Step Up Program at the U of M

Please note that the University of Minnesota will not host Achieve Minneapolis Step Up summer interns this year due to COVID-19 restrictions. 

What is Step Up?

The Step Up program, a nationally-recognized youth internship program directed by AchieveMpls, and part of the City of Minneapolis. The Step Up program, provides summer internship opportunities for youth ages 14-21 from Minneapolis who have not yet enrolled in a post-secondary opportunity. Step Up places over 1,600 diverse and talented young people in paid professional internships with approximately 200 top Minneapolis-St. Paul employers. Step Up has provided over 28,000 internship opportunities since 2004 – including 613 at the University of Minnesota– yielding tremendous benefits for young people, businesses, and our regional economy. 

Why Step Up?

Step Up allows the University of Minnesota to fulfill our mission as the state's flagship land-grant university, and provides an opportunity to address social equity issues within communities by facilitating the development of regional talent.

Benefits for supervisors and interns include:

  • Helping youth reach their full potential – interns gain hands-on work experience that prepares them for further education and/or employment
  • Mentoring and inspiring students to pursue post-secondary education – having a mentor on campus makes college more attainable. Over 75% of interns reported that their experience on campus impacted their career choice
  • Increasing productivity – interns complete a work-readiness training certified by the Minneapolis Chamber of Commerce, providing them with the skills necessary to meaningfully contribute in the workplace

How can I learn more?

To learn more about hiring Step Up Interns, contact Devona Thomas ( at Achieve Minneapolis.