Youth Shine in Summer Internships

Congrats to all of our youth for completing their internships for our retail program in partnership with Gap and Old Navy! We had a fun time in the park to celebrate this milestone.

Enterprise work experience opportunities are designed to meet the needs and interests of a wide range of youth, allowing them to see firsthand how an interest in a particular area translates into a job. All youth work at least 75 hours and are paid $17.05 per hour. Youth are placed into a variety of work experiences.

“I learned the basics of HTML and CSS through daily practice and lectures. I also learned a lot about code from working with others! I love this internship!” — Kai Lam Kingsley U, Enterprise for Youth Intern at Code Nation

1) Professional Internships —Through these signature internships, we offer youth placements in technology, healthcare, government and nonprofit, art/architecture/design, entrepreneurship, and small business management, and financial and legal services, as well as credits through City College. 

2) Healthcare Skills Building Internships—Through a joint venture with City College, youth complete Healthcare Terminologies part A, receiving 3 college credits; youth who participated in the program in 2020 are eligible to complete part B. Pairing advanced training with direct work experience, youth will be placed in virtual internships at Kaiser Allied Health and UCSF: ALBA Labs. Learn more.

3) Technology Skills Building Internship—Through joint ventures with Mission Bit and Code Nation youth participate in intensive and extensive workshops specializing in technologies like app development, Web Design, and Unity Game Design. Youth complete substantive projects and leave with augmented tech skills. This program will include a certain number of hours of direct work experience in the tech field. 

4) Social Media for Small Business—Through a partnership with SF New Deal, youth will work in pairs to provide social media marketing to San Francisco small businesses in need. SF New Deal has access to over 170 small businesses and those businesses have requested support (in some cases bilingual support) with their social media footprints and websites. Enterprise youth will be collaborating directly with the owners and founders of these businesses. 

5) Green Careers—Through partnerships with SF Rec & Parks and Golden Gate National Recreation Area, we will offer outdoor internships at park sites throughout the city with increased health and safety protocols, along with environmental education and exposure to a range of green careers. Learn more.

6) Direct-to-Hire—We provide specialized training and support for youth in retail jobs with partners including Old Navy, Starbucks, and Sephora, as well as other potential partners like Footlocker, See’s Candies, Target, Levi’s, and BiRite. Our long-standing relationship with Gap Inc. helped establish the curriculum and training module to prepare youth to work at Banana Republic, Gap, and Old Navy stores. Using that model, Enterprise is now placing youth with other retailers. 

“It has been really cool learning the values of Old Navy, to see behind-the-scenes, and see how much goes into the design process. What works well is having mentors work with us one-on-one at the beginning. It’s really nice to have someone support us and make me feel welcomed into the Gap Inc. environment. I enjoyed all of it. Old Navy HQ staff are very understanding and are very helpful when teaching us certain topics.” —Lamiya, Enterprise for Youth Intern at Old Navy HQ

7) Junior Caddie—For nearly 20 years, Enterprise has partnered with the Olympic Club to run the Junior Caddie program, which provides both work experience and college scholarship opportunities, including a chance to receive a full ride to selected institutions through the Evans Scholarship program as well as partial scholarships through the Rawson Fund, administered by Enterprise. 

8) Career Exploration Internships—Launched in 2020, this program includes professional development workshops, augmented financial literacy, job shadows, and a series of career panels with experts in healthcare, technology, business/entrepreneurialism, financial/professional services, arts/architecture/design, sports business, and government/nonprofit administration. In 2021, we will run this virtual program in partnership with the SFUSD College and Career Readiness Department, which will take the lead on recruitment.