Non Profit Internships

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Conservation International  

Hood Canal Salmon Enhancement Group

(2 positions) 

Pierce Conservation District  Village Volunteers  21 Progress
Tacoma Rescue Mission

 Children's Museum of Tacoma

(1 position)

Fife Historical Society 
Feast Arts Center Humane Society for Tacoma and Pierce County  Roaring Gardens Farm 
Densho    

 

Conservation International

Responsible Mining and Energy Intern - Arlington, VA

Hood Canal Salmon Enhancement Group: 

The Hood Canal Salmon Enhancement Group strives to deepen the connection between land, people, and salmon through restoration, education, and research. Our mission is to ensure that wild salmon are once again abundant in the Pacific Northwest.

StreamTeam Intern (Paid)

  • Create and sustain monitoring protocols on restored river and estuary systems
  • Collect data on important habitat indicators within river and estuary systems
  • Support with a variety of HCSEG projects (from handling salmon to conducting plant surveys)

Qualifications:

  • Must have reliable transportation
  • Hold a valid driver's license and can pass a background check
  • Have an interest in natural resources

Education/Outreach Intern (Paid)

  • Assist in established education and outreach programs and events in the classroom and on site settings
  • Have the opportunity to be involved with salmon enhancement and sustainable agriculture projects
  • Lead the implementation of HCSEG's GreenSTREAM summer field camp

Qualifications:

  • A dependable individual with leadership qualities
  • Interest in the environment
  • Holds a valid driver's license and can pass a background check
  • Detail oriented, with a positive attitude and excellent communication/people skills
  • Experienced with teaching, outreach, etc. in working with K-12 youth
  • Comfortable in a group setting
  • CPR/ First Aid certified is preferred, but not required

Contact for both positions: Seth Elsen (seth@pnwsalmoncenter.org)

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Pierce Conservation District: (2 positions available)

The heart of our mission is our collaborative efforts with voluntary local landowners and citizen volunteers to improve water quality, promote sustainable agriculture, create thriving habitat, and build an equitable and healthy food system for all through education, community engagement, and assistance. Our commitment to improving the well-being of Pierce County residents and ecosystems is reflected in all of our work

Internship:

These two internship positions will be hired through our Habitat Improvement Program, which focuses on improving riparian habitat through the removal of invasive weeds and replanting with native trees and shrubs. Many of our restoration projects are focused on improving the streambank habitat conditions for adult and juvenile salmon

The general timeline for these positions is from May 14- August 10. 

  • Assist in establishing vegetation monitoring plots at riparian restoration sites
  • Collect data from vegetation monitoring plots
  • Be able to maintain and follow monitoring protocols
  • Data entry
  • Perform maintenance at restoration sites with use of mowers, weed whackers and other methods

Qualifications:

  • Positive and enthusiastic attitude 
  • Must work well in small teams
  • Must be able to walk long distances over uneven or difficult terrain while carrying 25 lbs
  • Must be able to work safely in and near water
  • Must be alright with regular exposure to biting and stinging insects along with constant exposure to pollen from grasses and other plants
  • Basic foundation with the functions of Microsoft Excel
  • Sincere interest in salmon ecology and ecological restoration
  • Native and invasive plant identification skills are preferred but not required

Contact for both positions: Kramer Canup (KramerC@piercecd.org)

To apply for these two positions please send your Resume and Cover Letter describing your interest in the positions and your relevant experience to Kramer Canup.

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Village Volunteers 

Administrative Intern:

We are looking for an intern for our nonprofit who can assist the Executive Director and the Office Manager. Looking for an intern who wants experience with nonprofit management. We are a small office but we are an effective nonprofit that works in partnership with programs in Africa and Asia. Intern can be entry level.

Responsibilities:

Help to process donations, write tax letters and other administrative tasks. 

Qualifications:

- Knows MS Office (Word, Excel) 
- Excellent written and verbal communication skills 
- Problem-solving skills and research skills 
-Organizational skills, ability to multi-task and attention to detail 

Village Volunteers
4820 54th Ave South, Seattle, WA 98118

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 21 Progress

Bold Summer is a place where diverse people explore who they are and their experience from a personal, community, and social justice perspective. Join a cohort of change leaders to learn, lead, and grow

Bold Summer Intern

  • Participate in personalized leadership development, strengths coaching, and intentional mentorship with our staff and community members
  • Learn from grassroots activists and meet elected and community leaders from across the country
  • Execute community action projects that serve communities of color and immigrant youth/young adults— especially working people and the undocumented community
  • Collaborate with your Bold Summer cohort to create meaningful change
  • $1800 stipend for completing the program
  • Public transit card provided
  • Housing scholarships available

Qualifications:

  • Passionate about social change, human rights, economic justice – all majors welcomed
  • Highly motivated self-starter
  • Ability to problem solve and work independently & with others
  • Strong online, written, and verbal communication skills
  • Must be available M-F and some weekends and evenings from June 14, 2018 – July 26, 2018, for a minimum of 40 hours a week with 3 excused absences
  • Must be at least 18 years old
  • Must be a first-year, sophomore, or junior in college at time of application who will be returning to campus Fall 2018
  • 4 year, 2 year, and technical college students eligible
  • Folks who identify as gender non-confirming, LGBTQIA, women, POC, immigrant/refugee, and have lived experiences of poverty or adversity are highly encouraged to apply

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Tacoma Rescue Mission:

The Rescue Mission (TRM) is a Christian non-profit organization that exists to offer God's help, hope, and healing to the most impoverished members of our community. Our goal is to help everyone we work with become a fully contributing member of the community.


The Mission meets basic needs of individuals and families, along with providing services to empower our clients to thrive. These include: emergency family shelter, permanent supportive housing, residential substance use disorder treatment, job training and employment, basic adult education, veterans' resource center, preschool, and youth afterschool programming

The RISE intern- Assigned responsibilities may include:

  • Event planning and item procurement
  • Assisting volunteer staff in recruitment, retention and appreciation efforts
  • Developing and designing print/electronic marketing and communications materials
  • Conducting a community photo contest aligned with TRM's mission and primary constituencies
  • Assisting development staff with donor relations activities

Qualifications:

  • Excellent oral and written communication skills
  • An ability to work proactively and independently
  • Strong administration skills
  • Passion for making an impact on local Tacoma community

Contact: Noah Baskett (noahb@trm.org)

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Children's Museum of Tacoma

For over 30 years, the Children’s Museum of Tacoma has carried out its mission to “honor children and champion play” by nurturing children and supporting the grown-ups who care for them. Through vibrant play-based exhibits, onsite programming, and community outreach, the Museum engages, inspires, and educates children eight and younger, as well as their parents and caregivers. Through advocacy, the Museum challenges our communities to embrace the power of play and value the contributions of children.

Located in downtown Tacoma’s “museum row” the Museum sets itself apart from others in its field with innovative, sculpturally-based environments, brimming with invitations for engaged, self-directed discovery. Uniquely, the Museum offers a Pay as You Will model of admissions, eliminating all financial barriers to participation. Further expanding access, the Museum’s free early learning outreach program, Play to Learn, is offered at 22 locations across Pierce County.

Development Department Internship

The internship will consist of supporting the Development Department in its efforts to raise funds through individual donations, grants, and special events. Tasks include:

  • Conduct prospect research to identify possible grantors
  • Write and edit documents for grant applications, individual requests, and acknowledgments
  • Support planning and preparations for the Museum’s annual fall Power of Play lunch, Gingerbread Jamboree, Right to Play Gala, and other special events
  • Provide database support on Salesforce, including updates and address changes for Museum contacts
  • Support internal and external meetings, including preparing conference rooms and creating and distributing agendas
  •  Create and prepare donor touchpoint mailings
  • Perform administrative and organization duties including answering phones, filing, copying, sorting, mail processing, etc.

Qualifications:

  • Strong writing and editing skills
  • Effective communication, presentation and problem solving skills
  • Collaborative working style
  • Solid organizational skills and attention to detail
  • Reflect professionalism in demeanor and attire
  • Able to lift up to 30 lbs and climb a ladder

Values

  • Respect: We honor the time, talents and intentions of others by giving compassionately of our own and by showing gratitude.
  • Inspiration: We dream, seek and are receptive to the world.
  • Lifelong Learning: We progress through inspiration, discovery and reflection.
  • Ish: We are creative, imaginative, whimsical, and boundless.
  • Provocative: We are innovative and challenge the community to advocate for children.

Contact: Erin Crouch (ecrouch@playtacoma.org)

 

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Fife Historical Society

The Fife Historical Society is a non-profit organization seeking to better connect local history stories with the community We operate a historical house museum, as well as an event venue next door, Dacca Barn.

