One summer can change your future

Career Awareness Survey

Research shows that Houston has a vast amount of stable, high-skill career opportunities. But, it seems that awareness about these opportunities is low; and that is why we are reaching out to you. Your responses will help us measure the awareness of students in the greater Houston area about high-skill careers opportunities. Additionally, your responses will help us understand how to better publicize information about rewarding high-skill career options to students in the future. Please click the button below and provide us your feedback in the short survey.

Private and public internships

Hire Houston Youth offers youth ages 16 to 24 internship and job opportunities in the public and private sectors throughout the Houston area. All positions offer at least 7 weeks of employment, and employers are asked to compensate youth at least $9.00 an hour. Most opportunities begin June 8, 2020 and end July 30, 2020 (estimated dates). The application will open February 10, 2020 and will close April 8, 2020 for City of Houston positions, May 1, 2020 for Nonprofit companies, and May 8, 2020 for private corporations. However, keep an eye on our website, as additional opportunities and supports will appear when available throughout the year.

Follow us on Social Media: Instagram @HireHOUyouth Twitter @HireHOUyouth Facebook @HoustonMOEducation

Jobs and Resource Fairs

Hire Houston Youth, in partnership with the McDonald’s Owners/Operators Association of Greater Houston, hosts various hiring events open to all youth ages 16 and up. These events are open to the public and do not require applicants to pre-register or be pre-screened.

Youth MUST bring documents to prove their eligibility to work. To view a list of acceptable documents click here.




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Get hired! Apply today.

It’s as easy as 1, 2, 3…Application tips

Step 1: Email
Step 2: Documents
Step 3: Attire
Step 1: Email

Your email address is one of the first ways you make an impression upon potential employers. Make sure you make a great first impression with a professional email address.

Examples of professional emails are:

First Initial.Last (ex.

First Name.Last (ex.

If you need to create a new email, you want to create an email that is easy for you to remember. You can sign-up for a free email account through a web-based email provider (GmailYahoo). Once you create your account, remember to check your account frequently and respond promptly to potential employers.

Step 2: Documents

Make sure you have the necessary documents to be employed.

When you apply for jobs, you will be asked to present certain documents like your birth certificate or social security card / ITIN number. Below are some useful links to help you get the documentation you will need.

Social Security Number

If you don’t have one, you can apply for one at or search for a Houston-area SSA office near you at

If you are not eligible to receive a SSN, you’ll need an Individual Taxpayer Identification Number for tax purposes only. You can apply for an ITIN by completing a Form W-7 here:

Government Issued ID

Examples: State ID | Driver’s License | Passport

If you don’t have one already, visit for instructions on how to obtain one. You may also provide your birth certificate as proof of age if you do not have a photo ID.

Step 3: Attire

Make sure you have work appropriate attire.

The way you dress says a lot about the type of employee you are. If you’re not sure what your employer’s dress code is, it is a good idea to ask before the first day of work.

Learn about Mayor Turner’s first job

“It was not just about the money…but I learned how to take orders, follow instructions, be ready, be on time, and put in a full day’s work for a full day’s pay.”

Mayor Sylvester Turner

Frequently asked questions

I completed an online application or came to a job fair. Will I receive a job?
I completed my online application. What next?
Do I need to come to the job fairs if I completed an application online?

I completed an online application or came to a job fair. Will I receive a job?

Maybe! Due to an overwhelming number of applications, we cannot guarantee you a job or internship. This is a competitive process, so we recommend completing a stellar application and brushing up on your career readiness skills – like interviewing and creating a resume.

I completed my online application. What next?

Once the application period is over, HHY reviews the applications. If selected for the next round, you will be invited to attend a mandatory job readiness training. If you advance to the next round, you may be invited for an interview if requested by the employer. If you receive a job or internship offer, you will receive a notification. Please continually check your email as this is how HHY will contact you for next steps. We appreciate your patience as we complete this process.

Do I need to come to the job fairs if I completed an application online?

It is not necessary if you applied for positions online. The opportunities available at the job fairs are different than the jobs available through the online application system. Please contact us through the website if you have any questions about your online application.

Success stories


Uyiosa Elegon

Age 19

This summer, I was allowed to use what I learned in marketing classes to highlight youth in the program through social media. I am so privileged to have carried out that project with the guidance of committed mentors in the Mayor’s Office of Education. Hire Houston Youth gave me the platform and resources I need to be successful in my future career.


Megan Steckley


Zach’s work in our office made it possible for us to distribute hundreds of computers to Houston area families without computers at home this fall. We are so grateful for the opportunity to be a part of this program and meet great students like Zach who added so much value to our organization this summer. We can’t wait to meet next year’s interns!