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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 Fall 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 this summer:

Special Events Committee Member

Do you enjoy event planning? Help us make our summer festival the best yet! Our annual “Wing Ding” event supports our overall organization, and we’re looking for passionate committee members to help us plan family activities, coordinate food vendors, and create an amazing event.

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.

Gardening Enthusiast

Come make Tubman’s garden beautiful! Brighten our corner of Minneapolis by maintaining a flower garden for our clients and neighbors to enjoy. We need volunteers to take on Spring clean-up, planting, and general maintenance. Bring your creativity and garden tools (or use our garden tools!) This opportunity is perfect for families, scouts, small groups, or any nature enthusiast in search of a garden!

Apply now to begin these positions in August:

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!

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.

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.

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.

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.

Computer Resource Assistant

The perfect opportunity for a tech-savvy volunteer, Computer Resource Assistants oversee the day-to-day needs of Tubman’s computer lab, enabling clients to research job or housing opportunities, print resumes, or access resources.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Youth & Family Advocate

Make a difference in the lives of children and youth in Tubman’s shelters as a Youth & Family Advocate! By advocating for their unique needs and providing individualized supportive services to their families, you’ll promote family healing and foster a fun and peaceful environment.

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.

Chemical Health Internships (Currently Filled)

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.

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.

Financial Workshop Facilitator at Tubman East (currently filled)

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.

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.

Mental Health Internships (full until May 2018)

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.

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.

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