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.

Employers: contact our team to learn how you can join us in 2022

students: link to our Step Up intern page


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 18 years of program experience. 


Our Employer Partners

Step Up collaborates with nearly 200 top Twin Cities companies, public agencies and nonprofit organizations each year to provide 1,400 high-quality internship experiences for Minneapolis youth.

During COVID-19, Step Up has served hundreds of young people via work readiness training, paid remote and in-person internships, and a paid online career exploration program.

Meet our Step Up 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. 


Job Description Forms (JDF) Due

Our team will provide job description forms for you to submit 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 to support your intern for a productive and fun summer. 


Internships Start

Our standard internships run nine weeks, but you can provide a 6-10 week experience. Interns are paid at least $14.25 per hour.  


Internships End

Internships end.  Hundreds of Step Up interns, supervisors and community leaders come together for our annual end-of-summer celebration to mark another year of internships!

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 intern at JAMF software


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

Step Up interns at Minneapolis City Hall

Public Sector
and Nonprofits

Government agencies and nonprofit organizations can instill a commitment to service in a new generation through Step Up.

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. 

Download our employer flyer.

Employer Roadmap for Hiring Step Up Interns

Here are details on participating in Step Up, including program timelines, the hiring process and staff contacts.

Download our Step Up employer roadmap and FAQs.


Intern Job Pledge Form

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

Complete our online form.

How to Create a High Quality Job Description Guide

Once our Step Up employers "pledge" an internship, our team sends out the official online job description form. Before then, you can get started by learning how to craft a strong description. 

Download our guide.

Step Up Remote Internships Tips

Step Up now offers remote internship opportunities. Find out how to create a successful remote internship and provide support to your intern.

Download our remote tips and tricks.


Contact Ashley Grell at 612-455-1535.

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