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Why We Exist

Attack the issue: more Paid Internships & Training

Rising tuition and record student loan debt. Too many unpaid internships. Over 50% of college grads unemployed or taking jobs that don’t require a degree.

We said: “That’s unacceptable.” 

In 2014, a group of business executives founded UpTurnships and attacked these issues. Volunteering their time, they began:

  • Recruiting new sources of motivated, diverse college students.
  • Partnering with Twin Cities’ employers for paid internships.
  • Delivering 150+ hours of business training and coaching to these deserving students.

Program alumni have responded. 86% have jobs in their field at graduation and provide a strong talent pipeline for Twin Cities employers.

Now we say: “That’s exceptional. Keep going.”

Our Mission
0 Alums
89% People of Color, 71% First Generation, 100% Motivated
Receive offers to continue working in their internships into the fall
Have full-time job in their field two months after graduation
Of UpTurns agree that UpTurnships training will help them find professional work prior to graduation

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Partner with us Today

One of our values is “We are trusted up-partners.” We use gifts of time and support wisely. Contact us today to learn more and help us reach even more students.