Right Track: Cultivating Saint Paul’s future workforce

For your company to stay relevant, it needs a workforce of the future.
Since 2014, the City of Saint Paul’s Right Track program has connected this workforce of the future to hundreds of organizations, government agencies and businesses through internships and professional development opportunities.

Saint Paul youth are talented, diverse and full of fresh, original ideas. Between their unique perspectives and energy, this up-and-coming generation is sure to take your business to the next level. 

Apply to host an intern:

Right Track Employer Application

About Right Track

Right Track is a youth mentorship and employment program led by the City of Saint Paul Parks and Recreation Department. We work with employers like you to host interns, pay for wages, and provide training and enrichment opportunities. 

Right Track offers six- to nine-week internships for young people through two different programs: Saint Paul Youth Jobs One (YJ1) and Youth Jobs Two (YJ2). We are always looking for new employers to host interns for both programs.  

YJ1: Building foundational job skills
Youth Jobs One focuses on supporting young people ages 14-19 who are looking to build their foundational job skills, helping them secure their first or second work opportunity to practice workplace basics. YJ1 primarily provides city-subsidized summer jobs in parks, libraries and nonprofits. You can learn more about YJ1 here.  

YJ2: Career exploration
Youth Jobs Two focuses on building on those foundational skills by providing paid internships to young people ages 16-21 at organizations and businesses of all kinds, from U.S. Bank to the State of Minnesota. YJ2 internships generally include more project-based work. You can learn more about YJ2 here.  

Celebrate Right Track’s 10-year Anniversary by joining the #RightTrack100 Employer Challenge

The #RightTrack100 Employer Challenge is open to employers across all sectors in the Twin Cities metro area, with all participants required to commit to hosting one or more Right Track interns in 2023. The first 100 employers who participate in the #RightTrack100 Employer Challenge will have the opportunity to attend a Right Track partner networking event with Mayor Carter, as well as enter to win a round of golf for four of their employees at the Highland National Golf Course, a rental of a Saint Paul picnic pavilion for an outing with their team or a behind-the-scenes tour of the Como Park Zoo and Conservatory. 

Get started with the #RightTrack100 Employer Challenge

Right Track can help your business tap into the bright workforce of the future. To learn more about the #RightTrack100 Employer challenge, fill out the Employer Application or contact Nardos Tesfalidet at nardos.tesfalidet@ci.stpaul.mn.us.

Partners who have pledged to host summer 2023 Interns include:

A Better Road Foundation Inc
Allina Health - United Hospital
Alzheimer's Association
Base Camp - Northern Star Scouting
Be Graceful
Bestview Care Options
Blooming Saint Paul 
Boys & Girls Clubs of the Twin Cities
Children's Minnesota
City of Saint Paul
Commonbond Communities
Construction Careers
Dar’s Double Scoop
East Side Neighborhood Development 
Cura Hospitality 
Elpis Enterprises
Elsa's House of Furniture
Emmons & Olivier Resources Inc (EOR)

Fairview Health Services
Friends of the Mississippi River
Great River Greening
Greater East Side/District 2 Community Council 
Hallie Q. Brown Community Center 
High School for Recording Arts
Hiway Credit Union
Irreducible Grace Foundation
It's Our Neighborhood Inc 
Keystone Community Services
Listen Up Youth Radio
Macqueen Equipment Group
Migizi Communications, Inc.
Minnesota Children's Museum
Minnesota Voice
Neighborhood House 
Northern Star Scouting at Base Camp
Now. Make. Art. 
Our Redeemer Lutheran Church
Project for Pride in Living
Public Art Saint Paul 

Ramsey County
Saint Paul Port Authority
Saint Paul Public Schools
Saint Paul Urban Tennis
Sanneh Foundation
Shakir Consulting Services
Spark-Y: Youth Action Labs
SPNN (Saint Paul Neighborhood Network)
State of Minnesota
The Advocates for Human Rights
The CREW Urban Youth Equestrians
The Good Acre
The Salvation Army Eastside
Tree Trust
Twin Cities Trapeze
University of Minnesota
Urban Boatbuilders, Inc.
Urban Roots MN
Vivacity Tech PBC 
World Youth Connect 
YWCA St. Paul 

Other resources

Last Edited: February 16, 2023