Summer in the City Internship Program

The Summer in the City program is a partnership between the City of Watsonville, Pajaro Valley Unified School District and Cabrillo College to provide current and incoming high school juniors and seniors an opportunity to gain career readiness skills, foster interest in leadership and civic matters, and create a voice for youth to address real city issues. We will select a total of 30 students to participate in the program. Students must be enrolled at Watsonville High, Pajaro Valley High or Aptos High to participate. 

Please list an active email address as this is our primary contact method for applicants. Remember to please check it regularly. If you have any questions or concerns, please call Elizabeth Padilla at 831-768-3018 or via email.


  • Increase student's understanding of  how local government operates 
  • Active participation in making their community better
  • Students learn how to advocate for themselves and others
  • Students explore and experience careers in city government and the school district, gain work experience and reflect on how this program impacts their course and college choices
Program Details:
  • Students will attend class at City Hall, Monday – Friday from 8:30 am.-12:30 p.m. (classroom instruction) and  1:30-5 p.m. (department internship) 
  • On Wednesdays, students will take Career Readiness classes at the Watsonville Cabrillo College campus and graduate with certificates upon successful completion.
  • Students will receive a $1,000 stipend at program completion
  • Students will earn 2.5 elective credits at program completion
  • Transportation to field trips will be provided
  • Internship opportunities available within a city department or a department with the Pajaro Valley Unified School District
Application Process:
  1.  Applicant must submit a fully completed application and ALL requested information online.
  2.  The following must be enclosed with the application: One recommendation letter and a one-page essay, typed, double-spaced, addressing the following: 
                          i. How will this opportunity help prepare you for the future? 
                          ii. What are you looking forward to most about participating in this internship? 
                          iii. Why would you be a good candidate for the program? 
C. Copy of school issued identification card 
D. Enrollment at PVUSD High Schools will be verified. Applications and additional requested information must be completed online.

 Late or incomplete applications will not be considered.  For more information about this incredible opportunity, please contact Elizabeth Padilla via email or call 831-768-3018.

The City of Watsonville is an Equal Opportunity Employer and encourages workplace diversity. The City of Watsonville is committed to compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act by including people with disabilities in all of its programs and activities.