Expand your talent pool with Achieve College Internships!
For decades, our region has thrived because of an exceptionally talented workforce. But today, businesses face a growing worker shortage in critical areas, and an economy with persistently wide employment and wage gaps that lay bare long-standing injustices and underscore the need for a more inclusive growth strategy.
The new Achieve College Internships program addresses these challenges by providing a direct line to a unique talent pool: diverse, talented college students who are motivated, committed to Minnesota and on an established leadership trajectory.
Partnering for student success
AchieveMpls has almost 20 years’ experience creating internships with large and small businesses, delivering nationally recognized career and college readiness programs and connecting students with professional mentors and employers.
In 2020, Achieve College Internships was created to address our community’s need for greater professional development support for underrepresented college students. Collaborating with the Minnesota Private College Fund, we provided internships for 28 African American men, connecting them with employers ranging from global businesses to local companies, nonprofits and community-based organizations.
Participating employers included Black Music America, Graco, Inc., Mortenson, Pollen Midwest, Protolabs, Minnesota Department of Natural Resources, Target and 21 others.
Meet some of our interns
Diverse, local talent
Interns are already on a leadership trajectory, preparing for professional success and building upon rich personal and professional experience. They include alums of the Step Up Youth Employment Program as well as African American men who participate in scholarship and leadership programs through the Minnesota Private College Fund.
Interns are local students. They are enrolled full-time in a four-year college, are deeply connected to our community and represent a direct line to future permanent hires. All participants in the 2021 summer program are college juniors.
Interns are ready to succeed and stay. Our participants are a committed cohort of students who receive professional skills training and mentoring prior to their internships. They are driven to lead and build their careers in Minnesota.
Interns are predominantly students of color. They represent a wide diversity of talent, skills and life experience that are critically underrepresented in our regional businesses and organizations.
Benefits to Employers
The right candidates are matched to positions: We work with you to assess your specific needs and opportunities and then connect you with candidates that are the best fit.
Foundational training to prepare interns: Participants complete several hours of leadership and work readiness training before internships begin.
Intern coaching and professional development: Each intern has a designated job coach. Interns also participate in additional summer training designed to strengthen their leadership and workplace skills.
Supervisor training: We equip supervisors with best practices training and tools, along with access to cultural competency trainings, to ensure that interns receive the support they need.
"During my internship, the Pollen team constantly told me how the work I was doing directly impacted their company and helped staff. The projects I took on allowed the rest of the team to tackle other work, and will help with efficiency in the future, too. A couple of my projects are even being published!" - Kiani, intern at Pollen Midwest