2018 Summer Academic Internship Positions

Click on an organization's name to learn more about available positions:

Charles Wright Academy: Development/Alumni Relations Charles Wright Academy: Communications/Archive MadCap Marketing: Virtual Graphic/Web Designer
MadCap Marketing: Web Designer  Project Transformation  Tacoma Rescue Mission 
L'Arche Farms  Densho  

Position Descriptions


Organization Position Description Qualifications

Charles Wright Academy

Development/Alumni Relations Intern

This internship will be at Charles Wright Academy (CWA) and hosted by the Development Office. The Development Office is responsible for fundraising, alumni relations, parent relations, and helping define and share the institutional voice through storytelling and consistent messaging.

CWA is an independent school serving students from PreK-grade 12 in the south sound and. CWA is an inclusive, liberal arts, college prep day school on a 100 acre campus in University Place, WA. We have 676 students, 47% of whom are students of color.

Summary of responsibilities/tasks associated with this internship:
The internship is an opportunity to learn about alumni relations and development principles and practices of a non-profit organization.

Your role would be to work collaboratively with the Director of Development, Director of Alumni Relations, and the communications team to tell the stories of our alumni. Your role would including interviewing alumni and writing (storytelling) alumni profiles for print and web publications.

The ideal candidate will have an interest in writing and making an impact through storytelling. In addition, they will be highly organized, creative, and have strong writing, interpersonal and communication skills. Alumni relations is about relationship building, so having an orientation towards people would make the work most rewarding.


Charles Wright Academy

Communications/Archive Intern

This internship will  be at Charles Wright Academy (CWA) and hosted by the Development Office. The Development Office is responsible for fundraising, alumni relations, parent relations, and helping define and share the institutional voice through storytelling and consistent messaging.

CWA is an independent school serving students from PreK-grade 12 in the south sound and. CWA is an inclusive, liberal arts, college prep day school on a 100 acre campus in University Place, WA. We have 676 students, 47% of whom are students of color.

Summary of responsibilities/tasks associated with this internship:
The internship is an opportunity to learn about archival systems and archiving needs for a 60 year-old institution.

Your role would be to work collaboratively with the Art Director, Director of Development, Director of Communications to help us organize digital and print photos. Your role may include attaching metadata to photos, moving digital photos from one platform to another, and working with print photos to scan and catalog them.


The ideal candidate will have had coursework and/or experience with information management systems. A basic understanding of the core principles of archiving as well as the most current best practices are essential. Some other skills include competencies with databases, digitization, and electronic records. The intern should also have good organizational, communication, and problem solving skills.


MadCap Marketing 

(Virtual Graphic/Web Designer: Paid)


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Great marketing is a process. It takes time, thought, and teamwork. It’s this belief that brought owners Stephanie Schramm and Kari Hilderbrand together to form MadCap Marketing. Friends and professional partners for over a decade, the two have merged their own companies and unique skill sets to create an experienced, diverse, and fast-paced team that is providing the world with fresh and unmatched marketing and creative services. MadCap does this through an innovative process.


Virtual Graphic/Web Designer (Paid):

MadCap Market is looking for a creative, talented and motivated individual who wants to continue a graphic & website design career. The ideal candidate is someone who can do both but is web focused first, graphics second.


You will work as a part of our marketing team designing websites from the ground up and reinvigorating existing sites. You will also be responsible for maintaining and improving the look, feel & usability of our existing clients websites.


-Use advanced knowledge in Graphic Design to support the graphic and web development needs of our clients
-Design multimedia projects including web pages, web ads, artwork for digital campaigns (Google AdWords, Facebook, Twitter and Instagram)
-Produce creative designs in a variety of mediums that convey the company’s message and position with art direction
-Produce final, web-optimized visual assets for the website, direct-to-customer emails and all other online marketing efforts
-Drive improvements in landing page conversion rates and decrease bounce rates
-Step in for occasional marketing projects and events when support is required for the marketing team
-Exercise discretion and independent judgment when handling matters of significance for the company or its clients


-Knowledge of InDesign, Photoshop and other design softwares
-Must have reliable transportation
-Must have computer and access to internet



Stephanie Schramm (stephanie@madcapmarketing.com)

MadCap Marketing 

(Web Intern: Paid)



