Youth Jobs Overview


The Mayor Lee Harris’ Summer Work Experience is a seven-week summer work experience for Shelby County youth ages 16-24 that teaches communications, bookkeeping, organization, and customer service skills. Additionally, program participants will gain valuable connections and knowledge through a weekly paid professional development course. The majority of the approximately 50 placements will be within Shelby County Government and local nonprofits. At this time, we’re no longer accepting hosting inquiries.


All applicants must complete the online application by Friday, February 21, 2020. Applicants may visit any local library to access a computer and complete the application. Participants will be selected via a random lottery and the applicant names that are drawn will receive a phone call and text message the last week of February or early in March and have 48 hours to accept. After 48 hours, a new group of names will be drawn until all placements are confirmed. The final list of names will be published online on March 31, 2020. The list of alternates will also be posted at that time.

An HR orientation is required. Youth participants under 18 years old are required to attend HR orientation with a parent or legal guardian. A mandatory job orientation is also scheduled for April. Selected applicants who do not attend both an HR orientation and job orientation (our kickoff) will not be allowed to participate in the program.

The youth who are selected will participate in one of the following orientation dates with our HR team. You will be contacted if you should attend one and the Mayor’s team will send an email reminder a few days before your scheduled orientation.

  • OPTION 1: Thursday, April 16 from 5-7 at the Benjamin Hooks Library, Conference Room C, 3030 Poplar Ave, Memphis, TN 38111
  • OPTION 2: Wednesday, April 22 from 6-8 pm, at the Shelby County Government, 6465 Mullins Station Rd, training room near Shelby Farms
  • OPTION 3: Monday, April 27 from 5-7 pm at the Benjamin Hooks Library, Conference Room C, 3030 Poplar Ave, Memphis, TN 38111


Youth enrolled in the Summer Work Experience will work Monday – Friday from 8:30 am – 4:30 pm. Pay is $10 per hour. There are very limited supervisor roles for 18-24 year olds who are enrolled in a post-secondary program (college or technical school/program) and the pay is $15 per hour. You do not need to fill out a separate application to be considered for a supervisor position. Any applicant meeting the supervisor guidelines will be considered in a lottery and contacted by the Mayor’s team for an interview.