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!

It’s that time of the year again! The SF YouthWorks school year session application is now 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 May, and will be paid $10.74 per hour.

Applicants must be in the 11th or 12th grade, live and attend school in San Francisco, are interested in exploring a career in government, and can 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, 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 Friday, September 12th at 5pm.

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 Thursday, September 12th.

Our office is located at 2012 Pine Street, 2nd Floor, San Francisco and is open Monday through Friday from 9am to 5pm.

All applications and other materials must be submitted by Friday, September 12th at 5pm in order to be considered for the 2013-2014 school year session.

Please contact us at 415-202-7911 or janderson@jcyc.org with any questions about the application process.


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

  • Be a resident of San Francisco
  • Attend high school in 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 currently places interns within the following city government agencies and departments:


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 janderson@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.