Mayor Murray is asking private sector partners to join with the City of Seattle to invest in youth employment and paid internships. Mayor Murray’s Youth Employment Initiative (MYEI) embodies an ongoing commitment to prepare Seattle youth for meaningful and successful careers. The initiative builds career pathways for young people and creates a recruitment pipeline for local businesses seeking skilled workers.
The MYEI was piloted in 2015 and provided 2,000 young people with employment and internships opportunities. In 2016, the initiative reached over 3,400 young people. Thank you to all of our MYEI partners!
Visit our Employer Resources site to learn how to sign up, roles and expectations, how to create internship descriptions, and key dates.
Employers may participate in the following ways:
|Host One or More MYEI Interns
We will match you with youth intern(s) from our program
Provide philanthropic support for interns outside of your organization
|Pledge to Create or Expand Your Internship Program
Let us know about your organization’s existing paid internship program and help us recognize your contributions to our community
Looking for a job or internship? Youth job opportunities offered by City of Seattle:
- Parks (multiple opportunities)
- Libraries (Student Assistant Program only)
- Seattle Youth Employment Program (Opportunities for City, nonprofit and private positions)
- Intern and Temp Positions (Various City departments)
- Fire Cadet Program
Mayor Murray with 2015 Youth Employment Initiative participants.
Many young people miss out on the chance to work during their teen years, especially low-income youth. This can result in academic disengagement, lack of career awareness and planning, and poor preparedness for available careers.
Seattle youth ages 16-19 have an unemployment rate around 21 percent, while unemployment for youth ages 20-24 hovers around 10 percent, far above the overall city rate of 2.9 percent. As a result, Seattle youth are missing out on vital work experience and income, which hurts lifetime earnings.
The Mayor’s Youth Employment Initiative seeks to disrupt these trends by bridging the talent divide and investing in our future.
This Initiative supports young people build a network of caring adults, practice employment skills in a supported environment and connect their education to career goals. In lieu of hosting interns, financial donations support wages for interns, bus passes, lunch money and other materials required by their workplace.
The City has enlisted Educurious and its partners to develop and implement a technology platform that streamlines the process of matching employers and youth