Registration for Mayor’s Youth Employment Program Now Open

Published on February 12, 2024

Program provides summer work opportunities for local youth

The American Job Center today invited high school seniors, college students, and youth ages 16 to 24 to participate in this summer’s Mayor’s Youth Employment Program. The application deadline is 5 p.m. March 23. To apply, visit

“The program is designed to give young people real-world skills while directly giving back to our community, contributing to the services that provide our high-quality of life here in Lincoln,” said Mayor Leirion Gaylor Baird.

The program offers students job opportunities with City of Lincoln departments that include training, leadership development, and career assistance such as tuition support and/or reference from a supervisor. Participants will be paid $15 per hour at their place of agency employment and receive a $200 bonus for completing the internship.

Participating City departments include:

  • City Clerk: Interns will assist with daily operations including data entry, filing, and record-keeping.
  • Finance: Interns will help gather information regarding audits and grants.
  • Parks and Recreation: Interns will be assigned to recreation center day camps to work with children and plan activities.
  • Lincoln Transportation and Utilities Communications: Interns will create social media content.
  • Lincoln Transportation and Utilities Watershed: Interns will assist with dry and wet weather water monitoring. This includes maintaining equipment, collecting and processing water samples, and data entry.
  • Information Services: Interns will shadow developers and project managers working on high-impact City and Lancaster County software projects to build design and critical thinking skills or help by working with staff to test products and provide feedback to development teams.
  • Lincoln City Libraries: Interns will assist the public information specialist with filming and photographing library events and programs, brainstorming and crafting social media content, and a range of other marketing initiatives.
  • Lincoln Water System: Interns will assist with dry and wet weather monitoring. This includes, but is not limited to, maintaining remote monitoring equipment, collecting and processing water samples, and data entry/analysis.

The Mayor’s Youth Employment Program is a part of the Workforce Investment and Opportunity Act (WIOA) program which provides job training opportunities for youth through a paid summer internship. WIOA is designed to strengthen and improve the 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.

For more information about the American Job Center, visit