Youth Employment

The City of Seattle's Youth Employment Initiative builds career pathways for youth & creates a recruitment pipeline for local businesses seeking skilled workers. By connecting Seattle youth and employers, we provide young people with valuable career knowledge and experience while building talent in the local workforce.

Why Youth Employment?

Youth employment provides skills necessary for young people who otherwise would be left out of the labor market. First work experiences that teach professionalism, work readiness, and 21st century skills are critical in providing young people with a pathway to success and upward mobility. Youth employment has positive effects on lifetime employment, earnings and net worth.  Internships also help young people build a network of caring adults, practice employment skills in a supported environment and connect their education to career goals.


We partner with Seattle Public Schools, community based organizations, and employers to increase internship and employment opportunities that are connected to a young person's education and career pathway. 

Many employers have already invested in Seattle's youth by hosting young people in a variety of internship and work experiences. We also understand that small businesses provide vital jobs and an invaluable training environment for our people, but often do not have the resources to host an intern. In many cases, we can provide wage support to small businesses to enable them to host a youth intern and share their insights for a successful entrepreneurial career.

Visit our Employer Resources site to learn how to sign up, roles and expectations, how to create internship descriptions, and key dates. Since our Youth Employment Initiative began in 2015, we've partnered with the community to connect over 9,000 young people with an internship, career experience or employment.  Businesses and philanthropic partners have invested close to $1,000,000 toward giving more youth these important career experiences.  

Are you providing paid internship opportunities? We want to hear about it! Our goal as a community is to increase the number of youth working in Seattle. If your organization is contributing to this goal, please let us know here!

Thank you to all our MYEI partners!

Current 2018 Youth Employment Opportunities

Seattle Parks and Recreation

Seattle City Light Apprenticeships

Seattle Public Utilities

KEXP

Port of Seattle

Benaroya Research Institute

Fred Hutch

Seattle Art Museum

Seattle Young People's Project

Student Conservation Association

The Washington Bus

Bike Works

Port Jobs

Upcoming Trainings

Grads of Life Customer Service Training 

  • 4-week free training 
  • Monday-Thrusday evenings, 5:30-8:30pm
  • Classes begin April 23rd 
  • Upon completion, participants are eligible for a full-time paid 8-week internship

Qualifications:

  • 18-24 years old
  • Able to work in the United States
  • Comfortable speaking and writing in English
  • Looking for full time employment in customer service

More information and application HERE

 

Upcoming Job Fairs

Argosy Cruise Job Fair

Where: 1101 Alaskan Way, Pier 55, Seattle, WA 98101

When: April 10th, 2018

Time: 10:30am - 12:30pm

30 positions open: Shoreside Hospitality, Vessel Hospitality, Tillicum Banquet Server, Tillicum Banquet Captain, and Tillicum Kitchen Member

RSVP here: https://argosycruises_worksource.eventbrite.com

How the Initiative Works

Employers post internship poitions on our website by May 18th.

Young people are supported by case managers as they apply and interview for positions. Employers are encouraged to offer 180 hours of work to allow eligible youth to receive high school credit for their work experience. If your company cannot host an intern, donations support young people placed at nonprofits and small businesses. Donations go directly toward intern's wages and transportation costs. 

Sponsorship Levels

Gold Package

Provide 10+ internship opportunities, OR donate $50,000+

        • Your company's logo will be featured on OED's website
        • A link from OED's and Educurious' website to your website during summer internships
        • Company name included under Gold Sponsors in a press release for youth employment
        • Gold sponsor blogpost highlighting your company's internship program and/or support
        • Acknowledgement and logo in our 2018 Year End Report
        • Electronic Gold Badge for your website, email signature, and/or LinkedIn profiles
        • Tweet from OED recognizing your company's support
        • Evaluation data to highlight your impact

Silver Package

        • Your company's logo will be featured on OED's website
        • A link from our website to your website during summer internships
        • Company name included under Silver Sponsors in a press release for youth employment
        • Silver sponsor blog post highlighting your company's internship program and/or support
        • Acknowledgement and logo in our 2018 Year End Report
        • Electronic Silver Badge for your website, email signature, and/or LinkedIn profiles
        • Tweet from OED recognizing your company's support
        • Evaluation data to highlight your impact

Bronze Package

Provide 1-4 internship opportunities, OR donate $10,000+

        • Your company's logo will be featured on OED's website
        • A link from our website to your website during summer internships
        • Company name included under Bronze Sponsors in a press release for youth employment
        • Bronze sponsor blog post highlighting your company's internship program and/or support
        • Acknowledgement and logo in our 2018 Year End Report
        • Electronic Bronze Badge for your website, email signature, and/or LinkedIn profiles
        • Tweets from OED recognizing your company's support

Participant

Nonprofit organizations and qualifying small businesses can apply for a subsidy to cover intern wages. Subsidies are subject to eligibility requirements and available funding, and are not guaranteed.