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Landing a Summer Job or Internship

Everything you need to know to navigate the process

Ready to work this summer? It's going to take a couple steps to get there but we know you can do it! We'll walk you through what's needed step by step but there are really just two pieces of the puzzle:

  • APPLICATION Apply to at least three jobs through futureBOS to maximize your chances of getting an offer.
  • ONBOARDING Get a work permit and provide it and the rest of your onboarding documents to your employer before your start date.
  • Immigrant Youth Advancement Program: To ensure our City's youth all have the same opportunities for personal and professional development, the Mayor’s Office of Immigrant Advancement offers work experience opportunities to immigrant youth.

Land a Summer Job

Are You Between the Ages of 14 and 18?

Ages 14-18

To secure your summer job you must:

  • be at least 14 years old by the start of the job
  • have completed grade 6 by the start of the job
  • be legally permitted to work in the United States (If you aren't check out the Immigrant Youth Advancement Page)

Some opportunities have additional special requirements and most opportunities listed here are limited to full time residents of the City of Boston.

The work permit process has multiple steps, but you can get started by completing your Certificate of Health! 

Choose one of the below options:

  •  Print out the Massachusetts Work Permit application and have a doctor or nurse practitioner sign it to clear you for work.
  • Requesting a school/camp form from your doctor’s office with your physician's digital signature. (The document must be less than a year old)

You can complete this step up to a year in advance!

Print the MA Work Permit Application

Every program has slightly different requirements but you can be sure that you are going to need:

  • A proof of identity and employment authorization to enable your employer to complete the federal I-9 employee verification.

proof of identity documents 

  • Your social security number (you also need to make sure the name on your social security card matches the name you use in your job application).
  • A document that proves you are enrolled in school.

Find opportunities that appeal to you in futureBOS.

Applying to three or more jobs and applying early (before April 15th) makes you much more likely to get an offer. 

For the summer, most jobs and internships begin accepting applications in late February or early March, but keep checking back! New opportunities may become available all the way into May!

When looking for a job ALWAYS BE PROACTIVE! 

Call or email contacts at the employer to let them know you submitted an application and are really interested in the position. 

Most employers start making hiring decisions in April, but there are always some jobs and internships available all the way through June. If you aren't having any luck be sure to check out the in-person hiring fairs happening through May and June.

Each job and internship may have a different process for interviewing and making offers. Once you have an offer of employment you can move into the next phase: onboarding.

Congratulations, you got an offer! 

  • First, accept an offer.
  • If you received multiple, choose the one that is right for you and respond to the employer telling them that you accept.
  • Don’t forget to decline any other offers that you received, to free the space up for your peers.

For jobs with City of Boston departments, once you have an offer, you can complete the entire hiring process in a single visit to our office! Just make sure to bring all the documents in our checklist.

Document Checklist 

* All City of Boston jobs have "Successlink - City" in the program field on FutureBOS *

If you are 16-17 print out the Massachusetts Work Permit Application. (If you are 14-15 and have not done this yet please go back to Step 2)

  • If you are 16-17 print out the Massachusetts Work Permit Application. (If you are 14-15 and have not done this yet please go back to Step 2). 
  • Bring it to your employer and have them fill out the Promise of Employment section.
  • Afterwards you and your parent or legal guardian must also sign the document.

View all youth work permit steps

Bring the necessary documents to one of the agencies certified to issue work permits in the City:

  • Your school guidance counselor 
  • Your PIC Career Specialist
  • The YEO office

The following are the necessary documents:

  •  Your work permit application with all required signatures (including the doctor's signature for those age 14 and 15).
  • A document that proves your age. This can be a birth certificate, passport or immigration document. If you have trouble locating one of these documents and you were born in the City of Boston, YEO can help you get a birth certificate for free. 
  • For 15-16 year olds - a document that proves you are enrolled in school.
  • For 16-17 year olds - a document that proves you have completed the sixth grade. 

View all youth work permit steps

Every employer has slightly different requirements for onboarding to your job. However all employers require you to provide:

  • If you are under 18 - A work permit for the specific job, issued within the previous year.
  • Documents that establish your identity and your employment authorization, this will enable your employer to complete the federal I-9 employee verification. For most employers this myst be done in person. Here is the list of documents that can serve these purposes

Get on this last step as soon as you accept a job because you can't start work until you complete onboarding.

Your employer will contact you by email or phone when you are cleared to start work. You should wait until you hear from your employer that onboarding is complete before you start working.

If you don't have a bank account, now is a great time to open one! Depositing your earnings into an account will help you avoid wasting your money on check cashing fees. For more info about opening a bank account check out this FAQ.

If all this feels intimidating, DON'T PANIC! There are paid professionals whose JOB it is to help. If you are a BPS high school student, the best place to start is with your in-school career specialist.

find the specialist assigned to your school

If you have questions about SuccessLink, work permits, onboarding documents, or you don't go to BPS please call, email or visit our offices.

Are you between the ages of 19 and 24?

Ages 19 to 24

This is an outline of the process for 19 to 24 year olds who are interested in working as SuccessLink leaders but much of this is also applicable to other jobs!

To secure your SuccessLink leader job you must:

  • Be a full-time resident of the City of Boston
  • Be legally permitted to work in the United States.

Find leader opportunities that appeal to you in futureBOS, using the age filter to narrow down to jobs for 19-24 year olds.

FutureBOS does not have a comprehensive list of jobs available to young adults, but has a wide variety of SuccessLink Leader opportunities in City of Boston departments and at non-profits throughout the city.

For the summer, most leader job applications open starting in late February or early March.

When looking for a job ALWAYS BE PROACTIVE! 

Call or email contacts at the employer to let them know you submitted an application and are really interested in the position. 

Most employers start making hiring decisions in April, but there are always some jobs and internships available all the way through June.

If you aren't having any luck be sure to check out the in-person hiring fairs happening through May and June.

Each leader job may have a different process for interviewing and making offers. Once you have an offer of employment you can move into the next phase: onboarding.

Congratulations, you got an offer! 

  • First, accept an offer.
  • If you received multiple, choose the one that is right for you and respond to the employer telling them that you accept.
  • Don’t forget to decline any other offers that you received, to free the space up for your peers.

Every Successlink employer has slightly different requirements for onboarding at a job. However all employers require you to provide documents that establish your identity and your employment authorization. For most employers this must be done in person. 

View a list of approved documents 

For City of Boston jobs, onboarding can be accomplished in a single visit to YEO’s offices. Please see this document checklist to prepare for your City of Boston Onboarding visit to YEO.

Get on this last step as soon as you accept a job because you can't start work until you complete onboarding. 

Your employer will contact you by email or phone when you are cleared to start work. You should wait until you hear from your employer that onboarding is complete before you start working.

If you have any questions about the process, please do not hesitate to call, email or visit our offices!

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