Step Up

Each year, we train and place 1,600 Minneapolis youth in paid internships with over 200 top Twin Cities employers.

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STEP-UP Interns
STEP-UP Achieve intern

We're preparing tomorrow's workforce today

Step Up connects Minneapolis youth ages 14-21 with internships at nearly 200 companies, public agencies and nonprofit organizations across 17 industries. 

We empower young people to create bright futures through professional skills training, on-the-job experience and connections with adult mentors who can help them achieve their career goals. 

We help employers diversify their workforce and build a strong base of young, skilled workers who can keep our future regional economy strong and vibrant. 

Since 2003, we’ve created over 27,000 high-quality internship opportunities for Minneapolis youth, equipping them to step up, prepare for the future and become our next business and civic leaders. Join us!  

meet some of our Step Up employers


STEP-UP intern and supervisor

For Interns

Coen + Partners executive

For Employers

Step Up Career Pipelines

Focus and deepen intern career paths

Career pipelines create strong professional connections for interns. Under the guidance of our industry partners, pipelines offer targeted trainings, career exposure events and industry-recognized certifications. 

Financial Services Pipeline

Interns in this pipeline can participate in: 

Financial Services Careers Day

Microsoft Excel Training and Certification


Health Pipeline

This pipeline provides great health career opportunities, including: 

Pre-Employment Training for Healthcare (PETH)

Urban Scrubs Camp at Augsburg College

STEM Pipeline

STEM-focused interns have access to:

High Tech Innovation Day at CoCo Downtown

IT Exploration Training

For more info

To learn more about our Career Pipelines, contact Jeremiah Brown at 612-455-1562.

City of Minneapolis

Step Up is a partnership of the City of Minneapolis, AchieveMpls, Minnesota DEED and Project for Pride in Living




“Because of STEP-UP, at age 18 I have worked in a law firm, an investment bank and an accounting firm. My résumé  is beautiful!"

Pa Nhia, STEP-UP Achieve alum

Learn more

For more information, contact Jeremiah Brown at 612-455-1562.

Meet our Step Up team