Become a Step Up Employer

Step Up helps companies identify and nurture young talent, introduce a diverse new generation to their industry and make a difference in their communities.

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Intern & Employer
STEP-UP intern and supervisors

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Learn about the rewards of becoming a Step Up employer.

Why become an employer?

Talent Pipeline

Build a competitive regional workforce. You might even discover some future full-time employees.

Industry Diversity

Introduce dynamic, diverse youth to your profession. 

Fresh Ideas

Bring energy, new skills and youthful perspective to your workplace. 

Professional Development

Give your junior staff a first supervisory experience.

Work = Done

Interns do real work at low cost. 97% of supervisors say Step Up was a success at their organization. 

Job Coach Support

You'll receive support from one of our Step Up job coaches and benefit from our 15 years of program experience. 


Meet Our Employer Partners

Step Up collaborates with nearly 200 top Twin Cities companies, public agencies and nonprofit organizations each year to provide 1,600 high-quality internship experiences for Minneapolis youth.

Meet our 2018 employers 

How to hire an intern


Get Started

Step Up interns are Minneapolis youth ages 14-21. Contact our Step Up team to discuss internship opportunities at your company and submit a pledge form. 

March 29

Job Description Forms (JDF) Due

Submit a job description form for each unique internship position at your organization. 


Intern Placement

We'll work with you to match interns with your company based on their interests and skills and the needs of your organization.


Supervisor Orientation

We'll equip you with the tools you need for a productive and fun summer. 

June 17

Internships Start

Our standard internships run nine weeks, but you can provide a 6-10 week experience. Interns are paid at least $12.25 per hour.  

August 16

Internships End

Join hundreds of Step Up interns, supervisors and community leaders for an inspiring celebration of another successful summer! 

Employers of All Shapes and Sizes

U.S. Bank Intern & Supervisor


Large businesses that hire 40+ interns can offer a wide variety of internship experiences across multiple departments. 

STEP-UP Achieve intern at JAMF software


Smaller companies that hire one or more interns can provide an inside look at entrepreneurship. 

STEP-UP Achieve interns at Mayor Hodge's Office

Public Sector
and Nonprofits 

Government agencies and nonprofit organizations can instill a commitment to service in a new generation through STEP-UP Achieve. 

Step Up Level 2 Employer Resources

Step Up Program Overview

Learn how you can participate in one of the nation’s premier youth employment programs. 

Employer Roadmap to Hiring Step Up Interns

Here's detailed information about participating in Step Up, including program timelines, the hiring process and staff contacts.

Intern Pledge Form

Complete this form to pledge Step Up jobs at your organization. 


Contact Erin Martin at 612-455-1551.

Videos for your team

Step Up Executive Champions

For Executive Champions

Step Up main contact Hanane

For Main Contacts

STEP-UP Achieve supervisor and interns

For Supervisors

“Our Step Up interns give us an inspiring preview of our future workforce here at the Fed and in the Twin Cities: bright, motivated leaders who have a rich variety of skills, talents and life experiences to share with us. As we prepare for our summer interns each year, we’re thinking about how the work of our past interns helped us throughout the year. We learn as much from them as they do from us.” 


Amy Kramer Brenengen, Project Director for the Office of Minority and Women Inclusion at the Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis