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Q: Who can apply to the Summer Jobs Program?
A: High school students and recent graduates. Priority is given to students 16-19 years old.
Q: What do I need to do to apply?
A: Complete the online application, submit a resume, and complete a interview with the Summer Jobs Program program committee.
Q: What type of work positions are available through the program?
A: Positions include automotive, retail, healthcare, agriculture, information technology, recreation, education, legal, finance, administration, hospitality, marketing, business, & construction among others. We do our best to match you with a position that aligns with your interests and skills.
Q: Will I get paid?
A: Yes, all positions are paid. The pay rate varies depending on the employer.
Q: When will I know if I have a position?
A: By early or mid May. After students interview with SJP, we match students with positions in mid-April. You will then have an interview with a potential employer. The employer will let you know if they will hire you shortly after your interview.
Q: What else is involved?
A: SJP students complete a 4-hour work skills training in April or May, and will receive $50 and a certificate from Helena College for completing the training. Students can complete a second, optional training to earn another $50 and certificate in May.
During the summer, students meet with an adult mentor at least 5 times to strengthen their skills and build their support network. Students in the Flathead region and Anaconda meet as a group with a mentor each week throughout the summer.
Q: Is it true I can earn free college credit?
A: Yes! Student participants can choose to take a tuition-free college course as part of the program. Students can take a 1-credit Work Skills and Interpersonal Communication course from Miles Community College or they can take a 3-credit Interpersonal Communication in the Workplace course through Helena College. These online courses are open to students anywhere in Montana and the earned credits are transferable to almost any certificate or college program! Thank you to Miles Community College and Reach Higher Montana for funding these courses. Enroll early - spots are limited!
Q: When does the work position start? End?
A: The positions run from early June to mid-August. Some positions have the option of continuing after the summer months.
Q: How many hours per week will I work?
A: Some students will work full-time and some will work part-time, depending on the position. You will work at least 150 hours (20 hours/week for 8 weeks or 25 hours/week for 6 weeks).
Q: Can I participate even if I already have a job?
A: Yes! You can keep the position you have and participate in the Summer Jobs Program. You would build your resume and professional network through the work skills training and mentoring. You would also be able to take the optional free college courses.
Q: What else should I know?
A: You will need to have a current photo ID and a Social Security number. You will need to transport yourself to your job site. If required by your host employer, you will need to successfully pass a drug screening and background check.
Although we try our best, Summer Jobs Program cannot guarantee placement with a work position, due to employer availability or applicant qualifications.
Thank you for your interest in participating in the Summer Jobs Program!
Applications are closed for 2023. Please check back in January 2024 for the 2024 application!