Carlson Leadership & Public Service Center


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.


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 wide range of topics and issues throughout the greater Seattle area. A supervisor from each organization mentors and coaches one UCBI on a weekly basis throughout the program.

Click here for an updated list of our partner organizations for Winter/Spring 2020!   

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.


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 – 20. Interviews will be October 29 & October 30. 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.


Host organizations are located throughout the greater Seattle area, with a growing concentration in South Seattle. Cohort meetings take place in Mary Gates Hall. Click here for an updated map that shows where our 2020 host organizations are located.


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
– 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?

The application for host organizations has closed for winter and spring 2020. If you are interested in participating in the future, please contact for more info.

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

Students interested in UCBI

UCBI intern application can be found below. The application deadline is Sunday, October 20, 2019 at 11:59PM PT.

UCBI Intern Job Description 

A list of our community partners for winter/spring 2020 is below. The document includes internship descriptions, as well as a map of where our host organizations are located.


Applications will be submitted electronically through a Google form and will be reviewed by the UCBI team.

Drop-in sessions with UCBI Student Mentors are available for students unable to attend an information session or those with questions on the application process. The drop-in sessions will be in MGH 171. Ask for UCBI Student Mentors at the front desk.

  • Wednesday, Oct 9, 2019 3:00-5:00PM
  • Wednesday, Oct 16, 2019 1:00-2:00PM
  • Friday, Oct 18, 2019 10:00-12:30PM
  • Friday, Oct 11, 2019 2:00-4:00PM