Paid summer experiences 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 paid summer experience 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.

  • The SYEP application for this summer is closed.
  • 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

  • The SYEP application for this summer is closed. The deadline to submit applications was April 26, 2019.
  • Youth can also submit paper applications for 14-15 year olds or 16-24 year olds at a SYEP provider listed on the application.
  • Participants are selected by lottery for the program.

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Updated December 10, 2019