Application process

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

Apply by February 14, 2024

Program announcement

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

When the window opens, submit your application

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


March - April

Complete required orientation or training

Accepted students will be sent an email by February 26 about what to do next.

  • 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.
  • Initial training will be online, but training will also include some in person events.
  • You must complete the training by the deadline, but you can work at your own pace.
  • After completion, eligible students may be able to earn elective high school academic credit.

If you can't make your assigned training dates, contact us before the training deadline and we will do our best to help you! You must complete training 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 online 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

June - August

Launch your experience

  • 2024 Step Up internships begin June 20 and end August 16
  • The 2024 Step Up online Career Exploration Program dates will be announced soon.

Contact us

Step Up

Community Planning & Economic Development (CPED)


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