General FAQs

Q: How do I know if I am eligible for Right Track?

A. Right Track serves youth who are Saint Paul residents, ages 14 to 24 who are from a low-income household or have a barrier to employment.

Q: How do I know if I am from a low-income family or have a barrier to employment?

A. Generally youth who receive free or reduced price lunch, food stamps, section 8 housing etc. would be considered low-income. Barriers to employment include disabilities, youth who are juvenile offenders, are pregnant or parenting, etc. Click here to view the Right Track's income guidelines and list of barriers to employment.

Q: How old do I have to be to apply?

A. For summer YJ01, applicants must be at least 14 years old by June 1 and no older than 24 before August 31.

A2.  For summer YJ02, youth must be at least 16 years old by June 1 and no older than 24 before August 31.  

A3. For School year YJ01 youth must be 14 years old by September 1.

Q: What if I just go to school in Saint Paul but don’t live in Saint Paul? Am I still eligible for Right Track?

A. No. Right Track is for Saint Paul residents only. Youth who live outside of Saint Paul are encouraged to check out the City’s other job opportunities.

Q: How do I apply for Right Track?

A. Fill out the youth application between February 1st - February 28th.  Before you start the application, make sure you know the following information: Your social security number, your annual household income, a phone number and email address for an emergency contact, a make sure if you are applying for the YJ02 internship program that you have a resume ready to upload.  YJ01 applicants are also encouraged to submit a resume, but it is only required for YJ02.  Youth must apply online between February 1st - 28th to be eligible for summer employment.

Q: What kind of work might I do?

A. Right Track offers two major programs, each with a separate application. Youth can only apply to one program.

Right Track YJ01 offers a variety of jobs for youth in recreation and community centers, pools, libraries, gardening, construction, video production, and more. YJ01 jobs may be with organizations like Saint Paul Parks & Recreation, the Science Museum of MN, YWCA, Youth Express, Urban Roots, and more.

Right Track YJ02 offers paid internships in business, management, administration, finance, healthcare, law and more. YJ02 internships are with some of Saint Paul’s largest employers, including U.S. Bank, Xcel Energy, Region’s Hospital, the State of Minnesota, and more.

Q: I submitted my application for Right Track. Did I get a job?

A. Not yet. You will receive more information about next steps for your application after March 1. Both Right Track YJ01 and YJ02 have different hiring processes which you are required to follow. Both programs require you to interview. Click to view the hiring timeline for YJ01 and YJ02.

Q: When do summer jobs and paid internships start?

A. Most Right Track summer jobs and internships will begin June 22, and will last 6 to 11 weeks depending on the position.  Required (unpaid) training for returning YJ02 interns will be on June 17 and training for NEW YJ02 interns will be on both June 15 and June 16.

Q: How much will I get paid and how many hours will I work?

A. It depends on the position. In 2020 all Right Track YJ01 jobs will pay $10.00 / hour and are an average of 15 hours per week. In 2018 Right Track YJ02 internships will pay a minimum of $11.00 per hour up to $14+ per hour. YJ02 interns will be offered anywhere from 15 to 40 hours per week depending on the position.

Q: When will I know if I’ve been hired for a Right Track YJ01 job or YJ02 internship?

A. Youth who applied for Right Track YJ01 will be notified if they’ve been hired by the first week of May. Youth who applied for Right Track YJ02 will be notified if they’ve been hired in mid-April.

Contact Right Track at (651) 266-6363 or