Youth Employment

The City of Seattle Youth Employment Program (SYEP) supports participants with comprehensive internship opportunities aimed at meeting the employment needs of underserved youth and young adults in our community; promoting their work readiness and ultimately strengthening their career development. To address youth opportunity, the Mayor's Youth Employment Initiative, including the Seattle Youth Employment Program, place eligible youth and young adults to receive work experience in positions at various city departments and at private sector placements based on their career interest.

How to Get Involved

The Seattle Youth Employment Program (SYEP) would like to introduce to you its new Internship Program for 2016!

As part of Mayor Ed Murray's Mayor's Youth Employment Initiative, SYEP has shifted its programming focus to continue increasing internship and work readiness opportunities.

Spring Enrollment Period

Applications closed

Summer Enrollment Period

Applications closed

Fall Enrollment Period

Applications for fall internships are open from August 24 through September 6, 2016. Internships will be offered on a first-come, first-serve basis for qualified youth and young adults. Young people ages 16 to 24 may apply. Internships will begin on November 2 and run through December 16, 2017.

Apply here:

Not all youth who apply will be placed or be eligible to be placed. Eligible participants are provided with:

  • Job coaching and encouragement
  • Job readiness training
  • Career exploration
  • Transportation support to/from internship site 
  • Internships and jobs with a variety of Seattle area businesses

There are a limited number of spots and every effort will be made to place those picked in preferred locations.

Community Providers

If you are interested in recommending a youth or young adult to the Seattle Youth Employment Program, please contact our main office to submit an SYEP Recommendation Form and for additional support.

Internship Host

If you are interested in hosting a youth or young adult in your company or organization, please see the Mayor's Youth Employment Initiative here!