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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Become An Intern


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.


***There are three ways to complete and submit your application due Friday, 9/23/2016 at 5PM:

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 Monday, September 12th 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 Monday, September 12th 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 Monday, September 12th.



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 crichard@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.