Step Up

Each year, Step Up trains and places hundreds of Minneapolis high school youth in paid internships and other career opportunities with over 200 Twin Cities employers.

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STEP-UP Interns
STEP-UP Achieve intern

Step Up is preparing tomorrow's workforce today

Step Up brings together Minneapolis young people (ages 14-21) with Twin Cities employers through internships and training that build careers and lead to a diverse, skilled and equitable workforce. Since 2003, Step Up has created over 30,000 high-quality internship opportunities.

We equip young people to create bright futures through work readiness training, paid in-person and online internships and other career exploration opportunities, and connections with adult mentors who can help them achieve their career goals and become our next generation of community leaders. 

We help employers in 15 industries diversify their workforce and build a strong base of young, skilled workers who can keep our future regional economy and our communities strong and vibrant. 

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

meet some of our Step Up employers


STEP-UP intern and supervisor

For Interns

Coen + Partners executive

For Employers

Step Up Career Pipelines

Focusing and deepening career pathways

Under the guidance of our industry partners, our career pipelines provide targeted trainings, career exposure events and industry-recognized certifications for our interns. 

Financial Services Pipeline

Interns in this pipeline can participate in: 

Financial Services Careers Day

Microsoft Excel Training and Certification


Health Pipeline

This pipeline provides career training and exposure opportunities, including: 

Pre-Employment Training for Healthcare (PETH)

Urban Scrubs Camp at Augsburg College

STEM Pipeline

STEM-focused interns have access to:

IT Exploration Training

Design Pipeline

Through this new pipeline, interns can participate in: 

Creative Crash Course

For more info

Contact Ashley Grell at 612-455-1535.

City of Minneapolis

Step Up is a partnership of the City of Minneapolis, AchieveMpls, CareerForce Minneapolis 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 alum

Learn more

Step Up Level 1 (ages 14-15)
Contact: Maryan Sharif-Abdinassir

Step Up Level 2 (ages 16-21)
Contact: Ashley Grell

Meet our Step Up Level 2 team