In the city of Philadelphia, about 16,000 young people apply for summer employment each year, yet only about half are connected to opportunities. As we continue to build our future talent pipeline, it’s crucial that we support early career preparation to put our region’s young talent on the right track for a successful career.

Through WorkReady, a citywide summer jobs program managed by the Philadelphia Youth Network, your organization can change the career trajectory of a young person in Philadelphia and help build our region’s talent pipeline by hiring a summer intern or sponsoring the program.

Businesses of any size and nearly any industry can participate. The Federal Reserve Bank of Philadelphia participated in the program by hiring a young person, providing them with access to a meaningful paid work experience which promotes self-efficacy and builds the transferable skills required for young talent to secure and sustain employment.

“We believe in supporting and expanding workforce development to help young people within the city. Like many previous years, we were very satisfied with the commitment and dedication our summer student provided. We strongly encourage other employers to get involved because this will help shape the lives of future youth within the city.”

Stacy Coates, Federal Reserve Bank of Philadelphia

In addition to shaping your future workforce, hiring an intern can help your organization:

  • Provide a leadership opportunity to junior employees by giving them a supervisory role in managing an intern.
  • Encourage diversity of thought, which benefits your business — participating young people come from different backgrounds and offer fresh perspectives.
  • Participate in a collective effort to contribute to the future success of our region’s economy, which depends on having a talented and highly-skilled workforce.

Join us in this important effort.

Questions? Contact Patty Day at or (215) 790-3725.

The Chamber is an enthusiastic employer partner of WorkReady, a citywide summer jobs program managed by the Philadelphia Youth Network. WorkReady addresses the skills gap by convening partners, employers, leaders of youth-serving systems and youth to build a coordinated approach to preparing young people for future employment.

To learn more about this program’s employer partners, visit