Bold Summer Internship Program:
Now Accepting Applications for 2017

Join 21 Progress this summer to learn about social justice education and leadership, impact your community, and meet amazing activists and mentors! The Bold Summer Internship Program allows college students to engage in nonprofit work in the social justice field while making impactful community change. All positions include a stipend and fun perks!

Bold Summer is a fun, innovative, and hands-on internship for passionate and skilled people who are eager to take on challenges and make a lasting difference in their community. We want to share our favorite tools and lessons with people in the community who are exploring their own purpose—both professionally and personally.

Are there any young people in your life who would be interested in applying? Nominate them here!

21 Progress Bold Summer Internship Program

Program Dates: June 26, 2017 – September 1, 2017

Hours: 30-40 hours per week

Application Deadline: The application process is split into two deadlines to provide flexibility and opportunity for interested applicants.

People who submit their application on or before the early deadline are able to receive an internship offer at an earlier date than those who apply after. However, there is no differential consideration for between applicants based on whether they submit their application on March 5 (early deadline) or March 24 (regular deadline).

Early Deadline: March 5, 2017

Regular Deadline: April 2, 2017

To Apply: Complete our online application:

Compensation: Stipend of $1750 is provided.

Perks: Amazing meals (snacks and potluck lunch every other a week), guest speakers, themed work days, and more!

Candidate Profile:

  • Passionate about social justice, all majors welcomed
  • Highly motivated self-starter
  • Ability to problem solve and work independently
  • Strong online, written, and verbal communication skills
  • Proficient with Microsoft Office Suite and social media
  • Must be at least 18 years old


  • Participate in a team-building, social justice leadership retreat to become oriented with the 21 Progress mission, community, and your Bold Summer cohort
  • Engage in personalized leadership development and intentional mentorship with our staff and community members
  • Collaborate with other Bold Summer Interns to execute community action projects that serve communities of color and immigrant youth—especially working people and the undocumented community.
  • Manage events, workshops, and/or campaigns for professionals and community members that are rooted in passion and purpose
  • Support staff with outreach, strategy, and implementation for programs and services


  • Your strengths as a leader, while working with a hands-on and passionate staff person (Check out 21P’s amazing team here!)
  • How you can personally develop as a social justice activist, within an expansive network of activists and movement builders
  • New hard skills that align with social justice nonprofit work, via first-hand experience working with professionals & clients and tasks that meet your own goals for professional development

Complete & submit the intern application form using the link below. No resume or cover letter required.
Internship positions are competitive. Undergraduates, graduate students and graduating high school senior activists are encouraged to apply early. All applications must be received by April 2, 2017.

Apply online:

Meet our Bold Summer Alumni
Learn what a few past Bold Interns have worked on during their summer at 21 Progress below.
Read full bios for Bold Summer 2016 here.

Allison Masangkay – Bold Summer 2016

Current 21 Progress Creative Project Associate and UW-Seattle Student

In collaboration with several media outlets across Seattle & the International District, Losa (another Bold Summer 2016 Intern) and I created “ImaginAction”—a series of workshops that connected lessons from WWII Japanese-American “internment” camps to anti-Muslim and refugee sentiment to encourage solidarity among diverse young people in King County. While I’d facilitated workshops before, never had I gone into such deep research to create relevant social justice-based curriculum, pitch our workshop to numerous community organizations, and present our workshop to facilitate learning experiences—both for myself and the youth workshop participants—that translated into action plans for positive community change. While some steps of the process genuinely left me exhausted and lost, some of biggest moment of growth came from the guidance of my supervisor and shared tools among the rest of the Bold Summer Interns working alongside me.
[IMAGE CAPTION: A queer femme Filipino-American woman with long hair wears a multicolored-stripe button-up shirt & black satin bomber jacket and laughs with eyes closed while leaning against a chain link fence.]

Michel Baños – Bold Summer 2016

Current 21 Progress Program Assistant and UW-Seattle Student

My time and energy as a Bold Intern was devoted to our Build Your Dream (BYD) Program. BYD is a program that specifically works with our undocumented communities in a variety of ways through workshops, healing activities, art, outreach, and dialogue. On the day to day, I would likely be meeting with families one on one, facilitating a workshop, attending an outreach event, answering phone calls, or working on new curriculum. Admittedly, the job was hard at times, but I reflect back at them now as moments of growth. It was those moments of confusion and challenge, that gave way for a learning opportunity, one that I could ask my mentors for support in. In my time at 21 Progress, I have learned a lot, but most importantly I have learned about how I want to show up for my communities in this work.
[IMAGE CAPTIONS: In left image, three undocumented 21 Progress staff members smile & pose side by side, wearing shirts that say “Undocumented Unafraid Unapologetic,” “Washington Dream Coalition,” and “United We Dream: Undocumented and HERE TO STAY!” respectively. In right image, a 21 Progress volunteer and Michel sit together while tabling at a conference, both wearing their orange 21 Progress t-shirts.]

About 21 Progress
21 PROGRESS runs programs and campaigns that empower leaders among the hard working people of Washington and advances bold ideas for economic and social justice. 21 Progress serves youth and young adults of color, and many who identify as undocumented or immigrant workers and/or students. If you’re interested in learning more about internship or volunteer opportunities, contact 21 Progress at or (206) 829-8382.