The One Summer Chicago program brings together government institutions, community-based organizations, and companies to offer over 31,000 employment and internship opportunities to youth and young adults ages 14 to 24.
Applications accepted now through May 15, 2017. Applicants will be notified during the months of May and June if they have been invited for an interview.
All eligible youth who are not offered an initial interview will be placed on a waitlist. Youth are encouraged to boost their career readiness skills by exploring activities on LRNG: Chi
Step-by-step guide to preparing for your application and job interview
STEP 1 | Email
Create a work ready email.
Creating a professional email address is the first step in your job process. Your email is often the first introduction to you by the employer so you want to make sure that you make a good impression.
- If you are enrolled in CPS, you already have been provided a work ready Gmail account. If you do not remember your Gmail account, please check with your school administrators for that information.
- If you need to create a new email, you want to create an email that is easy for you to remember. You can sign-up for a free email account through a web-based email provider (Gmail, Yahoo). Once you create your account, remember to check your account frequently and respond promptly to potential employers.
- Examples of professional emails are:
- First Initial.Last Name – O.Chicago@mailprovider.com
- First Name.Last Name – One.Chicago@mailprovider.com
STEP 2 | Documents
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 / ITIN number. Below are some useful links to help you get the documentation you will need.
Social Security Number
To apply for a Social Security card:
- Find your birth certificate + ONE Evidence of Identity (i.e. Driver’s License, State ID, etc.)
- Print and fill out Social Security Application
- Apply in person or by mail
- Once you receive your card make copies and store in a safe place
If you are not eligible to receive a SSN, you’ll need an Individual Taxpayer Identification Number for tax purposes only.
You can apply for an ITIN by completing a Form W-7 here: http://www.irs.gov/Individuals/General-ITIN-Information
Government Issued ID
Examples: State ID | Driver’s License | Passport
If you don’t have one already, go to www.CyberDriveIllinois.com 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.
If you are 16 or over, you do not need a work permit in order to participate.
If you will be under the age of 16 at the start of your summer employment, you’ll need a work permit, which involves permission from your parents, your school, and your employer. For additional information, click here.
Obtaining a Work Permit involves several steps, including:
- Complete a required written application
- A parent / guardian must be present when the application is completed and filed
- The student (minor / child) must be present when a Work Permit is issued. A parent / guardian MAY NOT obtain a Work Permit without the student (child) recipient present, as the application requires verified signature.
The following items are needed for verification before a Work Permit can be issued:
- Letter of Intent to Hire (download here)
- Verification of Age
- Social Security Card
- Report of a Physical Examination from the past year
- Written parent approval signed by the parent / guardian
- Completion of a form by the child’s school principal verifying that the student is making satisfactory academic progress, if the student is seeking part-time employment during the school year.
STEP 3 | Attire
Make sure you have work appropriate attire.
Clothes say a lot about the type of employee you are and first impressions are lasting impressions. If you’re not sure what attire is expected it is a good idea to ask.