Jobs & Internships for Teens

Parent Q&A

Research position for college student (rising Sophomore) Dec 5, 2020 (3 responses below)
Political Science Internship Jun 19, 2020 (2 responses below)
College student looking to work for a year Apr 9, 2020 (8 responses below)
14 year old daughter searching for summer job Jun 1, 2019 (1 responses below)
Seeking Work/Internship/Volunteer Ops for teen this Summer May 31, 2019 (1 responses below)
Summer internship or job for Spanish niece? Dec 29, 2018 (5 responses below)
Jobs for teens Dec 22, 2018 (3 responses below)
Teen interested in Law Enforcement Summer Internship / Job Nov 6, 2018 (2 responses below)
Teenager looking for work this spring Jan 22, 2018 (3 responses below)
Need recommendations for summer work in resort for older teen Feb 15, 2017 (1 responses below)
  • Hi Parents,

    Our daughter will be home in the Bay Area this summer after finishing her freshman year of college.  She is majoring Cell & Molecular Biology at UCSD.  She is hoping to find a volunteer position or a research job in any bio related lab.  She is willing to take on any task that needs to be done in the lab (i.e. wash glassware and other tedious jobs) to get exposure to research. I have told her to temper her expectations because 1) she will only be a rising Sophomore, and 2) COVID will likely still be an issue.

    We would love to hear any suggestions that parents (or their college age kids) have regarding finding research opportunities at UC Berkeley, UCSF, Children's Hospital Oakland, or any where else in the Bay Area.

    Thanks in advance for any advice or assistance.

    Has she looked in to NSF REUs? These are PAID summer research internships for undergraduates all over the country, generally with housing and airfare provided. I'm pretty sure some of them take rising sophomores. Applications are generally due in February. My son applied to 12 last year and accepted the first one he was offered, which turned out to be a lucky choice because while some REUs were canceled, his actually did go forward this past summer, with a lot of covid safety measures, live in New Mexico. It was a GREAT experience. I'd also suggest that if it could be possible for her to stay in SD next summer your daughter should reach out directly to professors whose research she is interested in. Also check the Berkeley website under undergrad research, there may be opportunities she can apply for there.

    The best thing your daughter can do is apply to National Science Foundation Research Experience for Undergraduates (NSF-REU) programs. They are usually 10 week residential programs where she will receive mentorship and do original research. See

    If she wants to volunteer, she should ask her  professors at UCSD to connect her with their friends in the Bay Area.

    Hi, there. I'm so glad that you are tempering your daughter's expectations on finding a fellowship for this summer, for both of the reasons you've outlined.

    Our daughter is currently a Junior in college, also majoring in biology, and my husband is a materials scientist affiliated with UCB and LBNL. I will share some of my observations on things based on their current experience, and also share some advice given by a professor at the parents' weekend put on by our daughter's college in her freshman year.

    1. COVID - for safety reasons, there is very limited access to labs at either UCB or LBNL; only a few people can be there at a time, and cleaning has to happen between visits, so researchers have to take turns. They may have access only once or twice a week. Priority of access is for grad students and post-doctoral students; access is very limited for undergrads. Training is also an issue: it is very challenging to train people under these circumstances. And chances are, if this is your daughter's first year of college, her lab experience is limited. 

    2. Finding a mentor/establishing a connection with your professors: this advice came from a professor who has studied student success for decades, and who shares the data with a network of other professors: go to office hours for your professors. Many new students are under the mistaken impression that "staying after class" to ask questions of a professor is a sign of weakness. Going to office hours establishes a rapport with your professors, which can lead to letters of recommendation for internships and fellowships.

    3. Fellowships: some schools offer resources for networking, mentorship and fellowships you can apply for. I highly recommend that she see what resources are available at UCSD.

    4. Non-COVID times: looking through the websites for the labs of scientists she'd like to work for and sending them an email describing what she's looking for can absolutely yield results! Don't be afraid to keep reaching out. Some labs might require that she bring funding for her post, even if she is willing to work for nothing; as one lab told our daughter, it wouldn't be fair to her if she worked for nothing - she had to apply for funding through a separate source. And letters of recommendation will be necessary to land the post.

  • Hi Parents,

    My daughter is a freshman at UCSD this year and she is working on making plans for a summer job or volunteer position.  Although she is very early in the overall process, after undergrad she would like to attend medical school.  With that in mind, next summer (2021) she is hoping to come home to the Bay Area and work as a scribe at a hospital or other medical practice. Neither my husband nor I have any connection to medicine, so we don't have any advice to give her regarding how to find such a position. We would greatly appreciate any information or advice from parents or recent or current medical students regarding how to obtain a scribe position or other position that would provide patient care experience.

