The Youth Arts Enterprise employs hundreds of Boston teens annually during out-of-school hours. AFH partners teens over an extended time period with professional artists and designers. Youth engage in commissioned project-based learning in Painting, Graphic Design, Photography, Video and Event Production, Animation and Motion Design, and 3D Design.
For:Grades 9-12, All Boston Public High School students are eligible for employment.
Days/Hours:Tuesday-Thursday, 3-6 pm during the school year; Monday-Friday, noon-5:30 pm during the summer.
Enrollment:AFH hosts Open Houses which teens can attend, then complete an online job application, and are invited for an interview and orientation. No previous experience necessary. For information about Open Houses, visitafhboston.org/getinvolvedor contact Gary Chen firstname.lastname@example.org.
Summer Camp Counselor for Girl Scouts in grades K-8
Located just a hop, skip, and a jump away from Boston on 75 acres of natural beauty, Camp Cedar Hill in Waltham welcomes girls entering kindergarten through 12th grade the experience of summer camp. Camp staff will supervise campers as they enjoy archery, swimming in two pools, boating on the pond, high and low ropes challenge courses, and the alpine climbing tower—not to mention favorite camp activities like singalongs, and crafts.
For: Students 16 years of age and older
Hours: Monday - Friday, 9 am-4 pm
Payment: $400-500/week, bus transportation from select Boston neighborhoods available
Generation Teach offers a 6-week summer teaching fellowship designed for high school and college students who are interested in a hands-on and immersive summer teaching experience. Teaching fellows teach and lead classrooms of small groups of students in grades 5-8 and receive daily coaching and support.
For:Grades 10-12, Current 10th and 11th graders are encouraged to apply.
Dates:6/14 - 8/6
Hours:Monday - Friday from 8 am-5:30 pm; 2-3 evening events are also required.
Payment: $2,800 taxable scholarship to help cover living expenses.
Participants learn to critically analyze today's news stories and create their own. By the end of the six weeks, they walk away with a deep understanding of journalism, plus multiple published articles. Participants have the opportunity to be paid (up to $300 per week) or receive volunteer hours.
Enrollment:All interested students must be registered in the city’sSuccesslink Summer Employment Program. Once you have registered (or updated your existing student profile) on Successlink, selectTeen in Print's Summer Journalism Instituteas your desired work site. All candidates will be invited for a virtual interview with the WriteBoston office. Students will be notified by BCYF with an offer and will then be required to complete onboarding paperwork.
We prepare young people for the workforce through youth employment opportunities. Entry-level positions include, but are not limited to, lifeguard, swim instructor, sports instructor, child watch leader, camp counselor, and more!
For Ages 16+
Menino YMCA (Hyde Park)
Wang YMCA (Chinatown)
East Boston YMCA
Oak Square YMCA
Parkway YMCA (West Roxbury)
*Did you know that if you apply for DYEE, ABCD, or PIC employment you could be placed at your local YMCA for a position? Ask your local agency about the YMCA if you want to spend your summer with us.
CSTO Media Makers Program
Media Makers is a media-production program where interns learn skills such as photography, graphic design, and social media marketing all while learning about important issues impacting their communities. Media Makers is planning on a 90% virtual summer program with a few hybrid opportunities depending on MA guidelines and the safety concerns of our participants.
For: Grades 9-12, ages 14 - 20
Dates: 7/6 - 8/13
Hours: 11 AM - 4 PM (with breaks)
Cost: Free to participate, participants who complete the required benchmarks will receive a learning stipend
Interns typically work 15 hours per week during office hours (Monday - Friday, 9:30 am-6:30 pm). We have a lot of fun at work and get a lot done. In exchange for your hard work, you'll get an insider's look at the Boston creative writing scene, free GrubStreet classes, and some valuable new skills. We've also been known to write some killer recommendations for those who are worthy. This is a great opportunity for students, recent grads, and anyone interested in nonprofit work and the arts. GrubStreet pays interns by the hour.
Are you looking for a job where you can serve the community in a meaningful way? If you are 18 or older, the National Civilian Community Corps (NCCC) may be for you. As a member of an NCCC team, you live away from home as you work on environmental projects, education, public safety, disaster relief, and other important jobs. This is a 10-month commitment—not a summer job—and members must complete 1,700 hours of community service. NCCC provides training, housing, meals, medical coverage, child care, and uniforms to young adults ages 18-24 who are citizens or permanent residents of the U.S.They earn a stipend and also get an education award for college, graduate school, or training programs.
Contact:800-942-2677 or by web form, questions.nationalservice.gov
City Year is a FULL-TIME program whose mission is to help students reach their full potential and significantly increase the nation's high school graduation rate. This is an opportunity for 17- to 24-year-olds to work for 11 months with students in an elementary, middle, or high school in Boston (or in 25 other cities in the US) by being a tutor, mentor, and role model. The day of a City Year AmeriCorps member is spent tutoring students who are at risk of dropping out of high school, running after-school programs, and supporting teachers in the classroom.
Job Corps is the nation's largest career technical training and education program for people ages 16 through 24. Students can earn a high school diploma, a high school equivalency credential, or college credits through Job Corps. Job Corps offers career technical training in more than 100 career areas. Students receive housing, meals, basic health care, a living allowance, training, and preparation for a career, all at no cost. For up to 21 months after graduation, a career transition counselor will help you make the transition from Job Corps into the real world.
A lot of programs for teens require that you have a Social Security number. If you don’t have one and you’re under age 18, you can apply by mail, get an application online, or go in-person to a Social Security office.
If you are over 18, you must apply in person. Bring a birth certificate and some other identification, such as a copy of your medical or school records. If you are from another country, also bring your passport (and your “green card” if you have one).
For Work Permits, please complete this form. Once completed a Registration Specialist will contact you within two business days regarding the next steps for your work permit.
Once the Boston Public Schools re-open, BPS students can get work permits from their Guidance Counselor. Non-BPS students will continue to get them through Welcome Services using the form above.
During summer vacation, please use the form above.
Get an ID
If you are 18 years old, get a picture identification (ID) card from the Registry of Motor Vehicles. You can get a picture ID even if you don't have a driver's license. mass.gov/rmv
If you’re a male and ages 18-25, you must register with the Selective Service System to be eligible for many summer programs and for all college financial aid. Pick up forms at any post office or register online: sss.gov