Become a Step Up Intern

Change your life with professional skills training, on-the-job experience, online career exploration, and connections with adult professionals who can help you learn what it takes to succeed.  Step Up is for Minneapolis youth ages 14-21. 

Our application for summer 2022 internships will go live in December. 

Employers: learn how you can hire an intern

US Bank Interns

Where will you take your future?

Step Up 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?

New summer opportunities for 2021

During COVID-19, Step Up has offered paid in-person and online internships and a paid online career exploration program.

Download our flyer for more details.

Our summer 2022 intern application will go live in December. 

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 great Twin Cities employers that hire Step Up interns.

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?



Our summer 2022 intern application will go live in December. Check back! 


Get Trained.

Participate in online work readiness training to learn workplace and professional skills. 


Connect with your paid summer experience

You’ll do an internship with a local company or organization – OR you’ll explore careers and learn how to land your dream job through the Step Up online
career exploration program.



Launch your Step Up experience.

Step Up internships begin in June and end in August.


Find more opportunities.

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


Still have questions?

Contact Theresa Stets 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 in Step Up?

Our summer 2021 internship application will go live in December. 

Step Up is open to Minneapolis residents between the ages of 14 and 21 (by June 1, 2022) 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 pregnant or parenting
  • You are experiencing homelessness or high mobility
  • You are involved in the foster care system
  • You have been involved in the justice system

Learn more about Step Up eligibility.