Frequently Asked Questions

  • Am I eligible to apply if I reside outside of the designated geographic areas? Applicants must be full-year residents of East Palo Alto, Belle Haven, Redwood City, or San Francisco. Students from San Francisco must be enrolled at Mission High School or John O’Connell High School.
  • Is there a GPA requirement? The minimum cumulative GPA requirement is a 2.5.
  • How many letters of recommendations do I need to submit? You need to submit 1, but can submit a second one if you’d like. Letters should be from a teacher, counselor, school official, or community leader. You will be able to request them directly from the application.
  • I am committed to another summer program or will be attending summer school. Can I participate in the externship for only part of the six weeks? Students must commit to all six weeks of the externship for 30 hours per week in order to participate.
  • When is the externship? The 2018 Facebook Summer Academy Internship will take place for six weeks from Monday, June 25, 2018 to Friday, August 3, 2018, for 30 hours per week.
  • What are the externship times? The externship takes place between the hours of 8am to 5pm, Monday through Friday.
  • Does Facebook provide transportation? Yes, and all students are required to use Facebook’s public transportation. You will be provided with pick-up and drop-off locations once admitted.
  • When is the deadline? The application, official transcript, and letter of recommendation are due by Wednesday, February 14, 2018, by 11:59 pm. Applications and documents submitted after the deadline will not be considered.
  • I’m not a sophomore in high school. Am I eligible to apply? The program is available to ONLY current high school sophomores.
  • What placements are available as part of the externship? It varies every year, in the past Facebook has placed externs in Finance Operations, Human Resources, Public Policy, IT Service Desk, Media Partnerships, Information Security, Facilities Operations, and Communications.
  • How are students assigned to the different placements available? Students are placed in departments based on their application and interview.
  • Is the externship paid? Students will receive a $1,500 stipend upon successful completion of the six-week externship program.
  • Who do I contact with questions? Please contact if you have questions.

How to Apply

Before submitting an application, please read these pages first: About, Eligibility, and Requirements.

Click here for Summer 2018 application

Essay Questions:

Each Applicant will answer 4 essay questions with a 750 word limit for each.

  1. Why are you interested in Facebook Summer Academy, and how do you think it will benefit you?
  2. In a group or team setting, how do you add value as a leader and as a team player? Please use specific examples.
  3. Describe a recent challenge and the steps you took to address the challenge.
  4. What is your life motto? Illustrate the importance of your motto using specific examples from your life.

Applications are due Wednesday, February 14, 2018 by 11:59 pm.

Application opens 12/1/2017