Summer Youth Employment Program

The Office of Workforce Development Summer Youth Employment Program (SYEP) provides Howard County youth between the ages of 14 through 21 with paid internship with Howard County Government. The program will focus on job readiness and career exploration while providing valuable work experience.

To participate in the HCSYP, you must be a Howard County Resident between the ages of 14-21; along with meeting one or more of the following criteria:

  • Low Income
  • Homeless or Runaway
  • Pregnant or Parenting
  • An Offender
  • High School Drop Out
  • Foster Child
  • Deficient in Basic Literacy Skills (IEP)
  • Youth with a Disability

The HCSYP participants will be able and committed to work up to 25 hours a week while earning a competitive wage for nine weeks (June 25, 2018 through August 24, 2018). There will be a mandatory orientation held on June 25, 2018 through June 29, 2018 from 9 am - 1:00 pm at the Columbia Workforce Center located at 7161 Columbia Gateway Dr., Columbia, MD 21046.

Please complete and turn in all copies of the appropriate documentation along with the application to be considered for the program. Upon receiving your completed packet, it will be reviewed for accuracy and completeness; if complete you may receive a call for an interview. Positions are limited! They will be assigned based on order of receipt of a complete packet and the interview process. The deadline to submit your packet is Friday, May 25, 2018 at 4:00 pm at The Columbia Workforce Center, located at 7161 Columbia Gateway Drive, Columbia, MD 21046.

The Howard County Summer Youth Program is contingent upon funding availability.

2018 Summer Youth Application
2018 Youth Flyer

Contact us:

To get further information or to set up an appointment to enroll in the program, contact our youth coordinator, Jermira Sarratt, at 410-290-2620 or email for more information.