STEP-UP Achieve

We train and place hundreds of Minneapolis youth in paid internships with top Twin Cities employers. Part of the City of Minneapolis STEP-UP program.

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We're preparing tomorrow's workforce today

STEP-UP Achieve connects Minneapolis youth ages 16-21 with paid internships at nearly 150 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 2004, we’ve created over 8,000 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!  

our 2017 STEP-UP Achieve Employers


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For Interns

Coen + Partners executive

For Employers

STEP-UP Achieve 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 James R. Olson at 612-455-1535 or

City of Minneapolis

STEP-UP is a program of the City of Minneapolis in partnership with AchieveMpls


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“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

Read our media release announcing our 2017 internship application launch. For more information, contact STEP-UP Achieve Director Jeremiah Brown at 612-455-1562.

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