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Our volunteers and employer partners help students explore careers, build job skills and make professional connections as they prepare for life after high school.  

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Career Exploration Events

Our career exploration events at Minneapolis and Saint Paul high schools inspire, inform and support students as they plan for life after graduation. They are held during the academic year, from September to May.

Whether you work in the trades, business, healthcare, the arts, STEM, government or another sector, you have valuable experience and perspectives that can help students take the first step toward great careers or discover new fields.

You can share your career journey and insights with students as a career speaker, or represent your company or industry at our career fairs.

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Step Up Mock Interviews

Each spring, the Step Up Mock Interviews connect volunteers with Step Up youth participants for one-on-one coaching and support to practice their job interview skills in preparation for summer Step Up internships and other career exploration.

Each volunteer interviews 3-5 young people and provides helpful feedback for strengthening their skills and professional presentation. An orientation and sample questions are provided in advance to help prepare. This is a fun and engaging way to support our young people and help them prepare for future career success.

Mock interviews are held in March or April, with registration opening in February. We welcome individual volunteers as well as company teams.

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Hire a High School or College Intern

Step Up Youth Employment Program

Step Up connects Minneapolis youth (ages 14-21) with work readiness training, internships and other career opportunities with Twin Cities employers in 15 employment sectors. Since 2003, Step Up has created over 30,000 high-quality internship opportunities, equipping young people to achieve their career goals and building a more skilled and equitable workforce.

By hiring Step Up interns, your organization can nurture young talent, introduce a new generation of students to your industry and make a difference in your community. Summer internships run from June through early August, with employer recruitment and orientation from December to April. 

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Achieve College Internships

Achieve College Internships provides career-building opportunities for college juniors – including former Step Up participants and African-American male scholars – who are underrepresented in our companies and local college internship programs.

In collaboration with the Minnesota Private College Fund, the program connects students with high-quality paid summer internships, mentors and professional networks. For employers, it helps strengthen recruitment and retention of talented and diverse students who want to launch their careers in the Twin Cities.

Summer internships generally begin in June and run through August, with employer recruitment year-round.

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“Achieve career events provide a great way for students to learn about new opportunities. Most young people have heard about being a doctor or lawyer - but likely don't know what an account executive, machinist, project manager or cosmetologist does, or the growth and financial prosperity these careers can provide.”

Elaine Vandenburgh, Minneapolis College
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