Youth Employment Program

SYEP youth attending the 2019 Capstone Event at Seattle Center

The Seattle Youth Employment Program (SYEP) supports young people (ages 16 to 24) from qualifying-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 three components: a stipend-based school year exploration and learning experience, summer internships with local nonprofits and Seattle city departments, and private internship opportunities for Seattle Promise students.

  • School-Year Program (three quarters: fall, winter, and spring): 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.
  • Summer Internship: 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.
  • Opportunity Promise: Qualifying Seattle Promise students are placed and supervised in paid internships with some of the region’s top private employers (eg. Amazon, Expedia, Alaska Airlines) for intense career exploration and preparation prior to college degree program completion.

Want to Apply?

SYEP now offers three different opportunities for youth and young adults:

Number One


Number Two


Number Two

School-Year Program
October 27 2020 - April 29 2021

Apply for Next Year
in Summer 2021

Summer Internship
July-August 2021

Opportunity Promise

Applications for summer 2021
are now closed

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