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2018 Summer Career Program Opportunities


If you have questions, please contact Lisa Eltinge at

Updated 2-27-2018



Accounting Career Awareness Program


Contact: or 510-832-0257

Whom They Serve: Rising 10th, 11th and 12th Graders

What They Do: A career development program designed specifically for minority students. The program’s primary goal is to increase the number of underrepresented students of color that attend college and major in accounting, finance or business. The ACAP summer residency week will be held at the University of California at Berkeley. The summer residency program will include supervised corporate visits, team building activities, lectures and fun. ACAP will: Create awareness to the vast opportunities available in the accounting, finance and business profession; Allow you to leverage accounting and finance concepts within your everyday life for financial empowerment; Generate opportunities to develop networking skills to assist in building relationships for future educational/professional advancement; Provide you with the opportunity to move one step closer to understanding your career passion to prepare for college. After attending the residency week, ACAP alumni will be part of a network that offers opportunities to attend social activities and receive a college scholarship.


Deadline: May 4, 2018

Calif. Academy of Sciences Teen Advocates for Science Communication

Whom They Serve: All High School Grades                                                               

What They Do: The TASC Force program focuses on helping young adults to design, build, and implement youth-led programming that enhances science understanding and passion for the natural world. The program’s experiences help youth volunteers explore, explain, and sustain life by providing opportunities to learn from the Academy’s scientists, youth professionals, and the institution's numerous scientific assets. Primary TASC Force activities include:

1.  Creating public programs that teach science to the Academy’s guests  2.  Delivering and facilitating science experiences on the public floor    3.  Building confidence and interpersonal skills through a positive learning community    4.  Participating in a variety of educational outreach opportunities across the Bay Area


Deadline: April 2, 2018


Children’s Creativity Museum

Click Teen Education Volunteer


Contact: Ross Hull at

Whom They Serve: All High School grades

What They Do: The Children’s Creativity Museum is looking for volunteers to play an integral role in facilitating our new programming. Volunteers act as the Museum’s enthusiastic docents and ambassadors, & lead workshops developed by our education team.  We are looking for who have passion for sharing information thru leading activities, experience engaging with children ages 2-12, an interest in the arts, and have a positive attitude towards technology. Become part of warm, energetic & inspiring environment.  Get a behind-the-scenes look at innovative arts & technology museum.  Gain a sense of purpose in guiding children to explore & be creative.                  


Deadline: None


Children’s Garden at SF Botanical Garden Summer Internship Programs

1. Garden Explorers Program


Contact: Nichole Davis at

Whom They Serve: Teens 15 and up

What They Do: Interns’ primary responsibility is to assist in planning, preparing and conducting our “Garden Explorers” field trip program. This program serves children ages 5 to 12 who are participating in summer camps, childcare centers, and recreation programs. Children will explore the Botanical Garden in small groups with a guide while observing and collecting. They then return to our outdoor classroom to create a special project to take home.

Application: Contact Ms. Davis above

Deadline: 2 hours of volunteer work in their programs by June 2

Pay: $15/hour


2. From Acorn to Oak to Children’s Program


Contact: Nichole Davis at

Whom They Serve: Teens 15 and up

What They Do: Interns’ primary responsibility is to assist senior interns with “From Acorn to Oak” summer program. This program serves children ages 5-12 enrolled in day camps and similar programs, providing them an opportunity to spend a day working, playing, and learning outdoors.  “From Acorn to Oak” is centered around our Children’s Garden, where children can plant, pick and eat a variety of garden crops.

Application: Contact Ms. Davis above

Deadline: 6 hours of volunteer work in their programs by May 19

Pay: $15/hour


CORO Exploring Leadership Program


Contact: Clifford Yee at 415.986.0521 x 702
Whom They Serve:  Rising 10th, 11th and 12th Graders
What They Do:
Exploring Leadership (EL) is a transformative summer program that trains high school students to become active citizens and assume leadership roles in their communities. Through a set of Coro modules, the program increases Youth Fellows’ abilities in critical thinking and goal setting, ultimately giving them the skills to become effective facilitators and collaborators for community change.             Application:                                                            

Deadline: March 9                                                                                                            

Pay: $800 stipend


Dept of Elections – City and County of San Francisco


Contact: (415) 554-4395

Whom They Serve: Students at least 16 years old

What They Do: Every election, the Department recruits approximately 1,000 high school students who join forces with other members of the community to serve at polling places around the City. The High School Poll Worker program provides a unique opportunity for students to engage with the elections process, add skills to their resume, earn a stipend, and gain hands-on community service experience. High School student poll worker shifts begin at 6:00 a.m. sharp on Election Day and end at 9:00 p.m.  Election Day is June 5, 2018.


Deadline: May 18

Pay: Up to $152


Enterprise for Youth



Whom They Serve: High School Students                                                                     

What They Do: Pathways is Enterprise for Youth’s comprehensive job readiness training program. Youth participate in engaging workshops and receive individualized support that prepares them for success in a wide range of work settings. All youth leave the program with: A guaranteed internship placement; A polished resume and cover letter; Strong interview skills; Access to college counseling and ongoing career support; Access to Enterprise’s Job Bank                                                                         


Deadline: March 31                                                                                                     

Pay: $250 stipend for training plus over $1200 for internship


Exploratorium High School Explainers Internships:



Whom They Serve: 15-18 year olds

What They Do High School Explainers, the Exploratorium’s youngest employees, are a diverse group of students who engage visitors at exhibits, lead demonstrations, and run many museum operations. Some are interested in science; all have a spark for learning new things. They build their own skills while learning to help others. The High School Explainer Program makes students part of the museum staff including the responsibility of being museum’s primary point of contact with visitors. Explainers learn about exhibits & facilitate visitor-exhibit interactions; open and close the museum; run demonstrations.


