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Volunteer or Intern at Tubman

Are you passionate about making a difference?

Tubman relies on volunteers and interns to make a difference in every facet of our work. From our Childcare superstars who play with little ones while their parents attend support groups or counseling, to Resource Counseling Advocates who provide supportive counseling, safety planning, and community resources on the crisis line, to Administrative volunteers who lend their office skills behind-the-scenes to keep us organized…the passion and energy of our amazing volunteers and interns is essential to the daily work of our organization, and to support our clients and community.

Please see below for a listing of volunteer and internship positions. We encourage applications from people of color, all genders, multilingual speakers, veterans, and those who have disabilities.

Will you join us?

You can fill out our online application for a volunteer/internship position at Tubman by clicking here. If you have any difficulties completing the application, you can contact us by calling 612-767-6680 or emailing

We offer a five-part orientation and training series for Tubman volunteers and interns. Most volunteer and internship positions require attendance at all five sessions, with positions beginning after training has been completed. The dates for our next training series are listed below, and you can click here to download a flyer with the training dates and further details.

Our Winter 2018 Training Dates:

Our May 2018 Training Dates

Everyday Tubman Volunteer & Internship Opportunities

Interning and volunteering with Tubman is a unique and rewarding experience. There are many opportunities within our various service areas, and most positions can work as internships for school, depending on the requirements. See below for current opportunities!

Apply now to begin these positions in May:

Youth Outreach Center Advocate

The NorthStar Youth Outreach Center (at our Maplewood location) connects youth and young adults 13-24 of all genders, and their children to a safe place to access basic needs, receive advocacy and resource referrals. Youth Outreach Advocates are responsible for providing individualized and comprehensive supportive services.

Child Care Assistant

Help care for little ones while their parents attend counseling, support groups, or access other services. Assisting with the direct care of infants and children, Child Care Assistants implement developmentally appropriate learning opportunities and practice conflict resolution to maintain a peaceful, happy and safe atmosphere.

Resource Counseling Advocate

Answering Tubman’s crisis and resource line and assisting clients in-person, our Resource Counseling Advocates are responsible for providing crisis intervention, supportive counseling, general information, and referral services to individuals who call or come into Tubman.

Personal Shopper in Harriet’s Closet

Personal Shoppers work one-on- one with community members and Tubman clients as they shop for and select casual and business-professional attire, offering a fun, personal experience and empowering support.

Housing Advocate Assistant

Use your communication and organizational skills to empower families as a Housing Advocate Assistant. Facilitate informational housing workshops and provide one-on-one meetings with shelter and transitional housing residents. Support clients with resources, information, and empowerment as they move towards their housing goals. Daytime weekday availability with a minimum of ten hours per week is required.

Adult & Family Advocate

Perfect for someone who is looking to gain further experience providing direct service, our Adult and Family Advocates are responsible for providing individualized supportive services and comprehensive advocacy to families and people of all genders who are currently living at Tubman’s shelters.

Day Camp Counselor

Help make a kid’s summer fun! Be a Day Camp Counselor/Youth Advocate in Tubman’s Peace Camp. Help organize fun activities and fieldtrips for children currently living in our shelters. Supervise outdoor, playground games and crafts. Provide respite childcare and spend time with kids going through a time of transition. Gain experience in child and youth advocacy and early intervention with children. Make a difference in a child’s life by being a positive role model and creating a safe, fun environment!

Must have prior experience with children, have respect for families going through a time of crisis, have excellent communication skills, and be able to work with diverse teams in a culturally inclusive environment.

This volunteer position is available at our Minneapolis and Maplewood locations.

Counseling and Therapy Internships

Mental Health Internships - Currently accepting application materials for May and September, 2018 internships. Deadline to apply is February 4th. Email resume and cover letter to

Advanced graduate level students work with individual clients and co-facilitate therapy groups. Interns become part of the multi-disciplinary team, working alongside staff who represent a wide range of therapeutic styles and conceptual frameworks. Practice in an environment that is trauma-informed, disability-informed, person-centered, strengths-based, and uses holistic and harm reduction approaches.

Chemical Health Internships - Currently Accepting Applications for May 2018

Second year students in an accredited chemical dependency program will offer gender-specific and specialized programming for women recovering from alcohol and drug abuse in an out-patient program. Provide services with an emphasis on women’s commonalities in recovery and customized services to meet individual needs and goals.

Ready to learn more about volunteering? Click here to fill out our online application, and we’ll be in touch with you soon!

Volunteer Attorney Opportunities (click here for opportunities and process)

Family law attorneys can assist in Legal Advice Clinics, Self-Represented Legal Clinics, and full Pro Bono Representation. Attorneys from all practice areas are needed to represent clients in Orders for Protection and Harassment Restraining Order cases through our Pro Bono Safety Project.

