Summer Jobs Program

Students develop work skills, explore career options,
and connect with a mentor
We are expanding! Stay tuned for details on the Summer Jobs Program in new communities - to be announced soon!

With your help and our local partnerships, we are bringing opportunities to more Montana youth.

About Our Program

The Summer Jobs Program (SJP) matches participants with a job or paid internship, provides a paid foundational work skills training, and connects students with an adult mentor for the summer. SJP participants are high school students and recent graduates eager to develop their work skills and explore their career options. Participating area businesses and community organizations help strengthen the local economy by connecting youth to meaningful work experiences.

Through the program, students gain skills, experience, and professional networks that prepare them for success in future endeavors. The work skills our students learn and practice serve them well both in and out of the workforce.


  • Job or internship placements run from early June to mid-August.

  • Participating employers agree to provide a paid position in a safe, productive work environment.

  • 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 more than minimum wage.

  • Students will attend a 4-hour work skills training before the summer begins.

  • Students will earn a $50 stipend upon completion of the work skills training.

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

  • SJP 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.

  • 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 - available in early Feb 2022.

  • Submit a resume with the online application.

  • Complete an SJP interview.

“The Summer Jobs Program helped me realize what I would like to do in my future. I got to work in a dental clinic...and learn more about that career. SJP also helped me with my social skills and how to handle job conflicts.” -Ali, SJP participant