You can get information about youth employment programs in New York City.

The Summer Youth Employment Program (SYEP) provides summer employment information, assistance, and referrals for City residents who are ages 14 through 24.

To ensure participant safety and meet the changing needs of employers during the COVID-19 recovery, all project-based learning and work-based opportunities may take place online, in-person or in a hybrid environment.

Applicants are chosen either by lottery or through specialized programming. Applicants who are not accepted have access to alternative job, career or work-readiness resources.

Eligibility

You must be:

  • At least 14 years old and no older than 24
  • A resident of one of the five boroughs of New York City
  • Legally allowed to work in the United States

Some program options have additional eligibility requirements.

Program Options

NYC teens aged 14-15 learn about career opportunities and make a difference in their communities through paid project-based activities.

Young people aged 16-21 improve their work readiness skills and explore career pathways through paid summer jobs in a variety of industries throughout NYC.

Young adults aged 22-24 who face employment barriers or reside in select NYCHA developments may be eligible for special programming.

Apply

Required documents include but are not limited to:

  • Picture ID
  • Proof of age
  • Proof of address

For SYEP’s community-based options, apply at application.nycsyep.com. Participants are selected by lottery.

For CareerReady SYEP, contact your school or provider to learn more about the application process.

For SYEP Emerging Leaders, Map to $uccess and SYEP CareerFirst, contact one of the community-based organizations listed online to learn more about the application process.

The application deadline was April 30, 2021.

Wages

SYEP participants in work-based experiences receive hourly wages at the prevailing minimum wage. Younger youth participating in project-based experiences receive a stipend.

Online

Get information about SYEP.

Learn about other summer job, internship, or training programs.

Contact Youth Connect, a free and confidential helpline for young people.

By Phone

  • Agency: Department of Youth and Community Development
  • Division: Youth Connect
  • Phone Number: (800) 246-4646
  • Business Hours: Monday - Friday: 9 AM - 5 PM
  • Youth Connect is experiencing technical difficulties, if the call fails to connect you can call again later or email them at youthconnect@dycd.nyc.gov.

The Work, Learn and Grow Employment Program provides career readiness training and paid employment opportunities for Summer Youth Employment Program participants between the ages of 16 and 21.

You can get details about the program online or by phone.

Online

Learn more about Work, Learn and Grow.

By Phone

  • Agency: Department of Youth and Community Development
  • Division: Youth Connect
  • Phone Number: (800) 246-4646
  • Business Hours: Monday - Friday: 9 AM - 5 PM
  • Youth Connect is experiencing technical difficulties, if the call fails to connect you can call again later or email them at youthconnect@dycd.nyc.gov.