    Thanks in advance for any info you can provide.

    P.S.  Based on information I've previously obtained from BPN, I am encouraging our daughter to keep her options open in case she decides to reorient her career choice.

    Some hospitals have student volunteer/training opportunities, inlcuding Highland Hospital

    I would recommend she at a minimum get a BLS CPR card but ideally possibly train to become an EMT. And then volunteer with her university's or your county's Medical Reserve Corps, or an organization like Rock Medicine. Especially as an EMT she will really get to work with patients which will make it easier later as she is already used to talking to patients.

    The best thing your daughter could do to increase her chances of admission to medical school is to get involved in research.  She could contact researchers at the medical school, or in any field of biology or chemistry, and offer her services.  If they don't feel she's ready yet, as a freshman, she should ask how to best prepare to join their research group. The goal is to get her name on publications.  These can help her chances of being admitted to medical school.

  • Political Science Internship

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    Hello Parents,

    My junior college student is home this coming fall, taking online classes at SDSU and is looking for an internship opportunity. She is passionate about equality and has taken many classes on the matter. Would you know of organizations she could contact? We live in Walnut Creek but she is able to commute.  Thank you.

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    I am from  “UC Berkeley Asian American Women project” . This projects is to honor the 150th Anniversary of Women at UC Berkeley. I will work with Renee Sung on the history of Asian American women, from students to faculty and staff.
    If you are interested, welcome to contact us.  yuancherry [at]

    RE: Political Science Internship ()

    I volunteer with the Coalition for Police Accountability in Oakland. They get a tremendous amount done and are happy to turn over real responsibility to anyone who is doing work. We often talk about how much fun it is to be so impactful and collaborate with thoughtful, innovative people that represent many different communities. There are several projects right now. If your daughter is looking for credit, we have written up internships and research projects in the past and worked with schools to ensure it qualifies. We don't actively post internships, because we can't pay and don't like unpaid internships since they are not equally available to everyone, but we would welcome your daughter. We interact (obviously) with the police dept, fire dept, dept of violence prevention, mayor's office, police commission, etc. It's poly sci on a local level, with national implications. Happy to talk about specific projects (Use of Force, alternative responses to emergency calls, and policing in unhoused communities are examples) right now. (We're kind of cutting edge on police accountability nationally.) contact:  rashidah AT

  • My 18 year old is home from his first year of college, like everyone else due to Covid 19. Since he has been home he says he'd like to take next year off from school and work in some sort of manual labor job, and is open to anything, just not an office type of setting.  I am not surprised by this as he has never loved school, but managed to graduate high school and go on to his first year of college. I had actually encouraged him to work for a year before going to college, because I had a feeling it might be a better match for him, but in the end he decided he wanted to start college. In high school, as a junior and senior he worked at a local store that required a lot of manual labor, and did so for as many hours as he could, so he has some experience in this area. He's going to finish this year of school, which has moved online, while he looks for work. He says he'd like to eventually finish school, and may take a class at a community college next year while he works. I am looking for some advice or ideas for him, such as a work study program, trade school, volunteer program, any non-traditional college classes that are not 100% in a classroom, talk to a career counselor?...I am not sure what I am looking for to be quite honest, just trying to help him explore this area. Thank you in advance!

    Where my family is from - England - gap years and INTERNSHIPS are super common and I think a great idea. Doing "manual labor" for a year with no longer term goal in mind doesn't make sense to me. But carefully selecting a profession that involves being outdoors and working with your hands, sounds great. Why don't you tell him you'll completely support him in this if he researches such a path, goes to a few informational interviews with people who are successful in that profession, and chart a plan that involves his self-created internship, followed by getting a degree that will help him on that path? For example, I have a good friend who's a successful landscape designer. She's outdoors much of the day with her team, and has been all her life. She has her degree in LD, and has taken continuing ed programs as part of her license. She lives in a nice house in a good area, so she's doing well. A reasonable first step in this path would be interning with a landscape designer.

    Laney College has vocational education programs, including carpentry, welding, machining, HVAC systems. I'm not sure whether/how those programs might be adapted to online learning but they are good to know about. The carpentry program builds tiny houses for the homeless, so students are doing good while acquiring marketable skills. My daughter took a carpentry class there a couple of summers ago; she's currently finishing a 4-year degree but enjoyed learning her way around power tools.

    I think that it is really cool that your kid is going on this exploration of himself, and that you are supportive of his choices. He sounds very solid.These are just a few anecdotal thoughts on what's out there: the push has been so great for everyone to go to college for the last 20+ years that few folks have explored the Trades, and there's a shortage of skilled folks out there. Just now we are seeing a return of job-training programs (aka vocational courses) in our high schools. A number of tradespeople are willing to take on apprentices these days: plumbers, masons, construction. He could start by reaching out to tradespeople you've worked with and asking them if they are interested, or if they know someone who might be. I also know several college students who work summer jobs doing trail maintenance for the parks and LOVE it; they live in a camp for a couple of months, do hard manual labor all day long, get fed and "housed" for the summer. Of course, who knows what will happen....

  • Our 14 year old daughter is eager to find a summer job. She isn't interested in babysitting or dog waking, and would prefer retail. She has an impressive resume and strong people skills. Where in the Berkeley/Emeryville area do you suggest she look for work? Thanks in advance.

    My daughter (age 19) just started a new job in retail. She mainly did google job searches and walked around to stores she liked to see if they were hiring. One thing she discovered is that almost all wanted employees to work 30-40 hours per week, which is a lot for a 14 year old (or anyone!). It is less overhead for the employer to have fewer employees, thus they would prefer employees who could work more hours. Good, long term, retail employees are hard for employers to find because $15/hour is not really a living wage around here. FYI Here is some general info from the State of California on laws and tips regarding teen workers:

    Good luck.

  • My gender fluid almost-16-year-old is looking for summer work. They are particularly interested in art, music, writing, animation, and LOVE animals. They have experience tutoring (especially reading/writing). Any ideas or connections for us? Thanks!

    Check out the website,, and search for volunteer jobs that fit your teen's interests and schedule. The site was founded by a Berkeley High sophomore, after she had trouble finding volunteer opportunities for teens. There are lots of jobs to choose from, ranging from tutoring children to walking dogs to socializing with senior citizens. Best of luck!

  • Hi - looking for ideas and referrals for 16 yo who is in her third year of Spanish language instruction in Berkeley USD, speaks quite well though not fluently, and wants a local summer job in a Spanish speaking environment.  She has childcare experience, is smart, friendly, engaging, and would especially enjoy/benefit from progressive cause-related work.  Thanks for any leads!

    Escuela Bilingue Internacional has Spanish-language summer camps for little kids, with counselors that are native speakers.  Perhaps your daughter could play a CIT-type role there.  Likely this would have to be on a volunteer basis.

  • Summer internship or job for Spanish niece?

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    My 17-year-old niece, who lives in Barcelona, will be staying with us for 4-6 weeks in summer 2019 and is seeking an internship or job while she's here. She is fluent in four languages (Spanish, English, German, and Catalan), is very bright, has excellent people skills, and is a hard worker. She's open to all sorts of things--in private sector or public. She's most interested in social studies and psychology so I was thinking maybe something with the departments of psychology/sociology/anthropology at UC Berkeley, though I have no idea what options there might be. She's also wonderful with young children, and since she speaks both English and Spanish we thought perhaps something working with kids. Can anyone advise? 

    She can apply to be a counselor in training at UC Berkeley 'Blue Camp' summer camp for kids 6-12 or so. Application starts soon and they will do interview by Skype. They accept several foreign counselors. Its good experience for the kids too.

    Is your niece a US citizen? If not she actually needs an appropriate visa.

    Interning at UC as a minor requires some hoops to jump through including that her supervisor needs to be a mandated reporter.

    I'm not sure what the visa requirements are for unpaid internships, but if she is here as a tourist she will not legally be eligible for paid work.

  • Jobs for teens

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    My 16 year old is looking to start working to make his own money. Any advice on what places hire minors?

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    It's seasonal work, but my son makes money refereeing soccer games on the weekends, from September through November and March or April through June.  He had to take a 9-hour class which cost $55 I think, and then buy a ref uniform.  However, some local clubs might reimburse those costs if you affiliate with their club.  Look at the East Bay United page (under  resources/referees) and at the CNRA web site for list of upcoming classes: .

    My son started doing this when he was 15, but I know of even younger referees.

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    My daughter works at RiteAid and started when she was 17 y/o. She said that they do hire 16 y/os. They seem to always be hiring people with a lot of turnover, so I would try these larger retail stores. 

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    There are some opportunities for 16 yo teens mentioned here on the Berkeley High career opportunity page:

    Also has some good info about volunteer opportunities and career development. 

