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Even after their internships have ended, YouthWorks wants to help interns find jobs and internships and thrive in their workplace. This page lists different resources that youth can participate in as a young person in San Francisco. Youth should check here often, as this page is constantly updated with new resources.

Last updated: December 5, 2017

Internship and job experience programs:

Bay Area Video Coalition’s Next Gen Programs: http://bavc.org/nextgen

  • Ages 14-18 or 18-26 depending on program
  • Offers flexible pathways for young people from diverse neighborhoods across the Bay Area to help build their storytelling, social justice, and media arts skills
  • Participants are encouraged to develop their artistic talents while receiving advanced, industry-standard training in digital media production that will prepare them for careers in media arts

BAYCAT Youth Media Classes and Young Adult Internships: http://baycat.org/baycat-academy/#av_section_1

  • Opportunities available for ages 11-25
  • Offers youth media classes, internships, and workshops that focus on media arts including: documentary filmmaking, music video production, graphic arts, music production, field trips and more!

Bridges from School to Work: http://www.bridgestowork.org/join-bridges/youth/

  • Ages 17-22
  • Must have a documented disability
  • Youth receive training and assistance in finding jobs in a number of fields including office work, child care, retail, animal care, machinery, restaurants, and landscaping

CHALK – Communities in Harmony Advocating for Learning and Kids: http://www.chalk.org/

  • YouthLine Tech: a job training program for youth ages 14 – 18 interested in careers in technology and media
  • ReSET: a job training and work experience program for system involved youth and young adults 14 – 24 years old
  • Youth Funding Youth Ideas: a youth-led grant making program
  • Youth Policy Leaders: youth-led organizing and policy program
  • Opportunity Works: A high school completion program providing out of school and disengaged youth with instruction and wrap around supports that help youth persist, earn credentials and enter post-secondary education.
  • Roadmap to Peace (RTP): a collective impact initiative dedicated to improving the economic, health and safety outcomes of 13 – 24 year old violence involved Latino youth.
  • Career Pathways for Undocumented Youth: a career exploration and work experience program providing undocumented youth, ages 14 – 24, with cohort based job training and internships in career pathways including health care, entrepreneurship, tech and more.

Careers at SFO: http://www.flysfo.com/about-sfo/careers/list

  • Various opportunities listed at San Francisco International Airport including clerical, food service, and customer service

Careers in Horticulture: http://careersinhorticulture.org/internship.html 

  • Job readiness program for young adults in Bayview-Hunter’s Point who are interested in landscaping. Youth also receive credit for GED or high school diploma

City Youth Now: http://www.cityyouthnow.org/youth-partnering-for-education-employment-ypee/

  • Internship program for youth involved in juvenile justice system.

Construction Industry and Workforce Initiative (CIWI): http://www.ciwi-bayarea.org/mission-1.html

  • For students ages 18-21 (flexible) that are enrolled in a two-to four year- college program
  • Three month (12 week) paid internship position, approximately June through August, averaging 20 hours per week for a total of 240 hours over the summer months. Interns are paid $19/hours
  • Provides career development opportunities for students with an interest in Construction, Real Estate Development, Architecture and Engineering, Civic Engagement and Urban Design

Enterprise for High School Students: http://enterpriseforyouth.org/programs__trashed/pathways/

  • Youth workforce program that offers assistance in job training and job placement.
  • Also offers college and career counseling.

Evergreen Lodge Yosemite Employment and Personal Growth Program: http://www.evergreenlodge.com/us/youth-program/

  • Must be 17-24 year old resident in the Bay Area and have high school diploma and GED
  • Participants will work for 16 weeks at Evergreen Lodge near Yosemite Park and assist in one of the following: kitchen, store, housekeeper, recreational assistant, or maintenance
  • Weekly hikes and other outdoor adventures (camping, rafting, swimming, etc.)
  • Individualized mentorship and goal program with a mandatory savings program
  • Participants earn 9.00/hour

Kaiser Permanente LAUNCH High School Program: http://share.kaiserpermanente.org/article/ncal-launch/#highschoolh/

