Create an account and fill out the online application now by clicking on the button above. (Download a help guide.)

  • When you submit your application, it will be reviewed and processed. If your application meets the eligibility requirements, SYEP will contact you about the next steps in the process.
  • If you have questions, contact our office by calling (206) 386-1375 or emailing SYEP@seattle.gov. Interpretation services are available.

What is the Seattle Youth Employment Program?

The Seattle Youth Employment Program (SYEP) features two components to help you develop skills for life and work that will help you achieve your future goals:

  • Learn & Earn Programs (Foundations / Pathways): Participants identify professional interests, gain marketable skills, are exposed to various career fields, and build their social network. Students receive stipends based on their quarterly participation during the school year.
  • Internship Program: Young people are placed in structured, paid work settings within city departments and local nonprofit agencies to apply their knowledge, gain hands-on experience, develop professional connections, and build their resume.

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Eligibility Requirements

To be eligible, you must:

  • be between the ages of 16 and 24 years old at the start of the program.
  • live within the Seattle city limits (click the link to verify) or attend a Seattle Public School or Seattle College (North, South, or Seattle Central).
  • live in a household with income at or below 80% Area Median Income (AMI). See AMI table below:
# in Household Gross Yearly Income
1 $66,750
2 $76,250
3 $85,800
4 $95,300
5 $102,950
6 $110,550
7 $118,200
8 $125,800

Please read all program requirements before applying. You will not be considered for the program if you do not meet all the program requirements so please ensure that your application is accurate.

Frequently Asked Questions

You must be 16 years old before the start date of the program you are applying to. So, you may be 15 years old at the time you submit your application.

We process applications as they are received. You will hear back once your application has been reviewed and processed. We may have questions or need more information, so please regularly check your portal account and/or email address for any messages.  

You will receive a message by email. You can also login to your portal account to check your status online.

Internships change every year. Internship development is an ongoing process and jobs are added frequently. We offer positions in office administration, information technology (IT), childcare, medical, restaurant, retail, construction, camp counseling, community art projects, and more!

We are always looking to create new relationships with companies and community organizations. Refer employers you know to our program.

We have a list of acceptable documentation:

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If you have any additional questions, please contact us at SYEP@seattle.gov.