Application process

We outline all the steps in the process.
January - February


Program announcement

Each January, we open applications for the coming summer's internships.

  • You can sign up to get an alert when the application window opens

When the window opens, submit your application

  • Make sure you meet the eligibility requirements

Watch for a letter and email from us by the end of February

  • This is how you will find out if you've been accepted into the program

Sign up for alerts and apply

Learn about eligibility and requirements


March - April

Complete work readiness training

Accepted students must attend a two-week online work readiness training in March or April

  • We'll send the dates of your training when we send your acceptance letter.
  • You must complete all training to be eligible for a paid Step Up experience.
  • All trainings will be online.
  • You must complete the training within your assigned two-week timeframe, but can work at your own pace.
  • After completion, eligible students can earn elective high school academic credit.

If you can't make your assigned training dates, contact us before those dates to reschedule if you want to remain an active participant.

May - June

Get ready for your paid summer Step Up experience

  • If you are matched with a paid internship, you will need to complete additional preparation steps. 
    • Summer internships run from mid-June to mid-August.
  • If you are not matched with a paid internship, or if you prefer an online summer experience, you can participate in our Career Exploration Program. 
    • This is a 5-week paid online experience.
    • You can earn up to $600 and elective high school academic credits.

Read about our level one and level two internships

May - June

Launch your experience

  • 2022 Step Up internships begin June 27 and end August 26
  • The 2022 Step Up online Career Exploration Program begins July 11 and ends August 12

Contact us

Step Up

Community Planning & Economic Development (CPED)


Public Service Building
505 Fourth Ave. S., Room 320
Minneapolis, MN 55415