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Work Permits

If you would like to work in a paid position and are not yet 18 years of age nor a high school graduate then you will need a work permit. Before you begin, please note the following:

  • All minors need a work permit to legally work in California.
  • Work permits are only issued by the school district to students who attend a Palo Alto Unified School. If you attend a private school, charter school or are homeschooled, you must seek a permit from your school site administrator.
  • Students must have an offer of a paid job - we do not issue blank work permits.
  • Students may not work private residences (except students who work for their own parents in their own home).
  • Students working for a third party (employment agency) must have the end site, where they are physically working, listed as the employer with that business' address and signature on the work permit application. We do not issue work permits to employment agencies.
  • A work permit is needed for each and every job that a student holds.
  • Work permits expire five days into the new school year and must be renewed as needed.
  • Work permits are processed year round; except on school holidays (e.g. 4th of July) and during breaks (e.g. Thanksgiving, spring, and winter breaks). See the district calendar for details on holidays and staff availability.
COVID Exposure - Work Site Protocols

View these documents to determine instructions for potential COVID-19 exposure in regards to your work site practices:

  • Flow chart to determine when you are allowed to return to work.
  • Santa Clara County created a 2-page Guidance for Safe Operation document for returning to work; visit this site for additional information.
  • Contact the PAUSD Work Experience Teacher if additional support is required: Rachael Kaci.

Work Permits process

  • After receiving an offer of employment, students must Complete Work Permit Application Form (CDE Form B1-1).
  • Parent/guardians must complete the Risk and Waiver of Liability Relating to COVID 19 and return via email.
  • The appropriate processor will follow-up with a phone call to get their SSN and finalize the permit process
  • Email the B1-1 form to (Hint: take a pic with your phone then send):
  • Do not include your Social Security number on the B1-1 form if sending via email
  • Make sure that you complete all 4 sections of the permit for processing. If sections are left blank or incomplete, we will not be able to process your application.
  • A student can then expect their permit to arrive via email within 4-5 days
  • If a student needs assistance with the process, do not hesitate to contact the appropriate processor:

Please do not take the work permit application to the District Office.

Work Experiences

Work experience combines classroom instruction with paid, part-time student employment. Students work a minimum of 3 hours per week and meet with a Work Experience coordinator on scheduled dates, usually once a week.

Students in their junior and senior years of high school may enroll. Students may find employment on their own or request assistance from the coordinator (although employment cannot be guaranteed). Work Experience qualifies for Career Technical Education and/or Elective credits towards the graduation requirements.

Businesses participating in the work experience program must establish an employer-employee relationship with students and comply with labor laws and regulations concerning Workers' Compensation Insurance, Social Security, and income taxes.

Exploratory Experience

Exploratory Experience is an unpaid, off-campus course that offers students at any grade level the opportunity to explore specific career interests through direct observation and hands-on experience. Students work/volunteer/intern (unpaid) a minimum of 3 hours per week and meet with a Work Experience coordinator on scheduled dates, usually once a week.

Professionals or individuals with established expertise mentor students in the workplace. Students also meet regularly with the Work Experience coordinator for related instruction.

Placement is limited to opportunities that are developed through PAUSD and excludes community organizations such as clubs, private lessons, and non-career focused service. Students may enroll for the Exploratory Experience course after they have met with the school coordinator and a suitable post is located. Class time is arranged by the coordinator. Exploratory Experience qualifies for Career Technical Education and/or Elective credits towards the graduation requirement.

Hours worked interning/volunteering can also be applied towards the Presidential Service Award.

Work Experience Program at Lockheed Martin

The application for the 2021-2022 school year year is now open. Lockheed Martin is a global security and aerospace company that is principally engaged in the research, design, development, manufacture, integration and sustainment of advanced technology systems, products and services. The Lockheed Martin Advanced Technology Solar and Astrophysics Center has been collaborating for over 40 years with our district to provide a Science Work Experience Program in a research environment. The Work Experience Program at Lockheed Martin is open to PAUSD students only.

Applications (use your PAUSD student login) will be accepted until March 31, 2021 at 4:00 pm. Please note:

  • All materials must be submitted online.
  • No late applications will be accepted.
  • Incomplete applications will not be reviewed.

Students will be notified of the status of their applications in April.