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A Final 100 Summer Jobs Are Now Available for Young People 14 to 21 Years Old Who Live in the City of Wilmington

Post Date:04/24/2019 11:00 AM

The City’s job and internship program—known as the Youth Career Development Program—will fill the remaining jobs on a first come, first served basis next Tuesday, April 30

Youth Career Development 2019

Wilmington Mayor Mike Purzycki and Parks and Recreation Director Kevin Kelley announced today that 100 summer jobs for City residents who are 14 to 21 years old are now available. The City’s annual job and internship program, known as the Youth Career Development Program, will begin in June. Those who want to fill one of the remaining 100 jobs must attend an intake session next Tuesday, April 30 anytime between 4:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. at the Parks and Recreation offices at 500 Wilmington Avenue. The jobs will be awarded next Tuesday on a first come, first served basis.

Prior to attending the April 30 session, applicants must download and complete a fillable PDF application form from the City’s website at, or applicants can call the Department of Parks and Recreation at (302) 576-3822 for more information. Applications will only be accepted during next Tuesday’s intake session.

This year, the City will employ approximately 445 youths in various jobs and internships within City government as well as in the business and community sectors. Mayor Purzycki describes the Youth Career Development Program as an important job-placement and internship opportunity for young people so they can develop their work skills and prepare for a successful future.

To be considered for one of the final 100 available jobs, applicants must be between the ages of 14 and 21, must complete the application form in its entirety, and must meet residency and job-eligibility requirements, which can be found online. Applicants 17 years of age and under must also complete a Delaware Department of Labor work permit form, which can also be downloaded from the City’s website. Background and drug testing will be administered prior to employment, and all participants must arrange for direct deposit of their paychecks in order to be paid.

A new feature of this year’s improved Youth Career Development program is the two-track path to employment through competitive internships and the workforce track. 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.

This year interested individuals will have the option of applying for one of at least 100 internship positions with entities including Summer Collab, United Way, Interfaith Housing,  Freedom School, Green Jobs, Howard HS Delaware Pathways, and Christiana Care, as well as the City of Wilmington. Interns will be selected through an open and competitive interview process. The workforce track will consist of entry-level jobs that are available in diverse businesses and agencies throughout the community. Among them are the City of Wilmington, Blue Diamond Dental, R.E. Page and Associates, Southbridge Neighborhood House, Girls Inc., the YMCA, Shop Rite, and the Riverfront Development Corporation, as well law offices, daycare centers, and other area employers. 

Mayor Purzycki and Director Kelley today thanked the City’s Youth Career Development 2019 partners which include Bank of America, the Delaware Department of Labor, and the Laffey-McHugh Foundation.

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