The goal is to find 2,000 summer jobs for Oakland youth between the ages of 14 and 21.
Each intern can earn up to $1,000 over the summer and get on-the-job training and experience.
"Oakland's booming right now and I want to make sure kids in every neighborhood have an opportunity to get a summer job. And it's so important for some kids, they have no idea of what the possibilities are out there and these jobs really change their lives," Oakland Mayor Jean Quan said.
Positions include child care, retail, office support, painting and construction among other jobs.