Apply Now for the Mayor’s Summer Youth Internship Program!

Mayor Byron W. Brown, joined by Community Services Commissioner Otis T. Barker, employers, representatives from Community Organizations, Higher Education, the Police Athletic League of Buffalo and dozens of young people, recently  kicked off his 2020 Summer Youth Internship Program, encouraging City students to apply on-line as soon as possible. 

The program provides six weeks of employment and work-readiness training to youth in the City of Buffalo during the summer months. Students will work 20 hours per week over the course of the 6-week program, which begins July 6th and ends August 13th. Applying is easy. Students can submit applications online at Completed applications are due by Friday, March 31, 2020.

City youth can apply online or download an application to the program by going to and return the completed application to the Department of Community Services. Applications are also available in Room 1701 at Buffalo City Hall. Incomplete applications and late applications will not be accepted. Completed applications can be emailed, mailed or brought to the Department of Community Services, located at Buffalo City Hall, 65 Niagara Square-Room 1701, Buffalo, New York, 14202. The office is open Monday through Friday, 8:30am to 4:30pm.

To be eligible youth must be a City of Buffalo resident, between the ages of 14 and 21, and must turn age 14 by March 31, 2020. Each participant will be screened, assessed and receive job readiness, life skills and financial literacy training. The City of Buffalo’s Division for Youth will provide youth counselors who will serve as monitors and provide program support for everyone participating in the program. College Students are encouraged to apply.

Nearly 24,000 city youth have been employed through this program since 2006

 Employers looking to support Mayor Brown’s youth employment program should email

Those businesses that hire city youth may be eligible for tax credits. Not-for-profit and Community based organizations can also participate by providing a structured and supervised work environment for the summer and, through sponsorship and donations, the City of Buffalo will subsidize the wages of youth employed in these areas.

If you have any questions regarding Mayor Brown’s Summer Youth Internship Program application process, please contact us at (716) 851-5887.