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Name Location Program Description Requirements Deadline
Step Up Minneapolis We provide work-readiness training, paid internships and professional mentoring to over 1,600 Minneapolis youth each year in partnership with 200 top Twin Cities employers. Minneapolis residents between the ages of 14 and 21 (by June 1, 2019) who are eligible to work in the US and are not yet enrolled in college (PSEO is ok). Plus 1 other condition. Sun Feb 10
Right Track Saint Paul Right Track brings together the City of Saint Paul, the Saint Paul Public Schools, local businesses, and community-based organizations to provide employment opportunities and professional skills training for youth
  • Must live in the city of St. Paul
  • Must be 14 years old before June 1 and no older than 24 years old on Aug 31
  • Must have a barrier to employment
Thu Feb 28
Urban Scholars Minneapolis

Urban Scholars is a twelve week paid internship and includes formal leadership and professional development training. Scholars spend four days a week working on meaningful projects and work assignments alongside organizational leaders at one of our various host sites.

One day a week, Scholars come together as a cohort to learn and practice skills in leadership, professional development, small groups, and public speaking.

Must have completed their first year of post-secondary education before the start date of Urban Scholars 2019 Mon Feb 18
Genesys Works Ramsey County

Our Mission is to provide pathways to career success for high school students in underserved communities through skills training, meaningful work experiences, and impactful relationships.

We envision a future when all youth finish high school equipped and empowered with the knowledge and skills required to achieve career success and a lifetime of economic self-sufficiency.

Founded in 2002 Genesys Works has elevated high school students into the economic mainstream for 16 years through meaningful work experience and post-graduation support.

  • A high school junior who is on track to graduate.
  • Legally able to work in the U.S. and have valid documentation allowing you to do so.
  • At least 16 years of age by August 1 of your training year.
  • Able to work in the afternoons during your senior year in high school. Since this can conflict with other activities, you will have to make the choice before signing up with Genesys Works.
  • Recommended by your school counselor, principal or specialty teacher.
BrookLynk Brooklyn Center & Brooklyn Park Directed by the Cities of Brooklyn Center and Brooklyn Park, BrookLynk is a youth employment program dedicated to addressing our regional talent and workforce needs through a strategy that explicitly supports and invests in young people facing barriers to employment. BrookLynk is a program developed in partnership between the schools, cities, community partners and youth. BrookLynk is open to young people between the ages of 14-21 (by June 1, 2019) who meet the eligibility requirements for each programming component. For a full list of eligibility requirements and to know if you qualify. Thu Feb 28
Tree Trust Dakota, Washington, or Suburban Hennepin

Tree Trust hires approximately 250 youth, ages 14-21, each summer as part of the Youth Conservation Corps or for Individual Employment Experiences.

As part of the Youth Conservation Corps, participants work with crew leaders outside to complete park improvement projects that have real, lasting value to the community, including building retaining walls and staircases; installing paver patios; and planting trees.

Participants enrolled in Individual Employment Experiences are placed in jobs in schools, nonprofit organizations, and businesses throughout the Twin Cities working in the areas of retail, food service, childcare, custodial, and administrative assistance.

  • Be at least 14 years old and under 22 years old on date program begins.
  • Have low family income, special needs and/or other barriers to employment. See the Eligibility Fact Sheet for more information.
  • Live in Dakota, Washington, or suburban Hennepin County (not Minneapolis).
Thu Feb 28
Summer Youth Corps St. Croix Park

Summer Youth Corps participants (ages 15-18) add value to their communities, the environment and themselves through their dedicated service. This residential program will engage crew members in a rigorous program of work, education and training.

Crew members will work in crews of seven youth and two leaders to participate in 1-2 week environmental restoration "spike" projects. Spike projects are completed outside of the residential base and may include trail construction and maintenance, foot bridge building, landscaping, campsite development and invasive plant removal.

Crews will camp in tents and prepare their own meals. All work projects are completed outside, even during hot or cold weather and in rain (except in unsafe conditions such as lightning).

Must be 15-18 years old on session start date. Due to child labor laws, no exceptions can be made.  
Serve Minnesota AmeriCorps Metro and Statewide ServeMinnesota provides AmeriCorps grants to organizations across the state that focus on a wide variety of issues, including educational achievement, economic opportunity, environmental protection, addiction recovery, and police-community relationships. Depends on the AmeriCorp program. Please see each program for specific requirements and preferred qualifications. Most programs starts in September
Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board - Teen Teamworks Minneapolis

Teen Teamworks helps teens ages 14-18 acquire relevant job skills and perspective through hands-on MPRB project work and training. Youth receive supervised on-the-job training, work readiness sessions, educational services, and earn a bi-weekly paycheck.

