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

Frequently Asked Questions

What is One Summer Chicago?

One Summer Chicago is an initiative that provides youth with employment and enrichment opportunities during the summer months. One Summer Chicago offers summer employment to youth between the ages of 14 and 24. Most programs are between 20 and 25 hours per week.

What kinds of jobs are available?

One Summer Chicago offers a wide range of opportunities through our partner agencies and organizations, including:

Depending on the opportunity, jobs could range from working outdoors, to work placements at local businesses, to involvement in arts and academic enrichment programs.

What are the requirements to apply for One Summer Chicago?

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

  1. Be a City of Chicago resident
  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 the One Summer Chicago online application

What are the opportunities for 13-15 year olds to apply for One Summer Chicago?

The majority of the summer employment positions are for youth ages 16-24.

The Chicago Housing Authority has a limited number of employment positions for youth ages 13-15. To be eligible for those positions, youth must be either a CHA public housing resident or housing choice voucher tenant.

After School Matters also offers a limited number of slots for 14-15 year olds.

Chicago Public Libraries also offers volunteer opportunities for younger youth. Youth interested in those positions should contact their local library.

Chicago Department of Family and Support Services also offers a limited number of slots for 14-15 year olds.

When will the One Summer Chicago application be available?

The application opens March 4, 2024 and closes May 3, 2024.

How do I apply?

Complete One Summer Chicago application at 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 may be required to have a work permit (see below for additional information).

What are the start and end dates of my Summer Job?

Most programs will begin on June 24, 2024 and end on August 2, 2024. These dates may be subject to change depending on the partner organization.

Can I save my application and complete it later?

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.

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

Yes. In order to make any changes, you will need to log back into your application at 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.

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

Each One Summer Chicago partner agency will contact applicants directly either by phone or email 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 may be contacted as early as April 2024 for a position.

There are always more applicants than positions for youth in 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.

What happens when a young person's top choice for a summer job is an offer away/outside of his/her community and the family is concerned about the young person's safety?

Our network of One Summer Chicago provider agencies works to match participants with summer jobs based on their interests, their skills, and the community area/neighborhood where they live. In some cases, the best available opportunity for youth might require a longer commute than is originally expected.

It is the mission of the One Summer Chicago provider agencies to provide youth with a rewarding and safe summer experience, but each youth participant brings with them a unique set of circumstances. Program coordinators will work with youth and their parents and guardians on a case-by-case basis to resolve concerns, provide guidance and support with logistical issues, and help youth establish themselves in their summer job. If need be, the program coordinators will work with youth to find an alternative job placement.

Can I have more than one summer job?

There are more applicants than positions for youth in One Summer Chicago. 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 accept additional employment outside of the program. If a youth has more than one job, they will need to work with their employer to make sure they can meet all job expectations.

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

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.

How are applicants selected?

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.

How do I get a work permit?

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
Visit ISBE website

Obtaining a Work Permit involves several steps, including:

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

What documentation will I need?

Make sure you have all of the necessary documents, if you are invited for an interview.

When you apply for jobs, you will be asked to present certain documents like your birth certificate or social security card.

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 here; or search for a Chicago-area SSA office near you using this tool.

To apply for a Social Security card:

Government Issued ID
Examples include: State ID | Driver’s License | Passport

If you don't have one already, go to 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.

Who do I contact if I have other questions?

The One Summer Chicago hotline is an easy and convenient way to receive support for any needs that may come up throughout the spring and summer. Please call the Department of Family and Support Services at 312-743-0208 or email us at

Does One Summer Chicago have a resource guide?

Yes. Click here to download a copy.