"The summer internship for my son was great. I feel it has been a positive experience and he is getting excited about college next year. Thank you."
- Parent of Summer 2019 HSJP Student Participant

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.

  • Students will average at least 25 hours/week for a minimum of 150 hours. Some students will work full-time and some will work part-time, depending on employer's need.

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

  • Students will attend a paid work skills training workshop before the summer.

  • Students will meet with a mentor at least 5 times during the summer.

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


Applying youth must:

  • Have a current photo ID and a Social Security number.

  • Be 16-19 years old (for priority placement).

  • Successfully pass a drug screening and background check, if required by their host employer.

  • Have transportation to the job site.

To apply, students will:

  • Complete an online application.

  • Submit a resume.

  • Complete an HSJP interview.

Why a summer job with Helena Summer Jobs Program (HJSP)? 

Research shows that summer jobs and early work experience provides many benefits for teens ages 16-19.

Through summer jobs, youth:

  1. Explore career options and build career goals

  2. Build 21st century skills that help them succeed in high school, college, work, and life

    • Communication

    • Problem-solving

    • Teamwork

    • Time management

  3. Grow their self-confidence

  4. Develop personal skills and talents

  5. Demonstrate to college admissions offices their willingness to explore their interests and ability to manage responsibilities

  6. Build relationships with role models at work

  7. Earn money, which can contribute to personal, family, or college expenses

  8. Gain a job reference to help them secure their next job

  9. Build connections that will help them access job opportunities in the future


Research also shows that youth with summer jobs are more likely than their non-working peers to:

  1. Graduate high school

  2. Create time management strategies that persist through college

  3. Effectively balance school and work responsibilities during college

  4. Earn higher wages as a young adult

  5. Work in a higher-quality job as a young adult


Finally, evidence suggests that students with a mentor are more likely to:

  1. Perform better in school and at work

  2. Enroll in college

  3. Hold positive attitudes toward education and work

  4. Maintain positive social relationships

  5. Explore career options and build personal goals


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

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