Mayor's Summer Youth Employment Program (MSYEP)

MSYEP youth

As the City continues to respond to COVID-19 and follow guidance from the State, DHSP staff are engaged in planning for modified summer programs. Please monitor this webpage for updates related to summer offerings.

The goal of MSYEP is to serve as a young person's first job experience and exposure to the world of work. The program serves Cambridge youth from age 14 up to the summer after graduating high school.

Teens are placed in public sector and non-profit jobs throughout the city for six weeks during the summer. They work twenty hours a week, earning minimum wage ($12.00 per hour), with the wage paid by the City. One third of the youth are placed in Summer Work and Learning sites, which offer participants a valuable educational and employment experience using the community’s resources to expose youth to potential educational or career paths.

All work sites must complete an application in order to participate in the program. Both Summer Work and Learning sites and traditional work sites can apply by downloading and submitting the appropriate section of the work site application available here. Please note that youth applications are different from work site applications, and information for youth is listed below. 

All youth participate in skill-building workshops for one hour each week and have the opportunity to attend college tours, financial literacy training, and a variety of program-sponsored social events during the summer.