Volunteer & Internship Opportunities
Why volunteer? Here is a great article about the benefits of volunteering.
Here are some websites that list volunteer opportunities:
For internships see the section that is located BELOW the Volunteering list.
2016-2017 Volunteering Opportunities
|City of Saratoga||Saratoga Youth Commission||Deadline to apply is April 26, 2017||The Youth Commission serves in an advisory capacity to the Saratoga City Council on matters related to youth and teens and has play a tremendous role in engaging youth in the Saratoga community.
Students who reside in Saratoga and will be in grades 7 through 12 during the 2017/18 School Year are eligible to apply. The deadline to apply is April 26, 2017.
The application is available on the City’s website at www.saratoga.ca.us/comvac<http://www.saratoga.ca.us/comvac>
|Santa Cruz County Outdoor Science School||Cabin Leader at the Outdoor Science School||
Students may volunteer for any of our available weeks (through the beginning of June). Schools:
4/10 – 14 Saratoga, Argonaut
4/17 – 21 Brook Knoll, Ohlone
4/24 – 28 O.B. Whaley, K. Smith
4/27 – 5/1 (Thursday night- Mon) Montgomery
5/1 – 5 Elkhorn, Westlake
5/8 – 12 Soquel, Main Street, Oasis Charter
5/15 – 19 DeLaveaga, Gault
This is a wonderful opportunity for students to gain 60 community service hours, build leadership skills and gain relevant work experience. Applications and more information can be found on our webpage for Cabin Leaders: www.osp.santacruz.k12.ca.us/counselors
or email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Or go to the C&CC for an application.
|Wildlife Center of Silicon Valley 2017 Summer Internship Program||Summer Intern||This unpaid internship is a minimum commitment of 20 hours per week for three months. Please, NO phone calls regarding the status of your application.
• Send a cover letter, resume and references to Nora Pierson, Volunteer Manager: email@example.com. The Deadline to apply is February 28, 2017.
|Interns are responsible for providing care to the orphaned, sick and injured wildlife admitted to WCSV. Interns will get to experience the examination process of incoming wildlife, learn different treatment techniques, capture and release wildlife, learn different husbandry requirements for the many different species WCSV receives, and assists WCSV’s staff in training new volunteers. Interns will also have an opportunity to learn different diagnostic techniques such as avian and mammal fecal testing and blood work.|
|Sunday Friends||Help in a variety of ways. Each Sunday the program offers classes and services for needy families.||Sundays||Age 14+. Go here to sign up.|
|Via West||Age 16+. (Mature 15 year olds are welcome).Volunteer to help with mentally, physically, and/or developmentally disabled children and adults.||
Once you are trained, there are many opportunities to help during weekend camps. Flexible.
We are looking for more staff and volunteers at our campus.
|To become a volunteer you need to attend a training session with Via Services. To register for the training, go to their website. Questions? Contact Irshad Fardan at firstname.lastname@example.org|
|Korean Baptist Church of San Jose||Volunteer tutors||Every Friday, 5pm-7pm||
Volunteers are needed possibly every Friday for 2 hours to provide homework assistance and help with math and reading for children in grades K-6. Volunteer tutors work with youngsters on a one-to-one or small group basis in the areas of reading, math and English as a second language.
