Employment and Training
Step Up connects Minneapolis youth ages 14-21 with training and paid internships at over 200 top local employers. We help organizations diversify their workforce and build a strong base of young, skilled workers for the entire region.
The STEP-UP application period for 2018 is now closed. The application for summer 2019 will be available in December.
Become a STEP-UP Intern
How to apply to STEP-UP
The STEP-UP application for summer 2018 will be available in December.
1. To be eligible you must:
Your Family’s income should be at or below these levels. This is a guideline only. If you aren’t sure if you qualify, please apply!
2. Gather this information for your STEP-UP application:
For program information and updates, like the STEP-UP Facebook page!
Need help? Computers, web access and help with your application are available at:
After you apply:
2018 Program Timeline and Information
STEP-UP Program Timeline
• December 11, 2017 – Online application available for youth to apply for STEP-UP
• February 16, 2018 – Youth application closed, last day to apply for STEP-UP
• The week of February 26, 2018 – Notification emails and letters are sent to youth
• March/April 2018 – Work Readiness Training. All trainings are at MCTC, 1501 Hennepin Ave, Minneapolis, MN 55403.
• June 18, 2018 – first day of work for most interns
• August 17, 2018 – last day of work for most interns
STEP-UP Intern Benefits
Become a STEP-UP Employer
Interested in Becoming a STEP-UP Employer?
Entry-level internships for youth with limited work experience designed to develop skills and explore interests in preparation for more challenging opportunities, including STEP-UP Achieve. Youth, generally are ages 14-15 and work in nonprofit organizations. This program is directed by the City of Minneapolis. To host a STEP-UP Discover intern at your agency (with wages paid by STEP-UP), please contact Nina Robertson at 612-673-5118.
Career-oriented internships for older STEP-UP interns who are seeking a professional experience and more challenging opportunities. Youth, ages 16-21, work in private sector businesses, public agencies and nonprofits. The program is directed by AchieveMpls. To hire a STEP-UP Achieve intern at your business, please contact Matt Norris at 612-455-1565.
Concentrated work and training opportunities in a specific trade or industry in a cohort model. Generally, youth are age’s 14-21.This program also provides supported training and work experiences for youth with disabilities. This program is directed by the City of Minneapolis. Contact Anna Peterson at 612-673-5234 for more information.
How Community and School Leaders Can Support Their Youth
Materials for STEP-UP Supervisors
The following is a list of forms that are available for download. You will need the free Adobe Acrobat Reader in order to view and print them.
Forms to be Copied
- Intern Performance Improvement Plan (PDF)
- Daily Sign-in Sheet (PDF)
- Direct Deposit Form (PDF)
- Emergency Contact Form (PDF)
- First Report of Injury (PDF)
- Outstanding Performance Notice (PDF)
Step Up prepares today’s youth for tomorrow’s careers by recruiting, training and placing more than 1,600 young people (ages 14-21) in paid internships each year with over 200 regional employers [from Fortune 500 companies and small businesses, to public agencies and nonprofits]. As one of the nation’s leading youth employment programs, Step Up leverages a collective of more than 200 partners spanning 15 industries and multiple sectors.
Step Up supports historically underrepresented youth in Minneapolis who are ready to navigate the professional world. The program helps organizations diversify their workforce and build a base of young, skilled workers for the entire region. Step Up has provided over 26,000 internships since 2003, yielding a competitive talent pipeline, a stronger economy and millions of dollars in wages for Step Up interns.
Step Up is a partnership of the City of Minneapolis, AchieveMpls, DEED and Project for Pride in Living.
Program Leadership and Partners
Jacob Frey, Mayor of Minneapolis
R.T. Rybak, CEO and President of The Minneapolis Foundation
Jennie Carlson - Recently retired Executive Vice President for Human Resources at U.S. Bancorp
Partnership is critical to the success of STEP-UP. City of Minneapolis Employment and Training partners with the following organizations to operate STEP-UP:
AchieveMpls leads STEP-UP Achieve, the private sector component of STEP-UP. The STEP-UP Achieve team recruits employers, prepares applicants for a successful internship, and supports employers and interns throughout the summer. In addition, AchieveMpls is responsible for youth recruitment in the schools, work readiness training for approximately 3,000 youth, and the establishment and maintenance of the STEP-UP alumni network.
Minnesota Workforce Centers (part of the Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development) manage many aspects of the STEP-UP Discover and STEP-UP Explore components including interviewing and matching youth with internships at participating non-profit businesses. The Workforce Center team also supports and monitors the employers and interns throughout the summer experience.
Project for Pride in Living (PPL) provides work readiness training for STEP-UP Discover interns, preparing youth for their summer work experience with 12 hours of classroom training. In addition, PPL offers a specialized healthcare training for STEP-UP Achieve interns who are matched with positions in healthcare.
Level 1 - For youth 14 or15 years old, Level 1 offers entry-level internships for youth with limited work experience designed to develop skills and explore interests in preparation for more challenging opportunities, including STEP-UP Achieve. Youth work in nonprofit organizations. This program is directed by the City of Minneapolis.
Level 2 - For youth 16-21 years old, Level 2 offers career-oriented internships for interns who are seeking a professional experience and more challenging opportunities. Youth work in private sector businesses, public agencies and nonprofits. The program is directed by AchieveMpls.
Last updated Aug 14, 2018