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Job Trainings & Internships
(ages 15-18)

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

Due to COVID-19, our Job Readiness Training is now held mostly virtually, making it possible for students all across Santa Barbara County to take part. Once students complete the 8-week training, they become eligible for potential paid internships later. Internships may be done remotely or in-person.

Application due March 1, 2023 at 5 p.m.

Who is this program designed for?

This program is for ALL high school students (ages 15-18) who attend school in Santa Barbara County.
Due to limited spots each year, priority is given to those who:

Have not already benefitted from similar experience

Have financial need

Demonstrate motivation to learn

Can commit the time necessary

High School Students

Questions about your eligibility or the application process? Contact us! 805-964-4710 ext 4401 or

Job Readiness Training

In our 8-week job-readiness training, high school students participate in engaging workshops that prepare them for the job world. They earn a $200 stipend upon completion. Our training covers a variety of topic areas designed to provide students with transferable skills they can take with them wherever they go. These topics include (but are not limited to)

Career Exploration
Interview Skills
Professional Communication
Resumes and Cover Letters
Financial Literacy
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-May (Student calendar below) 
$200 Stipend Eligibility

Students can still participate in the training even if they don’t meet qualifications*

  • Complete employment paperwork
  • Employment Eligibility ( ID & Social Security card)
  • Obtain a work permit 
Application due March 1, 2023 at 5 p.m.

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.

Eligibility Requirements
  • Complete 8-week job readiness training 
  • Commit to a minimum of 10 hours weekly, 80 hours total
  • Employment Eligibility ( ID & Social Security card)
  • Current work permit
Application due March 1, 2023 at 5 p.m.


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
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