Teens: Jobs

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Teen Job Q&A

Local Jobs for Teens

Austin has several unique employment opportunities just for teens. See below for some of our favorites.

  • LGBTQIA+ Friendly Employers in Austin
    A list of Queer-friendly employers in Austin, Texas, maintained by OutYouth... also check out their Queer Job Board facebook group
  • City of Austin Summer Interns
    One application for 4 different internships, and you're matched based on your future career interests. Application deadline is usually first week in March.
  • City of Austin Youth Employment & Volunteer Opportunities
    See all youth volunteer and employment programs citywide at a glance - some are volunteer, but those at Austin Public Health and the Parks & Rec Department are paying jobs.
  • Travis County Summer Youth Employment Program
    Austin youth age 14-17 who are enrolled in school can apply to this paid work-based learning opportunity.
  • e4 Youth
    The e4 Youth Organization has several different paid jobs for Teens, including their Creative Mentor and Shadow the Pros programs.
  • Caminos at the MACC
    The Caminos is a 1-year paid youth leadership program at the Mexican American Cultural Center.
  • Apprenticeship.gov
    Want to gain a trade? Check out the apprenticeship opportunities here in the Austin area for skills like electrician, plumber, and masonry.
  • Goodwill
    Eligible applicants 16 - 24 years old can receive one-on-one assistance from a case manager to reach education and career goals.

Tips for Teen Job Seekers

Get Help on Your Job Search

How to Land a Job as a Teen

  1. Get a Work Permit in Texas (if you're under 16)
  2. Brainstorm and research job options - don't limit yourself to "teen" jobs like fast food.
  3. Gain experience (and a reference) - small jobs & volunteering pay off, big time. 
  4. Be able to name your skills - you've got marketable skills (we promise)
  5. Get your documents together to apply
  6. Know how to ace your interview - interviews are the final exam (not a pop quiz)