Raleigh Summer Youth Employment

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.

Raleigh Summer Youth Program

Applications and Interviews for the Summer 2024 Raleigh Summer Youth Employment Program are now closed

Key Dates

  • Program Dates: June 17-Aug. 9
  • Mandatory Orientation: May 16
  • Offer Letters: Mid-late April

Program Requirements

Participants must:

  • be age 15-18 as of May 31, 2024;
  • live within the Raleigh city limits;
  • be available to work June 17-Aug. 9;
  • attend in-person program orientation on May 18;
  • have computer and internet access, if you choose the virtual option;
  • not miss more than five 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.
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

Raleigh Pathways Center
900 S. Wilmington Street
Raleigh, NC 27601



Lead Department:
Housing and Neighborhoods
Service Categories:
Neighborhood Enrichment