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2015 Mayor Marion S. Barry Summer Youth Employment Program

For more than 30 years, the District of Columbia has provided jobs for several thousand teens and young adults through the Mayor Marion S. Barry Summer Youth Employment Program (SYEP). By offering participants a meaningful employment experience throughout the course of the summer, the program creates linkages between academic and occupational learning and provides connections to the local job market for youth. The SYEP is managed by the DC Department of Employment Service (DOES) and is centrally overseen within Commerce by the DOC Program Manager.

In 2014, 34 participants were hosted throughout the Department within the Bureau of Economic Analysis, Bureau of Industry and Security, Bureau of the Census, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, National Institute of Standards and Technology, Office of the Secretary, and U.S. Patent and Trademark Office.

How the Program Works

DOC offices in the DC metro area interested in hosting one or more youth should complete the SYEP Participant Request Form and submit it to the DOC Program Manager by Friday, March 6, 2015

The DOC Program Manager submits one 2015 SYEP Host Employer Application for the entire Department.

DC DOES is responsible for the recruitment, paperwork, and wages payment for all participants.

The DOC Program Manager coordinates placements with the hosting offices and DC DOES, including facilitating the selection process by hosting offices.

Hosting offices are responsible for making selections, providing assignments and guidance, and verifying timecards.

Department SYEP Orientation 2015

The Department will host a required 2015 SYEP Orientation for student interns on Thursday, July 2, 2015. Bureaus and offices who are participating in the program this year will be asked to have at least one representative present at the orientation, if possible.

2015 Program Logistics

Dates: June 29, 2015 to August 7, 2015.

Intern Work Hours: Up to 30 hrs/wk ages 22-24; Up to 25 hrs/wk ages 16-21; Up to 20 hrs/wk ages 14 – 15

Lunch: 30 minute paid lunch break included in daily hour maximum.

Wages: $9.25/hr ages 22-24; $8.25/hr ages 16-21; $5.25/hr ages 14 – 15; paid by DC DOES.

Further Information:

DOC Program Manager

Melissa Herrera

Office of the Secretary
Office of Human Resources Management
Office of Human Capital Strategy
1401 Constitution Avenue
Washington DC 20230
Phone: 202.482.4035

DC SYEP website