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LSJ 401 Internship Policies

  • Only declared LSJ majors may enroll in LSJ 401.
  • Students must enroll in LSJ 401 either 1) in the same quarter as the completion of the internship or 2) a maximum of one quarter after completion of the internship. The LSJ Adviser must give approval for non-current enrollment prior to the beginning of the internship. Retroactive credit is not granted for internships completed either prior to being an LSJ major or more than a quarter before completion of LSJ 401.
  • The LSJ 401 internship site does not have to be in the Greater Seattle Area. See the LSJ Adviser to make arrangements for an out-of-state internship or an internship abroad.
  • The LSJ 401 internship can be paid or unpaid. This should be specified in the Supervisor Letter.
  • All internships must receive approval from the LSJ Adviser prior to enrollment in LSJ 401.
  • Students will only be enrolled in LSJ 401 after the Adviser has received all required paperwork.
  • Some LSJ majors may want to use hours accrued to meet an internship requirement in another major/minor toward the LSJ 401 internship requirement. This is allowable, but only under specific circumstances. Contact the LSJ Adviser for full details of this policy.

LSJ Internship Contract

Students are required to complete one hundred hours of service in an internship or volunteer position for the LSJ 401 course. In addition to these hours worked in the field, students are expected to complete an analytical paper, submit evaluations, and attend all LSJ 401 course meetings as part of the course requirements.

LSJ 401 Internship Contract Form located here.

Learning Goals

The Law, Societies & Justice internship program seeks to create a connection between academic coursework and ‘real world’ experience. The objectives of the internship are to:

  • Provide students with insights into the workings of law in practice;
  • Scrutinize and ‘test’ some of the theories and concepts found in the academic literature against ‘real world’ practice;
  • Initiate career development and goals, and
  • Provide 100 hours of local community service.

Students work with a variety of governmental and non-governmental agencies, including law enforcement agencies, social service organizations, courts, rights groups, policy organizations, and social support groups.

Internship Placement Process

1. Determine the quarter in which you will complete your internship. Begin goal setting and planning for your internship a minimum of 2 quarters in advance.

2. Think about the goals you want to accomplish through your internship. What skills and experiences do you want to gain? What LSJ-related topics do you want to explore in a professional setting? What type of an environment do you want to work in?

3. Use the resources on this webpage, the LSJ Adviser, your LSJ peers, LSJ alumni, and your own professional network to research potential internship locations that match your goals. Start by looking for organizations that match your interests, not just places that have internship postings. Some organizations are very willing to create an internship if they don’t have one posted! Generate a list of 3-5 locations you are interested in.

4. Set up an advising appointment to discuss your internship goals and the sites you are considering. The LSJ Adviser will provide you with direct contact information and application instructions for locations you are considering that LSJ students have interned with in the past.

5. Apply to posted internships and reach out to locations that interest you but do not have posted positions.

6. Email or meet with the LSJ Adviser for final approval of your selected internship site before accepting an offer.

7. Finalize your schedule and position description with your internship site.

8. Turn in the LSJ 401 Contract Form and Internship Supervisor Letter to the LSJ Advisers. The paperwork deadline is always the first day of the quarter in which you plan to enroll in LSJ 401. The LSJ 401 Contract Form specifies what needs to be included in the Internship Supervisor Letter.

9. The LSJ Advisers will enroll you in LSJ 401.

10. Complete all LSJ 401 course requirements to receive credit.

The LSJ Adviser’s role is to support you during each of these steps. Please contact the Adviser at any point in your internship search if you need assistance.

LSJ 401 Course Requirements

  • Complete a minimum of 100 hours of service at the internship site
  • Complete the 10-12 page analytical paper following LSJ 401 syllabus instructions
  • Attend weekly LSJ 401 class sessions and complete periodic short assignments
  • Participate actively in career development exercises during class

Recent LSJ 401 Internship Placements

This list is only a starting point; your internship site does not have to be on this list. Think as broadly as possible by considering all the various topics faculty have covered in LSJ classes. If you can see yourself writing a paper that ties together things you discussed in class with any organization you are considering, then it might work for LSJ 401. Feel free to email the LSJ adviser if you are unsure about whether or not a certain possibility will work for LSJ 401.

