Mayor's Youth Employment Program

Mayor's Youth Employment Program

The application period has ended.

What is this program about?

Mayor Gaylor Baird promotes workforce and business development for the City of Lincoln. The Workforce Investment and Opportunity Act (WIOA), is landmark legislation that is designed to strengthen and improve our nation's public workforce system and help get Americans, including youth and those with significant barriers to employment, into high-quality jobs and careers and help employers hire and retain skilled workers. The Mayor’s Youth Employment Program is a part of the WIOA program which will provide job training opportunities for youth through a paid summer internship in which they will participate in many leadership development opportunities.


What can I expect from the Mayor’s Youth Employment Program?

You will be given opportunities for a job with a city agency, training, and help with your career, like tuition assistance and/or reference from your supervisor. You will also be provided with many leadership development opportunities like learning about how the city agencies work and your personal strengths. You will be paid $15 per hour at your place of agency employment and receive a $200 bonus for completing the internship.


What are the expectations of participation/work hours?

Participants must be available to work from June 1 – July 30.  Individuals will be placed with specific agencies and hours will be specific to the placement and the individual.  While the hours may be negotiated with your supervisor, you must be willing to meet the agency needs.  Individual days off will be discussed with your supervisor, but it is expected that participants will attend all training sessions and meet work hour expectations every week of the program.  


How old do I have to be to be a part of this program?

This program is designed for ages 16-20. Contact us at if you have more questions.


When will the program take place?

From June 1 to July 30, 2021.


What are the benefits?

Experience allows interns to explore their interests and career options; develop workplace, social, and leadership skills; and build their résumé—all while getting paid.


Which city agencies does the program include?

You will apply for the program and if accepted, will be assigned to a position with a city agency. Examples include:

  • Public Health: help people get health care.
  • Lincoln Public Libraries: teach early reading and English as a second language learning.
  • Parks and Recreation: work with kids and plan day camp activities.
  • Human Rights Commission: helping people get rental assistance and solve other problems.
  • Aging Partners: assist senior citizens with chores and other services.


How do I apply?

The application period has ended. Applications were due by 5:00 p.m. on May 13.  No exceptions will be made.

If you have any questions please email

Individuals chosen for an interview will be contacted via email.  All other individuals will be referred to other opportunities. Applicants and interviewees are not guaranteed an internship.


What if I’m not sure I qualify?

The Mayor’s Youth Employment Program welcomes all kinds of youth, including those for whom English is a second language, individuals with disabilities, people who may have had involvement in the juvenile justice system, and more. The main qualification is a willingness to help your community!


What types of applicants are you looking for?

We are looking for people who are eager to learn, want to help their community, and will represent the values of the Mayor’s office, like accountability, compassion, and vision.