When: Every Friday, 5pm-7pm Where: Korean Baptist Church of San Jose, 1056 Pinewood Dr. San Jose
Who: Anyone who is friendly and has a heart for children
Contact: Joy Hong (Director) 408.209.3264
|American Youth Literacy Foundation||Reading Tutor for children in grades 1-5||Flexible schedule throughout the year at local public library||
Are you looking for easy volunteer hours in your community? Help make an impact by teaching vital reading skills to struggling children! AYLF employs a novel technique using phonetics that helps children approach the English language in a new and fun way. Online training is required, and counts towards 12 volunteer hours. To join the new chapter in the bay area contact email@example.com (Must be in grades 10-12)
|SCC Peer Court||Mock attorney, bailiff, clerk, or juror.||Tuesday evenings. Call for schedule.||Please open the link to the forms and descriptions. You do not need to attend training before attending a Peer Court. Attend either one and learn all about trials and juvenile justice. No registration required; just show up and participate. Must bring two signed permission slips, which are the last two pages of the pdf. Questions? Call Mr. Hector Sanchez, Probation Community Worker at 408-771-9972 or Hector.Sanchez@pro.sccgov.org|
|Children's Discovery Museum of San Jose||Museum Volunteer||Are you a friendly, energetic individual that enjoys working with children? To be part of Team Teal you need to be at least 16 years old, or entering your sophomore year in high school. You make a commitment to 50 hours of service over a calendar year, offering the opportunity be an integral part of our visitor services. You are required to attend a volunteer orientation.|
|San Jose Public Library, Calabazas Branch||Volunteer, ages 13+||On-going and Book Sale Events||Go to the site to sign up. Click on "Fill in an application" in the top right of the screen to start the process.|
Vitas Innovative Hospice Care
|Volunteer||Ongoing, one to two hours at a time, monthly projects||Flexible assignments and locations depending on availability and where you live. Work with hospice patients at monthly events, including activities such as arts & crafts, music and games. Contact Cynthia.firstname.lastname@example.org for details.|
|Tutor Chat Live||On-line tutor for under-served students||At your convenience||See website for volunteer details.|
|City of Cupertino||A variety of volunteer jobs.||open||Visit their cool website to find opportunities that match your interests.|
|San Jose Police Dept PAL Cadet Program||Cadets gain field experience by assisting members of the San Jose Police Department.||Cadet meetings are held every Tuesday from 5pm to 6:30pm.||Cadets are required to put in 15 volunteer hours each month. Information|
|Good Samaritan Hospital||Medical Explorers Post 777||3rd Thursday of each month at 6:30 PM at Good Samaritan Hospital||
Join us on the 3rd Thursday of every month to learn about medicine through guest speakers, field trips, and more! Contact us at "Medical Explorers Post 777" on Facebook and email@example.com for more info.
|Valley Medical Center||Medical Explorers Post 751||Group meets fourth Tuesday of every month from 6:00-7:30 PM at Valley Medical Center in the Valley Specialty Center Basement BQ160||
Please bring the youth application and the payment forms with you to the meeting.
|Bay Area locations||Medical volunteering||Here is a link to many local volunteer opportunities for students interested in exploring the field of medicine.|
|Outdoor Science School, Santa Cruz County||Cabin Leader/Counselor||The Outdoor Science School is seeking energetic & responsible high school volunteers throughout the school year.||
To Apply: Check our calendar to find a week that you would like to volunteer. Confirm your availability with your parent or guardian. Check with your school to see if there are any conflicts such as testing, school events, etc. Complete Application Questions on the Application.
OUTDOOR SCIENCE SCHOOL, Boulder Creek, CA
Come experience the week of a lifetime as a volunteer cabin leader at YMCA Camp Campbell’s Outdoor Science School! 5th and 6th graders from all over the Bay Area come to our beautiful camp in the redwoods each week, and they need leaders like you to ensure they have an amazing experience!
Gain leadership experience through guiding a cabin of 5th and 6th grade students, along with support from the staff at YMCA Camp Campbell, who are onsite 24 hours a day.
Earn 87 hours of community service- and have a great time doing it!
Candidates must be at least 16 years old, a sophomore in high school, and in good academic standing. School permission required when applicable. Fingerprinting required for volunteers 18 and older.
Contact:Eric Weiss; firstname.lastname@example.org
(831) 338-2128 ext. 1415
Online application form
|Santa Clara County Office of Education, Walden West||Cabin Leader||Week-long programs from Sept 6- June 2 (except Thanksgiving and Dec 17-Jan 8)||Walden West is looking for enthusiastic, passionate positive role models to be cabin leaders for the 5th/6th grade outdoor school. Volunteers are needed all school year and must be available to spend an entire week at our program. Potential volunteers can apply online at www.waldenwest.org/volunteer anytime for any week during the school year. All paperwork and information is at that same website.|
2016-2017 Internship Opportunities
|Startup Wonder||Intern||Internships (Assistant Instructor, Social Media, Operations, Marketing, Curriculum Design)|
|LinkedIn Internship/job Posts||Over 1000 Listings for the San Jose Area||Students do not have to have a LinkedIn account in order to utilize their new Job Search tool.|
|Arthritis Foundation Summer Science Internship||
The Arthritis Foundation Summer Science Internship Program places outstanding high school and college students in the world renowned Rheumatology and Immunology Laboratories at Stanford University and the University of California, San Francisco.
