More Than a Job
Your Chance  |  Your Choice  |  Your Future

More Than a Job
Your Chance  |  Your Choice  |  Your Future


Frequently Asked Questions

Frequently Asked Questions


Q: What is Mayor Rahm Emanuel's One Summer Chicago?

A: Mayor Rahm Emanuel's One Summer Chicago is an initiative that provides youth with employment and enrichment opportunities during the summer months. OSC offers summer employment to youth between the ages of 14 and 24, as well as a range of enrichment activities for children and youth of all ages, including camps, sports, arts, and recreation programs. Most programs are between 20 and 25 hours per week.


Q: What kinds of jobs are available?

A: This year, Mayor Rahm Emanuel's One Summer Chicago will offer a wide range of opportunities through our partner agencies and organizations, including After School Matters, the Department of Family and Support Services, the Chicago Park District, Chicago Public Schools, Chicago Housing Authority, the Chicago Public Libraries, and more. Depending on the opportunity, jobs could range from working outdoors to involvement in arts and academic enrichment programs.


Q: What are the requirements to apply for Mayor Rahm Emanuel's One Summer Chicago?

A: Each partner organization will have its own employment requirements, but here are the most basic requirements:

  1. Be a City of Chicago resident (with the exception of Forest Preserve of Cook County - requires residency in Cook County)
  2. Be between 14 and 24 years of age
  3. Have permission to participate from a parent or guardian if you're under the age of 18
  4. Complete Mayor Rahm Emanuel's One Summer Chicago online application

Q: When will the Mayor Rahm Emanuel's One Summer Chicago application be available?

A: The application will be available on March 14, 2016. The last day to apply is May 15, 2016.


Q: How do I apply?

A: Complete Mayor Rahm Emanuel's One Summer Chicago application at www.onesummerchicago.org and any supplemental applications for the program options you select. Only online applications will be accepted. If you are under the age of 18 and you are offered a position, your parent or guardian will have to sign a consent form for you to participate in the employment program. If you are contacted for a position, you will receive information on how to complete the consent form at that time. Youth under the age of 16 will be required to have a work permit (see below for additional information).


Q: What is the start and end date for my Summer Job?

A: Many programs will begin on June 27, 2016 and end on August 12, 2016. However, each partner has different start and end dates.


Q: Can I save my application and complete it later?

A: Yes. The application will save your information. Remember your login information if you have to stop before you submit your application as you will need that information to log back into the system. The application will take up to 20 minutes to complete and submit.


Q: Can I make changes to my application after I submit it?

A: Yes. In order to make any changes, you will need to log back into your application at www.onesummerchicago.org. You will need to remember your login and password to update your application. Make sure to carefully review your application and apply for all the job opportunities you are interested in before you submit the form.


Q: What organizations are offering employment opportunities through Mayor Rahm Emanuel's One Summer Chicago?

A: After School Matters, Chicago Housing Authority, Chicago Public Libraries, City Colleges of Chicago, Chicago Park District, Chicago Public Schools, Cook County Forest Preserve, Chicago Zoological Society and the Chicago Department of Family and Support Services. Additionaly, the Chicago Public Libraries are offering unpaid opportunities for youth.


Q: How will I know if I've been selected for a job opportunity?

A: Each One Summer Chicago partner agency will contact applicants directly either by phone, email, or mail for an interview or to fill a position. Be sure to include a current phone number, alternate phone number, and an accurate, work-appropriate email address (an email address that you would want your potential employer to use) on your One Summer Chicago application to ensure that agencies are able to reach you. Applicants will be contacted at the end of May or early June for a position.

There are always more applicants than positions for youth in Mayor Rahm Emanuel's One Summer Chicago. We encourage you to keep looking and applying for other opportunities while you wait to hear about your One Summer Chicago application. Youth are only allowed to accept one employment position through One Summer Chicago to ensure that as many youth as possible have the opportunity to participate. Youth may have additional employment outside of Mayor Rahm Emanuel's One Summer Chicago.


Q: Can I have more than one summer job?

A: There are more applicants than positions for youth in Mayor Rahm Emanuel's One Summer Chicago. Youth are only allowed to accept one employment position through Mayor Rahm Emanuel's One Summer Chicago to ensure that as many youth as possible have the opportunity to participate. Youth may accept additional employment outside of Mayor Rahm Emanuel's One Summer Chicago. If a youth has more than one job, he/she will need work with their employers to make sure they can meet all job expectations.


Q: I have applied and been approved to work through Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA). Am I eligible to participate in One Summer Chicago?

A: Mayor Rahm Emanuel's One Summer Chicago welcomes all youth to apply for summer opportunities, including undocumented students (also known as DREAMers). Students who have been approved for deferred action must have a social security number to be eligible for City-funded employment positions.

DREAMers without deferred action status are still encouraged to apply, as there are opportunities to participate in volunteer and other internship opportunities.


Q: How are applicants selected?

A: The application selection process depends on the partner agencies and specific programs. Some job opportunities require interviews and others have additional qualifications for participation. Some programs will select through random lottery, while others are restricted to youth fitting certain criteria.


Q: What can I do if I am not selected?

A: Applying to Mayor Rahm Emanuel's One Summer Chicago does not guarantee you will be selected. Please do not be discouraged if you do not secure an opportunity through Mayor Rahm Emanuel's One Summer Chicago this summer. There are over 200,000 opportunities to learn, play, and stay engaged this summer.

For learning and enrichment program opportunities, please click the "Learn and Play" button on the www.onesummerchicago.org page.


Q: What are the opportunities for 14-15 year olds to apply for Mayor Rahm Emanuel's One Summer Chicago summer employment?

A: The majority of the summer employment positions are for youth ages 16-24. However, the Chicago Housing Authority has a limited number of employment positions for youth ages 14-15. To be eligible for those positions, youth must apply through the online www.onesummerchicago.org application and be either a CHA public housing resident or housing choice voucher tenant. In addition, After School Matters also offers a limited number of slots for 14-15 year olds. To be eligible for an apprenticeship with After School Matters, you must be at least 14 years old on the first day of the program (June 27, 2016). For After School Matters internships, you must be at least 16 years old at the start of the program. Chicago Public Libraries also offers volunteer opportunities for younger youth. Youth interested in those positions should contact their local library.


Q: How do I get a work permit?

A: Youth ages 16 and above do not need a work permit.

If you are under the age of 16, please contact the career counselor at your school, or:

Illinois State Board of Education
100 W. Randolph, 14th Floor
Chicago, IL 60601
Phone: 312-814-2220
(Open Monday through Friday from 9:00 AM to 3:00 PM. Please call for an appointment)

Obtaining a Work Permit involves several steps, including:

The following items are needed for verification before a Work Permit can be issued: