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 15 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, Step Up has created over 28,000 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

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 at Fueled Collective

For more info

Contact Erin Martin at 612-455-1551.

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 Achieve alum

Learn more

Contact Erin Martin at or 612-455-1551

Meet our Step Up team