Finding the right career path or getting initial work experience can be daunting. How do you know where to start? We have two great options for you! 

Parks Ambassador LEADER Academy: Participants will be paid while gaining valuable training and work experience with the San Diego Parks Foundation, and learning about and preparing for a variety of public sector employment opportunities with the City of San Diego’s Parks and Recreation department and beyond. Individuals must be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 to participate in this in-person program that runs April to June, 2022. 
Local Training & Internship: All accepted applicants will receive training and coaching as well as support to identify a paid internship across a variety of sectors. Internships are based on availability and are not guaranteed for all participants. Training will be conducted virtually in mid to late March, with internships running from April to June, 2022. Participants placed in internships may work up to 50 hours total as part of this paid program experience. Hours/schedule will vary by internship opportunity. Career navigators will work with participants to find the best match! 
Due to COVID-19 restrictions, many internships may be remote or require proof of vaccination to work in-person. Applicants who are selected for the program will be able to share their preference for role type. 

Questions? Contact Olivia Victory at

Who It's For

  • Ages 16–24
  • Lives in the City of San Diego
  • Low- to moderate- income
  • Available to attend scheduled training and internship hours between March and June, 2022

We highly encourage those 16–24 who are not working and not in school to apply.

This program offers help:

  • Finding a temporary job or internship
  • Learning new job skills
  • Expanding professional networks and opening opportunities for employment
  • Exploring public sector pathways
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Disclaimer: This project is funded in whole or in part with 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.