Internships play a crucial role in student professional development. They provide real-world, hands-on experience and the opportunity to network and learn from working professionals.

Why intern?

Whether paid or unpaid, for credit or not, internships help you build your resume, master time and resource management, assimilate the skills you develop in the classroom and — in some cases — lead to employment.

Community services: L’Arche Tahoma Hope

Name of business: L’Arche Tahoma Hope


12303 36th Ave. E
Tacoma, WA 98446

Description: 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.

External Contacts:

Contact: Stacey Kates-Carney
Agency email:

Community services: Madison Elementary School

Name of business: Madison Elementary School


1225 Legion Way SE
Olympia, WA 98501

Description: Duties: Interns will work with teachers and staff to provide children with one on one learning experience. They will also help meet the children's social and emotional needs. Also, intern will help design and implement community service projects and gain experience working in a classroom setting. Note: This internship can be tailored to the intern's needs.

External Contacts:

Ruth Middlebrook, Supervisor:

Community services: Remann Hall Alcohol and Drug Development Program Pierce County Juvenile Court

Name of business: Remann Hall Alcohol and Drug Development Program
Pierce County Juvenile Court


5501 6th Ave
Tacoma, WA 98406

Description: Environment: Juvenile court program, operates 7 days a week, 24 hours a day. It is also a detention center for youth at risk, child abuse victims, and juvenile offenders.
Duties: There are 35 jobs available. Interns will work in a group setting with incarcerated juveniles who are receiving treatment for substance abuse. Assist staff with intake and assessment of youth.

External Contact:


Supervisor: Carrie Appling (volunteer services)

Community services: Safe Place

Name of business: Community Youth Services


521 Legion Way SE
Olympia, WA 98501

Description: All students must attend agency training, which is offered only 2 times a year (spring and fall). Intern will work as an advocate for women and children, or learn more about the criminal justice system in reference to children who are living in domestic violence situations, or gain experience in non-profit administration and fund raising activities.
Note: The Outreach director, Maria Pena, could tell you if other places have a need for an intern.

External Contacts:

Jace D. Starrett
Volunteer Program Coordinator
360-786-8754x 103

Community services: Senior Services Star Program

Name of business: Senior Services Star Program


222 Columbia St. NW
Olympia, WA 98501

Description: Since CYS Drop-In Center is a place for disenfranchised and homeless youth to come and get assistance in meeting their needs (food, clothing, safety, shelter, emotional and intellectual growth, and individualism), interns will provide advocacy, guidance, crisis intervention and referral information to homeless youth ages 12-21.

External Contact:

Supervisor: Eileen McKenzie Sullivan

Community services: South Sound Head Start/ECAP Administrative Office

Name of business: South Sound Head Start/ECAP Administrative Office


ESD 113
6005 Tyee Dr. SW
Tumwater, WA 98512
(360) 464-6800

Description: Projects and Outreach Programs, Building a mental health resource file to then handout to each center, Need a marketing Plan for recruitment of Families. In the process of choosing new name., Build files/books about "Best or Current" practices on Parenting in administrative library.

External Contacts:


Contact people:
Family community Coordinator:
Lynn Flaisig (Thurston County)
Emily Knudtson (Grays Harbor and Mason County)

Community services: Thurston County Juvenile Court

Name of business: Thurston County Juvenile Court


2801 32nd Ave. SW
Tumwater, WA 98512

Description: Work in the Probation department assisting probation staff (will be assigned to staff) with various duties. Interact with juvenile offenders on a one to one basis, learn about the facility in term of safety precautions, maintain case management files and supervise youth activities. Will work with interns on a limited basis because they do get interns from other colleges as well as Saint Martin's.

External Contact:


Contact: Mike Fenton

Community services: Thurston County Juvenile Detention

Name of business: Thurston County Juvenile Detention


2801 32nd Ave SW
Tumwater, WA 98512

Descrpition: Environment: Lock up for juvenile offenders; operates 7 days a week, 24 hours a day.
Duties: Assist staff with filling out intake booking reports and monitor youth's performance while awaiting court hearings and sentencing. Duties will include assisting with detention, not probation duties.

External Contact:


Supervisor: Mark Tips

Community services: YMCA

Name of business: YMCA


510 Franklin Street SE
Olympia, WA 98501

Description: Health Management, assist youth in sports programs, help train volunteers and coaches, work with the phones, filing and game scheduling.

External Contact:


Greg Klein, chief volunteer officer

Extended Learning Division JBLM Campus Application For Teacher Internship

Deadline: For Fall Semester: January 15; For Spring Semester: September 15;

Description: The Internship is a full-time, 16-week, required component of teacher preparation. It is also a
collaborative effort between the University Supervisor, the Mentor Teacher and the Teacher
Intern. Each team member is responsible to ensure that this practical, classroom experience is
done in a safe and productive manner. Furthermore, it is the responsibility of the University
Supervisor and the Mentor Teacher to support and evaluate the Teacher Intern, and it is the
responsibility of the Teacher Intern to willingly acknowledge their expertise and accept