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Job Trainings & Internships
(ages 15-18)

Preparing for the workplace is an important step to pursuing your career dreams.

The Job Readiness Training is available for students across Santa Barbara County through a mix of virtual and in-person workshops. Once students complete the 8-week training, they become eligible for potential paid internships later.

Job Readiness Training

Earn money while exploring your career goals!
  • For Santa Barbara County public high school students, ages 15-18
  • Earn a $200 stipend
  • Throughout the training, learn from your own Career Coach who will provide you with support and feedback
  • Become eligible for a paid internship afterwards
  • 8-week training covering different topics:
Resume Building
Financial Literacy
Career Exploration
Interview Skills
Professional Communication
Training Eligibility Requirements
  • Attend public high school in the Santa Barbara County
  • Must commit to weekly 1-hour workshops (mix of in-person and virtual)
    • Fall: September-November
    • Spring: March-April
    • Summer: May-June
$200 Stipend Eligibility

(Students may still participate in the training even if they don’t meet qualifications to earn the stipend)

  • Complete employment paperwork
  • Employment Eligibility (provide a photo ID & Social Security card)
  • Obtain a work permit

Paid Internships

After completing job readiness training, students become eligible for paid internships, through which they earn minimum wage. Every effort is made to place students into internships aligned with their field of interest. This year we have 10 internship spots reserved for students interested in the Energy sector.

Eligibility Requirements
  • Complete 8-week job readiness training 
  • Current work permit
  • Commit to a minimum of 10 hours weekly, 80 hours total
  • Employment Eligibility (provide a photo ID & Social Security card)

Applications Due February 12, 2024


We welcome you to apply or schedule a call to learn more about this program.

Teachers & Community Partners

Please share with students who may benefit from this program. Our program staff is happy to share more via a presentation in zoom and in-person.


Past Internship Host Sites include:

Advanced Veterinary Specialists
American Indian Health & Services, Inc.
Antioch University
Ayers Automotive Repairs
Bethel Engineering
Bream Accounting & Tax Service
Bristol Property Management, Inc.
Community Environmental Council
Corazon del Pueblo
Cottage Health
D.D. Ford Construction
Everybody Dance Now!
Fairview Gardens, The Center For Urban Agriculture
Giuliana Montecito
Habitat For Humanity Of Southern Santa Barbara County
Hope School District
Keller Williams
Kids Cuts Salon
Light Santa Barbara
MedCenter, Inc.
Michael Kelly, EA
Montecito Bank & Trust
Mountain and Sea Dental and Associates
Notes For Notes
Pacific Western Bank
Partners in Education
Paul Crawford, D.d.s
Pmsm Architects
Pulseone Group, Llc
Rosales Mexican Restaurant
Salon Del Mar
Sanger Swysen & Dunkle
Santa Barbara County Education Office- Communications Department
Santa Barbara County Education Office(Sbceo) Child Development
Santa Barbara Humane Society
Santa Barbara Internal Medicine Group
Santa Barbara Museum of Natural History Sea Center
Santa Barbara Screen And Shade
Santa Barbara Tax & Accounting Services
Santa Barbara Wildlife Care Network
Santa Barbara Zoo

Santa Maria Valley Chamber of Commerce
Searchlight Properties
Stout & Kaufman Aplc
The County Of Santa Barbara Arts Fund (Dba The Arts Fund)
The Marjorie Luke Theatre
Transition House
Turner Foundation
Tv Santa Barbara
United Way of Santa Barbara County
Van Sande Structural Consultants, Inc.
Welcome Every Baby
Wilderness Youth Projects
Women in Tax

New this year!

Thanks to a partnership with the Santa Barbara Foundation and 3CE, we have a certain number of internship spots reserved for students interested in the ENERGY SECTOR (renewable energy, green building, public utilities, etc).