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: April 7th, 2016
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
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/programs/internships
- Internship program for youth involved in juvenile justice system.
Community Youth Center: http://www.cycsf.org/employment.php
- Variety of programs for different age groups
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
- Applications will be available in April 2016
Enterprise for High School Students: http://www.ehss.org/programs.html
- 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
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 be a at least 16 years old by June 16, 2016
- 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
- All applications must be submitted by April 10th, 2016
Mission Economic Development Agency: http://medasf.org/
- Programs in bank telling, customer service, and technology. Services offered in English and Spanish.
New Door Ventures http: //www.newdoor4youth.org/
- 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
- Applications are due on May 13th, 2016 by 5:00 p.m.
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
RAMS Summer Bridge 2016: 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
- Applications must be turned in by April 29, 2016
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 as of May 14, 2016.
- 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. from June 6-August 12
San Francisco Conservation Corps: http://www.sfcc.org/job-opportunities/
- 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 Program: http://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.
Sequoia Leadership Institute: http://lyric.org/jobs-careers/
- 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 firstname.lastname@example.org
SFO Career Connect Employment Track Internship: http://www.jobaps.com/SF/sup/BulPreview.asp?R1=TEX&R2=9920&R3=901320
- 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 2016: 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
- Program runs June 20-August 5; a $1,200 stipend will be awarded to those that complete the program
- Application deadline is April 15, 2016
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 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: http://youthartexchange.org/enroll/2016-summer-internship-program-application/
- Ages 14-17; must attend public high school in San Francisco (will accept graduating seniors).
- Three-week (June 6- June 23) 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.
- Applications are due by May 2, 2016.
Youth Commission’s Vote16 Campaign Academy: http://www.sfbos.org/index.aspx?page=5585
- Ages 14-19
- Organizer-Fellows who would like to commit 5-10 hour/week after school to work on media, communications, social media, voter registration, and other efforts related to the Vote16 campaign.
- Campus Outreach Captains who would like to work on a project basis planning 2-3 events to connect students at their high school with the Vote16 effort
- Youth Speakers Bureau members who would like to receive training on offering public presentations on voting rights and young voter engagement
Websites with job and internship postings as well as workforce programs like YouthWorks:
SF YouthJobs + (scroll to bottom for available jobs): http://sfyouthjobs.org/
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