Intern, Supervisor and Alumni Stories

STEP-UP interns at Thrivent financial
Shahmar at the Minneapolis Foundation

STEP-UP Achieve Shows Me What I Want for My Future

STEP-UP Achieve Intern at the Minneapolis Foundation

“I'm learning how to be a professional at The Minneapolis Foundation," Shahmar says. “Those are skills I can’t learn as easily by working at the mall or McDonald's." For a person my age I've been able to gain experience and work with people who are doing stuff that normally a teenager wouldn’t be doing. It really does show me what I want for my future.”

STEP-UP Achieve interns Sowda and Leo

Educational and Enlightening Experience

Sowda and Leo
STEP-UP Achieve interns at Unisys

“The more I learn to do the more I am allowed to do independently," says Leo. "It’s really cool. People in the office are really good about helping and teaching when we need it."

Emma and her supervisor Deborah

Building a Strong Future

STEP-UP Achieve Intern at RSP Architects

STEP-UP Achieve intern Emma spent a great summer with RSP Architects in Northeast Minneapolis. Not only did Emma work in a beautiful historic building, but she also learned the ins and outs of a career field that she wants to pursue after graduation.

STEP-UP Achieve alum Malik at the U of MN

Discovering My Passion

STEP-UP Achieve Alum and former intern at Xcel Energy and Wells Fargo

When Malik walked into the AchieveMpls Career & College Center at Patrick Henry High School to find a summer job, he found a great job and so much more. His story is just one example of the incredible, passionate and motivated students that we serve every day, thanks to your support.

Christiana and Minnetonka Moccasin HR Generalist David Knox

People are impressed by what I'm doing this summer!

STEP-UP Achieve intern at Minnetonka Moccasin

Christiana has mastered the complex database systems for orders and returns and has learned to be patient and kind to customers as she fulfills orders and requests.

Dominique with his supervisor, Karen Dullea

A Perfect Fit

STEP-UP Achieve Intern at Minnesota Department of Revenue

Dominique’s career aspirations make his internship experiences all the more exciting. “I’ve always known that I wanted to do something with military service, and talking to the people I work with this summer is really helping me think about what exactly I want to do.”

STEP-UP alumnus Hassan

Jump-Starting a Great Career

STEP-UP Achieve alum

STEP-UP Achieve alum Hassan founded a medical device company after gaining great experience as an intern at Allina Health. "I highly recommend STEP-UP to any young person who is interested in learning more about the professional world and getting a jump-start on a great career.”

STEP-UP Achieve intern Gentry

STEP-UP is what you make it!

STEP-UP Achieve intern at Tunheim Partners

Gentry enjoys the challenges of her summer position. She says her internship has helped her learn about the public relations world, meet new people and explore what it takes to succeed in this field. 

STEPUP Interns Xee, Andrew and Malik

Having fun and getting the work done

Xee, Andrew and Malik
STEP-UP Achieve Interns at Wells Fargo

“STEP-UP Achieve provides a great opportunity to get a foot in the door and learn what it’s like to work in the world of finance."

STEP-UP Intern Cheng at a CenterPoint Energy facility

Embracing All of the Opportunities

STEP-UP Achieve Intern at CenterPoint Energy

Cheng is a poised young man, mature far beyond his years. His CenterPoint Energy supervisors were thrilled with his impeccable punctuality, consistently positive attitude, and high quality of work that far exceeded expectations.

Mariam, STEP-UP Achieve Intern in Minneapolis Mayor's Office

Opening New Doors

STEP-UP Achieve Intern in Minneapolis Mayor's Office

'Working with Mayor Rybak was a once in a lifetime opportunity,' says Mariam. 'My bosses were the citizens. My job was to give them a voice.'

Eros, a STEP-UP Achieve intern at Agosto

Immense Opportunities

STEP-UP Achieve intern at Agosto

Eros gained great hands-on experience in computer science and business in his intership at the Minneapolis high-tech firm.

STEP-UP Achieve alum Evan

From STEP-UP to Google

Google Elections and Issue Advocacy, Analytical Lead

Evan now works at technology giant Google and credits his internship at GMAC ResCap with helping him get there.

Maruf and Tom

Summer Intern to Permanent Employee

STEP-UP Achieve Alumnus and Hennepin County Employee

Back in 2006, as a new STEP-UP Achieve intern at Hennepin County, Maruf never imagined that one day he’d have a permanent job there.

Yassin, Maruf and Marco

Coming Full Circle

Thomas Monjeau
STEP-UP Achieve Supervisor at Hennepin County

Three of Tom’s former STEP-UP Achieve interns are now employed by his office, including two permanent full-time employees. Tom has been supervising STEP-UP Achieve interns since 2005.