Summer Internships

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?

  1. Fill out an application
    San Francisco Application
    Mid-North Peninsula Application
    South Peninsula Application
    Marin County Application
  2. Submit two completed YouthFirst Program Reference Forms. Please send this form to two teachers, coaches, former employers, etc, who can speak to your experience.
  3. Interview with YouthFirst Program Staff—this is scheduled once your application is reviewed.

Summer 2019 Schedule

Dates are June 17 – July 26, 2019. These dates are not flexible.

The first day is Orientation, and the placements begin on Tuesday.

During the last week, there is a required Graduation Celebration for teens, their families, and the supervisors.

There will also be an outing including service learning, to be scheduled by region.

Priority Application Deadline: Friday, March 1 
Applicants who complete the online application by March 1 will be guaranteed an interview and will be strongly considered for one of a limited number of internships.

Secondary Application Deadline: Friday, March 29
Applicants who complete the online application by March 29 may receive an interview based on availability of remaining internships at the time application is received.

NOTE: This is a competitive program, so please submit your application as early as possible.


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  • Marin County
  • Jordan Vaughter
  • San Francisco
  • Leah Shapiro
  • San Mateo
  • Pauline Shulman
  • Palo Alto
  • Naama Lugasi
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