Become a Step Up Intern

Change your life with professional skills training, great on-the-job experience and connections with adult professionals who can help you achieve your career goals. Step Up is for Minneapolis youth ages 14-21. 

Applications are now closed for summer 2019 internships

US Bank Interns

Where will you take your future?

STEP-UP Achieve work site

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Swedish Institute Interns

American Swedish Institute

Federal Reserve Intern

Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis

Healthcare Intern

Gillette Children's Specialty Healthcare

Metro Transit Intern

Metro Transit

US Bank intern

U.S. Bank

STEP-UP Intern

Management HQ

Construction Intern

Minnesota Trades Academy

STEP-UP intern at Tunheim PR agency


Thrivent Financial Interns

Thrivent Financial

Farmstead Intern

City Kid Farm 

Radio Station Intern

KBEM FM - Jazz 88.5

STEP-UP intern at company

CenterPoint Energy

Why should I do Step Up?

Success starts with Step Up.

Get your foot in the door, discover new careers and show people what you’re capable of. You'll learn how to develop your resume and build on your strengths.

Check out these Step Up employers

Real jobs. Real work. Real money.

Explore careers with a fun, flexible and good-paying summer internship through Step Up. Each summer, Step Up interns collectively earn $3 million in nine weeks.

Step Up is for you.

Haven’t had an internship yet? Have family responsibilities and need to make good money? Or do you want free time this summer but also need career experience? Step Up is for you!

Kickstart your career.

Power your future with career-oriented jobs available only to Step Up interns. Meet people who can connect you to future jobs in business, healthcare, the arts and many other fields.

Build Your Network.

Through Step Up, you'll connect with caring adult professionals who can help you get on the path to a great career. 

Meet our interns

STEP-UP intern Andrea


Gillette Children's Specialty Healthcare
STEP-UP intern Alberts


STEP-UP intern Rita


Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis

How does Step Up work?



Applications for summer 2019 internships are now closed. Check back in December to apply for our summer 2020 program.


Get Trained.

Participate in Train to Gain and Mock Interviews to learn the workplace skills you need for your job. (March)


Find your match.

Get matched with an internship based on your interests and skills. (April and May)  


Participate in Launch Day.

Learn more about your employer and hone your professional skills. (April - June)


Interview and get hired.

Interview with your summer employer. (May or June) We'll help you prepare.  


Get to work!

Work at your summer job from mid-June to mid-August. 


Find more opportunities.

Participate in additional Step Up career events and opportunities that interest you. 


Still have questions?

Contact Katie Rehani at 612-455-1561.

"Thank you so much for this Step Up experience. It has been so different from what I am used to in my daily life. I gained so much knowledge and enjoyed the atmosphere where I worked this summer. My supervisor and co-workers have been so helpful with college and goal-setting tips. I genuinely appreciated the kindness of everyone I worked with."

Lauryn, Step Up intern at Fairview Health Services
STEP-UP Intern

Who can participate?

Step Up is open to Minneapolis residents between the ages of 14 and 21 (by June 1, 2019) who are eligible to work in the US and are not yet enrolled in college (PSEO is ok). You must have a home address in the city of Minneapolis.

ONE of the following must ALSO apply:

  • Meet family income guidelines
  • You are a student with a disability
  • You have an IEP or 504 plan
  • You are an English Language Learner
  • You are a pregnant or parenting teen
  • You are homeless or highly mobile
  • You are in the foster care system
  • You have been involved in the justice system

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