Participants acquire knowledge and skills appropriate to specific careers and general work expectations related to promptness, commitment and persistence that can serve them in whatever career they may choose. Helping young teens gain appreciation for the connection between academic, social, judgment and job skills is an ongoing focus for Teen Teamworks.

MN State Department of Transportation - PHOENIX Statewide where there are DOT offices

The Phoenix Program is a partnership between MnDOT and Project Lead The Way which provides student jobs and paid internships for high school students enrolled in science, technology, engineering or mathematics courses at area Project Lead the Way high schools.

The program also partners with local youth employment organizations including Step Up: Achieve, Right Track, and EMERGE. Students who do not attend a Project Lead the Way school but are participating in one of our other partner programs are also eligible for the program.

By working at various MnDOT offices and districts statewide, Phoenix interns students gain on-the-job work experience in a variety of areas.

  • Students must be enrolled in a Project Lead the Way high School, or participating in Step Up, Right Track or EMERGE Youth Employment programs.
  • Must be taking (or have taken) Project Lead the Way classes
  • Must have completed junior year and going into senior year of high school
  • Must have at least a 3.0 GPA
MN State Department of Transportation – SEEDS Statewide where there are DOT offices

DOT's Seeds Program provides paid college-level student worker positions to highly motivated minority or economically disadvantaged college students, students who are recently separated veterans, students with disabilities or female students in S.T.E.M or non-tradition fields of study.

As a participant in this program, students will gain firsthand knowledge and experience by working in the real world with professionals in a variety of fields. Day-to-day opportunities include participating in meetings and training classes, as well as networking with industry professionals in your chosen field of study.

MnDOT launched the Seeds Program in 1993 to help the workforce better reflect the communities MnDOT serves. Since then MnDOT has placed many successful program students into permanent, full-time positions.

  • Must be a college level student in one of the following categories: (1) minority (2) economically disadvantaged (3) recently separated veteran (4) student with a disability or (5) female student in S.T.E.M or non-tradition field of study.
  • Be legally eligible to work in the United States
  • Be a student at a college, university, technical or trade school taking a minimum of six semester credits or nine quarter credits
  • Be in pursuit of a major related to MnDOT's needs
  • Have a minimum GPA of 2.5 (3.0 for engineering majors)
  • Have at least one year or more left before graduation
Openings posted year round.
HECUA Local & Global

HECUA offers off-campus academic programs that provide students opportunities to do integrative intellectual, political, and artistic work in support of movements for social justice, peace, and environmental sustainability in the U.S. and abroad.

HECUA designs credit-earning programs for college undergraduates, employing a philosophy of education that speaks openly of values of justice in our classrooms and communities. During their semester abroad or off-campus here in the United States, HECUA students build the skills, knowledge, and networks they need to be engaged citizens and active changemakers.

Students apply what they learn in the classroom to their work in the field, spending up to 200 hours in a supported internship developed by their host organization. HECUA faculty and internship supervisors work as co-teachers, helping students explore the link between theory and practice.

  • Students from any college or university in the United States, in any field, are welcome on HECUA programs.
  • Students are eligible to participate in a HECUA program if:
    • they have completed their first year of college in a degree-seeking program,
    • they meet both HECUA's and their home institution's GPA requirements for off-campus study (HECUA's GPA requirement is 2.5 or higher, although students with a lower GPA may petition for approval), and
    • they meet the requirements for off-campus study set by their home college or university.

Study USA: April 15th for Fall and Summer Programs; December 1st for Spring Programs

Study Abroad: March 15th for Fall Programs; November 1 for Spring and January Programs

The BrandLab Twin Cities Metropolitan

The BrandLab classroom program offers students innovative and hands on in-class curriculum developed and taught by industry professionals.

In partnership with a licensed teacher, a BrandLab Instructor collaboratively moves through the comprehensive 6 to 10 week long BrandLab curriculum where students will be introduced to brainstorming, problem-solving and creativity through the lens of marketing. Our hands-on approach ensures that students will learn the marketing process by executing a full-scale, holistic, creative campaign. Our program emphasizes access and exposure. We provide exposure to students by interacting with industry professionals through classroom volunteers and field trips.

Students who complete The BrandLab course will:

  • Gain experiential understanding of how to create successful marketing based in strategy, emphasizing target audience, key message, tone, branding, and tactics.
  • Participate in off-site field trips to experience the professional environment of the marketing and advertising industry.
  • Be given access to sought-after internships, scholarships, and valuable networking opportunities.
Attend and complete The BrandLab's course curriculum at one of the listed partner schools:
  • AGAPE High School
  • Bloomington Kennedy High School
  • Como Park Senior High School
  • Edison High School
  • FAIR High School
  • Harding Senior High School
  • Highview Alternative Learning Center
  • Hopkins High School
  • Johnson Senior High School
  • Minneapolis Community and Technical College
  • MTS High School
  • North Community High School
  • Open World Learning Community
  • Park Center High School
  • Patrick Henry High School
  • Richfield High School
  • Robbinsdale Armstrong High School
  • Robbinsdale Cooper High School
  • Roosevelt High School
  • Saint Paul College
  • South High School
  • Washington Technology Magnet School
  • Wayzata High School

Students not in partner schools may contact for special referral.

After completion of course, students are invited to apply to Summer Internships.

Requirements for internship are:

  • Must be 17 years old by the beginning of the internship, June 1, 2019
  • A person with a Ethnic and Socioeconomic background
Opens in mid-February and closes in early-March.
Rêve Academy 5 School Districts in MN

Rêve Academy creates marketable talent by combining immersive coursework with real-world experience.

First, we partner with schools to deliver our methodology to over 1,000 students a year. Then promising students have the opportunity to intern at Rêve Academy, where they earn a wage and learn new skills while operating Student-Run Businesses.

We engage students in classrooms with our coursework and methodology, and then on site with our paid internships. Over time, students become proficient in business, technology, and design skills so they're prepared to enter high-demand fields. Student also have the opportunity to refine their professional skills: achievement, agility, authenticity, collaboration, empathy, and ingenuity.

  • Must participate in classroom activities in participating partner schools.
  • After completion of curriculum, invitation will be sent to select participants to Rêve's student lead business.
Applications opens in June.
U LEAD: Young Adult Employment Program Ramsey County

U LEAD (Learn, Earn, Attain, Develop) helps young adults, ages 14-24, prepare for future careers by helping them gain skills, confidence and experience in the world of work.

U LEAD participants work with employment counselors to reach their education and employment goals. While engaged with U LEAD, young adults can:

  • Explore career options.
  • Get assistance finishing high school, a GED or college.
  • Apply for college and financial aide.
  • Learn how to search for and secure a job.
  • Get placed in a paid work experience for the summer.
Between the ages of 18-24 and lives in Ramsey County but not Saint Paul.  
MN Historical Society - Teen Action Group (TAG) Saint Paul The Teen Action Group is a school-year long program that helps introduce high school students to museums, what they do, and how communities are represented. Together, they will research underrepresented histories, organize events, and present their findings in new ways. This program uses historical knowledge and resources to learn about current events and issues affecting Minnesota's diverse communities.View flyer here.   Applications for TAG are closed for the year. Please check back for applications for the 2019-2020 program season.
Gillette Children's Specialty Healthcare – Student Summer Volunteers Saint Paul Our summer volunteer program is for teens age 16 and 17. The program runs for eight weeks from mid-June through mid-August
  • Be 16 or 17 years of age (applicants over 18 please apply for our adult hospital and clinic volunteer opportunities).
  • Be able to volunteer for three hours, once a week, for the entire eight-week summer program.
  • Attend a personal interview at the hospital.
  • Attend a volunteer orientation session in May.
  • Be available to volunteer during weekday hours.
  • Be comfortable interacting with children who have disabilities.
  • Commit to maintaining patient confidentiality.
  • Provide documentation of a TST (Mantoux) test.
  • Provide vaccination information.
Applications are only open from March 1 to March 14.
Three Rivers Park - Pathways Internship Hennepin County

The Pathways Internship program provides meaningful, hands-on opportunities for students and youth, primarily in the first-tier communities of Hennepin County, to explore the exciting possibilities of a career in parks and recreation.

Three Rivers Park District offers a variety of opportunities through the Pathways Internship program, including Outdoor Education, Recreation, Park Maintenance, Community Engagement and more. Pathways is a paid internship opportunity.