  • I realize that it's a bit early, but thought I'd solicit some opinions / experiences / suggestions for a 17 year old boy who is interested in learning more about becoming a police officer. A little daunting for me to think about, but it's something he is interested in and I was curious about any summer programs where he could intern on that or possibly make a small amount of money doing a summer job in that area. I read about something called the Oakland Police Explorers, but there wasn't a lot of information about that. Any feedback would be appreciated.

    Police explorers is a coed branch of Boy Scouts. In my town (not Oakland) it is very well run and the police officer mentors do a very good job. Explorers is the program for high school students. For college students there is a cadet program that is paid.

    I've known teens who have done & are doing the Piedmont Police Explorers program, which is part of the Boy Scouts program although you do not need to be a Boy Scout to participate. (  It seems like a good one that attracts many students, including one or two girls. I also know some of the staff at Piedmont Police Station who are great with teenagers. Piedmont Police believe in building positive relationships with the residents and community, and the town is small enough that I think they have been successful.  The Explorers even attended a training/competition in Arizona that made it into the news. (

    Even though the sight of guns makes me so nervous, I'm glad to see teens pursuing what interests them and taking the initiative to learn what it's all about. It's good to do that when they're young and have the time to explore. I volunteer with Boy Scouts, and one of the best guest speakers came from the FBI. The boys were captivated by his presentation. One boy asked what kind of grades he needed to be able to join the FBI. It was motivating. 

  • Teenager looking for work this spring

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    My 17-year-old senior at El Cerrito High is looking for a job! He's a high-achiever, takes honors and AP classes and gets excellent grades. However, his class schedule this spring is light and he wants to work, gain employment experience and save money for college.

    In college he plans to study business and engineering.

    Any advice or ideas?


    Hi, the Batteries + Bulbs store on San Pablo and Schmidt might be a good fit for his interests. He can email his resume to bp637 [at] Or he can go in and take a look. He can talk to Ian, the store manager. Good luck!


    A few ideas:

    The coffee shop Well Grounded, on Stockton, hires ECHS students.

    There are a number of afterschool tutoring places he could try: Kumon, Sylvan or Mathnasium in Albany come to mind.

    If he is in to sports, howabout working as an umpire w/ECYB or a referee with the local soccer league?

    If he were my son, I would steer him to a low-skill job in retail: Busing tables, cashier or checker at Safeway, something that forces him to deal with coworkers and the public.  Many kids' social/interpersonal skills have been adversely impacted by their constant use of technology.  They don't have to go to the library and talk to the librarian to find resources.  They never have to make phone calls to get information. Much of their "time" with friends is actually virtual, not in person. As a consequence, many have difficulty with basic interpersonal skills.  A retail job will force them out of their comfort zone and to get these skills.  Even if your son is unusually comfortable with people, it is still a valuable experience to be humbled by a low-level job.  I am a firm believer that everyone should have an entry level retail job early in life -- especially if they are likely to be highly successful professionals in the future.      

    My younger son was much like your son -- great student, high achiever.  (He just graduated from Tufts with a computer science degree.)  He bused tables before college, and has repeatedly said the experience was very valuable.  He saw up close how hard some people have to work to feed their families.  He learned about the inequities in pay between kitchen staff and wait staff.  He had to deal with frustrated customers, manage conflicting demands, deal with a sometimes cantankerous boss with grace and humor.  Now, as an adult, he draws on the skills he began to develop as that kid clearing plates in the restaurant.  He is patient with people who are not at their best and he is a generous tipper -- all because he knows what it is like to be at the bottom in a service industry.  The job may not pay well, but it will pay many non-monetary dividends.      

  • Hi, 

    My son is graduating from high school this year. He would like to explore working in a resort somewhere this summer that offers housing and entry level jobs, like table bussing, ticket sales, rental equipment staff, etc. The idea is to work hard, live somewhat independently in a beautiful place with other young people. It's ok if the wages are low. It can be anywhere--in the states or Canada or overseas. He is bilingual (Spanish/English) at a native-speaker level.

    We would love to hear from anyone with personal experience, good or bad. Thank you!

    Have him apply at our National Parks. Yosemite would be awesome but certainly not the only choice. The kids work for almost nothing but spend their free time exploring the park. It's a fantastic experience.

    I did this type of work at a ski resort many moons ago. It was the best experience ever but they don't need too many employees in the summer.

Archived Q&A and Reviews


City of Berkeley Youth Works for 14 year old?

