Step Up

Robust internship program for juniors and seniors in Hamilton County public schools

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Our College and Career Success work supports students' exploration of post-secondary options by providing access to programs, higher education, workforce opportunities, and resources so they reach their fullest potential and live successful lives.

Our strong collaboration with families, schools, and community partners is integral to the success of our students achieving their goals.

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Organizations hosting STEP-UP interns will build relationships with a pool of talented, diverse future employees while filling job vacancies and demonstrating a commitment to improving the lives of at-risk youth. Students will have opportunities to explore careers while developing work skills, as well as to network with adult professionals who can help them achieve educational and professional goals.

We are actively seeking partnerships with local organizations who want to hire STEP-UP interns. Please contact Jeff Rector or complete the contact form for more information.


STEP-UP Chattanooga will recruit local high school students and provide work readiness training designed to help them be successful in interviews and professional settings. Subsequently, 175 students will be hired by area businesses, nonprofit agencies, and public institutions where they will complete meaningful assignments over the summer of 2020. Throughout the experience, students will receive support and feedback from STEP-UP staff and supervisors at their place of employment.

STEP-UP Chattanooga is modeled on the nationally-recognized STEP-UP Minneapolis program, which has served over 20,000 students since 2004. 96% of STEP-UP Minneapolis supervisors reported that interns made a valuable contribution to the workplace and the program was a success at their company.

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