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-Plans site design by clarifying goals; designing for functionality and responsiveness
-Develop site navigation by categorizing content; funneling traffic through content
-Develops site content and graphics by coordinating with copywriters and graphic artists; designing images, icons, banners, audio enhancements, etc.
-Prepares site by installing and configuring server software; using authoring and formatting tools; ensuring cross-platform compatibility; establishing links.
-Upgrades site by updating content and graphics; monitoring performance and results; identifying and evaluating improvement options; introducing new technology; maintaining links
-Protects site by implementing and maintaining appropriate security measures and following best security practices
-Maintains site appearance by developing and enforcing content and display standards; editing submissions
-Updates job knowledge by participating in educational opportunities; reading professional publications; maintaining personal networks; participating in professional organizations
-Provides information by collecting, analyzing, and summarizing data and trends
-Keeps equipment operating by following operating instructions; troubleshooting breakdowns; maintaining supplies; performing preventive maintenance; calling for repairs
-Accomplishes information systems and organization mission by completing related results as needed




-Strong creative skills and detail driven
-Work well on your own and with a team
-Good problem-solving skills and a logical approach to work
-Ability to explain technical matters clearly
-UX/UI design
-Understanding of front-end web technologies (HTML5, CSS3, JavaScript)
-Good understanding of basic SEO/SEM principles
-Understanding of general cybersecurity principles
-Understanding of Google analytics
-Experience in building sites in WordPress

Project Transformation



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The mission of Project Transformation is to engage young adults in purposeful leadership and ministry, support children in holistic development, and connect churches with communities.


The service experience is hands-on with college-age young adults serving in teams with children from diverse cultural, social, and economic backgrounds and connecting the children at their site with volunteers.

Essential duties include:


1. Plan and implement with your team of interns a seven-week summer day camp for ~40-50 elementary-aged children, Monday - Thursday from 9:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m. Curriculum is provided. Daily activities include one-on-one reading with volunteers, physical recreation activities, arts enrichment, music, life skills, or other activities which reflect the gifts and talents of the college interns.

2. Coordinate and implement two "Family Fun Nights" for the children who attend the program and their families. (Such as an ice cream social or a talent show)

3. Participate in vocational discernment or volunteer service days on Fridays from 9:00 a.m. - Noon. Project Transformation partners with community organizations and this is our chance to give back.

4. Live in intentional community throughout the summer with other young adults in housing provided by Project Transformation. Dinners are provided Sunday - Thursday by volunteers.

Applicants must:


1. Be at least 18 years of age and have completed one year of college.

2. Enjoy working with children.

3. Display leadership skills, including but not limited to communication, organization, problem solving, dependability, commitment, and flexibility.

4. Be self-motivating and able to work effectively independently and as part of a team.

5. Support the Mission and Core Values of Project Transformation.

Bonus skills and/or abilities:

1. Fluent in a 2nd language, particularly Spanish or Russian.

2. Able to provide their own personal vehicle to drive to and from program site and program housing. (Mileage is compensated fairly.)

3. Experience in classroom management with children.

 Tacoma Rescue Mission



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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 after school programming


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



-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

L'Arche Farms


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The intern in this position will have a unique, one-time opportunity to support our very first programs in the new building. The intern will also support our Outreach Coordinator to prepare for our first major event in the new space on June 9th, when L'Arche communities from the west and leaders from across the USA will be in Tacoma for a regional and national gathering of 250 people. 

In addition, the intern will support our new programs of inclusive social and learning events. With mentorship from the Outreach Coordinator, this could include designing and leading programming that promotes relationship-building and fun for individuals with intellectual disabilities and their companions.

Specific tasks will include hands-on support for classes and activities. This may require some evening or weekend hours, by mutual arrangement. Tasks may also include: coordinating food and supplies for the June event, taking photos, documenting procedures, moving and organizing supplies, and program planning. 

Depending on interest and by mutual agreement, the intern may also support our Day Support, Farm, and/or volunteer orientation programs.

NOTE: L'Arche is located south of Tacoma and is not on a direct bus line.

Commitment to learn about and grow in understanding the mission and values of L’Arche
Curiosity about and willingness to learn from people with differing abilities
Sense of humor
Ability to observe appropriate boundaries and follow all policies and expectations of conduct
Strong interpersonal communication skills
Team player who can take direction well and show initiative
Ability to listen and respond appropriately to both verbal and nonverbal communication
Sense of humor, adaptability and flexibility
Good personal organization and time management
Valid driver's license a plus (do not need to have own vehicle)




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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

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. Current students or recent graduates from library and information science or archival studies programs preferred. The ideal candidates are self‐directed, detail‐oriented, and comfortable with technology. Knowledge of Japanese American history is welcome but not required.


To apply for the positions, please send your resume and cover letter to Caitlin Oiye Coon at caitlin.oiye@densho.org by May 11, 2018. All applications will be held in confidence. All submissions and questions should be sent via email – no phone inquiries please.