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Minnesota Capitol Pathways Program

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

About Capitol Pathways:
With the long-term goal of making Minnesota government truly representative of our diverse communities, the program opens access to the Minnesota Capitol and policymaking to the next generation of BIPOC leaders. Through this leadership program, interns build relationships with established Capitol leaders and policy professionals, learn about the legislative process, and gain hands-on policy work experience. This is a spring 2023 internship from January - May 2023.

2023 Programming:
We will continue hybrid programming for the upcoming 2023 year. Program staff will provide detailed information about in-person and virtual programming to students accepted into the program.

Please read the following information thoroughly before you begin your application.

Internship application criteria:

  • Be a student in good academic standing at an accredited two- or four-year institution of higher education in Minnesota.
  • Have completed your first year in college or have the equivalent number of credits as a first year student.
  • Self-identify as Black, Indigenous or a person of color.
  • Be available to interview with up to 3 different host organizations during the weeks of November 21 - Dec. 2, 2022.
  • Be available to attend a mandatory paid one-week orientation and legislative training on December 26 - 30, 2022.
  • Have a J1/F1 visa with authorization to work in the U.S. if you are an international student.
  • We are not accepting High School PSEO students at this time
  • Students who do not meet the criteria above will not be considered for this program. We encourage you to apply again next year.

Required materials:

  • 1 letter of recommendation (professional/academic)
  • Resume

Internship details:

In the program, students will:

  • Be placed with an internship host site working at or around the Capitol for the 2023 legislative session.
  • Be paid a minimum of $15/hr and work at their internship site for a minimum of 10 hours per week throughout the spring semester.
  • Attend a total of 4 cohort meetings with their cohort peers in the program for leadership and professional development training (every 3rd Friday afternoon of the month from 12pm – 4pm) throughout the internship period. Cohort meeting dates are as follows: January 20, February 17, March 24, April 21 and May 12 (2023.)

Selection Process
There are three phases in the selection process:

  1. Phase One: Pre-selection
    • Program staff will review host and student applications to determine interests and needs. Based on this information, we will pre-select student applicants to move on to the interview round.
  2. Phase Two: Interview round
    • Host sites will interview with three pre-selected students. Host sites will provide program staff their top candidates. Not all students who interview will move on to phase 3.
  3. Phase Three: Official acceptance into the program
    • Program staff will make final selection based on host feedback from interviews along with information from host and student applications. Program staff will hosts and students of final placements.

Application and Student Placement Timeline (2022):

  • October 3: Host application opens
  • October 17: Student application opens
  • October 31: Host application closes
  • November 11: Student application closes
  • November 18: Notifications to be interviewed (Phase I)
  • Nov. 21 – Dec. 2: Interviews with host sites (Phase II)
  • December 9: Notification of final host and student placements (Phase III)

Orientation and Internship Timeline (2022/2023):

  • December 12 – 21: Host orientation and race training (date TBD)
  • December 26 – 30: Paid mandatory student orientation and legislative training
  • January 2: Internship program start date
  • January 20: 1st Cohort Meeting
  • February 17: 2nd Cohort Meeting
  • March 24: 3rd Cohort Meeting
  • April 21: 4th Cohort Meeting
  • May 12: 5th Cohort Meeting
  • May 19: Last day of internship program

More details available here: CitizensLeague.org/capitolpathways
Or contact Program Manager, Kalia Xiong at: [email protected] or 651-289-1075.