Austin Youth Initiatives Office Provides Many Youth and Family Services

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Austin is committed to being the most family friendly city in the country with policies and decisions that support and enhance the quality of life for families and children.  This commitment should then be realized through structures which ensure every major city policy is evaluated for its effect on families with children.


Developing a healthy, informed, productive, culturally tolerant and civic minded citizen.

For many programs listed below, please make sure to visit the city’s website for the most updated information and application deadline:

High School Summer Internship Programs

Summer internship is typically in June and July. Application is usually open from end of January to early March. 

The Austin Youth Initiatives Office offers four different types of internship programs:

  1. Emerging Leaders Summer Internship Program (ELSIP)
  2. Get Ready! Summer Internship Program
  3. Aviation Department Summer Internship Program
  4. Austin Convention Center Internship Program

High School interns are placed at various locations based on their future career interests. There is one application for all 4 programs, applicants identify program choice on application. Dates for the programs may vary, so please check your availability before applying.

  • Must be currently enrolled in an Austin-area high school and a city of Austin resident to apply.
  • Must be a rising sophmore, juinor, senior or current senior.
  • Must be between the ages of 15 and 18 years old.
  • 6-7 week internship.
  • Interns work 20 hours per week.
  • Interns are paid $8.00/hr.
  • Must be available for the full duration of the program with no more than 3 days of absences

Spring Semester Austin Police Department Internship Program

The Austin Police Department Internship Program is open to college/university students interested in pursuing a career in law enforcement. Several students will be selected for a 12-week paid internship the Spring Semester. The goal is to provide a real-world experience for early career professionals through the lens of diversity.

College students will earn $11/hr, plus course credit. Interns will work 10 hours a week in several APD Divisions with possible rotations, through the Crime Scene Unit, Communications, Patrol, etc.

Internship Duration: January 27th – April 17th. Applications accepted October 7th – November 30th!

Steps to Apply:

  1. Go to
  2. Click “Apply Now”
  3. Click “view all positions”
  4. Select Austin Police Department Internship – 2020 Spring Semester and click “apply for this job online”
  5. Create a profile and upload the required essay


If you have any questions, please send us an email.

Youth Career Fest

Austin Youth Council (AYC) has hosted one of the City of Austin’s largest Career Festivals attracting more than 150 vendors and 2,000 High School students for the past five years. AYC aims to the future interests and goals of students as they begin planning life after high school. We look forward to having your students participate in this great opportunity! To register your school’s students, fill out and submit this School Registration Form.

Questions? Send an email to Brooklynn Gray.

Austin Youth Council

The Austin Youth Council’s mission is to provide an outlet for Austin area youth to amplify their voice in their communities while generating changes within their respective community organizations.

The Youth Council is made up of about 65 high school students who represent the majority of the high school population of the City of Austin including students from AISD, DVISD, RRISD, PfISD, LISD, Charter Schools, Parochial Schools, Private Schools, and homeschooled students. The council is structured as a general assembly with 10 elected council members that represent each of the 10 districts. Members meet once a month and discuss issues concerning youth as well as listen to presentations from City staff and outside organizations in the city. 

The Youth Council meets monthly following a structure meeting pattern of three types of meetings: Council Meeting, District Meeting, or General Assembly Meeting. Members discuss issues concerning youth as well as listen to presentations from City staff as well as organizations outside of the City of Austin. The Council attends state and national conferences every year, with one always taking place in Washington, D.C.  The Youth Council’s district lines match up with the current city council district lines. 

The applications are due on July. You can view the 2020-2021 application here:

Citywide employment and program opportunities

Many departments in the city offer internship or job opportunities, visit to find out more details.


The City of Austin and AISD partner for AustinCorps, a civic education and leadership development program for Austin high school students.

AustinCorps combines classroom curriculum on local government with a hands-on experience at City Hall. In the fall semester, students meet twice weekly with city policymakers and administrators to become familiar with city government. In the spring, students complete a mentored internship with the city, and work in small groups to plan and execute a community project.

Former Mayor Lee Leffingwell said the main objective of AustinCorps is to promote community engagement among Austin students. “Our most valuable resource as a city is our young people,” said Leffingwell. “If we can do more now to educate and engage our students in local government and civic life, the entire community will ultimately reap the reward.”

Questions? ContactElena Jimenez.

AmeriCorps VISTA

AmeriCorps VISTA (Volunteers in Service to America) is a national service program that focuses on projects aiming to alleviate poverty in communities across the country. The City of Austin currently has 22 VISTA members serving in departments across the city.

VISTA members make a year-long, full-time commitment to build the capacity for programs to efficiently and effectively reach their goals of serving the community, bringing individuals and communities out of poverty. AmeriCorps VISTAs primarily work on projects and tasks that are considered indirect service; the focus is working to assure projects are sustainable and can reach a larger population of people.

You must be a college graduate to apply for AmeriCorps VISTA. Visit the city’s website for more details.




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