On-the-job learning for student interns 

Do you remember a time when you were a teenager and someone gave you a chance to do meaningful work? If you were fortunate to have this opportunity — and to be guided by a mentor who was not only expecting you to help them but also looking out for your learning — you likely found this to be one of your most rewarding educational experiences.

At the San Francisco Unified School District, we want our youths to be prepared for life after graduation, so we work with businesses across The City to place students into paid summer internships.

Can you help educate our students by providing them with a meaningful work experience this summer?

Ready for the workplace

Students enrolled in career and technical education academies have been preparing all year to intern in a workplace setting related to their area of study. During the summer between their junior and senior years, student interns gain a deeper understanding about the world of work and build a network of professional mentors.

I’ve spent time with some of these students, and could not be prouder of the passion they show for the industry they are studying. These students are highly motivated, and they are eager to demonstrate their knowledge and skills in the workplace.

You can help by hiring a student intern this summer

Invest in our community and our schools by hiring a student intern at your organization.

Student interns benefit from the guidance and mentorship offered to them, and they are better prepared to continue their education or enter the workforce.

You can inspire tomorrow’s leaders and improve the workforce of San Francisco.

This summer, our students need your mentoring and on-the-job training while they spend six weeks at your workplace.

Here’s what you get:

A terrific opportunity to mentor high school students as they prepare for higher education and the workforce.

The chance to catch up on those projects at work that never seem to get finished.

The chance to contribute to the development of a talented hiring pool.

The opportunity to make a positive impact on a young person’s life.

Here’s what we need:

Internships last for six weeks. Students typically report to work for 20 hours per week.

Student interns should have relevant and meaningful work assignments.

Hours are flexible and can be worked out to match the host’s and the student’s needs.

Hiring a student intern costs only $700.

If you don’t have work but want to help a young person, you can also financially sponsor a student to intern at another organization.

Your commitment makes the difference. If you are interested in hosting an intern at your workplace this summer, or can financially sponsor a student to intern elsewhere, please call or email us right away and we’ll get you matched up with a terrific student.

About CTE

The SFUSD’s Career and Technical Education program provides opportunities for high school students to explore and access high-wage, high-demand careers, while preparing them for post-secondary education.

Quality teaching, relationships with labor and business partners, and core academic instruction ensure students develop the skills needed to succeed in their post-secondary plan.

Students who participate in CTE Academies are more engaged in their coursework, better connected to the school community and have increased high school graduation rates.

For information about the summer internship program, please contact the SFUSD’s CTE program at (415) 379-7769 or email cardenasd@sfusd.edu.

Richard A. Carranza is superintendent of the San Francisco Unified School District.

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