Currently Filled

Support Group Facilitator

Do you want to get involved by fostering positive change in the lives of people who have experienced domestic violence? Support Group Facilitators provide a safe, confidential, and welcoming space for Tubman clients and community members. Tuesday evening availability is required.

Grant Writing Intern

Use your writing and communication skills to make a difference while gaining valuable grant writing experience. As an intern with Tubman’s grant writing team, you’ll research grant opportunities, write grant proposals and reports, and gather and analyze data and outcomes. Apply now for a summer internship!

Family Law Clerk

The Family Law Clerk assists the legal department with family law and order for protection cases, including screening prospective legal clients, drafting pleadings, trial preparation, legal research and writing.

Recruitment Specialist

The Recruitment Specialist works with the Intern & Volunteer Services team to facilitate the recruitment of volunteers and interns. Through the creation of position descriptions and job postings and by marketing available opportunities to recruit excellent candidates of varying identities and backgrounds to support a diverse volunteer/intern team, the Recruitment Specialist gains experience doing volunteer recruitment in a nonprofit setting.

Paralegal Intern

The Paralegal Intern assists Tubman’s legal department with projects such as drafting client correspondence and court documents, screening prospective legal clients, and administrative tasks such as filing, data entry, and research.

Financial Workshop Facilitator at Tubman East

Would you like to help families experiencing domestic violence move towards financial independence? As a Financial Workshop Facilitator, you’ll follow a curriculum, facilitating workshops about personal finance and money management to help Tubman clients increase financial literacy and stability. Workshops take place on Tuesdays from 1-2pm once or twice per month.

Youth Advocate for Safe Journeys Shelter

Make a difference in a young person’s life by working in the Safe Journeys Shelter, a dedicated floor of Tubman’s Maplewood shelter location that serves youth and young adults of all genders who have been exposed to relationship violence, dating violence, sexual assault and/or stalking, including individuals who are homeless, runaways, or have experienced sex trafficking.

Career Specialist

Are you passionate about working directly with clients, giving them tools and resources as they set goals and gain new skills? Gain direct service experience as a Career Specialist, supporting and following up with clients as they prepare to enter the workforce, join a training program, find an internship, or return to school.

Movement for Violence Prevention Assistant

Tubman’s Movement for Violence Prevention (MVP) program helps youth organize around violence prevention, facilitating classes that help teens expand their knowledge about violence prevention and giving them tools to become part of the “MVP Action Team” as a peer educator. With this knowledge they provide presentations to other youth and communities. The MVP Assistant works to promote, organize, and facilitate these trainings.

Legal Counseling Advocate

The Legal Counseling Advocate assists clients and attorneys at legal advice clinics focusing on divorce, child custody and other family law issues. Provide services that enable individuals to better navigate the legal system and community resources. Weeknight or Friday morning availability needed.

Human Resources Assistant

The Human Resources Assistant is responsible for assisting Tubman’s Human Resources department with administrative office support and projects including meeting preparation, filing and office tasks, and researching topics related to employment.

Homework Helper

Make a difference in the academic lives of children and youth at Tubman, working one-on-one to help them with school assignments. Homework Helpers are currently needed for afternoon weekday shifts at Tubman’s Maplewood location.

Special Events Committee Member

Do you enjoy event planning? Help us make our spring gala the best yet! Our annual “Starlight Soiree” gala supports our overall organization, and we’re looking for passionate committee members to help us plan our silent auction, coordinate food donations, and create an amazing event.

Holiday Gift Program Assistant

Help brighten the holidays for Tubman families by supporting our annual holiday gift drive! Coordinate client wish lists and organize donated gifts for over 800 Tubman clients. Each year, Tubman’s holiday gift program provides gifts for over 800 women, men and children. Gifts are donated by members of the community and are used to fill wish-lists for Tubman clients. The Holiday Gift Program Assistant works with the Community Relations Manager in the coordination and execution of our yearly holiday gift drive.

Safety Project Intern

The Safety Project Intern provides assistance for staff with administrative tasks, data entry, and communications. The Safety Project offers legal assistance to clients who need attorneys to help getting them an Order for Protection.

Self-Represented Legal Clinic Assistant

This position is responsible for assisting volunteer attorneys with providing pro se assistance and some legal services such as drafting of court documents, coaching on how to file paperwork, preparation for court appearances, etc. to low-income clients who come to Tubman’s Self-Represented Legal Clinic for support and resources.

Community Partner Coordinator

Want to learn about community outreach and facilitate programming that supports clients in Tubman’s shelter and transitional housing? The Community Partner Coordinator builds and maintains relationships with community partners to provide career and financial workshops for residents living in Tubman’s shelters and transitional housing.