“There’s got to be something more.”

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 also included the cost of lodging, travel, transportation AND provided a living stipend?

STEPUP and turn your dreams into reality!

  • 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 for 2025 are NOW OPEN!



(From Top Left); Yakntoro “Yaki” Udoumoh, Class of 2022; Amy Salter, Class of 2023; Alexcia Pugh, Class of 2024; Ashley Grayson, Class of 2023; (Bottom Left); Erin Lee, Class of 2022 and Erica C. Paul, Class of 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.

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