Boys & Girls Clubs of the Peninsula
Summer Front Desk Intern
Internship (unpaid) | Menlo Park, Redwood City, or East Palo Alto, CA, United States

The Boys & Girls Clubs of the Peninsula (BGCP) was founded in 1958 by a group of local community leaders to provide a safe and nurturing place after school and during the summer for the youth in the low income areas of our community. Today, the club is the largest and most comprehensive youth development organization on the San Francisco Peninsula with a total of three clubhouses and five school-based programs located in the most challenged neighborhoods of East Palo Alto, Menlo Park, and Redwood City. Every day talented youth development professionals and volunteers deliver a broad range of programming to guide and inspire the youth of our community to develop the attitudes and life skills they need to thrive.
BGCP internships provide practical experience for job training and college preparation.  While many colleges and employers look for applicants who have expertise in a certain area, they are also seeking individuals who are community-minded and concerned about the world in which they live. Interns have the opportunity to be a part of our Youth Opportunity and Development Academy (YODA), a workshop series developed to build an understanding of the youth development field, the opportunity gap, skills and strategies on how to effect positive change (see the YODA description for more details). Interns are also eligible for national service awards!
Internships available:  
Summer Interns will work in our summer programs at our Redwood City clubhouse.

Training: June 16th - June 20th 
Program:  June 23 through August 1st

  • Monday – Friday Shift 1: 9:00am-2:00pm; Shift 2: 1:00pm-6:00pm
  • This internship work 25 hours per week.


  • Excellent phone and people skills
  • Open to learn
  • Bilingual in Spanish is a plus
  • Friendly and enjoys working with diverse staff, youth and parents
  • Detail oriented, flexible and dependable

Application Process:

  • Complete and submit a cover letter and resume
  • Schedule and complete an interview
  • Pass a background check if over 18, note internship opportunities are available for people 14 and older.

Internship Description:
The Boys & Girls Clubs of the Peninsula’s (BGCP) Summer Academies serve students in kindergarten through eighth grade in the low-income neighborhoods of East Palo Alto, eastern Menlo Park, and Redwood City, CA, where 30% to 70% of the students score below proficient on standardized reading and math exams and 40 to 50% do not graduate from high school. The program’s purpose is to help students prepare to thrive in high school and beyond. The BGCP works in close collaboration with the host schools, Ravenswood City School District, Redwood City School District, City of Menlo Park, City of Redwood City, and other community-based organizations.
The Front Desk Intern is responsible for:

  • Ensuring members check in properly
  • Answering phone calls
  • Promoting events to parents in English & Spanish
  • Greeting members and visitors
  • Entering members into Vision
  • Learning about the various programs offered, Club hours of operation, rules and expectations and being able to convey that information to the families and community,
  • Helping in other departments as needed

Through BGCP trainings and coaching interns will learn:

  • How to use the BCGP in house data base system (Vision)
  • Effective Youth Development strategies
  • Professional communication skills

This is a great role for someone who is considering administration as a possible career.
The summer program relies on skilled, energetic interns who serve as positive role models. BGCP staff members and interns are individuals committed to youth development, dedicated to quality service, and capable of building positive relationships.