Thank you for your interest in becoming a Host Employer with the Helena Summer Jobs Program (HSJP)!

Through the participation of public and private-sector employers, HSJP student participants will have access to high-quality early work experiences in the Helena area, providing them with valuable life and work skills. Students will build deeper connections with the local economy and have opportunities to explore potential career pathways.

HSJP Placements:

  • HSJP placements run from early June to mid-August . During this timeframe, HSJP requires students to prioritize their HSJP work experience for at least six weeks. Employers can choose to employ the student beyond the summer.

  • Students will average at least 25 hours/week for a minimum of 150 hours. Employers can hire students for a part-time or full-time position.

  • Students will be paid a minimum rate of $9.00 per hour.

  • Students will meet with a mentor regularly.

  • HSJP cannot guarantee internship or job placement, due to applicant availability or qualifications.

What are the benefits to Host Employers?

  • A pre-screened student who receives work skills training

  • Direct support and monitoring of the student through regular communication with HSJP staff and affiliates

  • An opportunity to train future employees

  • A mentor facilitating the student’s professional and personal development

  • A chance to give back to the community by creating a meaningful experience in the life of a young person


What is the main role of a Host Employer?

  • Identify a supervisor who will be able to devote sufficient time to the student to provide training, guidance, and feedback

  • Where possible, identify a mentor (someone other than the supervisor) within the organization that can attend an HSJP mentor orientation and meet with the student weekly

  • Conduct one pre-placement interview with prospective employee

  • Provide background checks, drug tests, orientation or job-specific training where required

  • Complete two HSJP evaluations regarding student performance and employer experience

More detailed information can be found in the Prospective Host Employer Packet.

Thank you for your interest

in becoming a host employer.

the host employer interest form

will be live January, 2021


American Jobs for America’s Youth
P.O. Box 923 • Helena, Montana 59624​


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