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. 82% 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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Success Stories

Hear from our inspiring Alums


What’s Up? News from UpTurnships

Partners with VHEDC

UpTurnships is proud to be working with the VHEDC to secure paying internships for hard working, under resources college students

UpTurnships’ Team is in the News!

The Sun Current captures the original team’s reason for starting Upturnships. Thank you to Ann Burckhardt for connecting us with writer Andrew Wig. Enjoy reading about UpTurnships’ history!