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 Accepting Applications!

app picSF YouthWorks is accepting intern applications for the 2015-2016 school year session until January 15th, 2016. We encourage youth to apply as soon as possible since we have a limited amount of positions available and applications will be reviewed as they come in. YouthWorks interns will work up to ten hours per week until May, and will be paid $12.25 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. You can mail it or bring it in person but it must be in our office by 5pm on Friday, January 15th 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, January 15th at 5pm. 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 5pm on Friday, January 15th.

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