Looking for a meaningful way to spend your summer? Interested in gaining hands-on professional experience in a social service setting? Become an intern with the IRC in Seattle!
Priority application deadline for internships: Friday, April 15th, 2022. Please review the frequently asked questions below before submitting your application. If you have additional questions, feel free to contact us at volunteersea [at] rescue.org.
Summer 2022 Internship Positions
Please click position title to open the internship application in a new window.
How do I apply? What is the application deadline?
To apply, please complete IRC’s online application for the internship you are interested in. If applying for multiple positions, please submit applications for all positions of interest. Incomplete applications (e.g. missing online application, resume or cover letter) will not be considered.
Applicants will be notified if selected for an interview over the phone, or via Zoom. Please note that we typically receive more applications for summer internships than there are available positions, so submitting an application does not guarantee placement in an internship position. Priority application deadline: Friday, April 15th 2022.
Have internships been impacted by COVID-19?
Our office has been operating in a primarily remote capacity due to COVID-19; however, we continue to provide services to IRC clients remotely. All internships will begin virtually, and a potential return to in-person operations for interns will be on a case by case basis. If you have any questions, don’t hesitate to reach out to volunteersea [at] rescue.org.
Can I apply for multiple internship positions?
Yes. If interested in multiple positions, please apply via the application portal for every position you are intersted in. You may be required to interview for positions separately. If selected for multiple internship positions, you may choose to intern in multiple roles simultaneously (if scheduling permits) or select your first-choice position.
Can I apply if I live or am going to school out of state?
Yes. Every year we welcome talented interns from across the country! Please note that the IRC is not able to assist with relocation or housing if you are selected for an internship position.
Are there age or other eligibility requirements to be an intern?
Applicants must be 18 years of age or older. To be considered eligible to be an intern, one must be a student or recent graduate (having been out of school less than six months). All applicants are subject to a criminal background check and reference check, and must agree to follow IRC workplace and volunteer policies. If an internship position requires driving, applicants will also be required to pass a driving background check. For specific experience and skill requirements, please see individual position descriptions.
What is the typical time commitment involved in an internship?
Summer interns commit to at least 3 months of service, with start dates, training dates and weekly time commitments varying by position. Select positions require a longer time commitment. All positions are part-time. Please see individual position descriptions for details.
Where are internship positions located?
This summer, interns can plan to be working remotely, within IRC business hours, 9am-5pm Pacific Standard Time. Typically, most internship positions are based at our office (1200 S 192nd St, SeaTac, WA) or surrounding areas in South King County.
Can the IRC assist with relocation, housing or transportation for the purposes of my internship?
Unfortunately, the IRC cannot assist with relocation to the Seattle area, or with housing/transportation costs during your internship.
Are internship positions paid?
Internships are not paid. Opportunities to earn school credit may exist depending on your school’s policies and requirements. If interested in earning school credit from your internship, please indicate so when applying.
What have internships looked like for past students?
Check out some of the stories shared by interns and volunteers in the past year! Over the past year, interns have worked virtually over Zoom, Microsoft Teams, Google Voice and email - connecting with staff, clients, and one another online.
Will this be virtual, in-person, or hybrid?
This all depends on the scope of the work within the internship. Most positions will offer a hybrid (combination of virtual and in-person) experience and can be adjusted as needed to prioritize the health of clients, staff, interns, and general community members. Please click on the internship position you are interested in listed above to read and learn more about the scope of the work.