Raleigh Summer Youth Employment

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Program Update

The Raleigh Summer Youth Employment Program helps teens between the ages of 15 and 18 to develop their skills and prepare for future employment by spending the summer working for the City of Raleigh.

Program Update

The Raleigh Summer Youth Employment Program (RSYEP) remains committed to serving our Raleigh youth. The health, safety and well-being of our youth, program staff and partners remain our highest priority. 

Key Dates

  • 2023 application and interview process is now closed
  • Mandatory Orientation for ALL hires: May 20
  • Mandatory In-Person Training (Junior Counselors): June 3
  • Work Dates: June 20 - August 4

Program Requirements

Participants must:

  • be age 15-18 as of May 31, 2023;
  • live within the Raleigh city limits;
  • be available to work June 20-August 4;
  • attend in-person program orientation on May 20;
  • be the only one in your household participating in this program;
  • have computer and internet access, if you choose the virtual option;
  • not miss more than four program days;
  • not be enrolled in summer school; and,
  • have an NC State Issued ID, Learner’s Permit, Driver’s License, or current school report card that shows a Raleigh zip code at the time of interview. No exceptions.

Vaccination Information

  • As of September of 2021, all new employees must be fully-vaccinated against the COVID-19 virus for in-person or hybrid.
  • If there is a medical reason or sincerely held religious belief preventing you from receiving an available COVID-19 vaccination, and you are selected as a candidate for consideration, we have an accommodations process in place for those requests.
  • For candidates that are interested in virtual/remote employment only, COVID-19 vaccination is not required.
Raleigh Summer Youth Worker helping campers at lunch.

Raleigh Summer Youth Worker helping campers at lunch. 

Raleigh Summer Youth Employee working at Raleigh Police Department Vehicle Fleet Services.

Raleigh Summer Youth Employee working at Raleigh Police Department Vehicle Fleet Services.

For the past two summers I have been a worker for the Raleigh Summer Youth Employee Program. I loved this job program because I was able to gain so much knowledge and experience within workforce that I would not be able to gain anywhere else. It provided me the opportunity to enhance my professionalism as well as building networking contacts throughout the city!

Zoe B., 2018-2019 Program Participant

Initially communication was not my strong suit but over the course of the internship I developed my skills and learned how to more effectively communicate and work in a group environment. During the program you are taught about different tools that you can use to leverage other teammates perspectives and opinions. These tools allow for better group work and for more people to be open.

Virtual, 2021 Program Participant

I often doubt my ability to complete certain tasks and often second guess myself. This pathway has given me the confidence I need for myself.

Naisaun Wilkins, Virtual 2021 Program Participant

I've grown as a professional and a person through this program...I learned that any problem no matter how small or large can be addressed and solved through initiative, creative thinking, and an innovative mindset.

Kimberly Leiva-Sorto, Virtual 2021 Program Participant



Rebekah A. Dixon, M.Ed
Youth Employment Program Manager



Lead Department:
Housing and Neighborhoods
Service Categories:
Neighborhood Enrichment

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