Now is the time to sign up for 2013 STEP-UP internships
Even though summer might feel a long way off, 2013 summer internship deadlines are coming up fast, so now is the time for youth, and employers, to get on board. The City’s STEP-UP summer internship program prepares youth for future employment by offering summer work experience and training at Minneapolis businesses.
Applying for an internship
Minneapolis youth ages 14-21 can apply for a summer internship with STEP-UP until March 4, 2013. This year, all applications must be completed online. If you need assistance with your application, call 612-673-5041 or visit the STEP-UP page for agencies that offer staff and/or computer assistance. As part of the process of getting a STEP-UP internship, youth must complete a competitive application process and work readiness training through the program. Internships are paid, and youth are matched up with a wide range of local businesses for summer jobs.
Here are a few facts on the thousands of youth who’ve been a part of STEP-UP since 2004:
- STEP-UP has created more th 14,000 employment opportunities for Minneapolis youth in the private, public and nonprofit sectors.
- More than 50 percent of STEP-UP interns are from immigrant families.
- 86 percent of STEP-UP interns are people of color.
- 93 percent of STEP-UP interns are from families that live in poverty.
- In 2011, nearly 2,000 young people obtained meaningful employment and work-readiness skills in 211 Minneapolis companies, nonprofits and government offices
The City of Minneapolis STEP-UP program trains and matches Minneapolis youth ages 14-21 in summer internships at local businesses. STEP-UP is focused on serving youth from low-income families or youth that have risk factors making it challenging to find employment on their own.
Internships are generally 20-40 hours per week for 6-10 weeks from mid-June to August. Depending on the age and skill level of the intern, interns may work in subsidized jobs at a non-profit organizations or employer paid positions in the business community.
Learn more on the City's STEP-UP web page.
Published Jan. 16, 2013