult (YYA) homelessness in Seattle’s University District through a lens of healing centered engagement with young adults, the UW community, and direct and indirect service providers. Through this process we have identified three main pillars of Healing Centered Engagement: Community Engagement, Creative Engagement, and Campus Engagement. We are seeking one-intern to work with us within the Campus Engagement pillar, creating a campus mapping tool that enhances navigational capital for young people from historically marginalized communities interested in attending the University of Washington.

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The Tubman Center for Health & Freedom is a Seattle based non-profit that addresses health and wellness from both systemic and clinical approaches. By practicing medicine from the intersection of health and freedom, we address both the health of our patients as well as the factors that determine their health. Tubman Health provides primary and preventative care, community resources, social services, political education and advocacy.

We are a new health justice organization that is building our capacity in order to open a community health clinic that centers Black, Brown, LGBTQ and/or Disabled communities. Our administrative office in South Seattle is currently looking for student interns interested in health communications, public health and advocacy work.

Description

This position is primarily focused on Health Communications, in which your interest in population health, public health, health justice and improving conditions for marginalized communities will translate through our social media channels. A passion for community, writing and creating is supported. Experience in websites and social media platforms is encouraged but not required. We welcome those who are willing to learn!

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Our mission is to build a hunger-free Northeast Seattle by providing our neighbors with reliable access to healthy food and life-changing resources.

Description

The Bloom Urban Gardening Internship, “Bloom” provides a unique opportunity for an undergraduate to assist the project while learning about urban farming and the food system in the Seattle area. Bloom is managed by the University District Food Bank in partnership with the Doorway Project and seeks to enable young people (ages 18-26) experiencing homelessness to celebrate their heritage, explore social justice, and nourish themselves and their neighbors by planting strong roots – literally – in their community.

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University Heights Center promotes life-long learning, creativity, culture, community activism, and the preservation of our historic building.

Description

We recently established the UHeights Safe Lot, a program for those whose primary residence is a vehicle, in partnership with the University Temple and the Urban League of Metropolitan Seattle and funding from the City of Seattle. The Safe Lot provides displaced people a safe place to park and sleep while simultaneously receiving case management for housing, employment, and other services. We have also partnered with Northwest Shares’ Vegan Free Food Truck, and worked with ROOTS and the City of Seattle to create several on-site hygiene stations, including showers, sinks, and restrooms. We are now looking for a highly motivated and self-directed intern to help us institutionalize these projects within the community. Specifically, the UHeights Human Resources intern will focus on building out our mutual aid network.

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Building a community where all people, especially the young, are encouraged to develop their fullest potential in spirit, mind, and body.

Description

The Employment and Training (EaT) Team offers a robust array of workforce development programs and services, including workforce training, digital skills workshops, internship/job placements, connections to certification and post-secondary education programs, a weekly Job Club, Hot Jobs newsletter, and financial literacy classes. An intern with the Employment and Training Team will provide support in a variety of administrative duties designed to elevate the employment and training offerings to the youth and young adult community.

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YouthCare works to end youth homelessness and to ensure that young people are valued for who they are and empowered to achieve their potential.

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The YouthBuild program operates as part of YouthCare’s Workforce Development team to respond to the needs of young people facing barriers to education and employment. YouthBuild is a 6-month Construction-Based Pre-Apprenticeship and GED attainment program for individuals 18-24 who are looking to get their GED or high school diploma. Through the program participants receive academic support, job-readiness training, leadership development, carpentry skill development, physical training, and case management services. The intern placed in this role will work on site with YouthBuild to provide educational content to clients, manage client data and program experience, and support the program’s operations.

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