Supporting Our Hometown


Science Training Encouragement Program

Applications for STEP are open until November 30th, 2022

3M STEP provides high school juniors of diverse backgrounds the opportunity to participate in the process of scientific discovery at one of the world’s leading corporations. Through mentoring by 3M volunteers, classroom instruction and summer experience in a 3M laboratory, 3M STEP students will learn, increase job skills, gain insight into scientific careers, and enhance their personal development. 

  • Student in lab for STEP
    Click the image above to hear about students' experiences with 3M STEP.

    How it works

    Students complete coursework and training to help prepare them for the paid, summer work experience at 3M.

    3M STEP is open to high school juniors within the St. Paul Public School (SPPS) District. Students apply for the program in the fall and are notified of acceptance in December.

    Apply Here

  • Eligibility

    Students who:

    • Are in their junior or senior year at one of the participating SPPS District high schools
    • Are at least 16 years of age
    • Have a 2.0 GPA or greater
    • Are willing to commit to the full training and internship program