  • Ages 16- 20 (priority is given to Juniors and Seniors)
  • Eight week paid, full-time summer work experience program that includes workshops and networking opportunities
  • Interns work with mentors that provide insight on how to prepare for a career in health care
  • Must be a high school student or recent high school graduate (in the last 12 months) and have permanent residence in a Northern California Kaiser Permanente designated service area

LYRIC: http://lyric.org/workforce-development/

  • For LGBTQQ youth and allies 14-18 years of age
  • A variety paid internship positions that include different opportunities in fundraising, community event planning, advocacy, and working with local non-profits
  • Internships include education, support, and creative opportunities to build life skills
  • Interested youth should contact a LYRIC staff member at leadership@lyric.org

Metropolitan Transportation Commission High School Internship Program (San Francisco):  http://jobs.mtc.ca.gov/InternshipOpportunities/jobinternship.html

  • For high school students that will have completed the 10th grade and are at least 16 years old
  • Applicants must live and go to school in San Francisco
  • Various internship opportunities are available within different departments of the San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency (SFMTA)
  • Interns will be paid $12.25-$13.00 per hour

Mission Economic Development Agency: http://medasf.org/programs/workforce-development-program/

  • Programs in bank telling, customer service, and technology. Services offered in English and Spanish.

New Door Ventures: https://www.newdoor.org/youth/

  • Ages 17-24
  •  Interns work at either Ashbury Images, our silk screening business; Pedal Revolution, our full service bicycle shop; or one of our local business partners.  New Door’s current roster of partners represent a diverse array of industries, such as food service and hospitality; office and administrative support for legal and financial services; childcare and after-school programs creative arts and media; and hands-on labor
  • Interns receive a $150.00 stipend for two weeks of training, and are paid minimum wage once the orientation period is complete
  • New cohorts of youth will start in employment at 10 points throughout the year

Oasis for Girls Summer Program Series: http://www.sfoasis.org/

  • For young women ages 14-17  from under-resourced communities that attend high school in San Francisco
  • Oasis for Girls will offer  two programs this summer: RISE Life Skills Education and ENVISION Career Exploration. Both programs run from June 14-August 5th
  • All participants must be able  to participate in the weekly program schedule for the whole program
  • Young women who complete the program receive a $300 stipend

Office of Economic and Workforce Development: http://oewd.org/young-adult-services

  • Young Adult Subsidized Employment Program
  • Reconnecting All through Multiple Pathways Program (RAMP)
  • Mayor’s Youth Jobs+

Old Skool Cafe: http://www.oldskoolcafe.org/youth-sign-up

  • For youth aged 16-22 who live in San Francisco
  • Restaurant training program with resume, budgeting, college prep, and counseling support

Project Pull: http://sfgov.org/projectpull/about-project-pull

  • Project Pull is a paid summer internship program that is sponsored by the City and County of San Francisco through the San Francisco Public Utilities Commission (SFPUC)
  • Project Pull provides professional mentorship to highly motivated, promising high school students from the diverse communities within San Francisco
  • Minimum 2.75 GPA. Ages 15-19

RAMS Summer Bridge: http://www.ramsinc.org/summerbridge.html

  • For youth ages 16-20 currently enrolled in or recently graduated from SFUSD high schools.
  • Eight-week (June 7-July 28) mentorship program for youth from under-represented backgrounds who are interested in the field of psychology.
  •  Program participants will learn some basics about counseling psychology, and will get the chance to explore many career possibilities in the helping profession. Participants will meet with therapists, social workers, psychologists, psychiatrists, and attend weekly field trips within San Francisco.
  • Participants will receive a stipend upon completion of this program

San Francisco Botanical Garden High School Internship (Summer):  http://www.sfbotanicalgarden.org/about/positions/summer-high-school-intership.html

  • Must be at least 15 years old
  • Interns will assist staff with the “From Acorn to Oak” summer program, which serves children ages 5-12, providing them an opportunity to spend a day working, playing, and learning outdoors.
  • This internship provides experience with developing, preparing, and presenting hands-on gardening, environmental education, and nature craft activities for children.
  • Interns will earn $12.25 per hour and must be available to work Monday-Friday 9:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m. in the summer