Note about Interning at Private Law Firms:

Students wishing to intern with private law firms are encouraged to do so for experience, connections, and to understand the daily practice of lawyers. However, private law firms are often seeking interns who have finished the first year or two of law school. Therefore, as an undergraduate student, you should make sure that you will be able to actually participate in an experience that will not be limited to basic clerical duties like: filing, answering phones, running for coffee, and making copies. Remember that you are looking for an experience that you can analyze at an academic level and put into conversation with the ideas explored in your LSJ classes.

Note about Background Checks:

Many internships–especially those with police departments, detention centers, and prisons–will require background checks. Some background checks are simple and some require months to complete. Plan accordingly.

Courts and Probation Services

Adams County Juvenile Court

  • The Adams County Juvenile Court Services ensures the safety of the community and the well-being and safety of the youths under Juvenile department care, we hold juvenile offenders accountable to victims and communities, and assist youths in developing competency and character to aid them in becoming successful members of society.

City of Bellevue Probation

  • The Bellevue Probation Division monitors adult misdemeanor offenders and holds them accountable to complete court-ordered sanctions. As a community service agency, the Probation Division works together with the courts, law enforcement agencies, community organizations, leaders and victim advocates enhancing community safety and facilitating offenders' rehabilitation.

Des Moines Office of the City Attorney

  • The city attorney's office is responsible for legal advice to the City Council and the city administration. The city attorney's office reviews city ordinances and contracts, assists with preparation and review of resolutions, and advises council and staff at public meetings. This division also provides proactive legal advice to ensure that every action by the city is legally defensible, complies with the most current state of the law, and minimizes the potential for litigation.

King County Drug Court

  • King County Drug Court seeks to ensure community safety and empower participants to rebuild their lives by combining the resources of the criminal justice system, substance use treatment and other community service providers.

Seattle Community Court

  • Seattle Community Court serves "chronic public system users" and offenders who commit low-level crimes, fail to comply with sanctions, fail to appear for Court, and use jail days when they could more effectively be rehabilitated through alternative strategies.

Seattle Municipal Court

  • The Seattle Municipal Court work to provide the citizens of Seattle various infrastructure services for the improvement of their quality of life. Through Community Involved Justice initiatives, the Court strives to make the justice system more effective by re-establishing links between criminal justice service providers and the communities it serves. 

Seattle City Attorney

  • The City Attorney's Office advances the public health, safety, and welfare of the community.

Snohomish County Juvenile Courts

  • The Denney Juvenile Justice Center exists to serve the youth of Snohomish County in a variety of venues

Unified Family Court of King County- Superior Court

  • The Family Court handles all family law matters where children are involved, including: divorce or legal separation with children, parenting, paternity, adoption, child or spousal support, domestic violence and some dependency matters. 

United States Probation Office

  • The U.S. Probation and Pretrial Services System carries out probation and pretrial services functions in the U.S. district courts. The system works to make the criminal justice process effective and the public safe. 

Legal Services and Legal Associations

Columbia Legal Services

  • Columbia Legal Services advocates for people who face injustice and poverty. We seek to achieve social and economic justice for all, using policy reform, litigation, and innovative partnerships to reveal and end actions that harm the communities we serve.

Civil Rights Justice Center

  • Launched in 2015 as a law firm and legal resource center for students, lawyers, and anyone who is interested in learning about their civil liberties, the Civil Rights Justice Center is a place where people can seek legal advice, learn their rights, and improve their lives.

Eastside Legal Assistance Program

  • The Eastside Legal Assistance Program (ELAP) provides high-quality, no-cost civil legal aid to low-income residents of East King County, Washington. We also provide legal aid to survivors of domestic violence throughout all of King County.

Elder Justice Center

  • The Elder Justice Center (EJC) responds to reports of abuse of elderly citizens and other vulnerable adults in Clark County. The EJC consists of representatives from Adult Protective Services, law enforcement officers, a deputy prosecuting attorney, a victim advocate and community volunteers.

Family Law CASA

  • CASAs help vulnerable children by working within a structured program that includes screening; intensive training; professional guidance; legal consultation and representation; technical report templates and forms; educational webinars and workshops; and community building events. 

Federal Public Defender-Western District of Washington

  • The Federal Public Defender for the Western District of Washington was established in the spring of 1975 for the purpose of ensuring the Sixth Amendment right to effective assistance of counsel and equal access to justice in federal court. 

Human Rights Defense Center 

  • The Human Rights Defense Center advocates on behalf of the human rights of people held in U.S. detention facilities. This includes people in state and federal prisons, local jails, immigration detention centers, civil commitment facilities, Bureau of Indian Affairs jails, juvenile facilities and military prisons.