Disability Rights Storytellers Fellowship National

The Disability Rights Storytellers Fellowship managed by Rooted in Rights and AAPD provides the opportunity for individuals with disabilities to learn and apply skills in digital media storytelling, and to connect with media professionals to prepare participants for advanced careers in media production, journalism, online advocacy, or digital design. The project combines hands-on training in cutting-edge technologies with a strong foundation in developing each individual's voice and using story-driven videos in advocacy

Examples of past Storytellers

Upon admission to the program, Rooted in Rights will send a pre-tested, pre-assembled video production kit to the Fellows. The fellowship kicks off with orientation sessions in which Rooted in Rights creative professionals and AAPD staff lead workshops on the history of disability justice, current policy issues, and the media's role in the disability rights movement as well as technical workshops focused on video technique, script writing, digital storytelling, basic camera composition, and video editing.

The Fellows will begin using their kit and gain valuable hands-on experience right away. During the 6-month fellowship period, Fellows are expected to write and film two 3-4 minute videos. At every step in the process, the Fellows are a part of the Rooted in Rights production team – receiving feedback and guidance while being challenged creatively to make the videos as engaging as possible while also meeting the standards for quality and universal accessibility that all of our video projects demand. The Fellows will have the opportunity to ask questions and Rooted in Rights professionals will be available for one-on-one mentoring. At the beginning of the fellowship, Rooted in Rights will work with each Fellow to arrange a schedule for choosing video topics, developing a production plan, filming, and editing to ensure timely completion of both videos.

In addition to hands-on workshops, the Fellows will participate in video chats and Q&As with media professionals, including people with disabilities, to receive advice on how to break into the media industry. AAPD will also work to connect the Fellows to internships and employment opportunities. Because work in the Storytellers Fellowship is not a full-time commitment and can be completed from anywhere, the Fellows would have the opportunity to begin work or internships simultaneously .

  • Hold a strong interest in disability rights advocacy and pursuing that work through digital media storytelling. NOTE: Applicants are not required to have prior experience producing digital media.
  • Be able to commit to fully participate in the fellowship and meet all deadlines. Time commitments include Orientation sessions, digital meetings with media professionals, and weekly check-ins.
  • Identify as a person with a disability. You will not be required to disclose your specific disability; however, your application for this program will signify that you consider yourself a person with a disability. NOTE: This is a program run specifically for people with disabilities by the American Association of People with Disabilities (AAPD) and Rooted in Rights. Those selected for this program will be involved in various disability-focused activities and associated with AAPD and Rooted in Rights as a Disability Rights Storytellers Fellow.
  • College students with disabilities are encouraged to apply; however this is not an academic Fellowship and is not restricted to college students. All individuals with disabilities who hold a strong interest in disability rights advocacy and who can commit to the time requirements are eligible to apply. This Fellowship can serve as a professional development opportunity for individuals who are already employed.
Microsoft Ninja Camp Seattle, WA Microsoft NINJA Camp will prepare current seventh, eighth, ninth, and tenth grade students with disabilities for future careers in tech by providing training in an inclusive and fun environment. It's a multi-day experience that provides an in-depth look at Microsoft and the diverse careers available in tech. Participants will:
  • Learn digital skills using Microsoft products
  • Connect with Microsoft employees with disabilities in the workplace
  • Grow in confidence by leveraging personal strengths
  • Train to join the next generation of Accessibility community leaders
Must be in HS 9-12 grade and also identifies as a person with a disability. Friday February 1st 2019 (Closed)
Silicon North Stars Minneapolis Saint Paul

Founded in 2013, the mission of Silicon North Stars is to inspire and educate young Minnesotans to become future leaders in technology. We focus on equipping a select group of high potential, rising ninth graders from underserved communities in Minnesota with the inspiration and community they need to pursue careers in technology. We do this through two unique programming tracks.

First, we bring each new class of Silicon North Stars to Silicon Valley for a one-week long tech camp.

The second programming track for Silicon North Stars - meeting regularly with tech companies and startups in the Twin Cities.

  • Silicon North Stars chooses 16 students per year to enter our annual class. We do so through our partners in the Twin Cities:
    • The STEP-UP program in Minneapolis, and Humboldt High School and Washington Technology Magnet High School in St. Paul.
    • If you're a student who's been accepted into STEP-UP, Humboldt, or Washington Technology Magnet, please contact your administrator to find out how to apply for the program.
We are not accepting public applications at this time.
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