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Cincinnati teens, get ready to earn and explore this summer with a wide range of job opportunities and internships across the city.

Calling all Cincinnati teens! Earn and explore this summer with jobs and internships across the city. Employers, from local businesses to community organizations, offer opportunities for ages 14-18.

Job fairs are an excellent way for teens to learn about summer positions. Opportunities exist at swimming pools, day camps, community centers, restaurants, retail stores, and amusement parks.

Summer job hiring events allow teens to connect with potential employers. Students in grades 9-12 can gather details on summer employment and take the first step toward securing a rewarding summer job.

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Once a summer job is of interest, updating an individual’s resume and preparing for job interviews is essential. Showcasing skills and enthusiasm during the application process significantly increases the chances of landing the perfect summer job for teens.

Teens seeking summer jobs in Cincinnati should remember applying early is always a wise strategy. Summer job opportunities fill quickly, so submit applications as soon as possible.

Teen Summer Jobs Accepting Applications

The following list has been updated to prioritize jobs still accepting applications for summer 2024, but some opportunities may have closed application windows.

Hamilton County Youth Employment Program

Hamilton County
Ages: 14 – 21
Term: Year-Round
Hamilton County residents ages 14-21 can check out employment services, year-round workforce development, and job readiness training. To be eligible, young people must have a household income at 200 percent of the federal poverty level and have an eligible barrier to employment. For more information, email Sarah Gray at [email protected].

Level Up: Launch Your Career | Comprehensive Case Management and Employment Program (CCMEP.)

Ohio Department of Job and Family Services, Urban League of Greater Southwestern Ohio, Community Action AgencyTalbert House, and EasterSeals
Ages: 14 – 24
Term: Year-round
Services include support obtaining a high school diploma, job placement, work experience, and other supportive services such as childcare and transportation. For more information, call 1-877-644-6562.

Stepping Stones Camp Leaders

Stepping Stones
16 and older
Term: June – August
Camp leaders are responsible for staff leadership, ensuring safety, planning, and leading program activities. For more information, call 513-831-4660

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Keep swimmers safe at community pools

Lifeguard Academy

Cincinnati Recreation Commission
Ages: 14 – 18
Term: May-September
Application Deadline: April 30
Become a certified American Red Cross lifeguard. Academy work provides the foundation of knowledge, attitudes, and skills required to become a professionally accredited lifeguard once at least 15 years old.

Cincinnati Pool Management

The Pool Management Group
14 and older
Term: May – September
Positions include pool manager, lifeguard supervisor, concession attendant, pool gate attendant, pool cleaner, and pool service technician. For more information, call 513-777-1444.

CRC Lifeguard

Cincinnati Recreation Commission
Ages: 15 – 18
Term: Varies
Deadline: August 15
Jobs at the CRC are responsible for the safety, supervision, and discipline of all persons using deep or shallow water pool facilities.

CRC Community Partner

Cincinnati Recreation Commission
Ages: 14 – 18
Term: Varies
Application Deadline: June 2
Performs basic activities, office duties, marketing, research, and maintenance for community businesses through partnerships with the Cincinnati Recreation Commission. Assists in planning and implementation of a community partner business program.

Kings Island Summer Employment

Cedar Fair Entertainment Company
15 and older
Term: Varies
Search Kings Island now for summer positions open in admissions, park services, food and beverage, games, and more. Call 513-754-5700 for more information about the job application or to talk to a recruiter.

Cincinnati Reds Jobs

Cincinnati Reds
Ages: 16 and older
Term: March – October
Open positions include Youth Academy, authentics, communications, and more. For more information about career opportunities, call 513-765-7000.

Riverbend Music Center Summer Employment

Music and Event Management, Inc 
Ages: 16 and older
Term: Varies
Open positions include event staff, first aid, grounds crew, and more. Apply online today, or call 513-232-6220 for more information.

Teen Summer jobs for ages 13+


Cincinnati Zoo
13 – 17
Term: May – August
Application Deadline: February 28
Build knowledge, gain leadership experience, and develop professional skills while having fun with ZooTeens. Work with the Education, Visitor Experience, or Horticulture departments. Perfect for teenagers who love nature, animals, and people!

Teen Summer jobs for ages 14+

CRC Junior Counselor

Cincinnati Recreation Commission
Ages: 14
Term: Varies
Application Deadline: March 19
Implements recreation activities by providing direct service while assisting CRC staff. May assist in planning and promoting an activity/program or developing, designing, and implementing a recreation program.

Fire Cadet Program

Cincinnati Fire Department
14 – 18
Term: Summer
Application Deadline: March 11
Cincinnati teens interested in Firefighter work but not old enough to become Fire Recruits can join the Summer Cadet Program. Participation enables cadets to continue learning and take the Fire Recruit examination.

