Career Development and Internships

For five weeks each summer, our students participate in paid internships. Students are matched with internship opportunities based upon their skill level as well as career and personal interests. Students learn to write resumes, practice interview skills, and receive workplace training at job preparation workshops. Internship earnings go toward funding the students’ college saving accounts. Students also participate in other educational and leadership programs such as Girls Inc. Eureka!, CHORI, and various summer college enrichment programs. The following organizations and businesses are 2020 summer internship providers:

  • Baker Avenue Asset Management
  • Berkeley Repertory School of Theatre
  • BRIDGE Housing
  • California Academy of Sciences
  • Cartier
  • Center for Independent Living
  • Compass Family Services
  • Computer Technologies Program
  • DFS
  • DivcoWest
  • Eureka – Girls Inc of Alameda County
  • Exploratorium
  • First Republic Bank
  • Jewish Community Federation and Endowment Fund
  • Jewish Family & Children’s Services
  • Jewish Vocational Services
  • KQED
  • LBA Realty
  • Prado Group
  • TEF Design
  • UC Berkeley Art Museum & Pacific Film Archive
  • UC Berkeley Basic Needs
  • UC Berkeley Botanical Garden
  • UC Berkeley Data Sciences (BUDS)
  • UC Berkeley Controller’s Office
  • UC Berkeley Girls in Engineering
  • UC Berkeley Haas School of Business
  • UC Berkeley International House
  • UC Berkeley IT Student Affairs
  • UC Berkeley IT Student Information Systems
  • UC Berkeley Parking and Transportation
  • UC Berkeley Recreational Sports Camps
  • UC Berkeley University Development and Alumni Relations
  • UC Paleontology Museum
  • UCSF Benioff Children’s Hospital Oakland Research Institute
  • UCSF Institute for Global Health Sciences
  • Zuckerberg San Francisco General Hospital

Aiden Higuera-Toris, a senior at SJND, interned at Children’s Hospital Oakland Research Institute (CHORI).



Kaycee Leyson, a junior at
Mercy Burlingame, interned at Duty Free Shopping at San Francisco International Airport.

Student Testimonials

  • This program has helped me not only create and achieve goals I would not have fathomed possible for myself, it has also shown me that the limits to my success are as boundless as I desire them to be.

    Sofia Ortega-Guerrero '18 - Yale University '22

  • I came into achieve as a young teenager with dreams. I am leaving achieve as a teenager who knows how to make those dreams a reality.

    John Bermudez '16 - Colgate '20

  • Thanks to the achieve Program, I have been exposed to a myriad of opportunities I would not have had access to anywhere else. My internships at the Exploratorium, UCSF Medical Center, and UCSF Benioff Children’s Hospital of Oakland Research Institute have been absolutely pivotal in my life.

    Natasha Alvarado '18 - University of Chicago '22

  • The guidance and mentorship of the achieve Program has shaped me into the man I am today — confident in my abilities and ready to tackle the next step in my journey after high school.

    Louie Mezie '19 - Lawrence University '23

  • achieve has shown me that I can be more and I can help other people in my family and community be more, too… achieve has changed my life and I will use the tools given to me to become a driving force in success, change and empowerment.

    Brittany DeWeaver '16 - Carleton College '20

  • Without achieve, Middlebury College would have not been a possibility because I would not have had the knowledge of the college process. Not only did achieve give me the resources to apply to college, but also helped me understand what types of colleges fit me.

    Nestor Orozco-Llamas '19 - Middlebury College '23

  • When I was accepted into the program, my 14-year-old self was not aware of the gifts that would be given to me by achieve in the next four years: knowledge, personal growth, life-changing events, support, and love.

    Samantha Alvarado '19 - Southwestern University '23

  • achieve has taught me that giving back and helping others is something you should do all of your life. It gives you a feeling of happiness when you see others smile and hearing that your actions have benefited the people in your community.

    Gaby Nunez '17 - Lawrence University '21

  • The greatest impact the achieve Program has had on my life is that it has helped me step out of my comfort zone and try new and challenging things that I never thought I would be able to do.

    Melissa Cervantes '17 - St. Olaf College '21

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