Opportunities

 

The Cascade Pacific Council Internship Program offers students opportunities to build their
resumes, gain practical real world experience, develop professionally, and help the youth we serve.
Through the Internship Program, the Cascade Pacific Council (CPC) is giving a teaching hand to
college students interested in giving back to their community. The Internship Program exposes
students to various experiences spanning from technical assistance and maintenance, to teaching
life skills to at-risk youth in academic, athletic, and outdoor adventure settings.




 

Internships versus Volunteering


Internships will vary in hours and duration depending on the type of internship (work study,
experiential, or school credit) and the student’s school requirements. In general, internships with
the Cascade Pacific Council Outreach Programs or the Cascade Pacific Council are unpaid and
help students gain practical experience in their fields of study; however, the student can be paid if
the student qualifies for Federal Work Study and the school has a partnership with the Cascade
Pacific Council Internship Program*. Internship hours vary from ten to twenty hours per week and
can be on a term by term basis or for a full school year.


Volunteer opportunities are more flexible than internships because volunteering is based on the
volunteer’s availability. A volunteer may choose to help with specific events or ongoing programs.
Volunteers do not have a required amount of hours. However, volunteers helping with the
Learning for Life Program as a class aide or with the Learning for Life Soccer Program as a coach
or assistant coach are strongly encouraged to commit to the class or team they are assigned to
until the end of the current term or season because the youth our programs serve deserve
consistency. Certain volunteer opportunities may be used to supplement internship hours
depending on the internship requirements.


Both interns and volunteers must fill out the same paperwork, pass a background check, and
complete Youth Protection Training.


* Schools with a Federal Work Study partnership with the CPC-IP:
ITT Technical Institute

 

Types of Internships


Federal Work Study - A partnership must exist between the work site and the Office of Financial
Aid at the prospective student’s school. A student qualifies through their school’s Office of
Financial Aid. The amount awarded and the number of hours assigned is dependent upon the size
of the financial aid package. Most of the work assigned to the student at their work site must
relate to their field of study. The student or work site can terminate the work contract at anytime
without penalty.


Experiential - A contract is agreed upon between a student and the work site. Hours and
duration of the internship vary depending on the student’s availability and the work site’s need.
The internship is unpaid and no school credit is awarded; the compensation is practical experience
in a work environment. The student or work site can terminate the work contract at anytime
without penalty.


School Credit - A partnership must be formed between the work site and the department and/or
faculty in charge of monitoring the student’s internship. The student is responsible for helping
this partnership form. Hours and duration of the internship vary depending on the school’s
internship requirements. Most of the work assigned to the student at their work site must relate
to their field of study. The student or work site can terminate the internship at anytime. If
termination occurs before the school’s requirements are met, then the amount of school credit
awarded is determined by the school.
ALL INTERNSHIPS REQUIRE INTERNS TO BE A CURRENTLY ENROLLED STUDENT AT AN
ACCREDITED UNIVERSITY OR COLLEGE.

 

Volunteer Pool


If you are interested in volunteering for one or more of the Outreach Department’s programs,
please follow the steps on the “How to Apply” page. Once all steps are completed, your name will
be entered into our volunteer pool.


You may volunteer as much or as little as your schedule will allow. If you sign up to volunteer,
please show up for when you are scheduled to help. If you need to change your availability after
signing up, just contact the Internship Coordinator or program specific person as soon as possible.




How to Apply

 

The basic application and hiring process is as follows*:

1. Submit the following to the Internship Coordinator:

 

A cover letter stating which position(s) you are interested in and what you can offer to the position(s).
A copy of your résumé
At least three references: professional and personal

 


2. Selected applicants will be asked to schedule an interview.

3. Internship is contingent upon passing a background check.

 

*The positions requiring additional materials to accompany the basic materials listed
above are:


Marketing (Graphic & Design) Intern
Please include examples of your work with your cover letter and resume. The rest of the process is
the same.


Marketing (Communications) Intern & Grant Writing Assistant
Please include a writing sample with your cover letter and resume. The rest of the process is the
same.


All of the Challenging Outdoor Personal Experience positions
You may contact the Outreach Program Coordinator directly as well as the Internship Coordinator.


All of the LFL Soccer Program positions
You may contact the Outreach Program Coordinator or the Learning for Life Soccer Program Aide
directly as well as the Internship Coordinator.


Federal Work Study
Must follow the process required by the your school.


Click these links for information regarding Internships, Employment, or Volunteering.

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