Minnesota Capitol Pathways Program

Paid Policy Internship for Black, Indigenous and People of Color (BIPOC) College Students

About Capitol Pathways

Capitol Pathways is a paid spring internship program for BIPOC undergraduate college students. With the long-term goal of making Minnesota state government more representative of our diverse communities, our program provides leadership, legislative and career readiness training alongside an immersive hands-on internship experience with organizations doing policy work during the legislative session. This internship runs from January – May 2024.


We will continue hybrid programming for the 2024 year. Details about in-person and virtual programming will be provided by program staff as they come.

Internship Details

In the program, students will:

  • Be placed with an internship host site engaged in policy or advocacy work at or around the Capitol for the 2024 legislative session.
  • Intern at their host site for a minimum of 10 hours per week and receive a stipend of $3,000 or more throughout the internship period.
  • Attend a total of 4 monthly cohort meetings with their cohort peers in the program for leadership and professional development throughout the internship period.

Application Timeline

Host Application

  • October 2: Application opens
  • October 11: Host info session I
  • October 19: Host info session II
  • October 31: Application closes

Student Application

  • November 1: Application opens
  • November 10: Student info session I
  • November 16: Student info session II
  • November 27: Applications closes

Notifications & Interviews

  • December 1: Applicants notified of application status
  • December 4 – 19: Interviews
  • December 22: Host and student notified of final placements.

Need Support?

You can find more information on the Capitol Pathways page on the Citizens League website.

Contact Program Manager, Kalia Xiong: