Get Your Working Papers
Preteens and teens are often excited to start working. This blog post will give you the information you need to get your working papers so you can get a job or participate in paid internship programs.
A teenager entering the job market needs working papers! In New York State you need to be between the ages of 14 & 18 years old to get your working papers. The best place to start when you are ready to find out more about the process is your school guidance Counselor’s office.
Here are some steps you’ll need to take:
· Get working papers or employment certificate application from school or Department of Labor.
· Obtain a certificate of physical fitness from your doctor. You may need to have had a physical within the last year.
· Submit the completed application with proof of age (copy of birth certificate, school record, school id, driver's license, or other document that lists your age).
· A parent or guardian will need to sign the application and/or go with you to District Advocate office to complete the process.
Summer Youth Employment Program (SYEP) is one program to consider once you get your working papers. Teens 14 to 24 years of age are selected through a lottery system to work in various locations like hospitals, libraries, museums, parks and other non-profit organizations. The application deadline for this year is almost closed, but there’s always next year.
Many Brooklyn Public Libraries accept teens as part of the Summer Youth program. Working in the library can be a great stepping stone for career paths to librarianship, for those who show interest in a career in technology, among other great fields.
· Be sure to check if there’s a cut off period for application submission, which usually there are for various jobs and internships.
· Having a great grade point average will help you to secure an internship position, job, or volunteer opportunity.
· Volunteering is a great way to garner experience in the working world before applying for a real job.
· Consider aligning your interest with available opportunities. For example, if you are studying computer science, engineering or a related field, check out Google internship programs.
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