Oct 2012

My son is turning 14 in February, and I was thinking to send him to Youth Works in March to get set up for a summer job. I am concerned that he is unmotivated and left alone he would spend the summer in front of his computer for hours (we cannot afford the $500 week day camps!). Is Youth Works a good program for kids that have never held a job and are not particularly motivated or driven to do so? Has anybody had any experience with this program? anon

Just wanted to give a thumbs up on Youth Works. My son did 3 different stints there, one at BUSD, and 2 at City Hall. All were pretty mundane office type jobs, but it gave him work experience and some money in his pocket. Like everything else, persistence is key. They do take into account whether or not you've worked with them before, and will not give you an opportunity if you've just worked with them. All 3 jobs were short term, but they were all flexible in terms of vacations and time off. Mollie

No, your son has to be very motivated. That program has twice the number of applicants that they have positions for. The resume has to look good and should show paid or unpaid experience in either clerical work or work with children. Your son should show some genuine passion for wanting to work and demonstrate why he would be a good choice for the program, no matter how mundane the work might be, such as filing the whole time. In addition he must be available for two interviews and three mandatory 1-3 hour training sessions on weekends, usually called on short notice. (If you can't make it, you're out). From the application to the actual assignment, it is quite a process! These jobs are not just given to students, they basically have to earn them. My daughter worked in this program last winter when she was 14 and she enjoyed it. She is going to apply again right now. This program is a slice of real life work experience. Anonymous

Summer internship in law for 16 year old

May 2012

My 16 year old sophomore daughter and I seek a summer internship opportunity for her in the field of law. We have found only very pricy, very short programs, I don't know if you could even call them internships. A couple of them are in D.C. and sponsored by universities. While these seem reputable and like a lot of fun and claim to build a student's college marketability, they don't have a real-world feel. They feel to me like very expensive, one-week summer camps. I would like to hear from parents whose children have attended these summer programs but also from parents whose children have found the more traditional summer internship. How did you find it? How did it benefit your child?

This may not be exactly what your daughter had in mind, but for the last 2 years my son has been volunteering at McCullum Youth Court in Oakland. This is a program designed to keep first-time youth offenders out of the juvenile justice system by providing restorative justice. Teens get to serve on a jury and can train to become attorneys, clerks or bailiffs. My son loves it and has decided to study peace/global studies in college with an ultimate aim of working towards restorative justice. More info at:

Summer job for 18 year old

Jan 2012

My 18-year-old son is looking for a summer job. It could be a retail or restaurant job or as a camp counselor or something like that. He was a TA in his Hebrew school but aside from that he has no work experience. Are there any resources to help teens find summer employment or does anyone know of camps or other summer programs looking to hire a responsible teen for the summer?

If i were you i would check with cities and uc berkeley rec dept and other summer camps about counselor opportunities. His ta work could serve him well. If you would like to stay with the jewish theme check out summer camps at a jcc or at keh tov or the sleep away camp with a jewish theme (cant remember the it camp tawonga?). I believe the camps are starting interviews now or soon so check web sites and call and get the status asap. Get some folks who know of his ta work to be references. Probably will be the best chance for summer work. Ideally he will lead or at least be a full partner in the search. Anon

Bio Research Summer Internship for HS Student

Jan 2012

My high school student who is currently in her junior year is interested in a summer internship in a biology lab. She is a very high achieving student and is interested in studying biology in college. Can anyone recommend local programs at a research lab that might offer summer study positions. Joy

You could try Biotech Partners (website = They organize internships for high school juniors, mostly drawn from specific programs at Berkeley High and Oakland Tech. You could also try Project Seed, organized by the American Chemical Society. There is some overlap between these two programs. I would also suggest contacting appropriate departments at UC Berkeley and UCSF or major biotech firms in the area -- they may be able to point you in the direction of internship sponsors. Lastly, you might contact temporary agencies that fill positions at biotech firms, such as Aerotek or Kelly Scientific, to see if they know about any internships or internship-like positions. Good luck!

15 year old boy looking for a summer job

June 2011

My 15 year old son, who is moving on to High School next year in Albany REALLY WANTS a part time summer job of any kind. He is extremely computer efficient and creative, however, the ''job'' can be anything. thanks! Jane

Although I can't recommend any positions a great resource to look at is the Youth Service For Change Summer Resource Guide: Youth Service For Change is an up and coming organization run by a 17 year old Berkeley resident, that connects teens with Bay Area non-profits for volunteering opportunities. The resource guide lists a number of organizations which offer free programs to connect teens with employment opportunities as well as a few jobs. In addition it also lists free summer internships some of which are paid. Good luck! Berkeley Mom

Summer jobs for 16-year-olds?

