Summer work for youth

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

1. How it Works

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 – 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

More ways to get help with this program

Visit the website

Visit the SYEP page on the DYCD website to learn more.

Call 311

Ask for Summer Youth Employment Program assistance.

Call SYEP

Call DYCD Youth Connect at 800-246-4646 for more information.

2. Determine your eligibility

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?

Take a short survey to see if you might be eligible for this or 30 other programs.

3. What you need to include

It’s important to include the right documents when you apply. Your documents show whether the program is right for you.

This page can help you choose the right documents for your application.

A Social Security Card is required for all applicants as proof of Social Security number. All references to the word “current” means documents dated within the last six (6) months or where applicable documents which are still valid and have not expired.

SYEP does not require documents to be submitted with the application. You will only need to submit documents if you are selected from the lottery.

Proof of who you are

For each person applying, any one document:

  • Driver license or official photo ID
  • Birth certificate
  • IDNYC
  • Passport
  • Social Security Card for dependents
  • Social Security Card or ITIN
  • Baptismal or other religious certificate
  • Marriage records
  • Medicaid card
  • Naturalization certificate
  • Official birth records
  • Official school records
  • Adoption records
  • Other official record showing birth date

Proof of where you live

Proof of your income

Proof of your disability status

Proof of work eligibility

Proof of your selective services

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4. How to Apply

4. How to apply

Here are your options.

Apply online

  1. Apply to SYEP online during the application period (February – March). The application for SYEP will only be avaliable during that time.
  2. Participants are selected by lottery for the program.

Apply online

Apply in person

Youth can also apply at their community-based organization.

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More ways to get help with this program

Visit the website

Visit the SYEP page on the DYCD website to learn more.

Call 311

Ask for Summer Youth Employment Program assistance.

Call SYEP

Call DYCD Youth Connect at 800-246-4646 for more information.

Updated February 12, 2018