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Lutheran Volunteer Corps.
Unique live-in opportunities in the Puget Sound region to work in the fields of direct service, community organizing and public policy. Placements include community-based organizations, schools, congregations, multi-service agencies, and national/international nonprofits.
email:  Darla DeFrance, Puget Sound City Coordinator:


Cascade Land Conservancy.
Experience toward a career in nonprofit conservation organization work. Projects vary from field work to policy research. Current openings:

Internships for Summer 09 will be posted in March.

IslandWood Summer Camp Volunteer Internship
Assistant instructor for summer camp programs, field-based environmental education programs on IslandWood’s Bainbridge Island campus. Summer housing provided, and position may lead to paid instructor position for future summer programs. IslandWood’s summer camp provides courses in nature and environmental stewardship for pre-school to 12th-graders.

contact: Christen Foehring, Summer Programs Coordinator


Habitat For Humanity
Construction, office help and family service program volunteer openings. Openings include: translators, family support and family selection teams, marketing/merchandising, and various logistical tasks. Please contact for more info.

Washington Homeowners Resource Center
Occasionally has openings for information and referral specialists. Must have some experience working with low to moderate income households interested in pursuing home ownership. E-mail:

Seattle Municipal League
The Municipal League of King County, a nonpartisan nonprofit organization that “works to ensure accountable local and state governments and an informed, involved citizenry,” is offering five internships in their Candidate Evaluation Program. Positions include investigators and website managers and editors.  This is a great opportunity for anyone interested in politics, government, & state and local issues. Also a great way to meet candidates and public officials.  Applicants should be familiar with online research techniques. Stipend provided, work suns May 25-July 17. Application deadline: May 1.

Apply by e-mail to State whether you are applying for the Candidate Investigator internsip (CEC) or the Web/Candidate Investigator internship

Washington Health Foundation

Public affairs internships in Communication & New Media, Health education, Outreach & Community Relations, and Policy & Advocacy.  WHF is a statewide nonprofit dedicated to “making Washington the healthiest state in the nation”. 10-15 hrs/week internships; small stipends and summer internships available. Please contact Jennifer Muhm for info: 206-438-6111.

Common Vision for Kenya (CVK)
Our Vision:
To empower women, children and vulnerable families through skill building, education, income generating activities and social development that leads to self sufficiency.

Our Objectives:
To improve the quality of life of targeted orphans
To promote formal and informal education among orphans & guardians
To reduce spread of HIV in targeted areas
To mobilize community participation in providing HIV education, care & support

As a grassroots organization, we have limited resources and are in need of passionate people to volunteer their time with our organization. I am happy to offer volunteers internship opportunities, references, and I’m open to proposals students have for a class paper or project. There is also an opportunity to travel with a group of volunteers during the summer of 2010.

We need immediate help in the following areas:
Re-design our website
Develop donation database
Develop fundraising ideas for 2009
Disseminate information about Ugunja and CVK’s work in the area
Plan and manage fundraising projects
Manage a donation drive for clothes, books, blankets, etc.

This is a great opportunity for those interested in development issues in Africa with a focuse on women and children.  If you are interested in volunteering or have more questions, please email call Rose Muindi at 253-216-2599. Rose Muindi.

City of Seattle Public Utilities
Lots of great internships are currently being advertised by The City of Seattle Public Utilities division, including work in social justice, GIS and urban ecology. For more info, check the website
Search and Maps team. This team focuses on improving the real estate search experience and providing a better map interface for customers. Providing Geo reference with search results is the key to the team’s successes. is currently looking for an intern to create the process and develop reprocessing models for creating city/neighborhood boundaries.
Responsibilities for this internship include working with existing GEO data to create a web-based data format used by Zillow and creating new GEO data from scanned vector maps. Zillow needs expertise in spatial analysis and vectorization using ArcGIS 9.3. Required skills (recommended): ESRI ArcGIS 9.X products, ArcGIS Desktop, ArcScan for ARCGIS. Desired skills: Developing geoprocessing models; Python scripting knowledge of Excel and Access, basic web skills

Northwest Harvest
Emergency Feeding Program of Seattle & King County

Community Alliance for Global Justice. Researching accessibility to locally-produced foods; creating a flyer; coordinating fundraising events.

University District Food Bank
Feet First - Puget Sound pedestrians

Solid Ground: Lettuce Link. Archiving field research; preparation of report on spatial patterns of agricultural development in Seattle; map creation.

Cultivating Youth
Seattle Tilth
Rising Out Of The Shadows (ROOTS)
University District Food Bank

Facing the Future. Design and update databases for outreach programs; database design and spatial analysis.

Seattle Public Schools. Spatial analysis of demographic patterns to inform recourse allocation for public schools and community institutions; spatial data acquisition and preparation; spatial analysis mapping

The Nature Conservancy. Learn about key data policies and practices for prairie conservation; expand spatial data preparation, acquisition, and analysis skills in a GIS environment. Map production.

Map Masonry. Site analysis planning for large building developments; assist in permitting planning and approval process; map analysis; using GIS in urban development site planning.

Aerometric. Analysis and manual editing of LIDAR maps; map creation and analysis using GIS.

City of Edmonds. Implement GIS network for management of storm water and water delivery, using GIS to convert old data.

US Environmental Protection Agency. Work with wetland scientists and GIS experts to gather appropriate GIS data layers within priority watersheds in EPA's Region 10 (Idaho, Oregon, Washington, and Alaska); create GIS data layers from internal data sources to help wetland scientists focus programmatic work.

Quay Cruise Agencies. Ship's agent.

