9910 Public Service Trainee - 2019 High School Summer Internship

Recruitment #TEX-9910-903150



The Department
SFO is a world-class, award-winning airport that served more than 57 million guests in fiscal year 17/18. SFO offers non-stop flights to 50 international cities on 44 international carriers. The Bay Area's largest airport also connects non-stop with 85 U.S. cities on 12 domestic airlines. In fiscal year 16/17, the Airport, an enterprise department of the City & County of San Francisco, accounted for $8.4 billion in business activity and supported nearly 43,000 direct jobs.

SFO’s mission is to provide an exceptional airport in service to our communities and is committed to redefining air travel. SFO is renovating Terminal 1: The Harvey B. Milk Terminal, the largest capital project in the Airport’s $7.3 billion Ascent Program. For more information, visit www.flysfo.com. You can also watch this video about careers at SFO.

Appointment Type
Temporary Exempt (TEX), these positions are excluded by the Charter from the competitive Civil Service examination process and shall serve at the discretion of the Appointing Officer.

Position Description
Have you ever wondered what it would be like to work at an Airport? Well now here is your chance to find out while gaining valuable work experience, earning some extra money, and building your professional network while having a good time! SFO is recruiting high school students for its summer 2019 internship program. Please check out this video of Day in the Life of an SFO Intern to get a behind the scenes look of what being an intern at SFO really looks like.

San Francisco International Airport has a robust internship program and hosts nearly 200 interns annually. Our Summer High School Interns will work 20 hours per week from June 2019-August 2019, in one of the many offices at the airport. Each intern will work directly with an SFO Mentor who will give them daily tasks and larger scale projects. Interns will also be given the opportunity to attend tours of SFO, Meet and Greets with Airport leadership, and other workshops and events aimed at professional development. If you'd like to learn more about internships at SFO, click here.

The diverse career fields represented at SFO make the internship an excellent opportunity for career exposure. In addition to providing training, career clothing if needed, BART and SamTrans tokens, interns benefit from the mentorship of diverse Airport Commission staff. Participating Airport Commission offices have included, for example:

  • Accounting
  • Electric Shop
  • Emergency Management
  • Engineering and Building Construction
  • Guest Services
  • Human Resources
  • Information Technology & Telecommunications
  • Medical Clinic
  • Reprographics
  • Safety and Security Services
  • SFO Radio Shop
  • San Francisco Police Department: Airport Bureau

Work Schedules
Internship is scheduled to begin in June 2019 and end in August 2019. This is a 10 week internship. The basic work week is 20 hours per week. The schedule will be 20 hours a week between the hours of 8:00am and 5:00pm. Those enrolled in daily summer school classes should consider whether their school schedule will allow them to work 20 hours per week during the days and hours of Monday through Friday, 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., including travel time to and from the airport.

Please note, interns are not permitted to request more than five business days for vacation, summer school, or other activities during the duration of the internship.

Interns must attend mandatory workshops, trainings, and orientation sessions.

Minimum Qualifications

  1. Applicant must be enrolled in high school or have received a high school diploma no more than 6 months prior; AND
  2. Applicant must be at least 16 years old by June 1, 2019. There are no exceptions; AND
  3. Applicant must possess a Social Security Card, valid picture identification, and documents that establish both identity and employment eligibility such as a birth certificate, state issued proof of identity or proof of legal rights to work in the United States.
  4. All applicants must commit to 20 hours per week and not plan on missing more than five business consecutive due to vacation, summer school or other activities.
  5. Graduating seniors are eligible to apply for this internship.

Please Note
Students who are not graduating by spring 2019; who live and go to school in San Francisco, are encouraged to apply to SFO through San Francisco YouthWorks at www.sfyouthworks.org. YouthWorks applications will become available beginning March 2019. For further information regarding YouthWorks, please refer to their website or call (415) 202-7911.

Desirable Qualifications
The stated desirable qualifications may be used to identify job finalists at the end of the selection process when candidates are referred for hiring.

  • Applicants with no prior Internship experience at SFO are desired.
  • Please take time and care in completing your personal statement and application, as these are the main tools we use to select candidates for interviews and employment.
  • Please note that while anyone 16 or older by June 1, 2019 may apply, however, priority will be given to Juniors, Seniors, and those who have recently graduated in the selection process.  

Applicants must submit required transcripts by close of business, Wednesday, March 13, 2019 at 5:00 p.m.  Failure to submit the required transcripts may result in rejection of the application. Applicants must upload transcripts in the online application. No hand deliveries or emails will be accepted.

Work Permits
Successful candidates will be required to obtain a work permit. However, applicants should not request a work permit until notified of a job offer. You can get a work permit from your school or school district where you reside.  

Here is the link to the work permit request form:

Statement of Intent to Employ Minor and Request for Work Permit

How To Apply

Applications for City and County of San Francisco jobs are only accepted through an online process. Visit www.jobaps.com/sf to register an account (if you have not already done so) and begin the application process.

  • Select the desired job announcement
  • Select “Apply” and read and acknowledge the information
  • Select either “I am a New User” if you have not previously registered, or “I have Registered Previously”
  • Follow instructions on the screen

The application is difficult to complete on your phone. You can generally use the computers at your school or local library for free.


