Carlson Leadership & Public Service Center

Community Based Internships


Carlson Center Undergraduate Community Based Internships (UCBI) create partnerships between dedicated undergraduate students and non-profit and public sector organizations that are actively engaging in community-led work and reflecting on power, privilege, and oppression in the greater community and within their own organizations.

This program, funded by the University of Washington, invites collaboration and eliminates financial barriers: organizations receive support from dynamic, creative student interns, while students interested in public service are supported to explore this career path and learn from community partners.  In addition to mentoring and program support, each student is eligible to earn an educational stipend to support their engagement in this experience.


Students with an interest in learning more about non-profit and public sector careers, social justice, and asset based community development are encouraged to apply to join Winter/Spring 2019 UCBI Cohort [coming soon!]. Our current cohort, in partnership with The Doorway Project, connects students to internships in organizations serving homeless youth and young adults in the U District and surrounding areas.


Applications to host a Carlson Center UCBI Intern for the winter/spring 2019 cohort are now open! Apply now. Please submit your completed application to before September 17th at 5:00 PM. Contact if you have any questions.


    • Christelle Silué, a senior at UW and member of the 2017-2018 UCBI cohort, conducted public health research in the Ivory Coast during the summer of 2018. Read more about Christelle and her ongoing contributions to the field here.
    • Mika Phillips, a current UCBI student participating in The Doorway Project, was recently featured on KING5 discussing homelessness advocacy in the University District. Watch her discuss The Doorway Project on KING5 here.


We recently conducted an evaluation of our 2017-2018 program year, driven by feedback  from participating students and supervisors. Read our reflections on this past year of UCBI and what we’re excited to implement in the year ahead: 2017-2018 UCBI Program Evaluation.