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Science Training Encouragement Program

Applications for STEP are accepted annually in October. Apply by completing the STEP application form and sending it to STEP!

3M STEP is a partnership between 3M and the Saint Paul Public School District. STEP provides high school juniors and seniors 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, paid classroom instruction and summer employment in a 3M laboratory, STEP students will 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 STEP.

    How it works

    The 3M STEP program places students in the lab alongside 3M scientists. These students must complete a minimum of 40 days participating in a full-time summer job, 9 consecutive hours Monday thru Friday between the hours of 6AM and 6PM during the summer months June – August.

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

    Check out these Frequently Asked Questions to learn more.

  • Eligibility

    • High school junior or senior in the St. Paul Public School District (District 625)
    • Weighted GPA of 2.0 or greater with minimal school absences
    • School schedule must allow you to participate in twice-weekly classes at 3M from January through April
  • Selection process

    • Student application accepted in October each year
    • Resume required as an attachment
    • Letters of recommendation (attachment) is recommended but not required.
    • Students who have been selected for the program will be notified early December.
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