The School Break Externship program provides up to 100 high school and college students ages 16-24 with paid, short term work experiences. Selected participants will be partnered with top employers in San Diego during winter and/or spring break.

Past participants have worked in sectors like health care, education, law, retail, social services and more!

Due to COVID-19 restrictions, the majority of available positions are remote. Applicants who are selected for the program will be able to share their preference for role type. 

To apply, you should be:

  • 16-24 years old
  • Currently enrolled in high school or college
  • Available to work during your winter and/or spring breaks
  • Available to attend one-day training sessions in November, December, and March
    • Winter sessions are in November and December
    • Spring sessions are in March

Applicants must also meet the income and housing requirements to participate.

CSBG Eligibility Guide

To be eligible for the CSBG funded School Break Externship program, youth must: 

  • Have a household income at or below the Income Guidelines OR live in one of the Special Housing Situations below OR be a current or former foster youth.

  • Youth in families receiving CalWORKs may demonstrate participation in that program instead of demonstrating household income.’ Income guidelines Persons in Household Monthly Income.

2020 CSBG Income Eligibility
Persons in Household
Monthly Income

*For families/households with more than 8 members, add $373 for each family member

Special Housing Situations

If any of the following statements are true of the participant, they do not need to qualify based on the monthly income guidelines.

  • Their family is having financial troubles, so they lost their home.
  • They are staying with a family besides their own due to financial troubles.
  • They live in a motel, hotel, trailer park, or camping ground as a result of their family’s inability to find other housing.
  • They live in an emergency or transitional shelter.
  • They regularly sleep in a park, vehicle, public space, bus or train station, or abandoned building.

Our spring cohort is full. Check back for more information.


This program is funded in whole or in part with the Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) program funds provided by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) to the City of San Diego, and by the Community Services Block Grant (CSBG) program funds provided by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Administration for Children and Families to the County of San Diego.