Learn about the rewards of becoming a Step Up employer.
Why become an employer?
Build a competitive regional workforce. You might even discover some future full-time employees.
Introduce dynamic, diverse youth to your profession.
Bring energy, new skills and youthful perspective to your workplace.
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.
How to hire an intern
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.
We'll work with you to match interns with your company based on their interests and skills and the needs of your organization.
We'll equip you with the tools you need to support your intern for a productive and fun summer.
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. 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
Large businesses that hire 40+ interns can offer a wide variety of internship experiences across multiple departments.
Smaller companies that hire one or more interns can provide an inside look at entrepreneurship.
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.
Employer Roadmap for Hiring Step Up Interns
Here are details on participating in Step Up, including program timelines, the hiring process and staff contacts.
Intern Job Pledge Form
Complete this form to pledge Step Up internships at your organization.
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.
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.
Contact Ashley Grell at 612-455-1535.
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“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.”