Step-Up summer internship program kicks off 13th year

The City of Minneapolis’ youth internship program has started its 13th summer, placing 1,700 youth in paid internships at more than 230 government agencies, companies and nonprofits throughout the metro.

Since its start in 2004, the program has provided nearly 21,000 internship opportunities to young people who often face barriers to employment, including youth from low-income families, youth of color and young people with disabilities.

Step-Up has programs tailored to youth based on their age, experience and English speaking skills. Typically the interns work about 20 to 32 hours a week for eight weeks during the summer.

“Today the City of Minneapolis gained a whole lot of genius,” said Mayor Betsy Hodges. “Each and every one of our new interns has unique talents they bring to the table; we are so excited to have them join our team. I hope they gain valuable skills and insight that will set them up for success in their professional careers.”

Step-Up Interns at Wheel Fun Rentals. Photo courtesy the City of Minneapolis
Step-Up interns at Wheel Fun Rentals. Photo courtesy the City of Minneapolis

Amy Kramer Brenegen, project director for the Office of Minority and Women Inclusion at the Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis, said the Fed is excited to welcome another Step-Up intern for the summer.

“Our interns give us an inspiring preview of our future workforce here at the Fed and in the Twin Cities: bright, motivated leaders who have a rich variety of skills, talents and life experiences to share with us,” she said. “As we prepare for our summer intern, we’re thinking about how the work of our past Step-Up interns has helped us throughout the year. We learn as much from them as they do from us.”

At the end of the summer, the interns gather with their supervisors and other program supporters at the Guthrie Theater Aug. 18 for a celebration.

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