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Last Updated 1-02-18


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Academy of Sciences Careers in Science Intern Program
Contact: CiS@calacademy.org                                           
Whom They Serve:  10th-11th Graders
What They Do: A paid multi-year, year-round science education and youth development program for high school youth underrepresented in the sciences. Learn more about science, get hands-on experience, and explore careers in STEM fields. Teach science to different audiences, including school children and visitors from around the world. Conduct science in the field and alongside the Academy’s professional scientists.

Recruitment for the Careers in Science program happens once a year in early spring. Applications are released annually in February, with an early April deadline.


Academy of Sciences Teen Advocates for Science Communication

Contact: TASC@calacademy.org

Whom They Serve: 9th to 12th graders

What They Do: The Teen Advocates for Science Communication program (TASC Force) is a youth volunteer opportunity to learn about science and the natural world, engage with the Academy’s scientists and staff, and provide educational activities for the Academy’s annual 1.3 million visitors.  As the Academy’s premiere art/science integration program, the TASC Force makes science accessible and fun. As part of the TASC Force, youth will integrate art and performance into the Academy’s science content to create exciting programs for guests of all ages. The program attracts those who want to embrace their creativity in an authentic and supportive science environment.


Recruitment for the Teens Advocates for Science Communications program happens three times a year. 


California YMCA Youth and Government at Mission YMCA and other SF YMCA's                                                                                                               

Contact: Lariece Williams at lwilliams@ymcasf.org or 415-452-7578 for the Mission Y

Whom They Serve: High Schoolers

What They Do: Statewide youth educational program in a six month "hands-on" experience setting. The program encourages and strengthens those life assets and character traits that will help high school youth become involved responsible adults. The tools used are high quality experiential and educational simulations based upon California's state government. The program is very comprehensive and its impact on participants is dramatic. The core this highly motto "Democracy Must Be Learned By Each Generation." The program begins in September when young people and adult volunteers throughout the state meet as local delegations to discuss issues facing California. During a nine month period, the teen delegates write bills, select governmental positions to role-play, attend state-wide training conferences and run for various elected offices. The program reaches its peak in Sacramento, at the State Capitol, with the convening of the five day Model Legislature and Court. There, "real" government moves over and the teen delegates "take over," using the historic halls and chambers of our State Capitol, Supreme Court and Governor's Office.

de Young Museum Ambassadors
Contact: Hannah Kaiksow at (415) 750-3520 or hkaiksow@famsf.org
Whom They Serve: Public High School Students
What They Do: Train high school students to give presentations and lead museum tours for elementary school classes and community groups. These teen educators provide a unique and interactive approach to learning about art.  San Francisco public high school students trained as museum educators will visit classrooms or community centers to introduce a special exhibition or a part of the permanent collection to younger students through an interactive activity that is done is small groups. During the summer, there is also an extensive art project. Young students are invited to visit the de Young Museum for a tour given by the Museum Ambassadors with discussions and interpretations of what the children see.  Paid minimum wage.

Teens are recruited twice a year:

Academic year (October–May) → Applications will open in the Fall

Summer (May–August) → Applications will open in the Spring

Enterprise for High School Students
Contact: Meilan Carter-Gilkey at mcarter@ehss.org or 392-7600x313
Whom They Serve: High School Students
What They Do: The mission of Enterprise for High School Students is to engage and empower San Francisco Bay Area high school students to discover career opportunities and cultivate their individual interests through training, guidance, and employment experiences in a diverse and supportive learning environment.