The following required documents MUST be submitted online through the online application.  Once you click the “submit” on the application you cannot go back or upload any documents.  

Personal Statement – Please tell us about yourself, including information on why you are interested in gaining work experience at SFO.  You may include accomplishments you are proud of, volunteer or prior work experiences, internship goals, careers of interest, and characteristics unique to you. Please also include what section from the list below that you would be interested in interning in:

  • Accounting
  • Electric Shop
  • Emergency Management
  • Engineering and Building Construction
  • Guest Services
  • Human Resources
  • Information Technology & Telecommunications
  • Medical Clinic
  • Reprographics
  • Safety and Security Services
  • SFO Radio Shop
  • San Francisco Police Department: Airport Bureau

School Transcriptcopies of unofficial transcripts accepted.  (Please upload transcripts to the online application.)

All application materials and support documentation MUST be submitted online as attachments to the application through Jobaps. It is the applicant’s sole responsibility that all application materials and support documentation be received in a complete and legible form.



Applicants may be contacted by email about this announcement and, therefore, it is their responsibility to ensure that their registered email address is accurate and kept up-to-date.  Also, applicants must ensure that email from CCSF is not blocked on their computer by a spam filter.  To prevent blocking, applicants should set up their email to accept CCSF mail from the following addresses (@sfgov.org, @sfdpw.org, @sfport.com, @flysfo.com, @sfwater.org, @sfdph.org, @asianart.org, @sfmta.com, @sfpl.org, @dcyf.org, @first5sf.org).

Applicants will receive a confirmation email that their online application has been received in response to every announcement for which they file.  Applicants should retain this confirmation email for their records.  Failure to receive this email means that the online application was not submitted or received.

All work experience, education, training and other information substantiating how you meet the minimum qualifications must be included on your application by the filing deadline.  Information submitted after the filing deadline will not be considered in determining whether you meet the minimum qualifications.

Applications completed improperly may be cause for ineligibility, disqualification or may lead to lower scores.

If you have any questions regarding this recruitment or application process, please contact Sadia Afandi at sadia.afandi@flysfo.com, (650) 821-2003 or the SFO Interns program (650)821-5241 or sfointernships@flysfo.com.

Selection Procedures

The selection process will include evaluation of applications in relation to minimum requirements.  Applicants meeting the minimum qualifications are not guaranteed advancement to the interview.  Depending on the number of applicants, the Department may establish and implement additional screening mechanisms to comparatively evaluate the qualifications of candidates.  If this becomes necessary, only those applicants whose qualifications most closely meet the needs of the Department will be invited for an interview.

Transportation Security Administration (TSA) Security Clearance:

Candidates for employment with the San Francisco Airport Commission are required to undergo a criminal history record check, including FBI fingerprints, and Security Threat Assessment in order to determine eligibility for security clearance and may be required to undergo drug/alcohol screening. Per Civil Service Commission Rule Section 110.9.1, every applicant for an examination must possess and maintain the qualifications required by law and by the examination announcement for the examination. Failure to obtain and maintain security clearance may be basis for termination from employment with the Airport Commission.


Conviction History

As a finalist for a job, you will be fingerprinted, and your fingerprints will be sent to the California Department of Justice (DOJ) and the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI). The resulting report of your conviction history (if any) will be used to determine whether the nature of your conviction (or arrest, in limited circumstances) conflicts with the specific duties and responsibilities of the job for which you are a finalist. If a conflict exists, you will be asked to present any evidence of rehabilitation that may mitigate the conflict, except when federal or state regulations bar employment in specific circumstances, such as:

  • Candidates applying for positions with the Unified School District and the Community College District may be disqualified from consideration should their conviction history not meet the standards established under the California Education Code.
  • Candidates applying for positions with the Recreation and Park Department may be disqualified from consideration should their conviction history not meet the standards established under California Public Resources Code 5164.

Having a conviction history does not automatically preclude you from a job with the City. If you are selected as a finalist, the hiring department will contact you to schedule a fingerprinting appointment.

Disaster Service Workers

All City and County of San Francisco employees are designated Disaster Service Workers through state and local law (California Government Code Section 3100-3109). Employment with the City requires the affirmation of a loyalty oath to this effect. Employees are required to complete all Disaster Service Worker-related training as assigned, and to return to work as ordered in the event of an emergency.


General Information Concerning City and County of San Francisco Employment Policies and Procedures
Important employment information for the City and County of San Francisco can be obtained online here or hard copy at 1 South Van Ness Avenue, 4th Floor.

Copies of Application Documents:

Applicants should keep copies of all documents submitted, as these will not be returned.

Right to Work:

All persons entering the City and County of San Francisco workforce are required to provide verification of authorization to work in the United States.


Applicants with disabilities who meet the minimum eligibility requirements for this job announcement can find information on requesting a reasonable ADA Accommodation at: 


Recruitment Type: Temporary Exempt
Issued: 12/05/18 
Recruitment ID #: 903150



All employees hired on or after January 10, 2009 will be required (pursuant to San Francisco Charter Section A8.432) to contribute 2% of pre-tax compensation to fund retiree healthcare. In addition, most employees are required to make a member contribution towards retirement, ranging from 7.5%-13.25% of compensation. For more information on these provisions, please contact the personnel office of the hiring agency.

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