King County Bar Association Neighborhood Legal Clinics

  • The Neighborhood Legal Clinics program (NLC) offers free, limited legal advice and referrals to King County residents and Washington State residents with legal issues in King County who might otherwise have no access to the legal system. 

King County Prosecuting Attorney

  • Prosecuting Attorneys in this office represent either the People of the State of Washington or King County (in criminal matters) or the government of King County (in civil matters).

King County Protection Order Advocacy Program

Legal Action Center

  • The Legal Action Center offers free legal assistance to qualifying low-income persons in King County who are facing evictions and subsidy terminations, landlord/tenant issues, and debtor/creditor issues related to past tenancies.

Northwest Defenders Association

  • We provide legal help to people who are accused of a crime and cannot afford an attorney.

Olympic Legal Access P.S.

  • Olympic Legal Access, P.S. is a non-profit law firm committed to making legal help more accessible in our community. We are here to serve community members who do not qualify for free legal services from other organizations but can't afford the high cost of a private attorney.

Snohomish County Public Defender Association

  • The Snohomish County Public Defender Association is a private, non-profit law office, incorporated under the laws of the State of Washington. The Association provides defense services to persons charged with felonies in superior court and misdemeanors in the district and municipal courts, to juveniles charged with offenses in the juvenile court, to persons facing mental health commitments, and to persons facing commitment as sexually violent predators. 

Unemployment Law Project

  • The Unemployment Law Project provides low-cost representation and free advice and counsel to people in Washington State who have been denied unemployment benefits or whose award of benefits is being challenged.

United States Attorney’s Office-Seattle

  • The United States Attorney for the Western District of Washington serves as trial counsel for the United States and the office represents the United States in criminal and civil lawsuits.

Washington State Bar Association

  • The Washington State Bar Association is part of the judicial branch, exercising a governmental function authorized by the Washington State Supreme Court to license the state’s nearly 35,000 lawyers. The WSBA both regulates lawyers under the authority of the Court and serves its members as a professional association.

Criminal Justice, Prisons, and Law Enforcement

Coast Guard Investigative Service

  • The Coast Guard Investigative Service is a division of the United States Coast Guard that investigates crimes where the U.S. Coast Guard has an interest. It is composed of civilian, active duty, reserve enlisted, and warrant officer Special Agents.

Jefferson County Police Department

  • Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office, in partnership with our community, is committed to preserving the peace, helping those in need and protecting the constitutional rights of all.

King County Correctional Facility

King County Juvenile Detention Center

  • The King County Juvenile Division is responsible for the care and custody of youth in detention. While in detention, youth attend school and have access to a wide range of programs and services. The focus is on rehabilitation, not punishment, and ensuring community safety. King County is committed to helping youth involved in Juvenile Court develop into healthy, productive adults.

King County Sheriff

  • Ensuring the safety of people in King County is our top priority. We aim to do this in a respectful manner based on our core values of leadership, integrity, service, and teamwork.  KCSO serves the law enforcement needs of over half a million people in unincorporated areas and our twelve contract cities. The KCSO also provides police departments for the Muckleshoot Tribe, Metro Transit, and the King County International Airport.

Naval Criminal Investigative Service- Bremerton

  • NCIS is the federal law enforcement agency charged with conducting investigations of felony-level offenses affecting the Navy and Marine Corps – that is, crimes punishable by confinement for more than one year. NCIS also performs investigations and operations aimed at identifying and neutralizing foreign intelligence, international terrorist, and cyber threats to the Department of the Navy.  In addition, it provides warning of threats and specialized defensive force protection support to U.S. naval forces around the world. 

Renton Police Department

  • The Renton Police Department is a full service law enforcement agency with 148 personnel comprised of 120 sworn and 28 non-sworn. Our officers work very diligently to protect life and property, assist in the suppression of crime, apprehend criminals and enforce laws.

Seattle Police Department

Seattle Police Victim Support Team

  • The mission of the Victim Support Team is to create a rewarding and sustainable partnership between community volunteers and police to address and prevent domestic violence. The Victim Support Team is committed to providing comprehensive, culturally relevant, and supportive services to domestic violence victims and their children.

