Do you often listen to your friends and colleagues and offer advice?

Are you a natural at providing encouragement?

Are you able to be objective while being compassionate?

If so, the industry needs you, it’s time to STEPUP to the plate!

  • Volunteer your time to serve as a mentor for a STEPUP intern for a minimum of one year.
  • Will act as an advisor to interns by providing coaching, feedback, and other support
  • Must work in some capacity in the spirits industry. Training materials will be provided to the mentor.
  • Passion, willingness, and time guide and coach the intern throughout the internship. No experience required
  • Mentors must have experience in the hospitality industry
Applications ARE NOW OPEN for the 2024 year!

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

*The NEW deadline for Applications for 2024 has now been EXTENDED and will close on
October 7th, 2023 at 12:00am EST.





Applications will be reviewed and vetted by the Selection Committee with final selection and invitation from the STEPUP Board of Directors. The timeline is currently under development.

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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