For rising juniors and seniors [All applicants must have reached their 17th birthday by June 1, 2017. ABSOLUTELY NO EXCEPTIONS.] US citizen or permanent resident.
June 13- Aug 3, 2017
40 hours per week.
Stipend (they pay YOU!): $1500
|Through this internship students receive hands-on experience in the fields of rheumatology and immunology, with a focus on arthritis and related autoimmune diseases. Interns participate in either basic laboratory (bench) research or clinical translational/epidemiological (patient outcomes oriented) research.
All qualifying applicants will be considered for internships at both locations. While every effort will be made to accommodate applicant preferences, all internship assignments are final. Complete application due Feb. 25, 2017
|LEAD (Leaders for Education, Advocacy, and Democracy)||Intern||Includes 5 training meetings in the spring and a summer internship as well as field trips.||
LEAD’s mission is to empower youth to become champions for their communities and voices of their generation through leadership and professional skill development, government and advocacy internships, and political organizing.
LEAD is program of Asian Americans for Community Involvement (AACI), Santa Clara County’s largest community-based organization focused on the Asian community. Apply here.
|ACE Mentoring program||Not so much an actual internship, but an opportunity to be mentored.||The ACE Mentoring program is a free national afterschool program which meets once a week from 4-6pm. The goal of the program is to increase interest and awareness in Architecture, Construction Management, and Engineering fields for high school students. Go to http://www.acementor.org/students/ for additional information.|
|Bank of America||Bank of America is looking for the next generation of community leaders. If you are a junior or senior in high school and are working to make a difference in your school or community, we want to support you.||
As a Student Leader, you will participate in an eight-week paid internship at a local nonprofit organization where you will learn first-hand about the needs of your community and the critical role nonprofits play. In addition, you will learn valuable civic, social and business leadership skills. Each Student Leader will attend the Student Leaders Summit held in Washington, D.C. where you will learn how government, business and the nonprofit sector work together to address critical community needs.
To become a Student Leader, you must:
Currently be a junior or senior in high school
Be able to participate in an 8-week paid internship at a local nonprofit organization and work 35 hours a week
Be legally authorized to work in the US without sponsorship through the end of September 2017
Be able to participate in a week-long Student Leaders Summit in Washington, DC (July 9 - July 14, 2017) (All expenses paid. This week will be part of your 8-week experience.)
Be a student in good standing at your school
Obtain a letter of recommendation from a teacher, guidance counselor, or school administrator.
To apply click here. Applications are open until January 27th. For questions concerning this program, please call 1-800-218-9946.
Participating students spend 8 weeks during the summer doing research. Program dates are fixed and cannot be changed. Students are expected to participate 8 continuous weeks. No vacation time is allowed during these eight weeks.
It is strongly recommended to apply to laboratories that are close to your residence. No travel/relocation allowance will be provided.
The stipend amount for new students will be $3,300 for the 8 weeks. Returning students will receive $3,800 for the 8 weeks. Payments will be distributed bi-weekly via direct deposit.
High school students who have completed at least Grade 9. A graduating senior is eligible to apply
Must be 16 years of age for most laboratories. Some laboratories may accept a 15 year old applicant. Please check individual lab description for more details.
Applicants must be US citizens and participation by Permanent Resident Aliens is limited. Please check individual lab descriptions for participation of Permanent Resident Aliens.
