Paid summer job experiences for youth

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

Work Teen Young Adult

NYC youth who are 14-24 years old can get paid job experience and career exploration opportunities every summer.

  • Apply by March 15, 2024. Selection is based on a lottery.
  • SYEP offers:
    • Work readiness training
    • Project-based learning
    • Financial literacy training
    • Paid summer jobs
  • Work is available for youth with disabilities.

Who is eligible

You may be eligible if you:

  • live in New York City
  • are 14-24 years old

What you need to apply

You will need:

  • Proof of identity like a photo ID .
  • Social Security Card, signed.
  • Proof of age like a birth certificate, photo ID, or passport.
  • Proof of address like a utility bill, current lease, or official mail from a government agency.
  • Proof of employment authorization like a report card from the last six months, school transcript, or an ID card.

You may also need:

  • Proof of working papers if you’re 16-17.
    • You can working papers from your school.
  • Proof of disability if you have a disability.
  • Proof of Selective Service registration if you identify as a male age 18 or older.

See the full list of documents (in English) you’ll need as a 14-15 year old or 16-24 year old.

How to apply

Apply by March 15, 2024.

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Updated March 13, 2024