Intern, Supervisor and Alumni Stories

STEP-UP interns at Thrivent financial
Maria outside Adventium Labs

Responsibility Most Teenagers Don't Get

STEP-UP Achieve Intern at Adventium Labs

Maria completed her STEP-UP Achieve summer internship at Adventium Labs, which specializes in cyber security, system engineering, and automated reasoning. “I learned so much about technology and medical terminology through my internship,” she says. “This all is going to help me later in life when I’m a doctor!”

STEP-UP Achieve intern Corrien

Excelling with Excel

STEP-UP Achieve Intern at Minneapolis Public Schools

STEP-UP Achieve intern Corrien is one of 80 interns who participated in our first-ever industry-recognized Excel software certification program. “I learned lots of new things and used them right away at my job," she says. "I’m thankful for the opportunity to take the Excel class!”

Wendy and her supervisor Meghan

This Internship Made My Future Brighter

STEP-Up Achieve Intern at Clockwork Active Media Systems

"Here at Clockwork I’m a member of a work team. I’m also learning how to build websites, network, and create a brand brief. I’m walking away with this digital resume that my supervisor helped me create!"

STEP-UP Achieve intern Mohamed with RT Rybak

A Selfie With the Former Mayor

STEP-UP Achieve Intern at Greater Twin Cities United Way

Mohamed, a 17 year-old Ubah Medical Academy student, is the lucky intern who snagged a coveted IT position at Greater Twin Cities United Way, which is housed in the same building as STEP-UP Founder R.T. Rybak's new office.

Shahmar at the Minneapolis Foundation

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

STEP-UP Achieve Alum and UMN Student

"The amount of experience that I received as a high school student through STEP-UP jobs at El Collegio, The Minneapolis Foundation and the Minneapolis Mayor’s Office was amazing and helped me to become a better student, employee and person. AchieveMpls places teenagers in jobs that they can’t get on their own, gives them the support they need to get to college, and helps them to figure out how exactly they can accomplish their dreams."

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, former 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.'