ONLINE between March 25 - April 7 ONLY

If you are selected, an Explainer representative will be in contact with you to schedule an interview. If you don't receive a call to schedule an interview please try again next time. New Explainers  hired every four months.  Second languages are especially valuable.

Pay: SF minimum wage


Mayor’s Youth Employment and Education Program

1. Intern Program:


Contact:  Alvin Woo at

Whom They Serve:  14 to 17 year-olds

What They Do:  Provide job readiness training, work experience, academic support and personal development to SF youth challenged in their attempt to access employment. In addition to work experience, program provides support to youth transitioning toward successful adulthood by strengthening understanding of the 1.connection between employment & education 2. responsibility of adults to contribute positively to society.


ONLINE March 12- April 6 ONLY

Deadline: April 6

Pay: SF minimum wage


2. Counselors-in-Training Program


Contact:  Luisa Sicairos at

Whom They Serve:  Rising 10th, 11th and 12th Graders

What They Do:  Work with fellow CITs from around the city to develop program materials and relationships with peers. Connect & and maintain relationships with community agencies throughout SF. Design and facilitate job readiness workshops that .help participants grow. Plan and implement various activities that benefit young people.


ONLINE February 26 to April 8 ONLY

Deadline: April 8

Pay: SF minimum wage


Metropolitan Transportation Commission Internship Program


Contact: or 415-778-5207

Whom They Serve:  Rising 11th and 12th Graders
What They Do: Each year MTC sponsors a High School Internship Program. The purpose of the program is to introduce high school students to career opportunities in the field of transportation, to show them how public transportation agencies play an overall part in the community & regional transportation operations, and to provide MTC’s transportation partners (such as traffic engineers at city and county public works departments or planners at transit agencies) with assistance.

Application Process (at bottom of page):

Job Interest Card:

Deadline: March 28

Pay: $15/hr


Mission Science Workshop Volunteer Program (Housed at Mission High)



Whom They Serve:  No eligibility requirements listed

What They Do: Bilingual community science center that provides hands-on science enrichment activities to underserved youth from low-income communities, their schools and families.  Children participate in experiments, tinkering and construction programs.  These programs engage a sense of curiosity and wonder, creating authentic learning.


Deadline: None


Mission YMCA Teen Top Chef Culinary Internship


Contact: Lariece Williams at lwilliams@ymcasf.orrg

Whom They Serve: High School Students

What They Do: This program focuses on healthy living and youth workforce development. Youth develop cooking skills that can be used in a professional kitchen. This program is taught by a professional chef and helps provide youth with the building blocks to find a job in today's competitive job market and development entrepre-neurship skills. Youth are also encouraged to share cultural and historical facts about food and cooking, demonstrating tools necessary to build a healthy living foundation. 

Application: Contact Ms. Williams above

Deadline: First come, first served


Project Pull Internships – City and County of San Francisco


Contact:  or 415-934-3996

Whom They Serve: Rising 11th and 12th Graders

What They Do: Project Pull is committed to diversifying the San Francisco City and County workforce so that it reflects the San Francisco community. Through mentoring & work experience, local youth learn skills and values in leadership, teamwork, integrity, creativity, community service and self-empowerment. Their achievements provide  foundation necessary for future success in college & career. Interns will work in a designated City dept. under the supervision of  full-time City employee (Mentor).  Mentor will assign various tasks & special projects designed to teach the intern more about the mentor's career & department's functions.  Overall goal of the internship is to provide students with hands on experience & exposure to their field of interest.


Deadline: March 19

Pay: SF minimum wage


SF Rec & Parks Greenanger Program

Under Volunteer Opportunities, Click Youth & Teen



Whom They Serve: To apply to the Southeast Program, you must live in or attend a school/program in one of the following areas: Bayview, Hunter's Point, Excelsior, Portola, Visitacion Valley, Crocker Amazon, Silver Terrace, etc. To apply to the Northeast Program, you must live in or attend a school/program in one of the following areas: Chinatown, Western Addition, Tenderloin.

What They Do: The San Francisco Recreation and Park Department and Port of San Francisco Greenager Program, is an outdoor Youth Leadership Program. The program was created and designed to offer teens a chance to play an important role in the community by improving the city’s green spaces, raising awareness, creating place-based projects and or projects based on issues or themes participants value and are interested in.The Greenager Program's mission is to empower youth from the Southeast and Northeast sector of San Francisco to become community and environmental youth leaders through civic engagement, park stewardship & outdoor recreation opportunities.                                                                                                       

Application:                                                      Deadline: April 20


SF YouthWorks


Contact:  415-202-7903 (administered by JCYC)

Whom They Serve:  Rising 11th and 12th Graders
What They Do: SF YouthWorks
hires up to 300 high school youth to work as summer interns in city government offices, libraries and recreation facilities. 


ONLINE March 12- April 6 ONLY

Deadline: April 6

Pay: SF minimum wage


Teen Environmental Education Mentorship


Contact: Karli Cowman at

Whom They Serve: High School Students 

What They Do: Teen Environmental Education Mentorship (TEEM) is a volunteer environmental education internship & leadership program for San Francisco and Marin high school students. Participants discover their inner strength as leaders, their ability to positively influence others, and the importance of diversity, community, and hands-on learning. TEEM interns gain firsthand knowledge about the field of environmental education through field trips, one-on-one mentorships with our professional educators, and by leading interactive activities with our elementary school participants.


Deadline: March 31, 2018

Pay: $500



                                      School Year Career Program Opportunities


Last Updated 1-02-18


If you have questions, please contact Lisa Eltinge at

Academy of Sciences Careers in Science Intern Program
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


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 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
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 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: 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 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 or 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 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: 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. 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 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: 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 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 or
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 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: 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.