How Do I Apply?
- Fill out an application
San Francisco Application
Mid-North Peninsula Application
South Peninsula Application
Marin County Application
- Submit two completed YouthFirst Program Reference Forms. Please send this form to two teachers, coaches, former employers, etc, who can speak to your experience.
- Interview with YouthFirst Program Staff—this is scheduled once your application is reviewed.
Summer 2022 Schedule
Dates are June 21 – July 29. These dates are not flexible.
The first day is Orientation, and the placements begin on Wednesday.
During the last week, there is a required Siyum/Graduation Celebration for teens, their families, and the supervisors.
There will also be a community service-learning outing, to be scheduled by region.
Priority Application Deadline: Sunday, March 6
Applicants who complete the online application by March 6 will be guaranteed an interview and will be strongly considered for one of a limited number of internships.
Secondary Application Deadline: Friday, March 25
Applicants who complete the online application by March 25 may receive an interview based on availability of remaining internships at the time application is received.
JFCS offers six-week paid 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. 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?
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.)