FALL 2021 – Transitional Housing Services Internship (Des Moines, IA)

Employment Status



Open Until Filled


Des Moines, IA

The Transitional Housing Services (THS) Intern is responsible for assisting YSS to help advance the mission and program by:

  • Helping youth with individual tasks/skills such as filling out job applications, and teaching the youth skills they need to gain/retain employment.
  • Teaching transitional aged youth aged 16.5-24 to set goals and reach them so they can learn self-sufficiency skills.
  • Supervising youth in their homes during various activities like cleaning.
  • Assisting in preparing for new intakes into sites, and assisting with getting clients settled into their new living arrangements
  • Becoming familiar with local community resources that the youth can utilize like the foods pantries, and clothing centers and assisting clients obtain these services if needed
  • Working with staff doing various activities like helping lead and prepare for life skills/budgeting groups, and meeting with clients.
  • Working with case managers/advocates/youth specialists to help make sure the youth’s needs are met.
  • Helping with various donation drives that the THS programs are involved with including Reggie’s Sleep Out, and holiday giving programs.
  • Attending local and quarterly meetings with staff as needed to learn about activities, events, best practices, and more.
  • Learning the Care Logic system for client files and assisting to ensure all files are up to date and meets program requirements.
What YOU are looking for:
  • Gain valuable, hands-on experience within a nonprofit organization.
  • Learn more about the scenes of transitional housing programs.
  • Make connections with other professionals in the nonprofit sector.
  • Casual dress code, fun team, and the opportunity to extend the internship into next semester.
What WE are looking for:
  • Commitment, Collaboration, Compassion, Innovation, Integrity, and a “Can Do” Spirit.
  • Ability to work collaboratively, independently, and take initiative.
  • Interest in young adults experiencing homelessness, transitional housing programs, and YSS’ mission.
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills.
  • All majors are accepted. The following majors are preferred: Human Services and related fields.
Training, Supervision, and Benefits:
  • Bi-monthly meetings with supervisor; more meetings will be held if needed.
  • Mandatory Reporter training and CPR/First Aid training must be completed
Time Commitment/Requirements:
    • Must be 19 years or older.
    • Minimum of 8 hours per week.
    • Individuals must have access to reliable transportation
    • Must report hours weekly