We thank our sponsors:
over 95% of host employers say:
* HSJP Students positively contributed to their organization
* they want to participate as host employers again
Q: Why should I hire a student through HSJP?
A: You can help develop Helena's future workforce! HSJP provides the perfect opportunity to train future employees, strengthen the local economy, and support the community by creating a meaningful experience in the life of a young person. HSJP will match you with a student that has expressed an interest in growing their work skills, and who has completed a work skills training prior to the summer. Throughout the summer, the student will also meet with a mentor to strengthen the student’s professional and personal development.
Q: What are my responsibilities as a HSJP Host Employer?
A: Identify a supervisor to provide training, guidance, and feedback to the student
Where possible, identify a mentor (not the student’s supervisor) within the organization that can attend an AJAY MT training and meet with the student throughout the summer
Conduct a pre-placement interview with prospective employee
Provide background checks, drug tests, orientation and/or job-specific training as required
Complete two HSJP evaluations during the summer
Q: How are students matched with employers?
A: We match students and positions based on employer needs and student skills and interests.
Q: Who pays for the student’s wage? How much do students earn?
A: You will hire the student and they will be on your payroll like any other employee. We ask our host employers to pay a minimum of $9/hour.
Q: Do I get to interview the student before I hire them?
A: Yes, we highly encourage you to interview the HSJP student to confirm at good fit for your needs.
Q: Do HSJP students work part-time or full-time?
A: You can offer either a part-time or full-time position, whichever meets your needs. We ask that employers offer a minimum of 25 hours/week for at least 6 weeks for a minimum of 150 hours.
Q: Can the student work for us beyond the summer?
A: Yes, you are welcome to continue to employ the student beyond the summer months if it is mutually agreeable for you and the student.
What is the timeline of the program?
A: February through early April - Students apply and interview with HSJP committee
Mid-April - HSJP committee matches students with available positions
Late April to Early May - Employers interview students and confirm a good fit
May - Students complete work skills training; HSJP mentors complete orientation
early June - Students begin working at their job or internship position
Q: What is the difference between an internship and a job?
A: Internship: A career development experience where a student participates in the daily operations of a work environment related to a student’s career interest. It integrates knowledge and theory with an emphasis on meaningful on-the-job training.
Job: A work experience that consists of defined duties, responsibilities, and tasks. While it does provide a student an opportunity to acquire transferable skills, a job’s primary purpose is to fill an employer’s need for the completion of a set series of tasks.
Q: What if I am not sure what a job or internship for high school students looks like?
A: Check out our Employer Resources. We compiled sample job and intern position description, ideas for tasks, sample work plans, and more!
Q: Who do I talk to if I have questions or concerns?
A: You call contact Gabrielle at 406-490-4954 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
our partner HSJP employers say:
"I gained some wonderful councilors through the program."
- Kait Perrodin, City of Helena Parks & Recreation
"[Participating in HSJP] was a terrific experience and additional resource."
- John Doran, Blue Cross Blue Shield of Montana
"Our student is staying on with us until January when she heads off to college. She has been an exceptional placement. Thank you!!!!"
- Michelle Robinson, Sage & Oats Trading Post
"It was a good way to find willing employees and develop our mentor program in the store."
- Ed Beall, Capital Sports
"[HSJP is a ] very rewarding investment by the employer."
- Brock Tessman, OCHE, Montana University System
"What I hear most as an employer, a Chamber of Commerce Board Member and a consumer in Helena, is the frustration with a lack of workforce. Often, openings for jobs are posted for weeks before we get any applicants at all. As a customer based business, it is important for me to have staff to serve our guests and the Helena Summer Jobs Program provided me with that opportunity. Being involved in the Helena Summer Jobs Program was a game changer this summer. Not only did we get to work with two amazing young people, but it opened up training opportunities for our other staff members. The energy and positivity the students brought to our workplace created a space that made us all better and we are so lucky to have participated in the program. For me, personally, the program not only provided me with a chance to share an industry that has been near and dear to my heart since I was 15 but also a chance to work with kids who had fire in their belly and wanted to improve every day. It was inspiring! I am so grateful to the Helena Summer Jobs Program for an amazing and successful summer and can’t wait to participate again."
- Callie Aschim, Home2 Suites by Hilton Helena
"We utilized our high school intern students last summer to help us create 3D visual representations of two existing buildings and one redevelopment sites within Helena. Those designs have continued to be useful for us as we work with existing owners and potential new owners. The students’ work has helped us provide a better package of what’s available in our real estate market for potential buyers. We’re looking forward to continuing to work with the summer jobs program."
- Brian Obert, MBAC