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 nonprofit internship program are OPEN. (Click here for application)
  • Applications for the high school summer internship program are closed.
  • Applications for the college-level fellowship program are closed


Nonprofit Internship Program Overview

The Bakersfield Youth Jobs Program (BYJP) aims to recruit, train, and place youth from under-resourced communities with community-based nonprofit organizations.

Nonprofit Internship Requirements & Duration

The Nonprofit Cohort will be a non-linear cohort. Internships will occur for 15 continuous weeks or to the completion of 300 hours and interns will help nonprofit organizations with clerical, administrative, and entry-level tasks. Referrals for at-risk youth ages 18-30 are strongly encouraged. Referrals will be accepted on an ongoing basis.

Nonprofit Internship Application Process

The Nonprofit Internship Application opens on Tuesday, December 13, 2022. KCF will review applications every week. KCF will contact the candidate within 5 to 7 business days of receiving the application if they would like the candidate to participate in a 30-minute panel interview. If you are applying in conjunction with a referral form from a nonprofit organization, it is the responsibility of the nonprofit to complete and submit the referral form.

Nonprofit Internship Application Dates

  • December 13, 2022: Applications Released
  • Applications and Referrals will be accepted on an ongoing basis.


Interns will be paid bi-weekly an hourly rate equivalent to the California minimum wage and provided bus passes upon request.


  • Applications for the Nonprofit Internship are now OPEN (Click Here)
  • Nonprofit Internship Referral Form (Click Here)


City Hall Fellowship Program Overview

The City Hall Fellowship Program is a paid fellowship where youth will work part-time with City departments on important projects and initiatives. As a pipeline to a career in public service, youth ages 18 to 30 will shadow an employee at participating Departments and help with administrative duties and analyses; assist in the compilation, analysis, and control of departmental budgets; prepare and present reports and provide administrative assistance to City departments. Youth will receive comprehensive career development services from the Kern Community Foundation including bi-weekly professional workshops, travel stipends, mentors, and field trips. City Hall Fellowship Requirements & Duration Internships shall take place from Tuesday, September 6, 2022 through Friday, August 6, 2023. Fellows 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:

  • February 6, 2023: First Day of Work & Orientation
  • May 8-9, 2023: Mid-Program Evaluations
  • August 6, 2023: Last Day of Work & Closing Interview

City Hall Fellowship Application Process

The City Hall Fellowship Application opens on Friday, December 9, 2022. Applications are due on Friday, January 6th, 2023, at 11:59:59 PM PST. The hiring process will include a review of your application and a 30-minute panel interview. The timeline below highlights the key application and interview time frames. Before applying, please ensure you will be available during those dates and times.

City Hall Fellowship Application Dates

  • December 9, 2022: Applications Released
  • January 6, 2023 @ 11:59:59PM : Applications Close
  • January 9- 20, 2023: Panel Interviews
  • January 23-31, 2023: Decisions Mailed and Eligibility Confirmed


Fellows will be paid $23.00 an hour and provided bus passes upon request.

Submission and Questions

Applications are now CLOSED. ____________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________

City Hall Summer Internship Requirements & Duration

Interns must be 16 years of age or older 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. 

Application Process

The City Hall Summer Internship Applications are CLOSED.

Submission and Questions

Applications for the City Hall Summer Internships are CLOSED.

If you have any questions regarding the City Hall Summer Internship please reach out to the Kern Community Foundation at 661-616-2610 or

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