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 two components: a school-year exploration and learning experience, and a summer internship.

  • During the 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.
  • The summer internship places young people in work settings to apply their knowledge, gain hands-on experience, develop professional connections, and build their resume.
School-Year is October 27, 2020 - April 29, 2021
Beginning in fall 2020, SYEP will launch the school-year virtual learning program in compliance with the Seattle & King County Public Health COVID-19 guidelines. In-person programming will resume once the guidelines are lifted. Applications are now open and close on September 30, 2020. Due to high demand, only new applicants who have never participated in Seattle Youth Employment Program will be eligible.

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Here is what the program will look like:

  • 200 youth and young adults, ages 16 to 24, will be selected by lottery to participate.
  • Those selected will participate in virtual (during COVID) career readiness learning activities, meeting one-on-one and in group settings with assigned counselor and peers.
  • The school-year program will be for the fall, winter, and spring quarters. Each quarter lasts six weeks and consists of 15 participation hours.
  • Each participant will receive a $300 stipend per quarter after successful completion of required hours for a total of $900 in stipends for the full school-year program.
  • To qualify for the $300 stipend per quarter, you must complete 80% (12 hours) of the total program hours per quarter.
  • More information can be found in our Frequently Asked Questions.

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 October 27, 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.

Want to Apply?

You can apply for SYEP in one of two ways:

Number One

School-Year Program
October 27 2020 – April 29 2021


Number Two

Summer Internship
The summer 2021 internship runs July-August 2021.

Applications will open Q1 2021.

Application Requirements

You will need the following to complete your application:

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Seattle Resident

Summer Internship Application

Applications for summer 2021 internships will open first quarter 2021.

Lottery Process

Due to high demand, 200 participants will be selected for the school-year program. Only eligible applications received by September 30, 2020, 5:00 pm, will be entered into a lottery. You will be notified of the results of the lottery -- whether you are accepted or declined. Lottery notifications will be sent by email during the week of October 5, 2020.

SYEP uses a randomized selection process to select program participants. 200 potential participants will be notified that they have been selected for the eligibility process. Additional eligible applicants may be notified that they are on a waitlist and will be contacted if a slot becomes available.  .

When Will You Know If You're Enrolled?

Upon successful completion of the eligibility process, all selected applicants will be notified by email - and invited to virtual orientation on October 27, 2020.