City of Surprise News

Posted on: March 5, 2018

City opens summer job program for teens; apply by April 5

youth employment program

The City of Surprise is offering a summer job program for income-eligible Surprise teens between the ages of 15 – 19.

Through the City Council-approved Summer Youth Employment Program (SYEP), applicants must be available to work up to 20 hours a week for up to 8 weeks between May 29 and July 20. Chosen interns will earn $10.50 per hour.  

Twenty interns will be selected to receive professional development training; from shadowing a building inspector to working with seniors.

Eligibility Requirements:

  • Family income must be at or below 80% of area median income
  • Must be a full time student
  • Must reside in Surprise
  • Must be legally authorized to work in the U.S.
  • Must have access to reliable transportation
  • Must submit letter of recommendation

Applicants will also have to submit income verification documents at the time of application. Applicant names must be written to match what is listed on their Social Security Card. Applicants are also asked to list areas of interest so that they may be placed in a complementary employment opportunity.

Applications are available online at or can be picked up at City Hall by visiting the welcome desk and asking for Ervin Cutwright.

Applications are due by Thursday, April 5, 2018 at 5 p.m.; if mailed, they should be postmarked by April 1. Applications can also be submitted via e-mail to or mailed to/dropped off at City Hall:

Ervin Cutwright, Human Service and Community Vitality Department
Re: Summer Youth Employment Program Application
16000 N. Civic Center Plaza
Surprise, AZ., 85374-7470

Qualified applicants will be contacted and then screened through an interview process in April 2018. Final participants will be notified if they are selected for a position in May and must pass a drug test (with parent consent form), and any other pre-employment screening the City deems necessary.

For questions, please contact Ervin Cutwright at or 623.222.3241.

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