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Thu Jun 01, 2017 - Mon Jul 31, 2017


3177 17th StreetSan Francisco, CA 94110


Seven Tepees Youth Program is a nonprofit, community based organization that provides comprehensive youth development and college access and persistence services to over 1,000 youth annually through two programs: The Learning Center and The College & Career Program. Our Learning Center works with low income middle and high school students as well as recent college graduates for a period of more than ten years - spanning middle school and high school graduation into the first few years of college or career - offering academic support and guidance, college and career advising, environmental education, mentoring, job training and counseling. Our College and Career Program at Mission High School, a public school serving predominantly low income and first generation students, includes college and career advising, scholarship assistance, scholarships, test preparation support and college application assistance. Seven Tepees has an annual operating budget of approximately $1 million and inhabits the top floor of a building owned by the organization.


The mission of Seven Tepees is to work with urban youth to foster the skills they need to make lifelong positive choices and to create their own opportunities for success. Founded in 1995 by retired Juvenile Justice Daniel Weinstein and Native American healer Hully Fetico, Seven Tepees began as a summer camp where youth lived in seven tepees - one representing each continent of the world.

Host a Seven Tepees Intern:

Seven Tepees 11th grade students participate in our Career Exploration Program (CEP). Over the course of the school year, youth explore their career interests, participate in workshops on topics related to navigating professional work environments, and tour local businesses.

During the summer between 11th and 12th grades, Seven Tepees seeks to place each youth in an internship with companies and businesses in the Bay Area. Internships conclude with Presentations of Learning by youth, sharing their experience, learnings, and goals for the future.

CEP Summer Internships allow your business to:

  • Attract future young professionals

  • Expand your workforce to complete short-term projects

  • Evaluate long-term employment potential as well as assess and train potential future employees

  • Boost your organization’s profile while supporting communities in the Mission and broader San Francisco

Why an internship?

  • It is an opportunity that allows youth to gain professional experience in a career field they may be considering

  • It allows youth to acquire, apply and improve practical skills in real-world business environments.

  • It provides youth with meaningful work experience that will be relevant as they transition from high school to adulthood.

CEP summer internships will take place between June and July, and will last 5 weeks. Youth are expected to work with host for a minimum of 20 hours per week.

Students are awarded a $600 stipend by Seven Tepees for their participation in CEP, a portion of which they earn when they complete 100 work hours at their respective host site.

Seven Tepees is committed to developing qualified interns. We strive to learn about your organization’s business goals, initiatives, and culture, and work to ensure an overall positive experience for your organization.

Responsibilities of an Internship Host:

  • Provide a written job description including the internship responsibilities, and supervise youth intern throughout the internship

  • Evaluate intern’s performance at the end of the internship using the CEP Internship Agree Forms

Responsibilities of a CEP Youth:

  • Demonstrate professional standards of conduct, i.e. the ability to perform work tasks safely, competently, and with good judgement.

  • Observe and be active in as many different facets of host site as possible.

Host a Professional Site Visit:

Throughout the academic year, Seven Tepees’ high school youth have an opportunity to tour local businesses. As part of the CEP program, visiting work sites allow our youth to understand the structure of your business, begin to recognize expectations and professional standards, and envision potential career options for themselves.

Your host site visit may include an activity or workshop specific to your business or organization.

If you are interested in hosting an intern, scheduling a site visit or require any additional information, please contact CEP Coordinator, Kirin Rajagopalan at kirin@7tepees.org


  • Advertising
  • Strategic Planning
  • Product Development
  • Welding
  • Software Engineering
  • Graphic Design / Print

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Requirements & Commitment

  • Must be at least 18
  • Orientation or Training
  • 5 weeks, minimum of 20 hours per week
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