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Join us in building a strong future workforce: Hire a summer intern

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Tell me to hire a summer Right Track intern. 

Help build a diverse talent pipeline of skilled youth who will become the workforce of tomorrow.

Mayor Chris Coleman, the City of Saint Paul, Saint Paul Public Schools, and the Saint Paul Area Chamber of Commerce invite you to partner with Right Track by hiring youth for summer internships.

Partnering with Right Track allows employers in Saint Paul to:
  • Establish a competitive advantage by having early access to a diverse, untapped talent pool.
  • Support Saint Paul’s economic growth.

*Read case studies from Ecolab/Xcel Energy and the Met Council/City of Saint Paul Public Works to learn more.

Youth Employment Matters
With a shifting economy and diversifying workforce throughout the country, future workers will need to be more efficient and innovative than ever before. Disparities threaten any competitive advantage found in the Twin Cities—the area has among the nation's highest racial gap in employment. In addition, Saint Paul's teen unemployment rate was a staggering 32 percent in 2012. It's clear that action must be taken today for a stronger workforce tomorrow.

Listed below are examples of contributions that a summer intern could make to your organization:
Archiving and Filing Data Management Mailing Correspondence
Event Planning A/V Setup Shipping, Break/Fix
Project Management Support Research Database Cleaning
Compliance Management Other Entry-level Office Tasks

How it Works
  • The City of Saint Paul recruits youth from low-income households who (1) are entering 11th or 12th grade and (2) have successfully held at least one job or have a strong teacher or counselor recommendation.
  • Employers offer information on paid summer internships. 
  • We match youth with employers based on interests, skills, and needs. 
  • We provide training and support for youth throughout the summer, including an orientation and weekly coaching sessions on basic computer and essential workplace skills. 
  • Supervisors receive a useful skills assessment framework and help resolve any workplace issues that arise.

Employment Details
  • Companies provide employment for 6–10 weeks at 15–40 hours/week. The recommended length of employment lasts 8 weeks at 20 hours/week.
  • Positions must pay at least $7.25/hour. A youth working for 8 weeks at 20 hours/week in an internship paying $7.50/hour will earn $1,400 in wages and fringe.
  • Internships must either be located in Saint Paul or be easily accessible via transit. Youth will be provided Metro Transit passes to get to and from work for the first month of employment. 
  • Employment must occur between June 16, 2014 and August 22, 2014.

Committed Employers for 2014 Include:
Ecolab Genesys Works
US Bank League of Minnesota Cities
Metropolitan Council Travelers
City of Saint Paul Saint Paul Area Chamber of Commerce
Xcel Energy McGough Construction

If interested in helping Saint Paul students get on the right track to a successful career, submit this interest form.
For more information about Right Track, contact
Catherine Penkert at 651-266-6422 or .
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