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Internships & Volunteerism

Keeping Track of Service Hours

Volunteer & Internship Opportunities


Why volunteer?  Here is a great article about the benefits of volunteering.

Here are some websites that list volunteer opportunities: VolunteerMatch.orgBay Area Volunteer; LinkedIn



For internships see the section that is located BELOW the Volunteering list.

Also try:  CheggIntern SushiIntern Bound; LinkedIn

2017-2018 Volunteering Opportunities

Group Position Dates Details
Via West Services Operation Snowflake Volunteer We need volunteers from 12pm-4pm on 12/2 and 1pm-4pm on 12/9.

Operation Snowflake is approaching, which means Via West will be covered in snow!!  We’re looking for over 50 volunteers to assist with the snow or holiday activities.


To volunteer, visit viaservices.org/about-us/volunteer-opportunities or contact Jose Mosqueda: jmosqueda@viaservices.org


During the holiday season our participants will be stuffing lots of stockings for other local non-profits.  We could really use your help!  If you have any of the following items and wish to donate to our cause, please bring them to a manager at a session during the weekend or drop them off during the week at the office. Below is a list of items we’re looking for. 

Toiletries - Travel size items:

Shampoo             Conditioner

Soaps                    Body Wash        

Hand Lotion        Shower Caps

Hand Sanitizer      Deodorant

Kleenex                Wipes

Sewing Kits          Band Aids

Other Items:

Socks                     Gloves

Mittens                  Toothbrush

Toothpaste             Floss

Hair clips/bands      Etc.

Youth Tennis Dream

Seeking volunteers for our Community Service Program


olunteers can participate in one or more of the following:

Write articles and social media engagement
Coordinate special events
Assist with publicity
Photography and video making
Assist sports classes
Child Care

Administrative assistants


We are looking for active, engaging, and encouraging volunteers who can relate to children. A student athlete or active in sports is an advantage. Our programs are focused on providing tennis, soccer and indoor hockey lessons. Students will receive certificates at the 50 and 100 hour levels.  Please let us know how we can make these community hours available for your students.

Jess Puebla
Talent Acquisition Coordinator

Foothill Community Health Center medical, dental, outreach, IT, accounting, food distribution, behavioral health on-going Visit their volunteer website, or call 408-729-4290
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 Jose Mosqueda at jmosqueda@viaservices.org

P: 408-243-7861 ext 258

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 isita.tripathi@gmail.com  (Must be in grades 10-12)

Korean Baptist Church of San Jose Volunteer Opportunity for Children at Local Church When: 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. Where: Korean Baptist Church of San Jose

 1056 Pinewood Dr. San Jose, CA 95129

Who:  Anyone who is friendly and has a heart for children

Contact: Joy Hong (Director)



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.carlson@vitas.com 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 medexp777@gmail.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.
For more information contact Jackie Lowther: Jackie.lowther@hhs.sccgov.org

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.
  • Receive up to 60 hours of community service for one week of volunteering!
  • Supervise & lead 5th & 6th grade students during their week of Science School.
  • Ensure the safety and well being of your group of ten students while on trail, during evening activities, & overnight in the cabin.
  • Serve as assistants to naturalists during daily field study hikes.
  • Cabin Leaders arrive at 7pm the first night of your scheduled program week.

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.
Download an application from our website:



Cabin Leader Flexible

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!

You will:

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; cabinleader@gmail.com

(831) 338-2128 ext. 1415

Online application form

Santa Clara County Office of Education, Walden West Cabin Leader October 22-27, 2017 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.

2017-2018 Internship Opportunities


Company/Individual Position Benefits Description
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, 2018. ABSOLUTELY NO EXCEPTIONS.] US citizen or permanent resident.


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 in February.

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 2018

Be able to participate in a week-long Student Leaders Summit in Washington, DC (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 hereApplications are open until  2/2/18.  For questions concerning this program, please call 1-800-218-9946.

SEAP  Science and Engineering Apprenticeship Program

At the Naval Research Laboratory in Monterey, CA


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.

Eligibility Requirements:

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.

Wildlife Center of Silicon Valley 2017 Summer Internship Program 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: npierson@wcsv.org. The Deadline to apply is in late February.
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. Interns are responsible for providing care to the orphaned, sick and injured wildlife admitted to WCSV. WCSV assists 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.
Metropolitan Transportation Commission (MTC) High School Internship Program

Summer Intern


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.

Perception Science Internship at UC Berkeley

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.

NASA Internships,


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.