Do you ever think there’s got to be something more? Are you seeking to gain an understanding of, relevant skills in, and hands-on training in the craft spirits industry? Are you ready to enter a vibrant entrepreneurial community? Do you want to challenge yourself with a comprehensive, hands-on educational experience? What if we designed a program that fulfilled your dream, that also included an annual living stipend? STEPUP and turn your dreams into reality!

Eligibility for Interns:

  • A member of an underrepresented or underserved demographic
  • U.S. Citizen or able to demonstrate proof of eligibility to work in the U.S. with a green card or work permit/visa
  • 21 years of age or older
  • Have earned at least a high school degree or its equivalent
  • Acceptance of a background check in states which allow
  • Willingness to commit to up to one year of training
  • Commitment to following procedures, including health protocols, at each individual distillery/wholesaler in which the intern is placed
  • Agree to serve in a graduate alumni group

Applications ARE NOW OPEN for the 2024 year!

*Applications for 2024 will open April 15th, 2023 at 12:00am EST and close on September 15th, 2023 at 12:00am EST.*

APPLY TODAY at the link below:



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.

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