Youth Employment Program

SYEP youth attending the 2019 Capstone Event at Seattle Center

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. During the school-year session (three quarters: fall, winter, and spring), participants will identify professional interests, gain marketable skills, be exposed to various career fields, and build their social network.

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.

A Commitment to Seattle's Future Leaders

SYEP's summer internships offer engaging, real world experience that require commitment and dedication. Young people who apply to the program need to be ready to rise to the challenge and will have the dedicated staff of SYEP to help them succeed. SYEP interns, staff, and employers build community together, create opportunities for young people to gain and practice new skills, and introduce participants to multiple career fields.

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

Are You Eligible?

80% Area Median Income (AMI) Table for 2019To be eligible for SYEP, young people must:

  • be between the ages of 16 and 24 years old on July 08, 2020.
  • live within the Seattle city limits (check here).
  • live in a household with income at or below 80% Area Median Income (AMI). See AMI table to the right.

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.

*Proof of City of Seattle residence, participant age, and income eligibility is required.

Want to Apply?

You can apply for SYEP in one of two ways:

Number One

Summer Internship
The summer 2020 internship runs July-August 2020. Applications will open on February 19, 2020.

          

Number Two

School-Year Program
The 2020/2021 school-year program starts in October 2020. Applications will open summer 2020.

Application Requirements

You will need the following to complete your application:

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Summer Internship Application

Applications for summer 2020 internships will open on Wednesday, February 19, 2020 and will close on Tuesday, March 17, 2020 at midnight Pacific Standard Time (PST). Applications are only accepted online.

If you do not have online access through a phone, tablet, or computer, we suggest using your local library or school computers. You can also use the SYEP computer lab Monday through Friday, 2 PM - 5 PM, no appointment necessary. Our address is 810 3rd Ave, Suite 425, Seattle 98104.

Lottery Process

Due to high demand, all eligible applications received by March 17, 2020 will be entered into a lottery.

SYEP uses a computer-generated randomized selection process to select program participants. 400 potential participants will be notified that they have been selected for the screening and interview process. An additional 100 eligible applicants will be notified that they are on a waitlist and will be contacted if a slot becomes available.

When Will You Know You're Enrolled?

All applicants will be notified of their status by email on or before Friday, March 20, 2020.

If selected to participate, young people will need to complete the following steps:

  1. Submit proof of program eligibility
  2. Complete a placement interview in May
  3. Complete mandatory pre-employment training in June