PLEASE NOTE: We are no longer accepting applications for the 2020 Summer Youth Employment Program. Due to the pandemic and state of emergency in Massachusetts, we are unable to offer employment opportunities at this time. We will be postponing hiring until further notice and will contact you if there are any updates. Please continue to pursue other employment avenues.

The Division of Inclusion and Community Engagement offers two summer programs for high school students.

Summer Youth Employment Program

In-person interviews will take place during spring vacation.

Dates: June 29, 2020 - Aug. 21, 2020

The Summer Youth Employment Program provides six Springfield youth, rising sophomores to rising seniors 16 years of age or older*, with 20 hours per week of summer employment and vocational experience at Springfield College. Current seniors are ineligible.

Participants will work on the Springfield College campus, primarily in facilities and grounds, and will develop workplace skills and competencies while working side by side with positive student and adult role models and enjoying the beautiful campus environment.

The Springfield College Youth Summer Employment Program will run for approximately eight weeks. Youth participants must be Springfield residents and attending high school in the fall.

The Summer Youth Employment Program works to accomplish the following for its youth participants.

  • Impart valuable employment skills
  • Provide youth with summer income in safe and nurturing community
  • Provide employment experience that stresses the development and practice of real-world labor expectations
  • Introduces youth to Springfield College and its diverse programs of study
  • Provide opportunities for career instruction and financial literacy training

Interviewing best practices:

  • Be on time (a few minutes early is on time.)
  • Dress for success (i.e., no ripped jeans, no sweats, wear a belt)
  • Good energy
  • Turn off cell phone
  • No gum
  • Make eye contact
  • Be prepared to answer why you're interested in the job (not "my mom told me.")


*Due to Massachusetts laws regulating minors' work hours and occupational restrictions, applicants must be 16 years of age or older

Social Justice Summer Academy

Cost: $50 (includes supplies, instruction, and lunch)

The Social Justice Summer Academy brings together approximately 40 area sophomore, junior, and rising senior high school students who will work in small learning communities exploring the concept of social justice through self-reflection, team building activities, organizing, self-expression, and critical thinking through a variety of discussions and projects.

This four-day academy, held on the Springfield College campus, will provide students with a forum to become a catalyst for social, political, and environmental change in their communities.

The academy seeks to bring to campus socially conscious high school students to engage in dialogues on equality, access, and equity.

A limited number of partial scholarships are available to support enrollment of qualified applicants who demonstrate need. Please contact us at for more information.

We are not offering the Social Justice Summer Academy this year. Please check back for summer 2020.