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Learn new skills and develop a well round resume

Girls Who Code Virtual Summer Immersion Program

Girls Who Code
Ages: 14 – 18
Term: 2 weeks
High School girls will learn about computer science, gain exposure to technical jobs, and join a sisterhood of girls who are using computer science to become change-makers. For more information, contact [email protected].

Related Article: Cincinnati Apprenticeships

Teen Summer jobs for ages 15+

Athletics Internship

Cincinnati Recreation Commission
Ages: 15 – 17
Term: Varies
Application Deadline: March 19
Summer mentor position with the Athletic Division. The employee looking for work will work directly with athletics staff, officials, coaches, and league and camp settings participants. New hires will be taught the skills necessary to fulfill the job title and officiate and manage athletic activities such as permit processing, league scheduling, field maintenance, etc.

Boy Scout Camp Staff

Boy Scouts of America
15 and older
Term: June – August
Apply with the Boy Scouts to work with kids and adhere to the Boy Scout program. For more information, call 513-577-7707 or email [email protected].

Lifeguard Course 

Cincinnati Recreation Commission
Ages: 15 and older
Term: Varies
Another lifeguarding option. The course includes the following certifications: American Red Cross Lifeguarding, CPR/AED, and First Aid for the Professional Rescuer.

Related Article: Cincinnati Vocational Courses

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Gain experience, make money, and more with Cincinnati teen summer jobs

Teen Summer jobs for ages 16+

Police Summer Cadet Program

Cincinnati Police Department
16 – 18
Term: May – August
Application Deadline: April 26
Teens interested in public safety can join the Cadet Program. The program allows students to stand up against city crime, which helps build pride in one’s neighborhood. The program will provide resources and student employment opportunities to qualified persons interested in choosing police work as a career. For more information, call 513-569-1276.

Breakthrough Cincinnati Summer Staff

Breakthrough Cincinnati
 16 and older
Term: June – July
Application Deadline: April 6
Support summer programming for middle school students in grades 6-9 by joining BTC. The organization is looking to fill 72 teaching fellowships and 20+ administrative roles. For more information, call 513-815-6862 or email [email protected]

Related Article: Cincinnati Companies Hiring

Teen Summer jobs for ages 18+

Cincinnati Zoo Internships

Cincinnati Zoo
18 and older
Term: May – August
Application Deadline: January 31
The Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden now accepts applications for zoo careers and food, retail, and entertainment services. For more information, call 513-281-4700.

Diversity & Inclusion Technology Internship Program

Ohio Department of Development
Ages: College Student
Term: Varies
Application Deadline: February 28
College students can get a paid internship, gaining experience in business and entrepreneurship, while companies get great young, diverse talent to help students compete and grow.

Related Article: Youth Programs in Cincinnati

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Learn the skills needed to succeed in the workforce

Additional Cincinnati Teen Summer Jobs Resources

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Interviewing Skills For Jobs and more

In addition to resumes, job opportunities may require interviewing skills, meeting with a recruitment seeker, cover letters, communication skills, job training, and other qualifications for a job within the application process. View some interview tips to make a lasting impression on recruiters and land your dream job.

The Value of Summer Jobs

Summer jobs may allow teenage interns to examine and establish a work ethic, drive, and determination. Students will also gain knowledge of time management, dedication, and how to handle repercussions. Summer jobs can even help teens find future employment.

Finding a job that’s the right fit can be challenging. Not sure where to start?

Watch a step-by-step video assisting with creating a resume.

Related Article: Job Assistance in Cincinnati

Be sure also to check out job fairs for teens. If other summer jobs for teens in Cincinnati are missing, please contact The Voice of Black Cincinnati.

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Crystal Kendrick is the publisher of The Voice of Black Cincinnati. With a vision to educate, recognize and create opportunities for African Americans in the region, Crystal oversees all content creation and publication, ensuring each piece aligns with the outlet's mission to inform, engage, and inspire. A lifelong advocate for community engagement and empowerment, Crystal's leadership steers The Voice of Black Cincinnati toward being a pivotal platform to find community resources, local Black-owned businesses, culturally relevant events, jobs with equal opportunity employers and scholarship for higher education. Connect with Crystal on LinkedIn to explore her experiences and contributions to Cincinnati's media landscape.


  1. I have a 11 year old high functioning autistic boy who will be going to the ymca this summer I would like to ask you if you have an aide we can hire to be his buddy for a few hours a day at the camp to help him establish a routine..or any advise where to go to find a summer camp aide then? Thanks from David Ballard. [email protected]..Cincinnati Ohio 45240

    1. Thank you for visiting The Voice of Black Cincinnati. Unfortunately, we do not offer the requested services. We invite you to contact the employer or a social service agency for additional information.

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