PLEASE NOTE: Youth will follow Commonwealth and College guidelines re:COVID vaccinations.

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

Summer Youth Employment Program

We are not accepting applications at this time. Please check back for updates. 

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

The application deadline has passed.

Social Justice and Health Professions Academy

  • Dates: Wednesdays from September 22 – November 10, 2021
  • Time: 5:30 PM – 7:30 PM
  • Includes: dinner on Springfield College campus, program t-shirt, lab, and study materials
  • Free to accepted applicants

The Social Justice and Health Professions Academy will focus on the intersection of health, healthcare, and social justice. This Academy will bring together 25 local sophomore, junior, and senior high school students for an 8-week experience on the campus of Springfield College. Students will be introduced to issues of social justice, including the social determinants of health outcomes, and will learn about a number of health professions and how they are working toward health equity.

Students will be provided with a forum to learn about, and become a catalyst for, social change in their communities. We seek to bring to campus socially conscious high school students to engage in dialogues on health, access, and equity via an introduction to areas of health study such as: Occupational Therapy, Physical Therapy, Physician Assistant Studies, Public Health, and others.

There is no fee for this program, thanks to a mini grant from Health New England DEIB (Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Belonging).  The program will run on Wednesdays 5:30 PM – 7:30 PM from September 22 – November 10, 2021, and will include dinner on the campus of Springfield College, program t-shirt, lab, and study materials.

Please contact us at for more information.

The Social Justice & Health Professions Academy will not be held this fall due to COVID. Please check back in the spring.