Jan 2006

My daughters will be looking for summer jobs, before starting their senior year at high school. A headstart seems good, but no leads at present. They live in North Oakland, not driving now but likely by summer. Ideas are welcome! Kevin

How about letting her do the work of figuring out her summer? Sounds like she has some ideas and she should pursue them - the language class, JR lifeguards. That, along w/ her evening and weekend sports activity, sounds like plenty for summer. Then the next summer when she is 16 she'll have some experience to offer a swimming program. In the past, King pool in Berkeley has taken on young people to clean the pool, check the water chemistry, work the snack shack, and then when older they become lifeguards and swimming teachers. Also, boredom isn't always a bad thing and can give us time to figure out what we really want to do. Good luck! In the same boat

Lifeguard Jobs

May 2002

Does anyone know of any lifeguard opportunities available in the East Bay for a summer job for a 17-year old? Thank you! Sally

The Berkeley YMCA often advertises jobs for lifeguards. That would be a good place to start. You could also check Strawberry Canyon and the other UC Berkeley pools (although they may have already completed their hiring for the summer). I believe the city pools (such as King pool) hire earlier in the spring, but it never hurts to ask. Also keep checking the want ads in the Daily Planet and the Daily Cal. Frances

Try the city of Berkeley. My daughter has taught swim lessons and lifeguarded at different Berkeley pools for the past 2 summers. Mary

Getting a job in Retail

March 2001 My 17 year old daughter wants to work this Summer, but not in a camp or rec. environment. Does anyone know of a place where she can look for jobs in retail or a small office situation? It would be good if she could find work in Berkeley or Oakland or even in SF if it were close to BART. Thanks, Mary

Many retail stores on Fourth Street seem always to be hiring sales staff. I know a couple of high school students who have found summer jobs on down here. Perhaps your daughter could walk down the block and check out the situation. Good luck! Suzanne

REI is always hiring cashiers. -- Toby

Summer Jobs for Teens

  • Berkeley Public Library Programs - In addition to the volunteer suggestions (see below) the Berkeley Public Library hires five high school students annually for part time work. The job is posted in August and, if interested, your student should check the library for applications. Librarian Francisca Goldsmith also suggested students check out the following activities for this summer. (May/June 1999 BHS PTSA Newsletter)


  • Census Taker - Seniors: Looking for a job? Call Valerie Healy at 486-5369 to find out about working as a census taker. It pays well. (from the BHS daily bulletin 2/00)


  • Childcare - Last summer I was able to get my daughter a job at her younger sister's preschool which was wonderful, but I know this would have been impossible if I had not know this school for so many years. -- Lynn (3/00)


  • City of Berkeley Youth Works program - The Youth Works program still exists but will offer competitive positions, mostly for ages 16 years and older. These jobs are the private sector component which prefers more work-ready clients. The program runs year round. Summer applications will be availabe 5/1. Kids 16 and older are invited to participate. They should go to the Youth Works office for an application and readiness assessment. Youth Works has a website located at:
      Youth Works 2055 Center Street Berkeley, CA 94704 (510) 883-6508   Telephone (510) 644-7731   Fax (510) 644-6915   TDD  Hours of Operation:  Monday - Friday, 8 a.m. until 5 p.m. 


  • Counselor in Training - see Counselor-in-Training (CIT) Programs


  • Jewish Vocational Services - The Avodah program of Jewish Vocational Service in San Francisco is now welcoming applications for its second year of paid summer internships for Jewish teens. Avodah interns work four days a week in various Jewish community agencies and meet one day a week as a group for a professional and personal development seminar. Participants will receive a $900 stipend for participation in the six week summer program. The Avodah program is a project of JVS, funded by a grant from the Jewish Community Endowment Fund of San Francisco, the Peninsula, Marin and Sonoma Counties and is supported by a grant from the Jewish Community Foundation, Jewish Federation of the Greater East Bay. The program is open to students living in these regions. In addition to the summer programming, Avodah (Hebrew for work) is sponsoring a variety of workshops and events to help teens develop workplace skills and experiences such as a Career and Job Skills Fair on Jan 9, a Summer Jobs and Activities Fair on March 12, and several summer job workshops to be held during the spring season. Please contact Jenni Mangel at JVS at(415) 782-6223 or jmangel [at] for further information. -- Deborah (Jan 2000)