Shelton Police Department

Snohomish County Sheriff’s Office

University of Washington Police Department

US Secret Service

  • The United States Secret Service is a federal law enforcement agency with headquarters in Washington, D.C., and more than 150 offices throughout the United States and abroad. Established in 1865 solely to suppress the counterfeiting of U.S. currency, today the Secret Service is mandated by Congress to carry out the integrated missions of protection and investigations.

Washington State Patrol

  • The Washington State Patrol is a premier law enforcement agency made up of dedicated professionals who work hard to improve the quality of life for our citizens and prevent the unnecessary loss of life on a daily basis.

Immigration and New Americans

Casa Latina

  • Casa Latina empowers low-wage Latino immigrants to move from economic insecurity to economic prosperity and to lift their voices to take action around public policy issues that affect them. 

Catholic Charities Migration and Refugee Services

  • Catholic Immigration Legal Services (CILS) provides quality legal immigration assistance to low-income residents of Washington. Currently, CILS provides free citizenship/N-400 application assistance to people who are currently on public benefits or living in the city of Seattle. CILS has two office locations: Seattle and Mt. Vernon.

Chinese Information Service Center

  • CISC helps Asian and other immigrants throughout King County achieve success in their new community by providing information, referral, advocacy, social, and support services.

Commission on Asian Pacific American Affairs

  • CAPAA is a state agency with an advisory board of 12 commissioners, appointed by the governor, to be a voice for Washington’s diverse Asian Pacific American communities. Our mission is to improve the lives of Asian Pacific Americans in Washington State by ensuring their access to participation in the fields of government, business, education, and other areas.

Council of American-Islamic Relations- Washington

  • CAIR is a nonprofit 501(c)(3), grassroots civil rights and advocacy group. CAIR is America’s largest Islamic civil liberties group, with regional offices nationwide and in Canada. As a chapter, CAIR-WA works hard every day challenging anti-Muslim hate, defending the rights of American Muslims, empowering Muslim families, youth, children and elders to use their voice through mainstream media and lobbying, and building results-focused relationships with leaders in business, academia, labor, faith, and government.

Horn of Africa Services

  • Horn of Africa Services is a nonprofit that serves the East African immigrant and refugee community in Seattle. We serve individuals and families from Djibouti, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Sudan, Somalia, and neighboring countries that are living in the Greater Seattle area. Our services include social services, educational assistance, youth programs, and economic empowerment to address the needs of the community.

International Rescue Committee

  • The International Rescue Committee helps people whose lives and livelihood are shattered by conflict and disaster to survive, recover and regain control of their future.

Mil Mujeres

  • Mil Mujeres Legal Services is a direct service 501(c)(3) organization founded in 2007 that provides comprehensive and results-oriented immigration legal services to low-income Latino families. Mil Mujeres works to address the growing need for bilingual legal services, with an emphasis on helping survivors of domestic violence as well as other traumatic violence.

Northwest Immigrant Rights Project

  • Northwest Immigrant Rights Project promotes justice by defending and advancing the rights of immigrants through direct legal services, systemic advocacy, and community education.

OneAmerica

  • OneAmerica advances the fundamental principles of democracy and justice at the local, state and national levels by building power within immigrant communities in collaboration with key allies.

Southern Sudanese Community of Washington

  • The mission of the SSCW is to help refugees and immigrants from Southern Sudan make a successful transition to life in the United States and achieve self-sufficiency. 

Volunteer Advocates for Immigrant Justice

  • VAIJ works with NWIRP on immigration detention cases. NWIRP provides initial case screenings to detainees at the Tacoma immigration detention center. Following these screenings, NWIRP refers potential cases to VAIJ for a secondary intake process during which VAIJ staff determines whether the case can be placed with a pro bono attorney. 

Government and Law

The LSJ Department and the University of Washington do not and cannot express political preference on any issue or election. Students are encouraged to participate in the political process and to follow their own political preference. What matters for LSJ is if the student will have a hands-on experience with their internship, something that the student can think about analytically in terms of law, crime, rights, justice, or courts in a social science perspective. See the UW Political Science Department’s Internship listings for more opportunities in this area.

Consulado de México en Seattle

Equal Employment Opportunity Commission--Seattle Field Office

  • EEOC is responsible for enforcing federal laws that make it illegal to discriminate against a job applicant or an employee because of the person's race, color, religion, sex (including pregnancy, gender identity, and sexual orientation), national origin, age (40 or older), disability or genetic information. It is also illegal to discriminate against a person because the person complained about discrimination, filed a charge of discrimination, or participated in an employment discrimination investigation or lawsuit.

