Achieve College Internships

Our new internship program connects college juniors with outstanding professional experiences, mentors and networks that help launch careers.

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Launch your career with Achieve College Internships!

Are you a college junior who participated in the Step Up Youth Employment Program or graduated from a Minneapolis public high school with an AchieveMpls Career & College Center? Are you looking for a professional summer internship where you can earn a competitive wage while building career skills and connections? If so, you've come to the right place!

The new Achieve College Internships program provides direct access to professional career experiences, mentors and networks that can help you launch your career. In partnership with the Minnesota Private College Fund and top regional businesses and nonprofits, we provide training, one-on-one coaching and connections to high-caliber, career-oriented internships.

With Achieve College Internships, you'll develop critical job and leadership skills, learn more about your chosen career field and begin to build your long-term professional networks.

Link to our online application

Meet some of our 2020 interns

Who can participate?

Eligible students must fit all of these criteria: 

  • Past participant of the Step Up Youth Employment Program or graduate of Minneapolis public high schools with AchieveMpls Career & College Centers
  • College junior enrolled full time in a four-year degree program and on track to graduate in 2022
  • Cumulative undergraduate GPA of 2.5 or higher
  • Will be living in the Minneapolis-St. Paul area next summer (2021)
  • Committed to success
  • Diverse in talent and life experience

How does it work?


Check your eligibility to participate

Review our criteria to see if this program is a fit for you. See eligibility details in the box above.



Complete our online application by September 30. You'll receive status updates and information on next steps, including scheduling a required video chat.


Join us!

Accept our invitation to join our 2021 intern cohort and begin your training.


Stand out as a candidate

Work with our professional team to clarify your preferred job roles, companies and career goals. Create top-quality application materials and sharpen your interview skills.


Select from companies and positions

Review the opportunities we present that align with your goals. Then apply for internships that most interest you.


Interview and accept an internship job offer

Interview with potential internship employers and accept the position that best suits you.


Get to work!

Succeed in your 10-12 week internship (June - August) through consistent support from your Achieve Career Coach, with regular check-ins for trouble-shooting and professional mentoring. You'll learn $15 per hour or more.


Launch your next steps

At summer’s end, discuss your areas of strength and growth with your internship supervisor. Consider tips for next steps and make plans to continue part-time at your organization or network and seek out full-time opportunities.  

Why choose Achieve College Internships?

Work for great organizations.

  • Our employers range from global businesses to local companies, nonprofits and community-based organizations.

  • Internships are aligned with your skills and long-term career goals. 

  • Supervisors are committed to one-on-one professional mentoring and training.

  • You’ll gain hands-on experience with cutting-edge technology that’s central to your career field.

  • You’ll work with industry experts and enjoy opportunities to collaborate on teams.

Grow as a young professional. 

  • Gain technical know-how and build essential 21st century professional skills.

  • Learn more about the corporate, non-profit and entrepreneurial worlds.

  • Discern which specific roles, fields and company types best match your long-term goals and interests.

  • Build key contacts and establish your professional network.

Get critical training and one-on-one coaching.

  • Benefit from personalized support from your Achieve career coach.

  • Identify specific job skills you need to build now to succeed in your future career.

  • Learn how and where to find professional positions available in your field.

  • Prepare strong application materials, including resumes, portfolios and more.

  • Strengthen your in-person and remote interviewing skills through one-on-one practice.

"During my internship I was constantly told how the work I was doing directly impacted the company and helped their staff. Several of the projects I took on allowed the rest of the team to tackle other work and will help with efficiency in the future. A couple of my projects are even being published!" - Kiani, intern at Pollen Midwest

Apply today!

Fill out our online application form after you've determined that you're eligible for the program. You'll also submit a recent resume and unofficial college transcript via email. All applications are due by September 30. For more details, contact our team at