The Pathways online application for spring and summer programs will be available in March 

Exploratorium High School Explainers
Contact: hsexplainers@exploratorium.edu or (415) 528-4344
Whom They Serve: 15-18 year olds
What They Do: Participate in up to 60 hours of training. Topics include working with the public, conducting informal conversations with visitors, sharing information with visitors at exhibits, gaining an understanding of informal methods of learning as they relate to science, and other activities as required; Set up and monitor the museum for daily operations: Turn exhibits on and off, turn overhead lights on and off, move exhibits and stools to proper locations, and assist staff during emergency procedures; Greet and orient individual visitors and groups; Oversee activity on the exhibit floor.; Serve as a guide or facilitator, initiating contact with visitors to enrich the museum experience; Perform scientific demonstrations and engage visitors in the process.; Assist visitors with special needs through the museum when requested; Monitor museum exhibits to be sure that they are in good working order. Troubleshoot and report malfunctioning exhibits and perform minimal exhibit maintenance as instructed.; Handle visitors’ lost items and respond when children become separated from their parents or groups; provide assistance to reunite families.; Staff the Information Desk on the museum floor.

Late November Applications for Spring Semester; Late March for Summer; Late July for Fall

Genesys Works
Contact: Peter Katz at pkatz@genesysworks.org or 650-483-9535
Whom They Serve: Students About to Enter 12th Grade
What They Do: Students participate in Genesys Works for 14 months, beginning in the summer before their senior year when they participate in a rigorous eight-week training program. The summer training focuses on two areas: technical skills in information technology and professional skills. Training is designed to prepare students for a job in the Information Technology department of a major corporation. During the school year, students typically attend classes in the morning and work in the afternoon. Students are paid while simultaneously gaining valuable working knowledge of the corporate world. 

Applications generally due in late February for Fall of that year.

Juma Ventures                                                                                                       
Contact: Teshika Hatch at 
recruitment@jumaventures.org or teshikah@juma.org or 415-371-0727
Whom They Serve: 18-24 year olds out of school and out of work
What They Do: Juma Ventures is a youth program designed to help students like you get into and graduate from college.  As a Juma student, you receive:
Job skills training and part-time employment, Financial guidance, Funds to match your college savings, College campus tours, College application and financial aid help, Tutoring and SAT prep, Support through college completion.You also receive regular support and guidance from Juma staff who work with you one-on-one to help you achieve the goals you set for yourself and handle any challenges that come up along the way. Better yet, you get to hang out with other students who have goals similar to yours.

Recruitment is from December to February.

Mayor's Youth Employment & Education Program (MYEEP)
Contact: Alvin Woo at alvin@myeep.org and at (415) 202-7903
Whom They Serve: 9th and 10th Graders
What They Do: MYEEP is a nine month commitment where students have an opportunity to learn about the workplace, get training and a paid temporary internship at a major San Francisco business, non-profit or government agency.

Summer Jobs: Apply in March

School-Year Jobs: Apply in August

NatureBridge Teen Environmental Education Mentorship (TEEM)
Contact: teem@naturebridge.org or 415-332-5771
Whom They Serve: High School Students
What They Do: Located in the Golden Gate Nat’l Recreation Area, NatureBridge seeks students who want to learn more about their environment and how they can make a difference. Interns are responsible and motivated young adults who enjoy being outdoors and enjoy working with elementary and middle school aged children. Candidates are excited about one or more of the following: education, the environment, science, community stewardship, and leadership. TEEM is a paid internship. The job of a TEEM intern: Develop and teach fun lessons and hands-on activities to help children connect with nature and learn about their environment; Receive training and learn skills in public speaking, hands-on teaching styles, and concepts in environmental science; Care for plants and animals in a National Park, Participate in overnight camping trips, conduct field trips, and learn about environmental careers. 

Apply by March 31.

San Francisco Dept of Elections Poll Worker
Contact: Ask Ms. Soliz for application.  HSpollworker.communication@sfgov.org or 
(415) 554-4395
Whom They Serve: Must be 16 by Election Day. US Citizen or Bilingual non-US Citizen. Minimum GPA 2.5. 
What They Do: Serve as a poll worker on Election Day, and assist voters with the voting process. PAID $142 per day.