King County Sexual Assault Resource Center (CourtWatch)

  • KCSARC provides sexual assault-related services for people of all ages in King County, WA, while working toward the ultimate goal of eliminating sexual violence and abuse from our communities. We’re on the frontline with victims and their families, ensuring that all people affected by sexual assault get the treatment they need and advocacy they deserve. We’re also at the forefront of change, guiding public policy development and delivering best practice education to create safer environments for everyone.

King County Office of Civil Rights and Open Government

  • The Office of Civil Rights strives to eliminate unlawful discrimination through education, mediation, and enforcement that is responsive to a diverse King County.

King County Office of Law Enforcement Oversight

  • The Office of Law Enforcement Oversight (OLEO) holds the King County Sheriff’s Office accountable for providing fair and just policing services. Through its independent review of Sheriff’s Office complaints, OLEO seeks to instill confidence and public trust in the integrity of Sheriff’s Office internal investigations and in the effectiveness and professionalism of its employees.

Port of Seattle

  • The mission of Port of Seattle is to create good jobs here and across the state by advancing trade and commerce, promoting manufacturing and maritime growth, and stimulating economic development.

Seattle City Council

  • The Seattle City Council establishes City policy through enactment of ordinances (laws) and adoption of resolutions

Seattle Human Rights Commission

  • The Seattle Human Rights Commission was established in 1963 to advocate for justice and equal opportunity, to advise the City of Seattle on human rights issues and to collaborate with public and private sectors in order to educate them on methods to prevent and eliminate discrimination city-wide.

Seattle Mayor’s Office

  • The Mayor of Seattle is the head of the executive branch of the city government of Seattle, Washington. The mayor is authorized by the city charter to enforce laws enacted by the Seattle City Council, as well as direct subordinate officers in city departments.

US Senator Maria Cantwell Seattle Office

  • Senator Cantwell offers internships in her Washington, D.C. and state offices to motivated individuals who are seeking a hands-on learning experience that allows them to work side-by-side with Senator Cantwell’s professional staff as they work on behalf of the Evergreen State.

US Senator Patty Murray Seattle Office

  • Senator Murray is looking for legislative and press interns in D.C. and constituent advocacy interns in the Seattle, Spokane and Vancouver state offices. Applicants should be eager to learn more about the legislative process and want to be part of a hardworking team, dedicated to serving the citizens of Washington state.

US Department of Housing and Urban Development

  • The United States Department of Housing and Urban Development (Commonly known as HUD) is a Cabinet department in the Executive branch of the United States federal government.

US Department of Energy- Office of Indian Energy Policy and Programs

  • The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Office of Indian Energy Policy and Programs is authorized to fund and implement a variety of programmatic activities that assist American Indian Tribes and Alaska Native villages with energy development, capacity building, energy cost reduction, and electrification of Indian lands and homes.

Washington State Children's Administration Child Protective Services

  • DSHS Children’s Administration is the public child welfare agency for the state of Washington. Our staff work with children and families to identify their needs and develop a plan for services that support families and assure the safety and well-being of children. These services are designed to reduce the risk of abuse, find safe alternatives to out-of-home placement and assure safety and permanency for children in out-of-home care.

Washington State Democratic Party

  • We are the Democratic Party in Washington State. We work to elect Democrats, uphold Democratic values, and support Democrats across the state. We are our elected officials. We are our candidates. We are the activists who knock on doors in neighborhoods in every corner state and the voters who make their voice heard at the ballot box.

Washington State Department of Services for the Blind

  • Washington State’s Department of Services for the Blind (DSB) provides "one front door" for people of all ages who are blind or have low vision in Washington state.

Washington State Republican Party

  • The Washington State Republican Party is the state affiliate of the national United States Republican Party

Non-Governmental Organizations- Social Service and Rights

Abused Deaf Women’s Advocacy Services

  • Abused Deaf Women’s Advocacy Services empowers Deaf and DeafBlind survivors of domestic violence, sexual assault and harassment to transform their lives, while striving to change the beliefs and behaviors that foster and perpetuate violence. We provide comprehensive services to individuals and families, community education, and advocacy on systems and policy issues.

Amara

  • Amara is a not-for-profit that serves children in foster care, and the families who care for them.

