STEP-UP youth employment program now accepting applications for 2018 summer internships

The City of Minneapolis youth employment program STEP-UP has begun accepting applications for 2018 summer internship placements. Eligible Minneapolis youths ages 14-21 who are interested in participating in the 2018 STEP-UP class have until Feb. 16 to complete an application online.

STEP-UP is one of the country’s premier youth employment programs, serving Minneapolis youths who face some of the greatest barriers to employment. Since the program was launched, it has provided more than 27,000 internship opportunities. In addition to summer jobs with more than 220 top Twin Cities companies, nonprofits and public agencies, STEP-UP offers work-readiness training, mock interviews, advanced-level internships and industry-specific career opportunities that help interns integrate their career exposure with post-secondary education and career planning. 

Before placement in their internships, youths receive work-readiness training certified by the Minneapolis Regional Chamber of Commerce that prepares them for a professional work environment. Returning interns receive advanced training that helps them deepen their professional skills. Throughout their internships, they gain valuable on-the-job skills, make strong professional connections, and become exposed to careers they may not have otherwise accessed without STEP-UP.

In 2017, STEP-UP placed more than 1,600 Minneapolis youths in jobs with more than 220 businesses, public agencies and nonprofits. The 2017 class had 91 percent youths of color, 51 percent youths from recent immigrant families, and 17 percent youths with disabilities or other significant barriers to employment. Twenty-three percent spoke fluently in a language in addition to English, representing 32 different languages from 35 different countries.

Businesses, public agencies and nonprofits interested in employing interns in 2018 can find information on the City of Minneapolis STEP-UP website.

STEP-UP is a City of Minneapolis program in partnership with AchieveMpls. Other major partners include the Department of Employment and Economic Development (DEED) and Project for Pride in Living.

To learn more about STEP-UP or to access the online STEP-UP application, visit the City of Minneapolis website. You can also follow STEP-UP on Twitter, Instagram or Snapchat @STEPUPMpls or like it on Facebook or join the conversation at #STEPUPMpls.


Published Jan 11, 2018



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