SPRING 2021 – Transitional Living Program Internship

Employment Status



open until filled


Ames, IA

Program Description:

The Transitional Living Program 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.
  • Supervising youth in their homes during various activities like cleaning.
  • Becoming familiar with local community resources that the youth can utilize like the foods pantries, and clothing centers.
  • Working with staff doing various activities like helping lead prepare for life skills group.
  • Working with case manager to help make sure the youth’s needs are met.
  • Helping with various donation drives that the TLP program is involved with.
  • In Boone County, volunteers will help with programming funded by ROC grant.
    • Activities held at the HUB (community center) include a word readiness class, and cooking meals for/with youth (16-21).

What YOU are looking for:

  • Gain valuable, hands-on experience within a nonprofit organization.
  • Learn more about behind the scenes of transitional living 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 living 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:

  • This is an unpaid internship.
  • Must attend an orientation to cover YSS policies regarding confidentiality, drug-free work environment, and mandatory child abuse reporting
  • Bi-monthly meetings with supervisor; more meetings will be held if needed.
  • Mandatory Reporter training and CPR/First Aid training must be completed

Family Life Center, 125 South 3rd Street, Ames, IA 50010

Time Commitment/Requirements:

  • Must be 19 years or older.
  • Minimum of 8 hours per week.
  • Individual must have access to reliable  transportation
  • Must report hours to Volunteer Coordinator weekly