Eligibility and Requirements


Any student in high school (currently a Sophomore or Junior) who lives in the counties of Contra Costa, Alameda, or San Francisco, and is interested in this internship program is encouraged to apply.

Application Deadline:- Monday, February 27, 2017
See other important dates here.


All Internship Program participants must complete their internship over the eight-week summer period.  Students interns must be able to travel to different locations/counties they are assigned to. Student Interns are responsible for their own transportation.  All Internship Program participants must participate in the following events:

Accepted Interns Orientation/Training Day – Saturday, April 15, 2017
All interns must participate in orientation and training. These sessions are designed to introduce interns to the workings of government and prepare for the workplace. In addition, interns will be given their presentation assignment (see below) and have the opportunity to begin brainstorming in a team environment.

100 working hours in the office placement* – June through August
Working hours are typically flexible, and are scheduled with the intern’s office placement. To get the most out of the program, working hours should be distributed over approximately 10 weeks during the course of the summer, rather than concentrated within 2-3 weeks. These hours must be completed by August 31, 2017. Timesheets must be signed off by the office supervisor and submitted to us.

10 community service hours* – June through August
Community service hours can be completed with any community organization. Interns must submit completed hours, signed off by their supervisor. At least 5 hours must be allocated for CAPA Community Education Fund. Timesheets must be submitted in order verify hours.

Intern Graduation – Sunday, August 20, 2017

It is advisable and encouraged that you refrain from completing your required internship hours over the full summer period and not compress them within a couple weeks. This is to receive the maximum experience that our program offers as well as the flexibility you need to complete all requirements in addition to the office’s final decision on your work schedule. Please advise us if this is a problem during the interviews.  This includes other internships, vacations, job commitments and other events.