City opens applications for Mayor’s Summer Youth Employment Program

Today, the Seattle Human Services Department (HSD) opened the 2016 application process for the 10th annual Summer Youth Employment Program.

The Summer Youth Employment Program is a part of the Mayor’s Youth Employment Initiative—a citywide effort to address high youth unemployment (currently 13 percent), while bridging the talent divide and investing in our future.

“Building on last year’s efforts, we are working with business leaders and community partners to expand the most vigorous youth employment program Seattle has seen in decades,” said Mayor Ed Murray.  “This program will help our most at-risk youth develop skills to compete in the 21st Century economy.”

Last year, the Mayor’s Youth Employment Initiative offered 2000 young people the opportunity to gain valuable work experience at businesses throughout the City. This year the City is expanding the program to 4000 youth.

HSD’s Youth Employment Program will contribute to the Mayor’s Youth Employment Initiative by supporting underserved youth and young adults in our community with comprehensive internship opportunities aimed at meeting their employment needs

The Summer Internship Program is open to youth and young adults, age 14-24 who live in the city of Seattle. Those interested in applying for summer jobs can complete the Online Application Information Form or pick up a hard copy application at 810 Third Avenue, 4th Floor, Suite 420, Seattle, WA 98104 between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m.  The complete application must be received online, mailed or dropped off by 5 p.m. Monday, May 2, 2016.

Students without computer access are encouraged to utilize computers available at Seattle Public Libraries, Seattle Parks and Recreation community centers, Seattle public high schools, WorkSource Centers, and other community based organizations to complete their applications.

If you are an employee or owner of a business and want to support the Mayor’s Youth Employment Initiative, you can:

  • Host one or more Youth Employment Initiative interns
  • Provide philanthropic support for interns by donating to the initiative; or
  • Create or expand your company’s youth employment program.

Employers are encouraged to visit for more details or to sign up for the Initiative.