We offer unique hands-on job-training internship programs for over 50 youth from across the East Bay. Youth interns are fully integrated into the operations of sustainably operated workshops that provide services for the public, allowing youth to gain job experience while serving members of the local community. With careful oversight by our advanced interns and staff, our unique model allows youth from diverse backgrounds, experiences, and abilities to play a vital role in the operations of our social enterprises.
In addition to job training, we offer outdoor recreation opportunities and wraparound services to our youth participants. We help connect youth to to basic services such as housing, food, and medical and mental health care. We also provide in-house therapy, counseling, and crisis intervention services. Additionally, we maintain a pool of gap-funds that allows us to directly fund temporary emergency housing, food, or clinical therapeutic services when needed.
Our internships give youth the opportunity to develop soft and hard skills that open up employment pathways in a range of well-paying jobs in the outdoor recreation, the maritime and construction trades, and service and retail sectors.
We offer both paid and unpaid internships to youth ages 14-24. Many of our interns come to us through our established partnerships with local workforce development organizations and programs. Through generous support from the community, we are able to offer internships at no charge for participants. We are also able to offer paid internships directly to youth on a case-by-case basis.
Our standard internship length is 120 hours, though this can be extended based on intern interest, performance, and availability. We promote the internal advancement of interns within Waterside, by hiring former interns onto part and full-time staff roles. Upwards of half of our staff are former program participants who serve as mentors to younger interns.
We accept interns into our program on a rolling basis year-round. Explore our specific program internships below.