The alcohol beverage sector captures the best of what Americans offer within a manufacturing community: passion, innovation, creativity, collaboration, independence, a marriage of skills and disciplines, and outreach among multiple industries from agriculture, to hospitality and tourism, to marketing and sales to industrial processes.
The pipeline to recruit qualified candidates is narrow. Underrepresented communities may lack knowledge or training to access this beverage sector.
The purpose of STEPUP is to increase talent through facilitation of workplace diversity. Specifically, STEPUP, working with distilleries and wholesalers throughout the United States, will provide a comprehensive, hands-on training program with a living stipend and provide job exposure for those of different races, color, national origins, genders, and sexual orientations.
Successful interns will bring passion, motivation, and an ability to immerse in a program for up to a year, which will expose candidates to all facets of owning and operating a distillery, including working with a distributor.
To provide underserved and underrepresented individuals with hands-on training and education, encouragement, and opportunities to enter the spirits community through a comprehensive internship program like no other in the alcohol beverage industry.
To diversify the spirits & distilling industry – one face at a time – by providing a hands-on, comprehensive internship program for underrepresented professionals.
A comprehensive education and training program to introduce candidates to the major segments of America’s small businesses whose focus is on the production of spirits. Applications ARE NOW OPEN June 1st, 2022 – October 1st for the 2023 year!*
*Application closing extended from September 1st to October 1st, 2022!