Dual citizens may be accepted at some labs, but not all. Interested students should contact the individual labs to determine if dual citizens may apply.
|Metropolitan Transportation Commission (MTC) High School Internship Program||
Usually opens for applications in January or February with a March due date.
|Paid.||Each year MTC sponsors a High School Internship Program. The purpose of the program is to introduce high school students (in the 10th, 11th or 12th grade) to career opportunities in the field of transportation, to show them how public transportation agencies play an overall part in the community, county, and regional transportation operations, and to provide MTC’s transportation partners (such as traffic engineers at city and county public works departments or planners at transit agencies) with assistance.|
|4-week summer internship||Fee required ($5500 in 2016)||
This internship offers advanced high-school students the opportunity to be involved with cutting-edge research in vision science. In this immersive experience, students will be involved in every step of the research process, and will be working alongside Whitney lab members to create and test novel research paradigms. Additionally, students will learn advanced computer coding and statistical analysis techniques that are fundamental to a successful career in all scientific fields.
|Camp Galileo Summer Camps||Summer Intern||Paid||
Summer interns are sign makers, attendance takers, office assistants, lesson helpers, game leaders, skit planners and all-around can-doers who work to keep camp running smoothly. Internships are paid and available to applicants who will be 16 or older by the start of employment (the first day of camp at your location).
|Unpaid Internships at Stanford University||Unpaid internships||Experience||Students must be at least 16 years old to hold an internship within a research lab. Please go to this link to understand the process for finding an internship at Stanford University.|
|The Carnegie Institution for Science, Department of Plant Biology 2016 Summer Internship Program||Summer science intern||This program offers both full- and part-time intern positions to Undergraduate and High School students interested in biological research. Our world-renowned labs are located at the Stanford campus, and offer a vibrant environment for highly motivated students interested in hands-on experience in science.|
|Boston University RISE - Research Internship in Science & Engineering||Application due March 1.||6 weeks||
For juniors only. Under the mentorship of our distinguished faculty, post-doctoral fellows, and graduate students, BU RISE students work on a research project designed by their professor for forty hours each week of the program. You will perform research in your chosen discipline while acquiring invaluable technical and analytical skills as well as insight into the scientific process. We offer hands-on research opportunities in the following areas: astronomy, biology, biomedical engineering, chemistry, electrical and computer engineering, mechanical engineering, medical laboratory research, neuroscience, physics, and psychology. RISE provides two research tracks: Research Internship and, new for 2016, Research Practicum.
|Science Internship Program (SIP) at UCSC||Application due early April||10 weeks||
The Science Internship Program provides motivated, advanced students with a unique opportunity to work and learn at a premier research institution. SIP is a summer-long (10 week) research internship program for high-school students in STEM fields. UCSC faculty, graduate students, and post-doctoral researchers provide one-on-one mentoring of these high-school interns. The research projects are REAL in that they are NOT made up just for the high-school students; instead students are inserted into existing research projects here at UCSC.
|Stanford Medicine Clinical Summer Internship||Apply December to early March||2-week sessions||
For students interested in medicine. Sessions with current medical students, residents and medical school admissions officers. Engaging lectures that provide a glimpse into different specialties. Interaction with standardized patients to learn the art of diagnosis and treatment.
|Summer Discovery||Pay for internships in locations across the world.||
Pre-college enrichment, college prep, and internship/business institutes held on different college campuses. Taught by professors from the schools hosting the program.
|Summer Internship Program in Biomedical Research (SIP)||Applications are rolling until March 1||8+ weeks||
Internships at NIH in Maryland and a few other locations. Summer programs at the National Institutes of Health (NIH) provide an opportunity to spend a summer working at the NIH side-by-side with some of the leading scientists in the world, in an environment devoted exclusively to biomedical research.
NIFS & OSSI
|February||8 weeks||NASA Internships are educational hands-on opportunities that provide unique NASA-related research and operational experiences for high school, undergraduate, and graduate students as well as educators. These internships integrate participants with career professionals emphasizing mentor-directed, degree-related, real-time world task completion. NASA Internships can be full or part-time, conducted at a NASA facility, contractor facility, or anywhere activities are ongoing to advance NASA's missions. Info|
|InternBound.com||Many are listed.||For high school graduates or college undergrads.||Search website for paid and/or summer internships. Most require the applicant to be 18+, but some of the summer positions do not have an age requirement.|
|Summer Discovery||Summer intern at small/medium business||Rising juniors and seniors who are ages 15-18 (London interns must be 16)||4 week internships held in New York, Los Angeles, Boston or London. Cost of internship covers housing, most meals, and activities. Held in conjunction with Summer Discovery academic summer programs.|