Step Up is one of the nation's leading youth employment programs.
About Step Up
Step Up is a collective of support that unites businesses, schools, nonprofits and the city together in a common goal: to build and strengthen our future economy and the talented youth who will power it.
We help companies identify and nurture new talent, diversify their workforce and build a competitive pipeline of young, skilled workers for the entire region. Since 2003, Step Up has provided over 31,000 paid experiences in partnership with businesses large and small.
Through Step Up, young people get their foot in the door, discover new careers and demonstrate what they’re capable of. Their unique voices and ideas can change the future of work.
As an employer, you play a critical role in helping young people prepare for their future. With your partnership and support, we can equip young people to gain the confidence and skills they need for great careers and leadership in our community.
From the most basic to the most advanced tasks, our team will support you in creating high-quality internships that are a good fit for your organization. We’ll work with you to determine the best fit and skill set so our interns can make the greatest impact at your workplace.
Step Up is a partnership of the City of Minneapolis, Achieve Twin Cities, CareerForce Minneapolis and Project for Pride in Living.
Our Employer Partners
Step Up collaborates with nearly 200 top Twin Cities companies, public agencies and nonprofit organizations each year to provide 1,400 high-quality internship experiences for Minneapolis youth.
See our employers in action
Meet some of our dedicated Step Up supervisors and champions in our employer video.
Large businesses that hire 40+ interns can offer a wide variety of internship experiences across multiple departments.
Smaller companies that hire one or more interns can provide an insider's look at entrepreneurship.
Nonprofit organizations can help young people learn about new opportunities in local communities.
Government agencies that hire Step Up interns can instill a commitment to service in a new generation.
Step Up Benefits for Employers
Help build a competitive regional workforce. You might even discover some future full-time employees!
Introduce dynamic, diverse youth to your profession.
Address Equity Gaps
Step Up helps address our community's wide disparities in career and education access by BIPOC youth.
Bring energy, new skills and youthful perspective to your workplace.
Give your junior staff a first-time supervisory experience.
Work = Done
Interns do real work at low cost. 97% of supervisors say Step Up was a success at their organization.
Job Coach Support
You'll receive support from one of our Step Up job coaches and benefit from our 19 years of program experience.
How to Hire a Step Up Intern
Step Up interns are Minneapolis youth ages 14-21. Contact our Step Up team to discuss internship opportunities at your company and submit a pledge form.
Job Description Forms (JDF) Due
Our team will provide job description forms for you to submit for each unique internship position at your organization.
We'll work with you to match interns with your company based on their interests and skills and the needs of your organization.
We'll equip you with the tools you need to support your intern for a productive and fun summer.
Our standard internships run nine weeks, but you can provide a 6-10 week experience. Interns are paid at least $15.19 per hour.
Hundreds of Step Up interns, supervisors and community leaders come together for our annual end-of-summer celebration to mark another year of internships!
Step Up Level 2 Employer Resources
Step Up Program Overview
Learn how you can participate in one of the nation’s premier youth employment programs.
Employer Roadmap for Hiring Step Up Interns
Here are details on participating in Step Up, including program timelines, the hiring process and staff contacts.
Download our Step Up employer roadmap and FAQs.
How to Create a High Quality Job Description Guide
Once our Step Up employers "pledge" an internship, our team sends out the official online job description form. Before then, you can get started by learning how to craft a strong description.
Step Up Remote Internships Tips
Step Up now offers remote internship opportunities. Find out how to create a successful remote internship and provide support to your intern.
Step Up Job Description Library
Imagine what Step Up can look like at your company! Explore high-quality job descriptions from previous Step Up internships in over a dozen functional areas from 15 industries.
Intern Job Pledge Form (Level 2)
Complete this form to pledge Step Up internships at your organization.
Contact Ashley Grell at 612-455-1535.
“Our Step Up interns give us an inspiring preview of our future workforce here at the Fed and in the Twin Cities: bright, motivated leaders who have a rich variety of skills, talents and life experiences to share with us. As we prepare for our summer interns each year, we’re thinking about how the work of our past interns helped us throughout the year. We learn as much from them as they do from us.”