Thank you for your interest in Chicago Housing Authority’s (CHA) paid summer youth opportunities.

The 2021 summer online application is now open!
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The Chicago Housing Authority offers many paid opportunities where you can spend your summer working, learning, creating and developing skills through
a combination of programs that will include virtual learning opportunities for youth as well as limited in-person employment opportunities.

Note: All programs and dates are subject to change without notice


Geared towards female-identifying youth, this documentary filmmaking intensive is designed to provide all essential skill sets for a job in film: pre-production, camera operation, lighting, sound, and video editing. Guided by award winning filmmakers and DePaul graduate students, participants receive extensive training while exploring the power of their personal narrative. During the paid, six-week program, youth will also be visited by industry experts and go on a number of experiential field trips including a tour of Cinespace, the largest film studio outside of Hollywood. Working in small teams, participants will create an original short documentary that will screen across Chicago and possibly the nation. You will earn $14/hour. Program Dates: June 28 – August 6.

 Deadline to apply May 9, 2021



CPD NYC Neighborhood Youth Corps is a six-week engagement initiative that helps students explore future education and career options to empower and prepare them to maximize their adult potential. Through field trips, community service projects, and workshops facilitated by professionals and community leaders, students receive guidance on relationship building, careers, job preparedness, and workplace social skills. You will earn $14/hour. Program Dates: July 6 – August 13.

Deadline to apply May 9, 2021



Learn how to create games and explore graphic design from an award-winning game designer within DePaul University’s School of Cinematic Arts. In this program, participants will be guided to develop their creative voices to effect change and introduce ideas to others. The six-week intensive focuses on journaling and self-exploration to create graphic design, games and interactive experiences. You will earn $14/hour. Program Dates: June 28 – August 6.

Deadline to apply May 9, 2021


Learn and Earn: Career Connections (AGES 13-15)

Learn and Earn: Career Connections is your opportunity to explore a career area of your choice like entrepreneurship, arts and technology, computer science and coding, healthcare and more through hands on projects and real-world experiences AND make meaningful connections between subjects like English, math and science and your career interests. You will review skills you already learned and preview skills you will need to be successful next school year. This program is a fun way to make new friends and earn money while getting a head start on your academics and learning about your career choices after graduation. Program Dates: June 28 – August 6.

Deadline to apply May 9, 2021

Movies & TV Scripts 101: Screenwriting from the Pros! (AGES 15-20)

Learn how to write an original screenplay from award-winning screenwriters within DePaul University’s School of Cinematic Arts. Participants will analyze a series of films studying screenplay format, visual writing style, scene craft, story structure, character development and dialogue. The program culminates with each participant writing their own short movie/tv script. You will earn $14/hour. Program Dates: June 28 – August 6.

Deadline to apply May 9, 2021



Take your smartphone photography skills to the next level by learning how to operate a professional DSLR camera. In this hands-on intensive, you’ll master the technical foundation of photography, explore several major genres (nature, cityscapes, portraiture, street photography), and develop your own original style. Each participant will create a digital body of work that will serve as a portfolio for future free-lance work and be entered for a contest to win a professional-level camera package. You will earn $14/hour. Program Dates: June 28 – August 6.

Deadline to apply May 9, 2021



Working alongside professional artists at the University of Chicago, teen participants will be inspired by exposure to diverse art forms, expand their critical thinking in response to pressing social issues, develop their own unique expression, and create opportunities for public engagement. The six-week program features field trips, relationship building with peers, and instruction in art and community empowerment. The program is participant-led with a goal of developing personal skills and public impact around common concerns. You will earn $14/hour. Program Dates: July 7 – August 14.

Deadline to apply May 9, 2021



The Summer Youth Employment Program (SYEP) offers young people, ages 16 – 24, meaningful, paid work-based opportunities with a variety of industries throughout the city. Participants explore their interests, career pathways, build employability skills and financial literacy over the course of six weeks during the summer. Participants earn $14/hour for up to 120 hours over six weeks. Program Dates: July 6 – August 13.

Deadline to apply June 28, 2021



Sweet Water Foundation invites you to participate in the Urban Ecology Apprenticeship Program. Through the program, you will engage in hands-on lessons and project-based training that span topics such as architecture, carpentry, design gardening, farming, and nutrition. You will earn $14/hour. Program Dates: July 6 – August 13.

Deadline to apply May 9, 2021