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Katya Shkurkin, director

Internship sites - disabilities

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Capital Club House
618 7th Ave. SE
Olympia, WA 98501

Contact person: Carrie or Sue

Duties and responsibilities:

  • Intern will work with adults with mental health disabilities (chronic schizophrenia) as a job coach.
  • Pre-vocational
  • Educational unit
  • Kitchen unit, supervise the adults in the kitchen to serve lunch.
  • Social director.

1222 Carpenter Rd. SE Suite B-1
Lacey, WA 98503

Supervisor: Cary Richardson, ex. 108

Kokua is a residential social service agency that serves and supports adult with disabilities in Thurston County.

Title: Office Assistant
Position Description: Kokua welcomes Interns to help with the daily running of our agency. Interns will be assisting Client Service Coordinators, Volunteer Coordinator, Training Coordinator, Administrative Assistant, Business Operations Coordinator, and the Hiring Coordinator with everyday business tasks or with a special project. Students will be assigned work that will then be completed independently. Kokua interns will gain practical experience about how a business is run and moreover how a not-for-profit social service agency works.

Title: Mental Health Assistant
Position Description: Interns will assist the Mental Health Specialist. Interns will help assess, interpret, and type Functional Assessments, Positive Behavior Support Plans, and Cross Systems Crisis Plans.

Title: Residential Support Staff
Position Description: Function as a member of a residential team. Work with residents to improve their self-care skills and maximize their independence. Be responsible for day-to-day upkeep of the residents’ home. Residents will assist with the chores as their capabilities allow. Assist with meal preparation, shopping, resident hygiene, financial record keeping, and resident appointments. Provide accurate and consistent documentation as required per WAC and DDD policy. Use respectful language and demeanor with residents. Dress modestly. Use professional conduct in representing the residents and the agency in the wider community.

*To learn more about Kokua and the internship opportunities please visit our website.

L'Arche Tahoma Hope
12303 36th Ave. E
Tacoma, WA 98446

Contact: Stacey Kates-Carney
Agency email:

Environment: Adults live in separate group home settings.

Duties include the following: Helping severely disabled, developmentally, and emotional adults who live within a group home setting. The interns will also supervise the residents plant flowers in the green house to be sold during farmer’s market days that are held in the summer. In the winter, interns will help supervise the work of drying the flowers to be sold for the holidays.

Note: Supervisor will depend on where the intern works. This is not a paid position.

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