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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Welcome to SF YouthWorks

SF YouthWorks is Hiring!

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The SF YouthWorks school year session application is available. We plan to hire up to 150 high school youth to work as interns in city government offices, libraries and recreation facilities. YouthWorks interns will work up to ten hours per week from October through April, and will be paid $13.00 per hour.

Applicants must be in the 11th or 12th grade, live and attend school in San Francisco, be interested in exploring a career in government, and have the ability to work at least 6 hours per week after school. 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 as soon as possible within the month of October 2016.

2) ONLINE: Complete an online application here.  Then complete a Required Documents Packet (RDP) that can be downloaded here or picked up at our office. Online applications are our preferred method.

3) IN PERSON: Pick up a copy of the application from our office, complete it, and return it in person or by mail before the end of October 2016.

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 ⋅ Sfyouthworksinfo@jcyc.org