Summer WorkReady: Student Information

Apply for a Summer Job or Internship


2020 Program Timeline

February UAC WorkReady Application Opens
February - May Application and enrollment                                                  
May - June Orientation
July 6 Program begins (program runs for 6 weeks)
August 14 Program ends

Please note this program is competitive. Completing an application does not guarantee acceptance.

How to Apply


  1. The first step is to apply online. Please click here to access the online application. Use one of the following the referral codes: S125 for Work Experience, P97 for Internships, or S117 for Service Learning. 
  2. Complete Enrollment paperwork by coming to the UAC WorkReady office during our office hours. Please click here for more information about how to prepare for enrollment. You should also receive an email with this information. Please note that due to state legislation, youth participating in the program may be required to complete a background check screening. There will be no cost for the background check and youth will receive instructions to complete the process during enrollment.
  3. After your enrollment is completed, you will be invited for a program orientation. Orientation is required to be eligible for the program, but does not guarantee you will be accepted.
  4. After your orientation, UAC Summer WorkReady staff will work to match your interests and skills with an opening at a work site. Please note that this process may include interviewing with the work site.
  5. You will be notified via email when UAC Summer WorkReady staff have been able to successfully match you to a summer opportunity, or if we were unable to make a match. 

Positions may be assigned to applicants on a random basis and completion of the application or enrollment process does not guarantee program acceptance. 

Program Models

Work Experience Program - Referral Code S125

  • Ages 14-18 and must reside in the City of Philadelphia.
  • No prior experience required

Internship Program  - Referral Code P97

  • Ages 14-18 and must reside in the City of Philadelphia. 
  • Some prior job experience, resume, and interviews may be required

Service Learning Program  - Referral Code S117

  • Ages 14-18 and must reside in the City of Philadelphia. 
  • No prior experience required

 Frequently Asked Questions


Who is eligible for WorkReady Summer programs?

In order to participate in the WorkReady Summer program, you must be a Philadelphia resident between the ages of 14 and 18 and eligible to work in the U.S. Additional eligibility requirements may be enforced by different program models.

Do I have to re-apply if I worked for WorkReady last year (2019)?

Yes, you are required to submit a new application every year. If you want to work for the same worksite you worked for in 2019, we suggest you contact that worksite so they can request you to work with them for summer 2020.

Once I fill out my application, what happens next?

Check your email for a confirmation that your application has been submitted and received. If you do not see the confirmation, please check your spam folder. This email also contains important information about what documents you will need to locate, obtain or prepare, as well as a few attachments that you and your parent or legal guardian will need to print out, sign, and bring if you are invited to the enrollment phase of the summer program. Make sure to check your email regularly, as you will receive notifications and updates from WorkReady throughout the application process.

I have completed my application; does this mean I will be placed in a program?

We make every effort to find opportunities for as many young people as possible. Due to the overwhelming demand for summer employment, placement in a program cannot be guaranteed.

I was not placed in the program last summer; will I be placed this summer?

We encourage you to apply every year. Each summer represents a new opportunity to participate in the WorkReady Summer program.

I have a work permit from last summer; do I need to get a new one?

If you have your work permit (the blue card) from last summer, it is still valid and will be valid until you turn 18. If you've lost your blue work permit card, you will need to get a new one. You may visit this link for locations and times to get work permits.

When do WorkReady Summer programs start? When do they end?

In 2020, the program will begin on Monday, July 6th and end on Friday, August 14th. 

I would like to know about the different positions available for youth?

There are many different positions for youth interns. Placements largely depend on interests, work experience, where youth live and what work-sites are located in that area. The range of businesses and community organizations who host youth interns vary from large companies, to barbershops and salons, to law offices and doctor's offices, to schools and colleges.

How do I know which referral code to use?

When completing the online application, in the "Who am I" section, you will be prompted to enter your "Referral Code." This referral code is how you and your application are identified with UAC. See below for which UAC referral code to use:

Referral code S125 - Work Experience Program


  • Ages 14 - 18 and must reside in the City of Philadelphia
  • No prior experience required

Referral code P97 - Internship Program


  • Ages 14 - 18 and must reside in the City of Philadelphia
  • Some prior job experience; resume and interviews may be required

Referral code S117 - Service Learning Program


  • Ages 14 - 18 and must reside in the City of Philadelphia
  • No prior experience required

How long will the enrollment process take?

