FALL 2022 – Transitional Living Program Internship (Marshalltown, IA)

Employment Status



Open Until Filled


Marshalltown, IA
We are YSS:

Youth and young adults in Iowa struggle with homelessness for many reasons. They may have aged out of the foster care system, cannot live safely with a parent or family member, or don't have stable living arrangements. Our Transitional Housing programs focus on helping these homeless youth - including pregnant or parenting families - to live independently and become self-sufficient.

The role:

As a Transitional Housing Intern, you will help advance the YSS mission 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 in ensuring all files are up to date and meet program requirements.
  • Other duties as assigned.
What we offer:
  • Valuable, hands-on experience within a nonprofit organization.
  • Behind the scenes look at 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.
  • Must be at least 19 years old.
  • Must have access to reliable transportation
  • Ability to work collaboratively, independently, and take the initiative.
  • Interest in young adults experiencing homelessness, transitional housing programs, and the YSS mission.
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills.
  • All majors are accepted, but Human Services majors are preferred.
Time commitment, training, and supervision:
  • Minimum of 16 hours per week.
  • Bi-monthly meetings with supervisor; more meetings will be held if needed.
  • Mandatory Reporter training and CPR/First Aid training must be completed


For questions about this position, please contact Sam Fox at

All applicants are required to complete an online application.
YSS hires nicotine free staff only. YSS is an Equal Opportunity Employer. We celebrate diversity and are committed to creating an inclusive environment for all employees.