American Civil Liberties Union- Washington State

  • The ACLU is the nation's premier civil rights and civil liberties organization. We are the unwavering voice of freedom, fairness and equality for all people in America. We work in the courts, the legislatures, and in our communities to protect and extend basic rights for everyone.

Bellevue LifeSpring

  • By addressing a child’s basic needs, Bellevue LifeSpring helps students focus on their education and break the cycle of poverty.

Books to Prisoners

  • Books To Prisoners is a Seattle-based nonprofit organization whose mission is to foster a love of reading behind bars, encourage the pursuit of knowledge and self-empowerment, and break the cycle of recidivism.

Businesses Ending Slavery and Trafficking (BEST)

  • Businesses Ending Slavery and Trafficking strives to create a world in which no one is trafficked. BEST believes that every person has the right to be free from sexual exploitation and forced labor.

Circle of Friends for Mental Health

  • Circle of Friends for Mental Health, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, exists to give all human beings who face mental health challenges, homelessness or addiction, a fresh chance to find their identity and a reservoir of healing through art programs in visual arts, music, writing and drama. Our programs serve as a natural enduring catalyst to aid people in their recovery. The people we serve have wide-ranging needs, and come from diverse cultural, social and economic backgrounds.

Corporate Accountability International

  • Corporate Accountability wages strategic campaigns that compel transnational corporations and the governments that do their bidding to stop destroying our health, human rights, democracy, and planet.

Domestic Abuse Women's Network (DAWN)

  • Since our inception as Domestic Abuse Women’s Network in 1980, Dawn has helped tens of thousands of women, children and men through a holistic support system that not only protects them in immediate crises but empowers us all to prevent violence and create respectful and safe communities.

Downtown Emergency Service Center

  • DESC works to end the homelessness of vulnerable people, particularly those living with serious mental illnesses or substance use disorders. Through partnerships and an integrated array of comprehensive services, treatment and housing, we give people the opportunity to reach their highest potential. At DESC, uncommon efforts produce uncommon results that eliminate homelessness, one person at a time.

Disability Rights- Washington

  • Disability Rights Washington (DRW) is a private non-profit organization that protects the rights of people with disabilities statewide. Our mission is to advance the dignity, equality, and self-determination of people with disabilities. We work to pursue justice on matters related to human and legal rights.

Ensaaf

  • Ensaaf is a nonprofit organization working to end impunity and achieve justice for mass state crimes in India, with a focus on Punjab, by documenting abuses, bringing perpetrators to justice, and organizing survivors.

Equal Rights Washington

  • Equal Rights Washington (ERW) is Washington's statewide lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer (LGBTQ) advocacy and community outreach organization. ERW's mission is to ensure and promote dignity, safety, and equality for all lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer Washingtonians.

Victim Support Services

  • Victim Support Services supports victims of crime through advocacy, education and awareness. They can assist in navigating the criminal justice system and advocate for victim needs. 

Farestart

  • FareStart is a real solution to some of our society's most pressing challenges—homelessness, joblessness, poverty and hunger. Our model works because we are both an effective social service provider and a thriving social enterprise. We help people transform their lives, create value for our community, and offer a way for everyone to play a role doing something that matters.

Food Lifeline

  • Food Lifeline rescues food and provides meals to end hunger today for thousands of people across Western Washington. We’re also working hard regionally to provide a long-term solution to hunger that ensures that everybody has enough food to eat.

Friends of the Children- Seattle

  • Friends of the Children – Seattle is a chapter of a nationwide organization dedicated to breaking the cycle of generational poverty through salaried, professional mentoring.

Fuse- Washington

  • Fuse is the state's largest progressive organization - people creating change online, on the ground, and on issues that matter.Our goals at Fuse are to help progressives win more often and give ordinary people a strong voice in politics. We aim to provide organizing and communications power that helps progressives win critical issue and electoral campaigns in the present, while strengthening the foundation for increased success over time. 

Elizabeth Gregory Home

  • Elizabeth Gregory Home (EGH) serves single homeless women in the greater Seattle area by providing transitional housing, a day center and case management services. Elizabeth Gregory Home provides a welcoming and respectful refuge where homeless and at-risk women have access to compassionate care.

Habitat for Humanity

  • Habitat for Humanity Seattle-King County is part of a global, nonprofit housing movement operated on Christian principles. We seek to put God’s love into action by building homes, communities, and hope. Habitat SKC is dedicated to eliminating substandard housing locally and worldwide 

Housing Justice Project

  • The Housing Justice Project (HJP) is a homelessness prevention program providing accessible volunteer-based legal services for low-income tenants facing eviction in King County.

