One Summer Chicago provides over 24,000 Chicago youth and young adults with meaningful summer employment and learning opportunities. Young people can apply for jobs and internships with agencies including the Department of Family and Support Services, After School Matters, Chicago Housing Authority, Chicago Public Library and the Forest Preserve District of Cook County, among others.

Through One Summer Chicago, young people have the opportunity to work for local businesses or leading museums. They may enjoy working outside or with young children and can apply for positions at their local park or the Brookfield Zoo. Maybe they have an interest in the environment, or health and wellness? There are thousands of options and opportunities to fit a young person’s interest. By visiting the website, young people can learn about the wealth of resources and jobs the City is providing.

Many of the skills young people acquire in One Summer Chicago extend well beyond the six-week program. Over half the young people who participated in last summer’s program reported receiving direct college and career support. Others found a caring adult who helped them set and achieve educational and personal goals. Still others learned about the importance of savings and creating a budget.

The One Summer Chicago application period launched on Wednesday, April 1. To date, over 5,480 applications have been completed. There are only five more weeks (35 days) to apply for employment through One Summer Chicago. The application closes on Friday, May 15.

If youth want to apply, go to


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