Step Up youth employment program now accepting applications for 2019 summer internships

The Step Up Youth Employment Program began accepting applications for 2019 summer internship placements today. Eligible Minneapolis youth ages 14-21 who are interested in participating in the 2019 Step Up class have until Feb. 10, 2019 to complete an application online.

“Step Up is smart for our youth, it’s smart for our business and it’s smart for our region. It’s an opportunity to invest in the next generation,” said Mayor Jacob Frey. “At a time when we have an enormous equity gap and a regional workforce shortage, Step Up is a solution to both.” 

Step Up prepares Minneapolis youth for tomorrow’s careers. As one of the country’s leading youth employment programs, Step Up recruits, trains and places nearly 1,600 young people (ages 14-21) in paid internships at more than 200 employers each year. With a collective of partners spanning 15 industries and multiple sectors, Step Up is the largest and most enduring program of its kind in our region. It’s a backbone of support that unites businesses, schools, nonprofits and the city together in a common goal: to build and strengthen our future economy and the talented youth who will power it. 

After Step Up applicants are accepted to the program, they must complete work readiness training certified by the Minneapolis Regional Chamber, and then are matched with employers based on their skills and interests and the employers’ needs. Interns work part or full time from June 17-Aug. 16, and many also participate in additional professional development opportunities throughout the summer.  

“Through Step Up I learned that working is a learning process, and every day I learned more about my job. I also benefited from the support of the Step Up staff. I am grateful to have been a part of a program that was so supportive and was kind enough to provide so many young adults with a high-level job that they wouldn't find otherwise,” said Step Up intern Amanuel, who worked at Mind Foundry Learning last summer. 

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 27,000 internships since 2003, yielding a competitive talent pipeline, a stronger economy and millions of dollars in wages for Step Up interns. 

“I’ve benefited from participating in the Step Up program by gaining experience as I get older,” said Step Up intern Ellis, who has completed three internships. “Each internship has moved me higher and expanded my career choices. Step Up has trained me to be independent and to be ready for my future.”  Step Up is an investment in the future. By investing in the talent that will power Minneapolis for decades to come, businesses are helping to build a competitive regional workforce. "Our Step Up intern really helped with our workload and added a lot of value,” said Mindy Van Huffel of PRG. “This allowed me to focus on more complex tasks and meeting with clients.” 

Businesses, public agencies and nonprofits interested in employing interns in 2019 can find information on the City of Minneapolis Step Up website. Step Up is a partnership of the City of Minneapolis, AchieveMpls, DEED and Project for Pride in Living. To learn more or access the online Step Up application, visit the City of Minneapolis website. You can also follow Step Up on Twitter, Instagram or Snapchat @STEPUPMpls, like Step Up on Facebook or join the conversation at #STEPUPMpls.


Published Dec 10, 2018



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