Intern: Minnesota Capitol Pathways Program

Deadline extended to December 1st @ 11:59PM

About the Internship 

This internship program has been created with the understanding that, to build a strong state, Minnesota government and the people who run it must be representative of the diversity of the state. Unfortunately, people of color are largely absent from legislative decision making in Minnesota today, a fact which is stubbornly slow to change even as the state’s population becomes ever more diverse.

With the long-term goal of making our government truly representative of our communities, the program seeks to open access to the Minnesota capitol to the next generation of leaders of color. Through this program, interns will build relationships with established capitol leaders, gain exposure to various kinds of careers in policy, get real-world experience in career fields they would like to learn more about and build a strong professional resume in the process. This is a spring internship and will run from January-May 2018.

“The Capitol Pathways internship is an inspiring program that opens opportunities for students of color to have real-world Capitol experience, and I’m excited for my office to host and mentor one of its students.”


— Secretary of State Steve Simon

“All too often decisions are made without the involvement of those impacted. The Capitol Pathways Internship Program will begin to shift this reality in Minnesota by bringing students of color into the inner workings of the State Capitol. With mentors sharing their expertise, networks, and lessons about the legislative process, the leaders of tomorrow will develop the skills to build a more equitable and sustainable Minnesota. I support the Capitol Pathways Internship Program because I believe it is a step towards shaping the Minnesota I want for my children, neighbors, and community.” — Ryan Strack, Manager of Homeless and Highly Mobile Student Services, Minneapolis Public Schools

In order to apply, students must be:

  • A Minnesota college student of color or  Indigenous student who has completed at least ONE year (or have the equivalent number of credits) of their undergraduate studies.
  • Attending a two and or four-year higher education institution in Minnesota.

Internship details for the 2018 Legislative Session:

In the program, students will:

  • Be matched with an internship host site working at the legislature for the 2018 legislative session.
  • Attend a mandatory orientation and legislative training sessions in January 2018.
  • Work at their internship at least 10 hours per week during the spring semester.
  • Attend regular cohort meetings with their colleagues in the program for networking and skill-building sessions (every 3rd Friday afternoon of the month for 4 hours). Topics may include subjects such as policy analysis, written communications, public speaking, networking, career profiles, and others.
  • Be paid a minimum of $12 an hour. Hosts can budget approximately $2,200 for one intern and agree to pay the interns directly during the course of the 2018 legislative session (February – May).

For more information, contact Capitol Pathways Program Manager, Kalia Xiong at or 651-289-1075.

Be a part of opening doors, expanding networks of power, and creating a truly representative democracy!

Click here to visit their website for more detailed information!

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