Mayor's Youth Academy > Program Overview > Summer Work Experience

Last Updated: 2016-12-14

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MYA Work Experience interns (ages 16-19), are provided with diverse employment placements and introduced to a variety of industries and career paths including: higher education, non-profits, library sciences, entrepreneurship, human/social services, state government, law, healthcare, information technology, and the MYA Summer Institute with Reynolds. MYA Work Experience interns are prepared to enhance productivity and contribute to a positive work environment with enthusiasm and professionalism. MYA Work Experience interns are certified “Job Ready” receiving four weeks of pre-employment training designed to strengthen the skills needed to succeed in the working world.

Training topics include:

  • Professional attire and business etiquette.
  • Effective communication skills.
  • Resume writing and interviewing techniques.
  • Conflict resolution and professional decorum.

The advantages of serving as an MYA Work Experience intern include:

  • Developing Richmond’s future workforce.
  • Youth receive "real" work experience.
  • Exploration and training in a variety of career fields.
  • Gaining skills that are necessary for future employment.
  • Mentoring and networking opportunities from a diverse pool of professional.
  • Stimulates the local economy.

MYA Summer Work Experience Goals include:

  • Provide extensive job readiness training for youth.
  • Develop employability skills.
  • Promote civic engagement.
  • Expose youth to post-secondary educational and/or vocational opportunities.
  • Provide professional mentors and instructors in a variety of career paths.
  • Provide safe and constructive social outlets through supervised out of school activities.
  • Encourage continued school enrollment.

How Much Will I Earn?

Youth participating in the Summer Work Experience program will be paid at a rate that is at least the current federal minimum wage.

Who is eligible?

City of Richmond youth ages (16-19) who are enrolled in either secondary or post-secondary institution. Eligible participants must be registered as full-time students during the preceding academic year. Students are not required to have previous work experience to apply, but they must meet the program’s eligibility criteria.

Proof of City of Richmond residency and school enrollment may be requested.

How to apply?

How to apply? (click here)

Applications available on-line beginning March 1, 2017.

Program Timetable

Date Event Location
March 1, 2017
8:00 a.m.
Online Enrollment Application begins
  - - > website will be open 24 hours per day
Applicant may apply online -or- apply in person
On-line and Appointments may be scheduled
  Mondays thru Fridays
  8:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
March 24, 2017
5:00 p.m.
Last Day
to Apply online, or to Apply in person

Applications must be received by 5:00 p.m.
MYA Headquarters, EDC Building
701 North 25th Street, Richmond VA 23223
(804) 646-7480
TBA Acceptance Letters - sent to Work participants  
All notices sent via e-mail

Contact Information:

Mayor's Youth Academy
City of Richmond
EDC Building
701 North 25th Street, 2nd floor
Richmond, VA
23223 USA
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Phone: (804) 646-7480
Fax: (804) 646-5145

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