San Francisco Mime Troupe
Contact: Lisa Hori-Garcia at ytp@sfmt.org or 285-1717
Whom They Serve:  High School Students
What They Do: Not only will you learn about theater production and performance, you will make new friendships, learn from talented mentors, earn some cash and have a blast!  

SF YouthWorks
Contact: Sfyouthworksinfo@jcyc.org or 202-7911
Whom They Serve: 11th and 12th Grade Students who live in San Francisco
What They Do: San Francisco YouthWorks is a unique high school internship program designed to expose youth to public service careers and build job readiness skills in a supportive environment. They offer paid internships in city government for interns who work up to 10 hours a week.

SF YouthWorks has two application cycles: one in the fall (for the school year session) and one in the spring (for the summer session).

Students Rising Above                                                         
Lisa Kossiver at selection@studentsrisingabove.org or 415-333-4222                          
Whom They Serve: First-Generation College Students Going into 12th Grade                            
What They Do:
Students Rising Above invests in low-income, first generation college students who have demonstrated a deep commitment to education and strength of character in overcoming tremendous odds of poverty, homelessness, and neglect. They help each student to realize his or her potential by guiding and supporting them through college graduation, and into the workforce.  Their graduates are breaking the cycle of poverty within their own families, serving their communities, providing a new generation of employees and leaders from diverse backgrounds, and accelerating positive change.

UCSF High School Outreach Conference
Contact: Valentina Zahran at valentina.zahran@ucsf.edu or hwong@ucsf.edu
Whom They Serve: Public High School Students
What They Do: A springtime all day 
event that seeks to expose high school students in the Bay Area to the different careers available to them in healthcare.  Students will spend the day rotating between each of the 6 professional schools at UCSF (medicine, dentistry, nursing, pharmacy, physical therapy, and graduate studies) and participate in hands-on demonstrations with each school. You get to talk to real students, get their hands dirty, and play doctor for a day, and it’s a really wonderful event!  On a Saturday and completely free! Students are given a free t-shirt, breakfast and lunch, as well as a folder with a program and all sorts of information about each of the schools. 

Year Up
Contact: Tameko Jones at tjonessfb@yearup.org or 415-512-7588, ext. 3507             
Whom They Serve: High School Graduates  or GED Recipients 18-24                                   
What They Do: Provide urban young adults with skills, experience and support that will empower them to reach their potential in professional careers and higher education.  They offer a high support and high expectation model that combines marketable job skills, stipends, internships and college credits.  The holistic approach focuses on students’ professional and personal development to place young adults on a viable path to economic self-sufficiency.

YMCA (Mission) Culinary Program
Contact: Lariece Williams at lwilliams@ymcasf.oror 415-452-7578 for the Mission Y

Whom They Serve: Teens Interested in the Culinary Field
What They Do: Interns will be instructed by a professional chef and will have opportunities to gain experience in: preparing cuisines from various cultures, assisting in leading cooking programs for other youth, developing essential job skills in the culinary field, earn California Food Handler Certification (req’d to work in kitchen in State of Calif).  Participants will be given the building blocks to find a job in today’s competitive job market. This program is free to participants.

Youth Leadership Institute
Contact: info@yli.org or (510) 221-6749
Whom They Serve: High School Students
What They Do: 
Inequities are everywhere in our communities. Through decades of youth leadership development in urban, suburban, and rural communities, YLI consistently sees young people’s deep motivation to challenge and improve the society in which they live as it relates to educational and health inequities, substance abuse, predatory financial practices, public housing, youth voice, and many other issues. YLI chooses to engage youth as part of the solution and nurtures this passion, providing ways for youth to lead and channel this motivation into effective community change. Through youth led action research, youth leaders investigate community challenges, and potential solutions. They learn how to develop a campaign and build a network of community members to educate others and create policy change. By actively learning about the problems in society and working to make change, YLI's young leaders strengthen themselves and their communities.

Applications are available in August.