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 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.


In order to be eligible to participate in SF YouthWorks you must:

  • Be a resident of San Francisco
  • Be in the 11th, or 12th grade
  • Have time in your schedule to work a minimum of 6 hours per week during the school year or 16 hours per week during the summer. Most internships take place between 9am and 5pm on weekdays.


SF YouthWorks has placed interns within the following city government agencies and departments:

Note:  Participating departments may be subject to change


How do I apply?

SF YouthWorks has two application cycles: one in the fall (for the school year session) and one in the spring (for the summer session).  Please check our website for the application at that time.

You can contact us at 415-202-7911 or SFYouthworksinfo@jcyc.org with any questions about our internship program.

“YW has been an outlet for me to get motivation and inspiration.  It has helped me to be a respectful, mature and brighter person.  My mentor has shaped my life for the better.”  — Janicia Barfield, YW intern

“It is a one of a kind program in San Francisco.  It teaches its interns to be responsible and to think about their careers.  My mentor has really helped me to understand how to manage my time better and do new kinds of tasks.” — Sammy Kha, YW intern.