Pasadena Jaycees Student Interns

Student Internships/Volunteers

2020 Student Volunteer Opportunities for High School Students

Are you a high school student looking to get involved with the community? The Pasadena Jaycees are offering volunteer opportunities to high school students in the San Gabriel Valley.  This is a great opportunity to earn some community service hours and enhance your college applications.  We are looking for assistance volunteering at Friends in Deed food bank, and helping with our Operation Santa toy drive. Tasks may include participating in virtual committee meetings and project planning, reading and logging “letters to Santa,” sorting and packaging food donations, and more.

Like many organizations, the Pasadena Jaycees have been deeply impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic.  We know that students have also been affected by the pandemic, and are looking to give students the opportunity to give back in a virtual setting, or with safe and socially distant in person settings. For your participation, the Jaycees will provide a certification of achievement, and if requested, a letter of recommendation, and signing off on community service hours.

To sign up for this unique opportunity, please fill out this Google form. The Jaycees will be in touch with you with more details. Please note submitting a form does not guarantee you will be able to volunteer; unfortunately, we have to limit the number of volunteers due to smaller scale projects and social distancing. We will do our best to accommodate everyone interested.

If you have any questions regarding student volunteer opportunities, please email [email protected].

Below is the information for our normal internship program, on hold for 2020 due to COVID-19, but we hope to resume in the future!
For 2020, see information and Google form above. 

During the fall months, the Pasadena Jaycees are proud to offer the Youth Intern Program! This program aims to give citizens under the age of twenty-one a chance to develop leadership and networking skills through our community service projects that will benefit them as they prepare to join other organizations and the workforce. Interns observe board and committee meetings and volunteer with Jaycees and like-minded students to get an understanding of how projects are organized and how a non-profit organization is managed.

Students will focus on the Pasadena Jaycees’ two most prestigious community service projects — Operation Gobbler and Operation Santa. Meetings and volunteer events begin in late October. Program duration is two months, from the end of October through December. In the early part of the new year, an awards luncheon will be held in their honor.


  • Certificate of Achievement
  • Letter of Recommendation from the Pasadena Jaycees President
  • Ceremony/Luncheon with the Pasadena Jaycees Board and all of the Jaycee Youth Interns
  • Top 3 Jaycee Youth Interns receive a gift and are recognized at the annual Pasadena Jaycees’ Awards and Installations (A&I) Banquet
  • Writer of the Best PMG (Project Management Guide) will be recognized at the Intern Luncheon and their project will be considered for execution by the Pasadena Jaycees

Pasadena Jaycees Interns Helping at One Colorado Event for Operation Santa           Pasadena Jaycees Interns Volunteering at the Queen's Breakfast for the Rose Queen and Court


Community Service (20 hours required + 24 optional hours):

  1. Attend two Operation Gobbler food shifts per weekend for two weekends and one shift the other weekend (Total 15 hours)
  2. Attend Operation Gobbler Food Sorting (3 hours)
  3. Attend Operation Gobbler Food Distribution (Optional)
  4. Attend one Operation Santa Letter Reading (Total 2 hours)
  5. Attend Operation Santa Toy Sorting day on or Distribution Day on Christmas Eve (Optional)
  6. Attend Operation Santa Clean Up on Dec 26th (Optional)
  7. Attend Program Sales on New Year’s Day (Optional; highly recommended)

Attend Meetings (3 hours + 2 optional hours; held on weekday evenings – meetings are 1 hour each):

  • Attend 1 Operation Gobbler committee meeting
  • Attend 1 Operation Santa committee meeting
  • Attend 1 Board of Directors meeting
  • Attend a Royal Court Reception or Program sales committee meeting (optional)

Each Intern will write a Project Management Guide (PMG) as a proposal for a new Pasadena Jaycees project. Guidelines and due date will be discussed at the Info Session and Orientation meetings. Approx. time commitment is 1-2 hours.

Pasadena Jaycees Interns Collecting Food Outside Grocery Stores for Operation Santa