A STEP-UP Intern

Hire an intern and change a young person’s life. 

STEP-UP Chattanooga employers provide summer internships for 6-10 weeks at least 20 hours per week. Our 2019 internship program dates are May 20 to August 9, but are flexible to meet your needs. Interns will earn an hourly wage of at least $7.25 per hour.

To help sustain the STEP-UP program

The STEP-UP Chattanooga program has several different opportunities in which to invest.  No matter which level you choose, you can know that your investment is working to sustain a program that affords a life-changing opportunity to an underrepresented Hamilton County student and your investment will have a direct impact on Chattanooga’s workforce.

A STEP-UP Intern at a small or
minority-owned business

There are small businesses and non-profits in the Chattanooga area that would greatly benefit by having an intern, but do not have the budget to support one. Please consider sponsoring an intern for a small business or non-profit organization. Sponsoring an intern can range from $1000-$3000 depending on the hours the intern will work.

For more information, contact Jeff Rector at jrector@pefchattanooga.org or 648-4452.

Let's meet the people who've made STEP-UP Chattanooga happen.

Our Champion Investors are...

Committed to providing wonderful experiences for the students in:


Our Outstanding Sponsors and Dynamic Partners

STEP-UP Chattanooga Steering Committee
Scott Wilson, Director of Community Relations & Foundations, BlueCross BlueShield of Tennessee
Sarah Morgan, President, Benwood Foundation
Andy Berke, Mayor, City of Chattanooga
Dr. Dan Challener, President, Public Education Foundation
Jim Coppinger, Mayor, Hamilton County
Blake Freeman, Director, Future Ready Institutes, Hamilton County Department of Education
Christy Gillenwater, President & CEO, Chattanooga Area Chamber of Commerce
Stacy Lightfoot, Vice President of College & Career Success, Public Education Foundation
Mitch Patel, President & CEO, Vision Hospitality Group, Inc.
Keith Sanford, President & CEO, Tennessee Aquarium

Public Education Foundation

423.265.9832 fax

423.265.9403 phone

Chattanooga, TN 37402

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