Internship:

  • Assistance with marketing on social media
  • Graphic design or event planning opportunities for upcoming events
  • Assist with exhibit research and design
  • Learn museum cataloging software as well as how to discover the stories behind the artifacts in our collection

    Qualifications:

    •  Microsoft Suite

    • Excellent communication skills

    • Passion for learning

    • Curiosity

    • Love of old things is a plus

        Contact: Julie Watts (fifehistorymuseum1957@gmail.com)

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Feast Arts Center

Feast Arts Center is a place to gather together, to take classes, to make art and to be part of a community. The guiding concept at Feast is the belief that community involvement enriches personal experience, that personal experience informs art making, and that art making strengthens communities. 

Feast Arts Center aspires to be inclusive in all of its endeavors, extending the visual arts experience to people from all backgrounds and working at all skill levels. Feast offers a variety of youth and adult art classes, community events, and lecture series. The Gallery at Feast strives to highlight the very best in contemporary and conceptual artwork. Feast Arts Center - nourish yourself.

Marketing and Communications Intern:

  • Drafting social media posts
  • Creating content, such as flyers and social media graphics
  • Updating the website as needed
  • Working with volunteers

Qualifications

  • Strong communication skills
  • Be community-oriented
  • Be comfortable using Google Drive, Google Docs, Google Sheets, and Google Draw

Contact: Todd Jannausch (feastartscenter@gmail.com)

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Humane Society for Tacoma and Pierce County

Founded in 1888 by a handful of concerned citizens, The Humane Society for Tacoma & Pierce County has grown into the state's largest animal welfare agency. We find loving homes for more than 6,000 pets a year, reunite thousands of lost pets with their owners, provide medical care for ill and injured shelter pets, and offer comprehensive low-cost spay-neuter programs.

The Humane Society for Tacoma & Pierce County is striving to create a compassionate community where every pet has a loving home. We invite you to support our mission through volunteering, donating, adopting, and advocating for the welfare of pets in our community.

The Humane Society for Tacoma & Pierce County is a local, independent 501(c)3 non-profit which relies on donations to fund its vital programs. The Humane Society for Tacoma & Pierce County is not associated with any government agency, nor affiliated with any national organization.

Summer Intern for Outreach, and Community Services Department:

  • Pets for Life- Proactive Outreach (Door to Door canvassing)
  • Pets for Life- Reactive Outreach 
  • Pets for Life -Database work (data entry)
  • Adoption Events
  • Outreach Events
  • Managing Give-a-Ways for the Community outreach and Services Department
  • Pet food Pantry Program - Help with moving pet food from the storage pod into 
    the pantry
  • The Pet Health Care Fund – Data entry & filing 
  • Restocking Community Services and Outreach literature around the shelter
  • Check program Voicemails
    • Callback people whom have general questions
    • Take messages for those who will require program managers response
  • Helping record program stats

Qualifications:

  • Be prepared to work in a fast-paced environment
  • Be able to multi-task
  • Have excellent communication skills
  • Demonstrate creativity
  • Be flexible
  • Understand the importance of attending to even the smallest details

Contact: Stephenee Carrington (stepheneec@thehumanesociety.org)

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Roaring Gardens Farm

A passion for good food drives this farm.  Ben Armstrong and Whitney Will (who managed the farm from 2015-2018) fell into farming through a passion for cooking and eating good, healthy food.  We offer a three season CSA Program where participants receive a bag of vegetables a week, and we sell at various Farmers' Markets in the Roaring Fork Valley.

       Internship (paid $100/week)

  • Help at the farm, bagging food, and at farmers markets
  • Free Housing 

      Contact: Ben Armstrong (roaringgarderns@gmail.com)

Densho

Densho is a Seattle-based non-profit organization started in 1996, with the initial goal of documenting oral histories from Japanese Americans who were incarcerated during World War II. This evolved into a mission to educate, preserve, collaborate and inspire action for equity. Densho uses digital technology to preserve and make accessible primary source materials on the World War II incarceration of Japanese Americans. We present these materials and related resources for their historic value and as a means of exploring issues of democracy, intolerance, wartime hysteria, civil rights and the responsibilities of citizenship in our increasingly global society

Digitizing Intern (Paid): Densho is seeking interns to support our digital repository projects through the following activities: digitizing a variety of materials (newspapers, photographs, documents, etc.), editing and performing quality control on digital images, transcribing documents, cataloging and indexing, data management in digital repository software, rights management, and other duties as needed

The internships run from June 2018 through September 2018 for a total of 350 hours per intern at $13 an hour, no benefits. An average weekly schedule would consist of 20-25 hours of work, completed within Densho’s hours of operation: Monday through Friday, 8 am to 5 pm.

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