San Francisco YouthWorks (YW) is a unique high school internship program that provides youth with paid work experience to develop their readiness for work and promote interest in public service careers. Since 1997, YW has served over 7,500 youth from every neighborhood in San Francisco.

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SF YouthWorks is Hiring!

It’s that time of the year again! The SF YouthWorks summer session application is now available. We plan to hire 300 high school youth to work as interns in city government offices, libraries and recreation facilities. YouthWorks interns will work up to 20 hours per week from early June through late July and will be paid $13.00 per hour, with paid rate increasing to $14.00 per hour on July 1, 2017.
Applicants must be entering the 11th or 12th grade, live in San Francisco, have an interest in exploring a career in government, and be able to work at least 16 hours per week. Youth gain important work experience while learning about careers in public service.

***There are three ways to complete and submit your application:
1) DOWNLOAD: Download your application here, complete all questions and essays, and turn in your application at our office. You can mail it or bring it in person.
2) ONLINE: Complete an online application here. Then complete a Required Documents Packet (RDP), which can be downloaded here or picked up at our office.
3) IN PERSON: Pick up a copy of the application from our office, complete it, and return it in person or by mail.

APPLICATIONS (downloaded, online, or in-person) and RDPs must be received by FRIDAY, APRIL 7TH AT 5PM in order to meet the deadline.

About SF YouthWorks

San Francisco YouthWorks is a unique high school internship program that teaches young people crucial job skills while sparking their interest in public service careers. Within our program, 11th and 12th-grade students work in paid internships with San Francisco city employees.

Internships for youth
San Francisco YouthWorks provides an enriching employment experience for high school students throughout San Francisco. Since 1997, SF YouthWorks has placed more than 7,500 youth in paid internships within San Francisco city government.

In a supportive environment
Each intern works closely with a mentor who is a city employee, gaining essential job skills and learning about public service careers. SF YouthWorks staff members oversee every internship to ensure a successful experience for both interns and mentors.

Where interns gain job skills and explore careers in public service
In addition, SF YouthWorks provides workshops and activities that teach interns job readiness and help them explore opportunities for public service careers. Participants have the option to intern in more than 30 city departments, such as the Department of Public Health, the District Attorney’s office and the Board of Supervisors (for a full list of departments, see our About page).

Learn more about our mission and program by watching this video featuring youth interns, mentors, and YouthWorks staff:


“Having an experience in city government will give students great perspectives on their own careers and open up a whole new range of options for their futures.” – Supervisor John Avalos

SF YouthWorks ⋅ 2012 Pine Street, San Francisco, CA 94115 ⋅ 415-202-7911 ⋅ fax: 415-563-7137