High school students looking to spend the summer doing rewarding work and making money can apply for a Teens in Public Service (TIPS) position. TIPS is looking for motivated teens ages 15 to 19 to work at various local non-profit organizations this summer, and best of all, they pay.
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 14th 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 local teens the chance to earn money as well as open their eyes to the needs of their community,” says Cathy Michalec, TIPS Executive Director. “Our hope is that these teens will continue to be involved with their communities long after their internships are over.”
The deadline for applications is Friday, March 26. Each applicant must submit two letters of recommendation from teachers, counselors, adult mentor or others who can attest to the applicant’s character, and must currently be enrolled in high school, between the ages of 15 and 19. Each intern will work 20 or 30 hours per week for 8 weeks and five of those weeks must be consecutive.
(Thanks to Phinneywood for the story!)