FAQ’s 2017-07-07T17:45:11+00:00


Who should I contact regarding volunteering? 2017-08-24T09:12:29+00:00

Craig Britton is the lead coach and program coordinator. Please complete our volunteer interest form, or if you have questions, contact him at [email protected] or 612-599-9402.

Why volunteer with UpTurnships? 2017-08-24T09:12:02+00:00

UpTurnships is a volunteer run and volunteer driven organization with a passion for helping under-resourced, diverse college students become the best new hires. Our volunteers will tell you the students are amazing, the volunteers inspiring, and that they can see they make a difference as a volunteer. Read a few of our many volunteer stories.

What are the most needed volunteer roles? 2017-08-24T09:11:35+00:00

UpTurnships is planning to expand to two groups of UpTurns in 2018. Additional volunteers for all roles are needed. Most urgent are 1) primary coaches for summer 2018, 2) subject matter experts for training during late May and early June, 2018, 3) volunteers for sudent applicant screening and resume preparation this Sep-Nov, 2017, and 4) developing the system for scaling our curriculum and coaching delivery (Aug-Oct, 2017).

What volunteer roles are available and what is the time commitment required? 2017-08-24T09:11:01+00:00

Volunteers actually deliver the vast majority of the UpTurnships program. There are many roles available. Volunteer roles vary depending on the time of year. We highly value diversity of volunteers – in race and ethnicity, in professional experience and skills, in thinking. Below are specific roles, the time of year this role is needed (which varies), and the general time commitment for each role.

1) Interview and screen student applicants to the UpTurnships Program (8 days, Aug – Nov. Volunteers are needed 4-8 hours for each day of interviews. Volunteers may select 1 or more interview dates.)

2) Coach student applicants on resume’ building for internships (4-6 sessions, Aug – Nov. Volunteers are needed 2-4 hours for each resume building session. Volunteers may select 1 or more resume building sessions.)

3) Coach student applicants on interviewing for internships (4-6 sessions, Aug – Nov. Volunteers are needed 2-4 hours for each interview preparation session. Volunteers may select 1 or more interview preparation sessions.)

4) Recruit employers who will provide internships. Volunteers build relationships with company’s HR departments and identify champions who will support UpTurnship. The recruiting calendar starts in July and goes as late as February of the following year. The time commitment is not perfectly predictable, and can range from 2-15 hours per week. The most intensive time is August – November. (Contact Julie Burrows for additional information.)

5) Subject Matter Experts – train UpTurns in specific soft business skill areas (2-4 hours in-class training plus preparation time, Late May – Mid-August. Most training is completed in late May and early June.) Subject matter experts teach subjects such as business etiquette, Strengthsfinders 2.0, business writing, public speaking, problem solving, project management, networking, interview preparation, and career path planning. Link to 2018 UpTurnships Program Calendar.

6A) Act as a primary coach to UpTurns helping them succeed in their internships and define their career path forward (8-12 days, June – Mid-August. Coaches primarily work with UpTurns 8 Fridays between early June and mid-August. Coaches also commit to act as mentors after the program for a period of 1-2 years. Coach training is two days in early June.) Two coaches are assigned to an UpTurn group of 5-7 students for the duration of the summer program. Contact Craig Britton for additional details.

6B) Act as a substitute coach when primary coaches cannot be available (, Fridays, June – Mid-August) Many primary coaches also still work professionally, and occasionally substitute coaches are needed. Substitute coaches can participate for 2-3 hours up to a full day on the day they substitute. Contact Craig Britton for additional details.

7) Coach UpTurns on career path options in specific functional areas (2 hours, mid-August). Conduct workshops on potential career pathsin different functional areas, such as finance/accounting, marketing, business analytics, operations, HR, etc.

8) Conduct 30-minute mock interviews with 6-8 UpTurns (Mid-August).

9) Participate in a speed networking event, helping UpTurns build their professional networks (Mid-August).

10) Help support and maintain UpTurnships software systems – web site, CRM, applicant management, document management. (Year ’round) Contact Craig Britton or Marshall Mullet for more information.

11) Donor and grant development (Year ’round) Help coordinate donor drives and events, identify potential grantors, or complete grant applications. Contact Craig Britton for more information.

12) Curriculum strategy and delivery planning. (Aug – Nov). Assist in adapting our current curriculum, calendar and delivery to a system that is scalable to multiple classes of UpTurns. Contact Craig Britton for additional information.

What does it cost to have an intern with UpTurnships? 2017-07-14T13:06:23+00:00

There are two costs involved. The first costs is paid to the intern. You are the employer and hire the intern. We require that interns are paid at least $10/hour for thirteen weeks in the summer. This time includes both time at the internship and time at the UpTurnships’ training days. The second cost is a participation fee paid to Upturnships. This is a fee that supports the recruiting of candidates and development of the training program. Please contact your UpTurnships’ representative to confirm the fee in your industry.

How do I get free business clothes for the interview? If I don’t have an interview outfit, what do I do? 2017-07-10T14:09:31+00:00

One interview outfit is available to men and women, referred to by UpTurnships. Your interview will provide potential dates to “shop” for clothes.

How do we keep in touch? 2017-07-10T14:08:58+00:00

It’s the students responsibility on agreed upon items, and to periodically check in with the same person who interviewed them. So make sure you have their contact information.

What do I need to wear to an interview? 2017-07-10T14:08:39+00:00

Business attire is appropriate. Women: a dress, skirt, nice slacks, conservative top / jacket & moderate accessories. Men: Plain shirt and slacks, jacket or tie (a suit is not required, but if you have one – wear it).

Is a car required? 2017-07-10T14:08:07+00:00

No, there are some jobs available in the TC (vs. suburbs), but that will limit the # of jobs to which you can apply.

