Interning at HCLE


HCLE runs on contributions of skill, effort and money from all kinds of people. This page discusses various aspects of interning with us.

Interns are different from volunteers

Interns work under supervision on projects that contribute to their educational goals. Most interns are registered students but this is not a requirement. Although initial intern positions are unpaid, all interns are invited to try to raise money for LO*OP Center so that their positions can offer a stipend. Interns differ from volunteers because their primary purpose is their own education with their contribution to HCLE taking a secondary role. Volunteers have the same goals and responsibilities as paid staff even though they receive no compensation.

LO*OP Center staff (Liza Loop and Tom Trimbath) are experienced business and industry managers who have chosen to work and teach in the nonprofit sector. We offer interns with CS skills we lack the opportunity to experience real-world, technical support work in a low pressure, non-threatening, learning environment. Staff collaborates with interns to define achievable goals with deadlines and user feedback. We guide discovery of learning resources and technical mentors although we do not offer formal training or courses. We encourage publication, professional conference attendance and participation on professional community activities as part of internship duties. LO*OP interns usually are prepared to work as independent contractors or valued employees within their areas of expertise after one or two semesters with us.

Work Locations

Unless you happen to live near one of our staff members (Santa Rosa, CA, Foster City, CA or Clinton, WA) all work will be online. We use email, wikis, Google Hangout, Skype and several open source programs to communicate. You will need to provide your own computer and web access to participate.

Links to Individual Intern Pages

Applying for an Internship

Any available position at HCLE can be filled by a qualified intern. If the job you would like to do isn't here, please add it as a comment to this page or email Also, let us know if you would like a job that is currently filled. Internships usually last from 6 weeks to a year depending on the requirements of your school, college or university. If you are patient the job will open up soon. Many current "positions" would be better as teams so go ahead and let us know of your interest.

A (v) next to a job title indicates that HCLE would prefer that this be a long-term volunteer position but it can be filled by an intern in the short run.

All candidates must submit (to
  • a resume showing level of education, interests, hobbies, skills and past work experience. Previous paid employment is much less important than articulate description of personal history.
  • a letter of inquiry. This letter should include what interests you about the job, what you hope to learn from doing it, questions you have and suggestions for either new jobs or modifications of posted description. If you know what career you hope to pursue in the future you might also discuss how this internship will help you.

After we have reviewed your emailed communications we will arrange an informal telephone interview to fill in any gaps, answer your questions and discuss customizing a position to meet your individual needs and skills.

Please note: If you apply for one of these positions and your comments indicate to us that you have not read the description below you will not be considered a candidate. Feel free to ask questions to clarify or expand on what is written here. English reading comprehension and attention to detail are prerequisites for all internships. If English is your second language, staff will be happy to help you develop your fluency further.

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