STEP-UP Chattanooga builds tomorrow's workforce today by connecting businesses with high school interns who will be our next generation of talented workers.
STEP-UP Chattanooga will place 175 Hamilton County working-age students in paid internships with Chattanooga companies and public agencies, providing work readiness training, on-the-job experience, professional mentors, advanced career opportunities and ongoing support. All STEP-UP Chattanooga students will be employed by companies and organizations that require them to be legally eligible to work in the United States.
STEP-UP Chattanooga is modeled after the nationally recognized STEP-UP Achieve program in Minneapolis, which has served more than 20,000 students since 2004. Ninety-six percent (96%) of STEP-UP Achieve supervisors reported that interns made a valuable contribution to the workplace and the program was a success at their company.
2020 STEPUP EMPLOYERS
Thank You to the employers that have committed to hiring our interns!
Baker, Donelson, Bearman, Caldwell & Berkowitz
Bantam & Biddy Chattanooga
Bessie Smith Cultural Center
Chambliss, Bahner and Stophel
Chattanooga Area Chamber of Commerce
Chattanooga Autism Center
Chattanooga Publishing Company
Chattanooga State Community College
Why You Should Be a Part of STEP-UP Chattanooga
"Because of that internship, I got to help my mother pay bills, put food on the table and be the one for her to rely on..."
STEP-UP Intern Angelica Moline
"Our intern was dependable, willing to learn, helpful, and kind. He helped with everything you asked in a timely and courteous way. He was eager to learn and always dressed and acted professionally."
2017 STEP-UP Employer
"I want to thank them so much for their sacrifice of time, energy, and money to develop and invest in us young people."
STEP-UP Intern Jaehwui Kim
"She was professional, curious and a joy. Our customers loved her, as did her co-workers. She was quick to learn, always asked questions to ensure she completed task to the best of her ability and had a wonderful attitude. We would love to have her back at the library."
2017 STEP-UP Employer