Genesys Works “Bridging the gap between education and business” places San Francisco Bay Area inner-city high school students into well-paid 14-month internships with major corporations in the Bay Area. Apply in your junior year. http://www.genesysworks.org/bayarea/Students/ Besides San Francisco, they have programs in Chicago, Houston, Minneapolis, and Washington DC.
The Bank of America Student Leaders Program places high school students in paid 8-week internships with local nonprofit organizations such as Habitat for Humanity. They also send you to Washington, D.C. for a week-long leadership summit. http://about.bankofamerica.com/en-us/global-impact/student-leaders.html
The New York County District Attorney’s Office has a rigorous six-week internship for high school students interested in the Law that pays a stipend. http://manhattanda.org/high-school-internship
The City and County of San Francisco’s YouthWorks and Project Pull are paid summer internships for San Francisco high school students. http://sfdpw.org/index.aspx?page=1438 Also, the San Francisco Airport Commission has a paid summer internship program for high school students. http://www.flysfo.com/about-sfo/careers
The San Francisco Bay Area’s Metropolitan Transportation Commission offers paid summer internships for Bay Area high school students doing fieldwork and reports about roads, bike lanes, parking, signs, bus service, etc. http://jobs.mtc.ca.gov/InternshipOpportunities/HighSchoolInfo/highschoolintern.html
The Emma Bowen Foundation for Minority Interests in Media places high school and college students of color into paid internships with television and film companies in New York City and Hollywood. http://www.emmabowenfoundation.com/
The Research & Policy Institute of California’s African American Youth Leadership Program brings California high school juniors and seniors to Sacramento for a week to learn about state government and politics. http://www.calresearch.org/programs/african-american-youth-leadership-program The American Legion’s Boys State and Girl’s State and Junior State of America Programs are similar, and can be found in almost every state. http://www.boysandgirlsstate.org/
Some of our students interested in influencing local public policy and even trying court cases volunteer for the Marin Youth Court or the Marin County Youth Leadership Institute.