Seattle-based nonprofit Teens In Public Service (TIPS) is accepting applications from teens ages 15 to 19 who want a summer job that combines community leadership with volunteerism.
TIPS, founded in 1997 by a Seattle mom and her daughter, (Maureen Brotherton and Tia Heim) who wanted to create more rewarding job opportunities for teens, is now in its 15th year of placing teens at local non-profits. TIPS selects teens for internships at charitable organizations by matching their talents and interests with the needs of over 75 local non-profits. Teens serve at no cost to the non-profit, but earn a paycheck through TIPS.
You will find TIPS interns organizing a talent show for children with special needs, comforting a 75 year-old woman as she struggles with Alzheimer’s and providing a meal and a smile to a homeless man in downtown Seattle.
“Our internships give teens the chance to earn money as well as open their eyes to the needs of their community,” Cathy Michalec, TIPS Executive Director, said in a press release. “Our hope is that these teens will continue to be involved with their communities long after their internships are over.”
Teens can submit an application online. For more information, call the TIPS office at 206-985-4647.
Applicants must submit two letters of recommendation from teachers, counselors, adult mentors or others who can attest to the applicant’s character. Teens must be between the ages of 15-19, and must be 15 by June 1.
Each intern will work 20 or 30 hours per week for eight weeks, and five of those weeks must be consecutive.
The deadline for applications is Friday, March 25.