Youth Employment

SYEP logo graphicThe Seattle Youth Employment Program (SYEP) is launching a year-round program designed to help you (must be 16-24 years old) grow as a community leader and prepare for future work and career opportunities. Through SYEP, you will build your job-readiness skills, explore new careers, and complete a summer internship in the Seattle area. The goal is to increase your ability to pursue careers that pay well and have meaning, as defined by you!  

Our year-round model runs from October 2019 to August 2020.  

Module Requirements Compensation
Fall, Winter, and Spring
Weekly participation, including team activities, skills workshops, one-on-one coaching and support services, assessments, and attending career discovery days. Each completed module earns you a stipend
(maximum stipend per module is $300)
Practice what you learned through a six-week internship opportunity. Work up to 20 hours each week for six weeks (up to 150 hours total). Each internship is located in Seattle and pays a minimum wage
(currently $16 per hour)

By participating in the year-round program, you will learn job-readiness skills and meet local leaders and entrepreneurs in different career fields such as healthcare, education, skilled trades, technology, and the creative field.  You will then have an opportunity to apply the skills and participate in a six-week internship opportunity in the summer. 



Activity Date
Application Process
   SYEP Application Open   August 15 to September 16, 2019 
   Application Interviews September to October 2019
(specific dates to be announced)
Application Notification & Submit Required Paperwork  September 12 to October 8
Year-Round Program Dates
   Kick-off Event Saturday, October 26, 2019
   Fall Module   October 26 to December 13, 2019 
   Winter Module   January to February 2020
(specific dates to be announced)
   Spring Module   March to May 2020
(specific dates to be announced)
Summer Internship Dates
   Summer Internship   June to August 2020
(specific dates to be announced)



  • You must commit to a year-round program with weekday and some weekend activities. 
  • You must live within Seattle city limits.
  • You must be between the ages of 16 - 24 years old by start of program.
  • Your household income must be at or below  80% of the HUD median income for Seattle/King County:  

HUD requirements

*Proof of residence and income eligibility is required* 

Your Commitment to SYEP

We won't lie--this program is intensive and requires a year-round commitment to your personal and professional growth. Be ready to make this commitment. We know you have it in you! And we have dedicated staff to help you along the way.

SYEP's Commitment to You

We will all work and play hard to build community and introduce you to new skills and careers. This requires meeting after-school and on weekends (occasional), attending field trips, and completing team projects.  We have access to support services to ensure you are set up for success (internship-related work clothes, pay for required test fees like food handler permits, ORCA cards for transportation, etc.). 

How to Apply

Visit to submit an application by midnight, Monday, September 16, 2019. Apply online using a smart phone, desktop computer, laptop, or tablet. NO paper applications will be accepted. Due to high demand, admittance to the program is determined by lottery.

If selected to participate you will be required to complete the following steps before the start of the program:

  1. Attend an interview;
  2. Submit proof of program eligibility (live in Seattle, age, and household income); and
  3. Attend the SYEP Kick-off Event on Saturday, October 26, 2019.