Landesa

  • Landesa champions and works to secure land rights for millions of the world’s poorest, mostly rural women and men to provide opportunity and promote social justice.

League of Education Voters

  • LEV is a Washington-based organization working to improve public education from early learning through higher education. We shape the debate, build powerful coalitions, and grow the grassroots to achieve meaningful reform and ample resources for education.

Literacy Source

  • Literacy Source makes it possible for adults to gain the basic literacy skills they need in order to succeed in school, to find a job, to achieve life goals, and to create a better, more hopeful future.

Mary's Place

  • Our mission: Empowering homeless women, children, and families to reclaim their lives by providing shelter, nourishment, resources, healing and hope in a safe community.

Navos- Coalition for Drug Free Youth

  • The Coalition for Drug-Free Youth was created in 2012 as a Community Prevention and Wellness Initiative (CPWI) organization dedicated to preventing alcohol and other drug abuse among middle and high school students in unincorporated White Center and the North Highline areas of King County, specifically, Cascade Middle School and the three schools that comprise the Evergreen Campus.

Naral Pro-Choice Washington

  • NARAL Pro-Choice Washington is the leading grassroots pro-choice advocacy organization in Washington state, and we believe that every woman should be able to make personal decisions about the full range of reproductive health options

New Beginnings, Ending Domestic Violence

  • New Beginnings provides services to those whose lives have been affected by domestic violence - physical, emotional, or sexual abuse. Some who use our services are in physical danger. Others are living with controlling partners in relationships that are emotionally abusive.

Northwest Network for Bi, Trans, Lesbian, and Gay Survivors of Abuse

  • The NW Network increases our communities’ ability to support the self-determination and safety of bisexual, transgender, lesbian and gay survivors of abuse through education, organizing and advocacy. We work within a broad liberation movement dedicated to social and economic justice, equality and respect for all people and the creation of loving, inclusive and accountable communities.

People's Harm Reduction Alliance

  • PHRA is a peer-run organization that promotes the philosophy of harm reduction and safer drug use. 

Planned Parenthood Votes Northwest

  • Planned Parenthood Votes Northwest and Hawaii (PPVNH) is an independent, non profit, nonpartisan organization educating residents and policy-makers about reproductive health issues in Alaska, Hawaii, Idaho, and Washington. PPVNH lobbies and educates to advance Planned Parenthood's mission and also engages in limited electoral activities. 

Pierce County Commission Against Domestic Violence

  • The Pierce County Commission Against Domestic Violence (the Commission) was established by Pierce County Council Ordinance in 1994 to create a coordinated community plan focusing efforts primarily on intimate partner violence and sexual assault. 

Rebuilding Hope! Sexual Assault Resource Center for Pierce County

  • The Rebuilding Hope! Sexual Assault Center for Pierce County (SACPC) offers support toward healing through advocacy and therapy for those affected by sexual assault and abuse. Through education and collaboration SACPC improves the community's response to sexual assault and abuse victims and challenges the behaviors and beliefs that promote sexual violence.

ROOTS Young Adult Shelter

  • ROOTS Young Adult Shelter builds community and fosters dignity through access to essential services and a safe place to sleep for young adults experiencing homelessness.

Sea Mar Community Health Centers

  • Sea Mar Community Health Centers, founded in 1978, is a community-based organization committed to providing quality, comprehensive health, human, housing, educational and cultural services to diverse communities, specializing in service to Latinos in Washington state. Sea Mar proudly serves all persons without regard to race, ethnicity, immigration status, gender, or sexual orientation, and regardless of ability to pay for services.

Seattle Indian Health Board

  • The Seattle Indian Health Board (SIHB) is a private, non-profit 501(c)3 organization incorporated in the State of Washington. We provide community health care and services targeting the urban American Indian and Alaska Native population in the greater Seattle/King County area.

Social Justice Fund Northwest

  • Social Justice Fund NW is a member-funded foundation that supports the creation of a just society through fundraising, grantmaking, and member involvement. The foundation provides essential resources to organizations in Idaho, Montana, Oregon, Washington, and Wyoming to strengthen grassroots efforts in the broad-based movement for progressive, systemic social change.