Enrolling in the program is a multi-step process. Here's a breakdown of what to expect:

1. February - May | Complete online application for WorkReady Summer 2020

Apply online, using Referral Codes: S125 (Work Experience), P97 (Internship), or S117 (Service Learning) when prompted.

2. March - May | Complete in-person enrollment paperwork during pre-scheduled UAC Enrollment Sessions

Once your online application has been reviewed by UAC staff, you will be invited to one of our regularly scheduled Enrollment Sessions to complete the in-person enrollment paperwork. The list of important documents necessary to prepare will be shared with you immediately upon submission of your online application.

3. May - June | Youth orientations

All youth workers who have completed the two-step enrollment process will need to attend one orientation before placements can occur. The orientation provides an overview of the program and review of expectations.

4. June | Placements

Applicants who completed the previously mentioned steps (online application, in-person enrollment, orientation) and are selected to receive placements will be notified in late June about their worksites for the summer. Please remember that this is a competitive program and we cannot guarantee placements for every youth who completed enrollment and attended an orientation.

5. July - August | Program runs

From July 6th through August 14th, youth will report to their placement worksites. Youth work schedules will vary and will depend on the needs and requirements of worksite supervisors. Youth workers and supervisors are expected to negotiate a mutually agreeable schedule for completing the 120 hours of paid work.

6. August | UAC WorkReady program close.

The UAC WorkReady program will end on August 14th. Youth may not continue working past the end of the WorkReady program. An end-of-summer celebration will take place at the end of the program.

Can I choose a specific job location or section of the city?

Typically, WorkReady youth do not choose their worksite. Staff considers numerous factors when matching and placing youth at worksites, including youth interests, work experience, and worksite proximity to home.

If you know what kind of work you want to do over the summer, let us know! Even better, if there is a place you know of and/or have a working relationship with (say, you're already volunteering in a position with a business or nonprofit), please reach out to them and have them contact us! You could continue your position at that business and get paid through the WorkReady program.

How many hours will I work and what will I be paid?

The Program allows each youth intern to work up to 120 hours over a 6-week period. Work Experience participants will be paid $8.25 per hour. Intership participants will be paid $9.00 per hour. Service Learning participants will receive a stipend up to $885.

Are there night shifts, early morning, or early or late summer (June or August) part-time jobs available to students in educational enrichment programs during July?

The program lasts for 6-weeks: Monday, July 6th - Friday, August 14th. The current program does not operate in early June or late August. Youth who are selected and placed in a summer job are expected to complete their 120 hours of paid work within the 6-week program timeline.

That said, in terms of working hours for youth, we defer to the worksite supervisors to help create a schedule to accommodate the needs of the youth and the worksite. Typically, youth work 4-hour shifts each day between 9AM and 5PM. However, it is important to acknowledge that some worksites may expect longer work days and others may expect earlier start times. Daily and weekly shifts are therefore determined between worksite and youth at the start of the program. Ultimately, we want each youth to reach the maximum 120 work hours over the 6-week program.

How can I get a copy of my son or daughters 2019 W-2? What if I need a W-2 from a previous year?

Please contact the Philadelphia Youth Network (PYN) WorkReady Hotline regarding W-2s and other tax questions. They can be reached at the following phone number: 267-502-3742.

My son/daughter will be 13 on July 1, 2020; can he/she apply for WorkReady?

Unfortunately, the program qualifications require each youth to be 14 years of age by May 1, 2020. Your son/daughter will be eligible for summer 2021. Please keep us in mind for the future.

If you are interested in learning more about paid summer opportunities for middle-school aged children, please reach out to our program partner, YOACAP, for more information at 215-851-1968.

Do I need to keep my work permit on me at all times?

No, you do not need to carry your work permit with you at all times. The work permit is required as certification during the in-person enrollment session. All applicants will need to have an up-to-date work permit and present this at the time they come into an enrollment session to fill out all required documents. Once you are approved, it is suggested that you keep the work permit at home or in a safe place.

My child successfully submitted the online WorkReady application, but we didn't initially use a UAC referral code. How do we edit or add referral codes?

Please log back into the online application. Use the headers at the top of the page to go to the first section of the application ("About Me") and enter the referral code S125, P97, or S117. Click "continue" until you see the summary page listing the referral code. This will successfully change the applicants' code so that our staff can review the application and guide the youth through the next process.