Step Up employers

We explain the benefits of and process for becoming a Step Up employer.

Step Up is smart for business

Hosting Step Up interns:

  • Prepares you to compete in a global market
  • Teaches you how to make your workplace more welcoming
  • Gives your junior staff an opportunity to develop supervisory skills
  • Helps you get more work done.

We provide important coaching throughout the process.

Watch the Step Up video on YouTube (3:58)


Let us know you're interested

  1. Contact us to get started.
  2. Work with our team to make a plan.
  3. Submit an Employer Interest Form or a Jobs Pledge Form, depending on the program level.
  4. Work with our team to submit a job description for for each unique internship, depending on the program level. 
  5. Receive internship placement information from our team.

Contact us to get started

Read about our two program levels

Meet some Step Up employers

Tree Trust

Pillsbury United Communities

American Institute of Architects

Boston Scientific

General Mills

Government including Hennepin County, City of Minneapolis, Minneapolis Parks and Recreation Board

Mercury Mosaics

Schools including Minneapolis Public Schools and University of Minnesota

Urban Strategies

Freek Geek Twin Cities



Invest in the future

Tell us how many interns you would like to host or hire this summer by submitting an interest or pledge form by March 31.

Contact us


Maryan Sharif-Abdinassir

Level 1 Program Manager

Minneapolis Employment and Training

Community Planning and Economic Development



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