Street Youth Ministries

  • Our mission is to provide youth in Seattle’s University District with life-skills, resources and relationships that bring hope and healing to their lives and the community

Union Gospel Mission

  • Seattle's Union Gospel Mission is a passionate community of people who follow Christ in his relentless, redeeming love for all people. Our mission is to serve, rescue, and transform those in greatest need through the grace of Jesus Christ.

Unite Here! Local 8 Union

  • UNITE HERE Local 8 represents about 5,000 workers in the hospitality industries of Oregon & Washington State. Local 8 members work in hotels, restaurants, food service, and airport concessions. They include room cleaners, cooks, bartenders, bellmen, food and beverage servers, bussers, and dishwashers. Local 8′s parent union, UNITE HERE, represents hotel, food service, and gaming workers throughout the US and Canada.

University Beyond Bars 

  • University Beyond Bars (UBB) provides higher education to people behind bars to fulfill the potential of those our society has imprisoned and to transform them into productive, contributing citizens. We work to create a cooperative learning community inside Washington State prisons where all experience is valued and the benefits of higher education are made available to all who desire them. 

Urban Rest Stop

  • The Urban Rest Stop provides a clean, safe and welcoming facility where individuals and families experiencing homelessness can come and use restrooms, laundry facilities and shower. All services are provided at no cost to patrons.

Freedom Education Project Puget Sound

  • FEPPS provides a rigorous college program to incarcerated women in Washington and creates pathways to higher education after women are released from prison. Our goals are to increase women prisoners' economic and personal empowerment, contribute to family stability and reduce recidivism through college education.

Washington Alliance for Gun Responsibility

  • The Alliance for Gun Responsibility works to end the gun violence crisis in our community and to promote a culture of gun ownership that balances rights with responsibilities. Through collaboration with experts, civic leaders, and citizens, we work to find evidenced-based solutions to the crisis of gun violence in our community. We create innovative policy, advocate for changes in laws, and promote community education to reduce gun violence.

Washington Bus

  • The Washington Bus is a statewide movement building organization that increases political access and participation for young people across Washington State and develops the next generation of young leaders.

Washington CeaseFire

  • For Almost 35 Years Washington Ceasefire Has Been The Most Prominent Citizen Activist Group That’s Led the Fight on Reducing Gun Violence in Washington State

Washington Coalition to Abolish the Death Penalty

  • The Washington Coalition to Abolish the Death Penalty (WCADP) is a grassroots, volunteer-driven, statewide non-profit organization dedicated to the abolition of the death penalty.

Washington Community Action Project

  • Through Washington Community Action Project, Community Action agencies work as partners to reduce poverty, provide emergency services to those in need, and improve Washington’s communities.

Washington Low Income Housing Alliance

  • The mission of the Washington Low Income Housing Alliance is to lead the movement to ensure that all our residents thrive in safe, healthy, affordable homes. We do this through advocacy, education, and organizing.

World Affairs Council

  • The World Affairs Council advances global understanding and engagement. The Council's programs are powerful tools for building an engaged, inspired, and connected global citizenry in greater Seattle. The Council truly brings the world to Seattle and helps inform local debates about global issues.

World Association for Children and Parents 

  • WACAP is one of the largest international nonprofit adoption and child assistance agencies in the US. Since 1976, we’ve placed over 11,000 children with loving adoptive parents and provided food, medical care and education to more than 200,000 children around the world.

YWCA

  • YWCA is on a mission to eliminate racism, empower women, stand up for social justice, help families, and strengthen communities.

Seattle Clemency Project

  • Our mission at the Seattle Clemency Project is to help deserving, transformed, long-serving prisoners chart a path to clemency.

Internship Resources

In addition to speaking with the LSJ Adviser, LSJ alumni, and LSJ Peers, these search engines can be helpful places to look. Remember that the best approach is to start by locating specific locations that interest you rather than immediately searching for posted internship openings.

United Way of King County (http://www.uwkc.org)

VolunteerMatch (http://www.volunteermatch.org)

Idealist (http://www.idealist.org)

UW Career Center’s HuskyJobs (http://careers.washington.edu/HuskyJobs)

UW Carlson Center’s Public Service Opportunity Bulletin (https://www.washington.edu/cms/carlson/service-opportunities/)

Looksharp (InternMatch) (http://www.looksharp.com/)

USA.gov list of agencies (http://www.usa.gov/Agencies/Federal/All_Agencies/index.shtml)