Summer work for youth

Summer Youth Employment Program (SYEP) | NYC Department of Youth & Community Development

Work Teen Young Adult

If you are between the ages of 14 and 24, you can get a summer job through SYEP. There are jobs in government, museums, sports, and more. For more help, SYEP leads workshops on finding a job and understanding your finances.

  • Apply between February and March each year
  • Selection is based on a lottery
  • Apply online or at a community-based organization during the application period
  • Work is available for youth with disabilities

Am I Eligible?

You may be eligible if you can answer yes to these questions.

  • Do you live in NYC?
  • Are you between 14 and 24 years old?

What Will I Need to Apply?

If selected for work, the following documents will need to be provided:

  • Proof of identity
  • Proof of address
  • Proof of income
  • Eligibility to work (working papers)

Youth can get their working papers from their school.

I'm Ready To Apply

  • Apply to SYEP online during the application period (February – March). The application for SYEP will only be available during that time.
  • Youth can also apply at their community-based organization.
  • Participants are selected by lottery for the program.

How Can I Get Help?

  • Visit the SYEP page on the DYCD website to learn more.
  • Call DYCD Youth Connect at 800-246-4646 for more information.

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