JFCS offers six-week summer internships to qualified students entering grade 10, 11, and 12 in the fall. Our internship program is a great opportunity for teens to learn valuable on-the-job skills and gain real paid work experience.
Teens are placed at one worksite for the summer, where they are assigned an on-site supervisor. They spend 20 hours/week within one of JFCS’ offices (San Francisco, San Mateo, Palo Alto, and San Rafael) or with businesses and organizations in the community.
A core element of the program is weekly workshops that provide professional and personal development for the teens. During these workshops teens are encouraged to think about themselves, their futures, and their place in the world through a Jewish values-based lens.
After participating in the program, teen interns come away with greater clarity about their academic and vocational options and opportunities, and feel better prepared to take the next steps they need to achieve their academic and career goals. Teens also benefit from a sense of personal achievement, greater responsibility, and increased confidence.
How Are Interns Placed in Their Internships?
YouthFirst staff match interns to work sites and positions according to expressed areas of professional interest and skills, as space and opportunity allow. (YouthFirst cannot guarantee placement in a specific field or organization.)
How Do I Apply?
Applications are no longer being accepted for summer 2020.
Summer 2021 Schedule
Tentative dates are June 14 – July 23, 2021. More information to come as covid restrictions are updated. Should in-person programming be deemed unsafe, we will offer our Youth Professional Boot Camp program running 4 weeks from June 14–July 9.