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Real Life Interns work directly with Real Life Directors to manage and run our partnering Real Life sites and their volunteers. Interns take part in academic tutoring and lead activities intended to teach life skills. This paid position is available to any individual who meets the following qualifications.

Intern Qualifications

Intern must:

  • Have a passion for education and working with youth of diverse backgrounds
  • Be a natural leader, excited to make a positive impact on the volunteers and youth you work with
  • Live in the Salt Lake area, or have access to reliable transportation
  • Commit to 5 hours of work per week through the Real Life Year
  • Be a high school graduate


“Hi! My name is Elaina Briscoe, and I am so excited to be an Intern for Lincoln Elementary! I am a Nursing Student at the University of Utah, planning to graduate in Spring 2023. I have previously volunteered at Cottonwood High School, and have participated in programs at Maliheh Free Clinic and with the Red Cross.  I hope to bring excitement and wonder wherever I go, and help those children I volunteer with to learn, grow, and have fun. In my free time I love to hike, watch movies, and try new recipes.”

“My name is Rachael Bitner! I am a freshman at SLCC studying Social Work. I signed up for my first Youthlinc trip right before COVID and finally got to go to Costa Rica in 2021! I volunteered with Real Life at the Sunnyvale location and absolutely loved it! I am also a recruitment intern for Youthlinc! 

So excited to be interning for such an awesome program!”

“I am Neh. I was born in a Thailand Refugee camp, my parents are from Myanmar(Burma). I am now a student at Ensign college studying Business Management and Entrepreneurship & Human Resource Management. My goals are to spread happiness, help others thrive, and focus on the positive. I am thrilled for this opportunity with Youthlinc to do all that.”

“Hi I’m Rian! I am in my fourth year at the University of Utah, I am studying Education with an emphasis in English and minoring in Special Ed and Disability. I first got involved with Real Life my junior year of high school in preparation for my trip to Kenya. I fell in love with the program and have kept coming back since! I’m so excited for this upcoming year and to continue to be apart of Real Life!

Outside of Youthlinc I enjoy being with friends and family, and traveling!”

“Hi! I’m Ruth. I first got involved with Youthlinc my Jr. year of high school. I went on a trip to Cambodia and spent my service year volunteering for Real Life at Evergreen Jr High. I had such a great time and I am so excited to be an intern this year!
I work at a flower shop and love it! When I’m not working I also enjoy roller skating and waterskiing when it’s warm, DIYing, thrifting, and spending time with friends and family.”

“I am a fourth year student at the University of Utah where I am double majoring in Biology, with an emphasis in anatomy and physiology, and Health, Society & Policy. I first got involved with Youthlinc about two years ago volunteering with the Real Life program at Sunnyvale. I learned so much from that experience and it encouraged me to continue my involvement. 

When I am not studying or working, you can usually find me with a cup of coffee, spending time with my close friends/family or my dogs, usually outside somewhere. Fall is my favorite season and I own an abundant amount of cozy sweaters and blankets.”

“Hello everyone! My name is Kyle and I am originally from Madison, Wisconsin. I am in my second year the University of Utah studying Biology on the pre-medical track. I have always been an avid volunteer. From giving patients hand messages at my hospital back home to hanging with some furry friends at Best Friends! Excited and grateful to be working with Real Life!”

“My name is Grace Humeniuk and I am a Junior at the University of Utah. I am currently studying Social Work! I first got involved with Youthlinc my Junior year of high school in preparation for Peru 2019. I then started volunteering for Real Life at Sunnyvale and fell in love. I am so excited to be returning as an Intern this year to the same site!

Outside of Youthlinc I love spending time with my friends and family. I would highly recommend this program to anyone looking!!”

“Hey, what’s up? My name is Emily Arnold. I’m currently doing school online at BYUI. My goal is to became a school therapist. I have enjoyed volunteering and giving back to my community since I was little. This is my first time working with YouthLinc and I am very excited for this opportunity! 

I enjoy spending time outside and spending time with those that I love.”

“My name is Benjamin Francis and I am going to be an Assistant Team Leader for the Guatemala 2022 team. I am an intern for Real Life and have been involved with Youthlinc since 2018. I have been to Kenya and Peru with Youthlinc and am in love with the many different cultures I have experienced. I am super into skiing, all mountain sports, and a nice juicy double-double from In-n-Out. I am a senior at Highland High and am stoked to get the service year rolling.”

“Hi! My name is Aubrey Jones and I am a first year student at the University of Utah, studying pre-med and majoring in Biochemistry with an emphasis on Anatomy and Physiology. I first got involved with the Real Life program this year as an intern! I am super excited for this experience. 

Outside of school and work, I love to spend time with my friends, my partner and my family doing all kinds of activities. I love hiking, skiing, going to the gym, camping, and doing all outside adventures. I love music and dancing and loving life!”

“Hi! My name is Jennie Bigelow. I am a current University of Utah student studying Social Work and Sociology. My goal in life is to implement domestic violence preventative education to society as well as bring smiles and joy to people through service. I am so excited to be an intern this year and see the impact that the Real Life program can have on students!

In my spare time I love to have dance parties, bake brownies, drink Diet Coke, spend time with my loved ones, and just enjoy the simple things in life.”


Allie has been involved with Youthlinc since 2014 when she joined as a student on the Nepal June team, where she fell in love with the program. She came back and has since been to Kenya, Thailand, and Peru with Youthlinc. She continued her involvement in Youthlinc as an Alum Leader, Assistant Team Leader and Mentor, Assistant International Service Director, Real Life Intern, Real Life Assistant Director, and now as the Office Manager.

Service has been a huge part of Allie’s life from a young age, and she is passionate about helping others cultivate and develop a love of service no matter their age. Allie loves Youthlinc’s mission and how it meets each individual where they are at. Her favorite thing about Youthlinc is its power to transform and change lives through service.

Mariah has been involved with Youthlinc since 2018 when she joined as a student on the first team to Fiji. The experience changed her life and she fell in love with everything about Youthlinc. Throughout the next years she came back to volunteer with Youthlinc for community events. This year she was a Mentor on the Costa Rica August team. Both trips have changed her perspective on different things in life, and both times she found a strong love for the people she served. One of her favorite things about the service year is to see the growth of the students on the teams.

From a young age she was taught the importance of service, and it has always been a passion of hers. Another passion she has is working with children. She started volunteering in an elementary school her senior year of high school. Once she graduated, she continued at the school as an employee. She held Para Educator positions in 4th grade and then in Resource (for 4th-6th grade) for a total of 4.5 years. With her time at the school, she also worked in the After School and Summer School programs. When Covid hit and schools closed down, she became a nanny and tutor for a friend’s family for a year.

Working with kids and service are big parts of her life, so she’s very excited to be working with Real Life. She’s looking forward to this next chapter in her life and she can’t wait to start working with not only the kids, but also the interns and volunteers.

Torri’s involvement with Youthlinc began in 2019 as a volunteer with Real Life. Since then, she has been a Real Life Intern at Evergreen Junior High for the 2020-2021 year and returned for another year. Real Life is such a fun opportunity and Torri is happy to be able to hold a larger role in Real Life programming. 

Like many others at Youthlinc, service has become a major part of Torri’s life. Torri moved to Salt Lake City in 2017 knowing absolutely no one here. But through engaging with her community, she has made Salt Lake a home. Torri recently graduated from the University of Utah with degrees in Biology and Health, Society, & Policy. She will begin medical school in the fall, and is enjoying some free time (that she is quickly filling) until then. 

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