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. Over the past 11 years, YW has served over 4,000 youth from every neighborhood in San Francisco.

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Welcome to SF YouthWorks

app-picIt’s hiring time! The YouthWorks summer session application is now available. We are planning to hire up to 300 high school youth to work as summer interns in city government offices, libraries and recreation facilities.  YouthWorks interns will work up to twenty hours per week, and will be paid $10.74 per hour.

If you are entering the 11th or 12th grade in the fall, live and attend school in San Francisco, and are interested in exploring a career in government, please consider applying for our program. You can gain important work experience while learning about careers in public service.


There are three ways to complete and submit your application to us:

1) DOWNLOAD: Download your application here, complete all questions and essays, and turn in to us at our office.  You can mail it or bring it in person but it must be in our office by 5pm on Friday, April 11 in order to be considered.

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.  Application and RDP must be received by Friday, April 11 at 5pm.

3)  IN PERSON: Pick up a copy of the application from our office, complete it, and return in person or by mail before5pm on Friday, April 11th.

Our office is located at 2012 Pine Street, 2nd Floor, San Francisco.  Our office is open from Monday through Friday from 9am to 5pm.

Please contact us at 415-202-7911 or info@sfyouthworks.org with any questions about the application process.

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. Over the past 13 program years, SF YouthWorks has placed more than 4,500 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).

“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