Step Up Program at the U of M

Step Up at the University of Minnesota

Supervisor Orientation Recordings | May 27, 2023

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Supervisor Orientation (Part 1)

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U of M Supervisor Orientation (Part 2)

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2023 Intern Engagement Events

Welcome Event | June 27

2-3:30 PM in 240 Williamson Hall
Admissions will join us in welcoming the interns to campus and taking them on a campus tour to learn how to navigate campus. During the tour, supervisors can network, exchange ideas for engaging interns, and ask any lingering questions about working with minors. 

Midsummer Fun at the Toaster | July 27

1:30-3 PM in Walter Library
This will be a fun and interactive event for interns to reconnect and experience one of many resources on campus designed for students. Supervisors are welcome to attend.

End of Summer Celebration for Students and Supervisors | August 10

2-3:30 PM in the CLA Engagement Hub
We will celebrate the interns as they wrap up their internships with refreshments and reflections on the summer.


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:

  • Supporting youth in developing their potential – interns gain 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 do I hire a Step Up intern?

To hire a Step Up intern, submit an online Job Description Form by March 31, 2023. Please note that forms received after that date will still be considered. Internships run from June 20, 2023 to August 18, 2023.   The approximate cost is $4,000 and we have a limited  funding available. If you would like to be considered for this supplemental funding, please complete the Funding Request Form by April 24, 2023.