Paid Student Internship Program


Through partnerships with local businesses and organizations, Partners coordinates a comprehensive Internship Program that provides paid, experiential learning opportunities to high school students. The goals of this program are to:

  • Provide hands-on learning opportunities that are necessary for students to remain engaged in school and motivated in achieving their future goals
  • Enable low-income students to gain meaningful work experience while also earning needed money
  • Engage local businesses and community members shape our future workforce

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Students are connected with businesses matching their interests, and support the placement process by crafting resumes and cover letters tailored to their prospective employer. Once hired, interns work an average of 10 hours/week for 80 hours total (duration is flexible). Partners acts as a resource for both students and employers, playing the role of case manager as needed.

puzzle-pieceSplit Wage

Students earn $150 stipend for training and minimum wage for 80 hours of paid work experience. Interns are paid through the Santa Barbara County Education Office. Hosts are simply invoiced for half of the wages once an internship is completed. Partners handles all student employment items (insurance, work permits, tax paperwork, etc.)

puzzle-pieceEmployers Gain

•   Trained, motivated interns in the workplace

•   A crucial role in the life of a student and in a community effort to develop a strong and competitive future workforce

Interested in hosting an intern at your business? Click here to share information about your needs and our Internship Program staff will contact you shortly.

puzzle-piecePlacement Cycle

Internship start dates are flexible and occur throughout three program sessions each year: fall, winter, and summer.

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This program serves high school students (16-18 years old) who demonstrate perseverance and motivation to succeed despite some type of challenge they face. The majority of our student participants face financial obstacles and are the first in their families to pursue higher education. Prior to being accepted to the Internship Program, all students must successfully complete our application process. This includes several in-depth essay questions, a recommendation from a teacher or other school staff member, and an interview. In addition, all students must maintain a 2.0 GPA to be considered. It is ideal for an intern to have first taken a Career Technical Education (CTE) course.

puzzle-pieceJob Readiness Training

Before they reach their employers’ doors–and with the help of volunteers who serve as Career Coaches–students complete seven weeks of volunteer-run job readiness training on the following topics:

  • Resumes, cover letters and employment paperwork
  • Interview skills
  • Workplace attire
  • Attitude and demeanor
  • Customer service
  • Workplace etiquette
  • Financial literacy


Interested students, please call (805) 964-4710 ext. 4424 for more information. 

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