City of Redmond. GIS; map conversion. Also an internship for developing and updating bicycle and transit maps, and a transportation planning intern.

City of Bellevue. Transportation planning research. Information Technology Dept.

City of Bellevue, Planning Dept. Map and data collection; map plotting; editing for various urban planning projects; GIS analysis and application for urban infrastructures.

City of Renton. Planning assistance; public information, land use, zoning.

City of Seattle Public Utilities. Sewage and drainage utility infrastructure; database design; spatial data development and analysis in urban infrastructure applications.

King County Wastewater Treatment. Data collection; GIS.

San Juan County Land Bank. Land bank maintenance; mapping; visitor education

Puget Sound Regional Council. GIS permit database maintenance; data processing; data quality review; map production.

King County Budget Office. Land use and census research; assistant for annual report.

Washington State Dept. of Community Trade and Economic Development. Procuring databases; compiling statistical data; calculating location quotients; literature reviews.

Nijel. Open source GIS applications and software to support participatory GIS with NGOs. Web-based GIS application development. Spatial data development & analysis.

City of Tukwila, Department of Community Development, Planning Intern. A mix of current and long range planning; general planning research; assistance with the ongoing projects of Sustainability, Sign Code rewrite, Tukwila Urban Center, Pedestrian and Bicycle, and/or Shoreline Master Program plans, and assistance with sign permit applications; assistance with GIS mapping and analysis.

City of Seattle's Department of Finance (DOF). Parking Violation Capture Rate Study. Measure the violation status of parked vehicles occupying on-street parking spaces in the City's right-of-way.

Snohomish Conservation District. Water Quality Intern. Assist with water quality monitoring, equipment maintenance, data management and reporting. Calibrating and maintaining equipment; troubleshooting any equipment problems that arise and working with equipment companies to repair or replace instruments; notifying water quality lead of need for additional solutions and other supplies for monitoring; completing monitoring in the field with water quality lead or other field person; sample collection and field data records; data entry and data management using Excel; writing and editing water quality monitoring plans and final reports.

City of Sea-Tac. Under the direction of the GIS Coordinator/Analyst or GIS Analysts, consolidate and enhance the City's existing transportation and storm water data sets for migration to geodatabase structures. Create, update and integrate GIS datasets using ArcGIS 9.2; Use Editor to create and modify data; Use ArcToolbox to manipulate data and streamline processes; create and modify simple maps using ArcGIS; print maps, load paper into plotters; verify existing GIS data and collect new data in the field; read engineering drawings; work collaboratively with other GIS staff; communicate and document project methods and status, developments, and hurdles.

King County Dept. of Natural Resources and Parks. GPS Data Collection. Work with Asset Management staff to collect GPS data for all of the manholes and conveyance facilities in the King County wastewater system; extensive field work for two teams of two interns with some office work to migrate the collected data into a GIS; make daily collection plans, collect the necessary background information from the office, collect the GPS data in the field, post process the data and enter it into the GIS, and produce cartographic and other types of reports. II. GIS Project Intern. Link GIS information of the sewer system and facilities to scanned engineering drawings; field verification, QA/QC and review of spatial components of existing data. Upon completion of this project, users will be able to go to the intranet, click on a map, and have the choice of photo, drawing, attribute and additional information links; interface with the GPS Data Collection interns.

City of Kirkland, Dept. of Planning and Community Development. Perform a variety of long range and current planning tasks; learn about the planning profession and the functions and activities of a planning department; assigned projects may include but are not limited to: preparing presentation graphics, conducting data collection and data entry, making changes to Zoning and Comprehensive Plan maps, working with vendors and organizing the printing of various documents.

City of Shoreline, Traffic Services Internship. Assist in managing the City's Neighborhood Traffic Safety Program (NTSP). The NTSP is a joint City-resident program addressing citizen concerns regarding residential traffic volumes, accidents, speeding, and cut-through traffic. Work closely with citizens in implementing this program coordination assistance of public meetings and citizen requests; daily interaction with citizens; training volunteers; working with staff to perform traffic studies, and performing a variety of clerical and records research duties related to traffic issues.

CH2MHill. Calling local foundation grantees and developing an understanding of how their project work can be represented spatially; entering grantee project data from grants and proposals into a web-based Grant Portfolio Mapping system; performing any follow-up that may be required to perfect the data in the system; use common VirtualEarth map tools (set points and lines, delineate polygons), familiarity with geography on the African continent and knowledge of the United Nations GAUL (Global Administrative Unit Layer) dataset. Knowledge of agriculture development or environmental resource management.

US Environmental Protection Agency. Assist Aquatic Resources Unit with implementing a pilot project dealing with priority watersheds. Work with wetland scientists and GIS experts to gather appropriate GIS data layers within priority watersheds. Create GIS data layers from internal data sources.

City of Sumner, Planning Intern. Assists with permit review, counter coverage and other research for Community Development Dept.

ESA Adolfson, GIS Internship. Using GIS for environmental planning. Georeferencing, editing, digitizing and map production for print and digital presentation.

Port of Seattle, Aviation Planning Intern. Collect, compile, report, provide analysis and interpretation about SeaTac passengers, aircraft operations, ground access vehicles and cargo. Also report on other airports, esp. in regards to new technologies, business and planning trends, and pertinent local, state and federal policy issues.

City of Bainbridge Island, Shoreline Stewardship Program intern. Planning Dept. Learn about shorelines and environmental management issues and challenges associated with managing natural resources and environmental planning.

Ross & Associates Environmental Consulting, geocoding intern. Policy consulting for the EPA and other groups. Several UW Geography alumni have worked here as well.