DSPs & Wholesalers

Are you willing to open your doors to an inquisitive learner from an underrepresented community? Do you want to help us diversify the spirits industry? Is your expertise and desire to share knowledge available for an 8-12 week period, at no cost to you (STEPUP Foundation pays the living stipend for the intern)?

If so, it’s time to STEPUP!

Eligibility for Distilleries & Wholesalers:

  • Be a member of ACSA (Not a Member? Join ACSA to host!)
  • Willingness to host an intern for a period of 8-12 weeks
  • Able to demonstrate a formal safety program
  • Proof of distillery insurance and safety plan
  • Demonstrating strong industry experience in one of four areas: Operations, Sales, Marketing, Finance
  • Be willing to implement a hands-on training program
  • Commitment to assisting with lodging and the transportation for term of stay
  • Ability to designate a program instructor

Applications ARE NOW CLOSED for the 2023 year.

Please check back with us soon to find out when applications open for 2024!


Applications will be reviewed and vetted by the Selection Committee with final selection and invitation from the STEPUP Board of Directors and Advisory Board during the month of November 2022. Internships will begin in January 2023.

Awards & Reporting

Initially, two applicants per year will matriculate through the program. Growing the number of placements per year will be contingent on donor funding​, with the expectation of supporting 10+ interns per year​.

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