San Francisco Conservation Corps: https://www.sfcc.org/preapprenticeship/

  • Ages 18-25 (preferred) with or without a high school diploma
  • Job readiness and education program serving young adults between the approximate ages of 18 and 25 who work within crews to address community needs through service and conservation-related work.
  • Concurrently and in partnership with the John Muir Charter School, the young adults focus on attaining their High School Diploma and GED and/or participate in the Corps-to-Career higher education program
  • Start at $10.25/hour; school is unpaid
  • Enrollment every Thursday at 1:30

San Francisco Police Department Cadet Programhttp://www.jobaps.com/SF/sup/bulpreview.asp?R1=TEX&R2=8274&R3=063532

  • For youth ages 18 and older that possess a high school diploma, GED, or equivalency. Applicants should be enrolled in an accredited college or university taking a minimum of 12 semester/18 quarter units toward a degree while maintaining a minimum 2.0 GPA
  • The Police Cadet program provides career training and exposure while helping to provide quality candidates for all law enforcement related positions including, but not limited to: Police Officer, Community Police Services Aide, or 911 Dispatcher
  • Police Cadets provide assistance to the San Francisco Police Department and act as a liaison between the police and youth in our community
  • Police Cadets earn $16.00-$20.00 per hour ($2,771.00-$3,358.00 per month)
  • Applications are accepted on a continuous basis and may close at any time. Interested candidates should apply immediately.

SF Recreation and Parks Workreation Program: http://sfrecpark.org/about/jobs/workreation/

  • Teens, ages 14-17, who either live or go to school in San Francisco are eligible to apply for a Workreation job
  • Teens can apply for school year positions to work after school and on Saturdays, and summer positions to work in day camps, aquatic centers, admin offices, rec centers or parks

SFO Career Connect Employment Track Internship: https://www.jobaps.com/SF/sup/BulPreview.asp?R1=tex&R2=9920&R3=902484

  • Ages 18-25
  • This internship offers young people ages 18-25 the opportunity to gain work experience at the airport.
  • Interns work in one of the many Airport Commission offices assisting with mostly administrative, or clerical tasks. There are also internship positions that involve hands on work and customer service.

Southern Exposure: https://www.soex.org/get-involved/internships#anchor

  • A non-profit visual arts organization that offers a variety of internships
  • All internships are unpaid and require a minimum of six hours per week

Spotlight on the Arts: http://www.calawyersforthearts.org/Community_Development

  •  Internship program for  low-income youth ages 14-17 that live in San Francisco and have an interest in the arts
  •  Internship site placements that reflect their interests and skills, participants get “hands on” job training and explore careers in diverse arts disciplines.
  • Participants will train with creative professionals and participate in job-readiness workshops
  • $1,200 stipend will be awarded to those that complete the program

Stanford’s Office of Science Outreach Summer Internship Programs: http://oso.stanford.edu/programs/audiences/5-high-school-students

  • Various paid and unpaid Stanford-sponsored internships for Bay Area high school students

Year Up: http://www.yearup.org/future-students/?location=national-us/

  • Year long internship program for 18-24 year olds with high school diploma or GED. This free program offers 6 months of professional training and 6 months at a corporate internship. It also offers the opportunity to earn up to 24 college credits and a weekly paid stipend.

Youth Art Exchange Summer Internship: https://youthartexchange.org/enroll/

  • Ages 14-17; must attend public high school in San Francisco (will accept graduating seniors).
  • Three-week summer internship for youth that are interested in the arts.
  • Youth will be accepted into the following internship tracks: Printmaking, Digital Photography, and Traditional Percussion and must be available for ALL work days.

Youth Commission: http://sfgov.org/youthcommission/about-us

  • The City Charter dictates that there be 17 Youth Commissioners, each of whom serve a 1-year term.
  • Commissioners must be between the ages of 12 and 23 and reside in the City & County of San Francisco.

 

Websites with job and internship postings as well as workforce programs like YouthWorks:

SF4TAY: http://sf4tay.org/placecategory/employment/

SF YouthJobs  + (scroll to bottom for available jobs): http://sfyouthjobs.org/

 

For YouthWorks resources on job searching, look below:

Other job searching resources: 

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