This Way Ahead ON Youth

  • In order to be considered for this employment opportunity, you must be between the ages of 16 to 24.
  • In order to work with Gap Inc.,  you must be able to show proof that you are eligible to work in the United States.
  • We encourage youth (and not parents) to complete their own applications. 
  • If using a smartphone to complete your application, please ensure that the SCREEN ROTATION on your smartphone is ENABLED.


While our original plans to host job readiness workshops beginning in April have been postponed due to the developing COVID-19 situation, we do anticipate that the This Way Ahead Employment Program will continue! 

Our seventh annual This Way Ahead program has an exciting twist this year due to the impact that COVID-19 has had on the retail industry. The program is still scheduled to take place throughout this year, but instead of heading into an internship after job readiness training, interested young adults will join a pool of qualified applicants who will be able to interview for permanent positions at Gap, Banana Republic, and Old Navy. Our in-person workshops have been postponed for the time-being.  We will be rolling out virtual job readiness training offered at multiple times throughout this year to coincide with the hiring needs at Gap Inc.

Must be 9 digits.

Applicant's Primary Residence

Enter your Apartment number. If you don't have an apartment number leave space blank.

COVID-19 Related Questions

Due to the rapidly developing COVID-19 situation, we may be offering our Job Readiness Training virtually. Your answers to the following questions will aide in our ability to serve you as best as possible. 

Emergency & Alternate Contact Information for Applicant

If the This Way Ahead Program is unable to reach you, the Emergency & Alternate Contact Information may be used to inform applicants if they have been selected for an interview.

Provide First and Last Name

Education Information

Additional Information

If you heard about TWA through an organization or school, please list their name here.

If you have participated in This Way Ahead Program before, you are not eligible for this opportunity. But we have many opportunities available at SER. Please contact Emmanuel Escot at 713-773-6000 ext. 144 if your are interested in getting connected to other opportunities.

Demographic Information

Are you currently receiving any of the following forms of public assistance? 

This information will not show in the application report and will not affect your eligibility to participate in this program.

This information will not show in the application report and will not affect your eligibility to participate in this program.

Your Skills, Abilities, & Interests

Rate your level of experience in each of the following areas. Please be honest about your skill level, abilities and interests. This information will help us connect you to an appropriate internship opportunity.

Includes professionalism, positive communication, efficiency, and problem-solving.

Interest in a specific industry is not required to be seleced for the This Way Ahead Program.

(e.g., foreign languages spoken)

If you are taking any vacations, leaving town, attending summer school, taking Driver's Ed, or otherwise unable to work at any point between these dates, please answer YES.

Flexible or non-standard hours include working as early as 6:00 a.m. or as late as 11:00 p.m. Flexible or non-standard days include working on Saturdays and Sundays.

Due to COVID-19, the opportunity has opened up for all Gap Inc. stores to participate. Participating stores will be assessed as the stores begin to reopen.

Keep In Mind
Since family or friends will be driving you to the workshops and/or to work, it is important for you to have a conversation with them now about your transportation needs during your participation in the 2020 This Way Ahead Program.  Please keep in mind that the average one-way commute time in Houston is 26 minutes.


We use the following essay questions to get to know you a little better. Keep in mind that they are short answers – a few sentences is sufficient (at least 50 words). CORRECT SPELLING, GRAMMAR, AND PUNCTUATION IS NEEDED.

Minimum of 50 words required.

Minimum of 50 words required.

Employment Experience

Please list your most recent employer first. You may also include any significant volunteer work that you have done. 

Previous work experience is not a requirement for this program.

Most Recent Employer

Street, City, State, Zip Code

First Name & Last Name


Please list 2 references who can provide information about your work or academic experience and behavior.  

Preferably, references should not be family or friends.  If possible, please provide information for previous coworkers, teachers, coaches, or support staff at organizations you are a member of or volunteer at.
Reference 1

First & Last Name

Reference 2

First & Last Name

Final Page - Do not forget to click submit!

Certification of Information

You're almost there! Please read the following and continue the application process until you receive confirmation that your application is complete! You MUST electronically sign at the end of the process.

I certify that the information provided in this application and all related documents is a true and accurate representation of my experience and abilities. 

I agree to let the This Way Ahead Program administrators, SERJobs, verify the information I've provided, including previous employment, education, references, and background. I will not hold the This Way Ahead Program or it's project partners liable for information found during this verification or making employment decisions accordingly. 

I understand that if information I have provided is found to be false, my application my be cancelled or my employment may be terminated. If I am selected, I acknowledge that there is no specified length of employment, and that this application does not constitute an agreement or contract for employment. This is a Summer Jobs program and I do not expect employment beyond the duration of the program.

SERJobs is an Equal Opportunity Employer. This Way Ahead Program, administered by SERJobs, do not and will not discriminate in employment and personnel practices on the basis of race, sex, age, handicap, religion, national origin or any other basis prohibited by applicable law. 

I understand that it is the policy of the SERJobs not to refuse to hire or otherwise discriminate against a qualified individual with a disability because of that person's need for a reasonable accommodation as required by the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). 

I also understand that if I am employed, I will be required to provide satisfactory proof of identity and legal work authorization within three days of my first day of employment. Failure to submit such proof within the required time shall result in the immediate termination of my employment. 

By typing my name in the electronic signature section and clicking "Submit", I understand that I am affixing my legal signature on this document and submit my application in good faith.

First Name


Last Name