Program Overview

Thank you for your interest in the City of Bakersfield Youth Jobs Program!

The City of Bakersfield is excited to announce the creation and launch of the Bakersfield Youth Jobs Program- The first of its kind. The City has partnered with Kern Community Foundation to administer the program, including accepting and reviewing applications, as well as placing successful candidates in available positions. Thanks to a $5.39 million grant from California Volunteers, Office of the Governor, the City will hire nearly 400 youth ages 16- to 30-years old starting in June.

The program will include a paid high school summer internship program, a paid college-level fellowship program and partnerships with non-profits to employ justice-involved youth. The program will provide job training, case management, and mentorship to underserved youth to bolster our future workforce. An array of entry-level and career paths has been identified in City departments and non-profit organizations. These pathways will provide both hands-on and technical training to equip youth with experience and knowledge to prepare them for future permanent employment.

Applications for the high school summer internship program are now being accepted with the program expected to begin June 13, 2022.
Applications for the college-level fellowship program are expected open in September 2022.

Internship Requirements & Duration

Internships shall take place from Monday, June 13, 2022 through Friday, August 5, 2022. Interns must be 16 years of age or older (by June 13, 2022) and are expected to work 20 hours per week, Monday – Friday, from 8 AM to 5 PM PST. Schedules will be determined by Department Supervisors. Below are important program dates to consider before applying:

  • June 13, 2022: First Day of Work & Orientation
  • July 4, 2022: Independence Day (No Work)
  • July 5 – 8, 2022: Mid-Summer Evaluation
  • August 5, 2022: Last Day of Work & Closing Interview

Application Process

Th City Hall Summer Internship Applications opens on Friday, April 22, 2022. Applications are due on Friday, May 13, 2022 at 11:59:59 PM PST. The hiring process will include a review of the applications, 30 minute panel interviews, and 30 minute Department interviews in May 2022. The timeline below highlights key application dates. Before applying, please ensure you will be available on during those dates and times.

Application Dates

  • April 22, 2022: Application Released
  • May 13, 2022 @ 11:59:59 PM: Applications Close
  • May 16 – 20, 2022: Application Review
  • May 23 – May 27, 2022: Panel Interviews
  • May 30 – June 3, 2022: Department Interviews
  • June 6 – 10, 2022: Decisions Mailed and Eligibility Confirmed


Interns will be paid $15.00 an hour and be provided with all-inclusive fringe benefits including worker’s compensation.

Submission and Questions

Applications are due to the Kern Community Foundation by Friday, May 13th, 2022 at 11:59:59 PM.

For the application packet (CLICK HERE) and for the list of city departments accepting interns (CLICK HERE).

Please email your application as one Microsoft Word or PDF packet to If you plan to mail or drop off your application, please send it to:

ATTN: Youth Jobs
Kern Community Foundation
5701 Truxtun Ave, Suite 110
Bakersfield, CA 93309

If you have any questions, please reach out to the Kern Community Foundation at 661-325-5346 or

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