The Seattle Youth Employment Program (SYEP) helps young people (ages 16 to 24) from low-income households and communities that experience racial, social, and economic disparities. The goal is to increase youth and young adults’ ability to pursue careers that pay well and are meaningful to them.
SYEP has two components: a school-year exploration and learning experience, and a summer internship. The summer internship places young people in work settings to apply their knowledge, gain hands-on experience, develop professional connections, and build their resume. In 2020, SYEP summer interns will be paid $16.39 for up to 150 hours of work over six weeks.
Specific supports are provided to young people to ensure they are set-up for success, including:
- An ORCA card to cover transportation to and from the program (if they don’t already have one issued through their school)
- All fees for tests and/or certifications required by internship sites, such as food handler permits or first aid/CPR
- Internship-related work clothes or safety equipment, such as hard hats and/or work boots
- Ongoing support from their Youth Development Counselor for general coaching
To be eligible for SYEP, young people must be between the ages of 16 and 24 years old, live within the Seattle city limits, and live in a household with income at or below 80% Area Median Income (AMI). Applications for summer 2020 internships are now open, and will close on Tuesday, March 17, 2020 at midnight Pacific Standard Time (PST).
Want to apply? Visit our program website at www.seattle.gov/syep today!