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Wilmington’s Parks and Recreation Department Extends the 2018 Youth Career Development Internship Application Deadline

Post Date:03/13/2018 1:30 PM

Young people seeking summer internships will now have until March 29 to sign up; information sessions will be held on March 22

Mayor Mike Purzycki and Parks and Recreation Director Kevin F. Kelley, Sr. announced today that the deadline for registering for one of the internships offered through the City’s 2018 Youth Career Development program (formerly the Summer Youth Employment Program) has been extended until Thursday, March 29.  The original deadline was Friday, March 16.  Also, the Department of Parks and Recreation will hold an intake session for applicants at the Municipal Services Complex, located at 500 Wilmington Avenue, between 5 and 8 p.m. on March 29.

The application form is on the City’s website at, and can be found at various locations throughout the City. Applicants may also call the Department of Parks and Recreation at 302.576.3822 for more information. Furthermore, interested applicants should view the eligibility requirements for each organization found on the website under Eligibility Requirements.

Besides giving interested applicants an additional two weeks to register for a competitive internship, the Parks and Recreation Department will also hold two information sessions for kids and their parents to learn more about the internship track, a new component of the revamped Youth Career Development program. These two-hour information sessions – from 10 a.m. until Noon and from 6 to 8 p.m. – will both be held on Thursday, March 22, at the Municipal Services Complex on Wilmington Avenue.

“These extra informational sessions will allow potential applicants to find out more about the internship program, which is new this year,” said Director Kelley. “We’ll have representatives from employers, such as Christiana Care, on site, and they will be able to better explain the various job opportunities that are available.”

When it was announced in February, Mayor Purzycki said that Youth Career Development program is an important job-placement and internship effort that will help City young people develop valuable work skills and prepare those same young people for a successful future. “We’re excited about this program and the opportunity to provide our City’s youth with a solid foundation for both personal and professional growth while also instilling in them an appreciation of the value of service to one’s community,” said the Mayor.

To be considered for the 2018 program, applicants must be between the ages of 14 and 20, must complete an application form in its entirety, and must meet other income, residency and job-eligibility requirements, which can be found online. Applicants 17 years of age and younger must also complete a Delaware Department of Labor work permit form, which can also be downloaded from the City’s website. In addition, all participants in this year’s program must arrange for direct deposit of their paychecks in order to be paid.

Interested individuals can apply for one of at least 100 internships with entities including Summer Collab, Tyler’s Camp, Freedom School, Green Jobs, Delaware Pathways, Christiana Care, Delaware Vocations and the City of Wilmington. Interns will be selected through an open and competitive interview process. Those selected will be notified via email and have their names published on the City website prior to the traditional lottery drawing in May. Participants will be assigned a career mentor during the six- to eight-week program, and after successful completion will receive a letter of recommendation from their employer.

Those applying for an internship should also register for the lottery drawing to increase their chances of being selected for a job opening this summer in the event they are not selected for an internship. The lottery drawing will be held on Thursday, May 3, at 10 a.m. at the City’s Municipal Services Complex. This year, the City is looking to employ approximately 475 youths in various jobs and internships within City government as well as in the business and community sectors.

The Parks and Recreation Department will hold a series of lottery intake sessions across the city beginning on Tuesday, April 17, and running through Saturday, April 28, 2018, to accept applications and assist youths and their families with the application process as well as answer any questions. A Department of Labor representative will also be on hand to assist applicants with work permit forms. All applications must be submitted during the intake sessions.


News and information from the Office of Wilmington Mayor Mike Purzycki 

John Rago
Deputy Chief of Staff for Policy and Communications
Mobile: (302) 420-7928
Paul Ford Jr.
Communications Specialist
Mobile: (302) 530-2171
Dan Sanchez
Digital & Social Media Manager
Mobile: (302) 605-0026

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