If I’m not a US citizen, can I apply? 2017-09-20T12:45:37+00:00

Employers dictate the requirements, and most of them require US citizenship. However, if you are in the process of securing your US citizenship, please apply.

How do I qualify? 2017-07-10T14:07:30+00:00

You must be referred by a trusted source. We prioritize first generation college students, who are paying for more than 50% of their college costs through work, loans, & scholarships. Lastly, we seek reputable candidates who fit the employer requirements.

Can I apply next year if I am not accepted this summer? 2017-07-10T14:07:02+00:00

Yes, as long as you are not a graduating senior next summer.

What majors are accepted? 2017-07-10T14:06:43+00:00

Business majors, i.e. finance, accounting, IT, HR, Supply Chain, Operations, Analytics/math; Marketing, Sales, Graphics, Communications.

What year must I be to apply? 2017-07-10T14:06:02+00:00

We are seeking candidates who will have the status of Sophomore or Junior next summer. On occasion we accept Freshman, but we will not take a senior, unless they will NOT graduate until the fall semester.

What are the steps? 2017-07-10T14:05:27+00:00

Upon the completion of your application, resume, and StrengthsFinder, 1. You will be contacted by an interviewer from UpTurnships to review your application; and to discuss your SF skills. 2. Prior to your interview, read the UpTurnships overview, and form questions to ask your interivewer about the UpT training program, or internships. 3. Typically candidates need to work with us to revise and target your resume. 4. Select potential positions from the system and interview with a potential employer. 5. Upon receiving a job offer, you will be in the UpTurnships class.

When will I get an interview? 2017-07-10T14:04:58+00:00

There are two steps in the interview process: 1. the UpTurnships interview will be scheduled once you complete the application, SF and resume, it will trigger a notice to call you to screen you over the phone (or Skype). 2. Once the UpTurnships interviewer has confirmed you are ready, you will be able to select from a pool of potential employer positions. If the potential employer selects you, you will be contacted by them to make arrangements for an interview.

Do I need to write a cover letter? 2017-07-10T14:03:21+00:00

It’s not required, but it will differentiate you from other candidates.

Do I need to submit a resume now, then update it on the new form? 2017-07-10T14:02:45+00:00

You cannot be interviewed until your are ready with all components, so only submit your final resume. This minimizes the time to coach you during the interview, thus reducing the time needed.

How is StrengthsFinder used? Why is it necessary? 2017-07-25T10:41:50+00:00

We help candidate learn how to talk about their talents and skills to a potential employer, but using this 3rd party, credible source.

Can I use the StrengthsFinder or StrengthsQuest I took a few years ago? 2017-07-10T14:01:59+00:00


Can I apply with out taking StrengthsFinder? 2017-07-25T10:42:15+00:00

You can complete any section and return to finish other sections. However, the system will not trigger a notice unless all 3 segments are completed.

Is there a GPA requirement? 2017-07-10T14:00:35+00:00

No, not for UpTurnships, but some employers have a GPA requirement.

Can I start an application, and come back to it later to complete it? 2017-07-10T14:00:18+00:00

Yes, the application will save all completed items.

How do I calculate the debt I’ll have at graduation? 2017-07-10T13:59:25+00:00

A rough estimate based on your current debt x number of years left in college, minus any adjustments of income / grants etc…

How do I calculate the % I pay for college? 2017-07-10T13:58:47+00:00

If you have secured scholarships, or you are working to pay for expenses, or responsible for a college loan – that total is attributed to you. The balance is the amount your parents pay.

How do you find your potential interns? What colleges do you recruit from? If I want you to recruit from a certain college, can you do that? 2017-06-29T22:05:52+00:00

All UpTurnships’ candidates come from our long-term, trusted sources who have a proven record of sending us motivated, high potential applicants. The large majority of our candidates attend Minnesota Private Colleges. While we continually review sources, we are not adding additional colleges for 2018.

What if I have an intern and I want to send them to your program? 2017-06-29T22:04:56+00:00

We accept strong referrals for candidates that are highly motivated. Space is limited as we plan for 2018 so please discuss your needs with your UpTUrnships contact or contact [email protected].

How many candidates will I be able to interview for each open position? 2017-07-14T13:04:46+00:00

We aim for at least 3 solid candidates for each job, but often have more qualified candidates. We discuss the process and number of candidates with you prior to sending you resumes.

How do I find graduating alumni that I can hire? 2017-06-29T22:03:48+00:00

We welcome our partner employers’ requests to share open positions with our Alumni network. Just send these requests to your UpTurnships contact or [email protected].

What if I want the intern to work in the fall? i.e. beyond the summer program? 2017-07-14T13:05:21+00:00

You are at liberty to make arrangements to work with the intern after the UpTurnships’ summer program. Most UpTurns receive offers to continue working into the fall.

Can you recruit a student for me for Spring semester? 2017-07-14T13:05:54+00:00

No, we are only a summer training program at this time. However, we can refer you to an alum of the program for spring internships or full-time hires

How specific can I be about the requirements for the summer intern? (Technical skills, citizenship, age, diversity will be specified) 2017-06-29T22:02:23+00:00

You will have a chance to discuss your needs upfront, prior to our Match Team sending you qualified candidates.

What type of students can I see? i.e. majors, diversity, etc. 2017-12-04T11:51:41+00:00

We recruit motivated students interested in business careers. We see majors in Economics, Business (Marketing, Analytics, Finance/Accounting, Management, Operations/Supply Chain), Stem (Math, Statistics) and Liberal Arts.
We seek students who must have a paid internship in the summer. Most in our group pay for 80-100% of college costs through work/work study, scholarships, and student loans. 77% are people of color, 35% are first generation college students and 27% have English as a 2nd language.