History and leadership

Since 2003, Step Up has created over 34,000 high-quality internship opportunities.


We launched Step Up 2003 as a solution to workforce shortages and equity gaps. 

Today we:

  • Work with partners in 15 industries and multiple sectors
  • Recruit, train and place nearly 1,500 young people (ages 14-21) in paid internships at more than 100 employers each year
  • Connect more young people to jobs and career possibilities in our city than any other program

Current Leadership

Mayor of Minneapolis

  • Jacob Frey


  • R.T. Rybak, CEO and President of The Minneapolis Foundation
  • Jonathan Weinhagen, President and CEO of the Minneapolis Regional Chamber of Commerce




Contact us

Tammy Dickinson

Step Up Director

Minneapolis Employment and Training

Community Planning & Economic Development




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