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Earn & Learn

The City of Milwaukee’s Youth Development and Employment Initiative

Community Work

Experience Program (CWEP)

Students work in local nonprofits and community organizations to gain important work place skills. You must meet the requirements below to apply:

  • At least 14- 21 years old at the time of enrollment
  • Must live in the Milwaukee County

*Click on the program name above to learn how to apply.*


City Summer Youth Internship Program (SYIP)

Students work for the City of Milwaukee and learn about jobs in local government.  The students selected met the requirements below:

Applications for the 2015 Program are now available. Click on the program name above to apply.

For more information, contact Judith Allen


Private Sector Job Connection (PSJC)

Students work for a local company and get real world experience.  You must meet the requirements below to apply:

  • 18 and older with previous work experience
  • Must live in the Milwaukee County
  • Must have an updated resume

*Click on the program name above to learn how to apply.*

For more information, contact Ken Gales


Earn & Learn News

As Earn & Learn continues to prosper, see what this program has been doing in the community and how it is helping thousands of young people.

For Students

Read more about these resources that can help you make the right path for yourself.

For Parents

Do your part in helping your child prepare for a job interview. Read this helpful information.

For Employers

Hiring students helps Milwaukee's economic future by training our future workforce.



Mayor Barrett's Earn & Learn program provides employment opportunities in the city for high school youth and young adults, exposing them to the working world and improving workforce preparedness.

About Earn & Learn

Mayor Barrett's Earn & Learn program in the City of Milwaukee helps young people make a successful transition from adolescence to adulthood by providing opportunities to develop work-readiness skills while they earn wages working in government, community- and faith-based organizations and private sector businesses.

Earn & Learn is operated jointly by the Milwaukee Area Workforce Investment Board (MAWIB) and the Milwaukee Department of City Development (DCD). 

Earn & Learn is part of a regional effort ensure the economic growth and vitality of the Milwaukee metropolitan area by preparing young people to successfully enter the future labor force.