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Employment Services

City of Minneapolis Internship Opportunities

The City of Minneapolis offers opportunities for students to explore a variety of careers through paid internships and/or in school program internships for credit.

Conversations Corps

Conservation Corps Minnesota’s afterschool program, Youth Outdoors, connects urban teens to the natural environment through hands-on conservation and neighborhood beautification projects. It empowers young people to become active, engaged citizens and leaders.

EMERGE Community Development

EMERGE offers a variety of different programs for youth in North Minneapolis including North 4, which creates pathways to success for gang/clique involved young men, ages 16-21; Pathways, which helps prep high school juniors and seniors for college and beyond; and it Year Round Youth Education & Employment Program, which provides youth with internships and part-time jobs during the school year.

Fresh Start Program

Fresh Start provides education and employment services for young adult ex-offenders, ages 14 to 24, who live in Hennepin County. Some of the supports the program offers include GED preparation and/or post-secondary education planning, short-term training, service learning, employment placement services, intensive case management, mentoring, expungement services, and on-going support for up to one year. North Minneapolis: Contact or 612-752-8520; South Minneapolis: Contact or 612-752-8804


HIRED offers youth ages 14-24 year around Employment and Training opportunities. HIRED’s Minneapolis program is a WIOA program funded by the City of Minneapolis. Our core services are Basic Skills Assistance, Work Readiness training, Occupational skills training, Leadership development opportunities, Positive work experience, assistance in obtaining a GED or Diploma, Supportive services, Development of career goals, Exploration of post-secondary options, and Financial literacy services. Participants work one on one with a HIRED counselor to help them navigate the success of their personalized plans.

Job Corps

Job Corps is a free residential training program sponsored by the Department of Labor. Since 1964 it has been helping economically disadvantaged youth get their GED or HSD as well as learn a Trade. The program is for youth and young adults 16 to 24 year olds.

Pillsbury United Communities - Community Culinary Arts

PUC's Community Culinary Arts Fast-Track Program offers training to high school seniors interested in entering in to the field of culinary arts as well as those seeking employment or simply trying to build their resume. Upon completion of the program each student will receive a 120-hour paid summer internship with either AgraCulture Café, Open Arms of MN, Seward Co-Op, Café Southside or Waite House Southside Kitchen and Catering Department.

Prepare + Prosper

Prepare + Prosper (P+P) is a local nonprofit organization that provides free tax preparation, financial services, and financial coaching to individuals and families. Their IRS-certified volunteers will get you the maximum refund. P+P is based in St. Paul year-round and operates eight free tax preparation sites during the tax season.

Public Allies

Each year Public Allies partners with AmeriCorps to give over 600 diverse individuals in 23 communities an opportunity to join our intensive 10-month program that starts in the fall and runs through summer. The organization seeks applicants who have college degrees, as well as those who don’t.

The American Indian OIC

The American Indian OIC (AIOIC) offers a program for young people of American Indian descent. Native Youth Works, a program funded by the City of Minneapolis, which helps Natives ages 18-21 explore future career interests through online programs, employment planning and potentially paid internships.

Tree Trust's Job Prep

Tree Trust's Job Prep programs help young people ages 16-24 chart a positive direction for their future. With guidance from trained staff, young people have the opportunity to obtain work experience, employment training, college and career coaching, and other support services to help navigate their journey to self-sufficiency.