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LSI strives to offer a quality internship program that trains and educates students in their field of study. You’ll gain valuable experience for your resume and meet contacts in your field.

We have offered past internships in finance, marketing communications, graphic design, services for people with disabilities, adoption and foster care, early childhood, child welfare, refugee services and more.

LSI accepts interns each semester. We’ll work with your schedule and ours to determine the best timing and fit. The number of hours may vary by internship, but our program is fairly flexible.

Because we are a nonprofit, we only offer unpaid internships.


Application Process

As an intern, you will be considered an LSI volunteer. To apply for an internship, you will need to complete our online internship application process. Here’s how it works:

  1. Fill out our online internship application by choosing your local region, listed below
  2. Schedule an interview so we can talk about your schedule and goals
  3. Complete background and reference checks
  4. Complete a TB (tuberculosis) screen (only applicable to interns in our Refugee Community Services program)
  5. Supervisors will extend internship offers to applicants based on program capacity

Apply for an internship near you:

Ames & Fort Dodge

  • Services for People with Disabilities
  • Residential Treatment
  • Marketing and Communications
  • Early Childhood (People Place)

Des Moines & Western Iowa

  • Refugee Community Services
  • Services for People with Disabilities
  • Behavioral Health Intervention Services
  • Adoption and Foster Care

Waverly/Waterloo & Northern Iowa

  • Residential Treatment
  • Services for People with Disabilities
  • Early Childhood
  • Behavioral Health Intervention Services

Eastern Iowa

  • Behavioral Health Intervention Services
  • Early Childhood

Inquire for information on our current internship offerings. Opportunities vary by semester. To apply, select a region above to start the online application.

If you have additional questions, please contact:

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