Carlson Leadership & Public Service Center

WHAT IS UCBI?

Undergraduate Community-Based Internships (UCBI), is a paid internship program that places undergraduates in non-profit and public sector organizations. Students interested in public service get the chance to explore, contribute, and grow as they work in, with, and for local communities.

Students work on-site with their host organizations 10 hours per week. Students spend an additional two hours each week with Carlson Center staff and fellow interns through one-on-one mentorship and cohort meetings. This cohort-based model allows students to learn in depth about social issues and reflect on power, privilege, identity, and systems of oppression.

WHO CAN PARTICIPATE? WHO’S INVOLVED?

UW undergraduates from any field of study are encouraged to apply. We seek students who are interested in community engagement personally and/or professionally. We welcome students of all races, ethnicities, genders, sexualities, religious affiliations, and areas of interest.

It is our hope that our student interns will reflect the diverse communities with which we partner. Host organizations work with a variety of populations and address a wealth of needs throughout the greater Seattle area. Click here to view our partner organizations for Winter/Spring 2019.  A supervisor from each organization mentors and coaches one UCBI on a weekly basis throughout the program.

UCBI is a collaboration between the Carlson Center and UW Career and Internship Center. A team of five Graduate Student Mentors facilitate large cohort sessions, small cohort meetings, and one-one-one mentorship. Staff from the Career & Internship Center provide programming and professional development opportunities throughout the course of the program.

WHEN DOES THE PROGRAM RUN?

Internships run from January through June 2020. Interns start at their sites during week 1 of winter quarter and wrap up during week 10 of spring quarter. Interns are not expected to work during finals weeks and breaks.

For students: The application period for interns is October 7 – 21. Interviews run October 28 – November 8. Selected students will be notified the week of November 15.

For host organizations: The application period for host organizations is August 15 – September 22, 2019. Selected organizations will be notified by September 27. Selected organizations must attend orientation on Wednesday, October 16.

WHERE ARE HOST ORGANIZATIONS LOCATED?
WHERE DO COHORT MEETINGS TAKE PLACE?

Host organizations are located throughout the greater Seattle area, with a growing concentration in South Seattle. Click here for a map of last year’s organizations. Cohort meetings take place in Mary Gates Hall.

WHY SHOULD I GET INVOLVED?

UCBI is a collaboration between community and campus partners. Our program is rooted in equity, responsibility, humility, introspection, and purpose. Students and community organizations engage and grow in these principles through this partnership.

Benefits for students:
– Take your learning off campus and (re)connect with communities
– Dive into a topic or issue you’re passionate about and explore career opportunities
– Learn more about power, privilege, identity, and systems of oppression through
community engagement
– Receive mentorship and coaching from graduate student and nonprofit/public
sector leaders
– Engage in professional development opportunities and build your personal and
professional network with your cohort and partner organization
– Earn a stipend ($2000/quarter) for your work

Benefits for host organizations:
– Mentor and coach a university intern interested in your field of work
– Train and develop the next wave of nonprofit/public sector leaders (potential future
colleagues at your org and/or in your community)
– Build your professional network with other host organizations and campus
partners
– Expand your organization’s capacity to carry out its mission through the additional
support of an intern (paid through UW)
– Learn and grow through reflection and dialogue with an intern approaching your
organization with fresh eyes

Interested in hosting an intern?

Please download and submit the application for host organizations.
to ucbiteam@uw.edu by Sunday, September 22, 2019.
** UPDATE: Host Organization Application Rubric is now available! Click here to view scoring criteria.

Questions? Email our team or call Katie Wallace at 206.221.1910.

Students interested in UCBI: stay tuned!

Info sessions and applications to be an intern will be available in early October.