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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, gain exposure to various careers in policy and build a strong professional resume in the process. This is a spring 2022 internship from January - May 2022.

2022 Programming:
Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, we will follow a "hybrid" program model, with mainly virtual programming and some in-person convenings, starting January 2022. We will continue to monitor public health guidelines from the CDC and Minnesota Department of Health and make changes as necessary. Any changes will be communicated promptly by program staff

Please read the following information carefully and 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 30 – December 17, 2021.
  • Be available to attend a paid mandatory one-week orientation and legislative training on January 4 – 7, 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 the legislature for the 2022 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 colleagues 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: February 18, March 18, April 22 and May 20 (2022).

Selection Process
There are three phases in the selection process:

  1. Phase One: Pre-selection
    • Program staff will review host applications to determine their organizational needs. Based on this information and student applications, 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 notify students of their acceptance into the program and final host site placement. Program staff will also notify hosts of final student-host matches.

Application and Student Placement Timeline (2021):

  • November 1: Student application opens
  • November 5: Student Info Session I (Zoom Meeting)
  • November 16: Student info session II (Zoom Meeting)
  • November 19: Student application closes
  • November 29: Notifications to be interviewed (Round I)
  • Nov. 30 – Dec. 17: Interviews with host sites (Round II)
  • December 27: Official accept/decline notification – Students notified of their official status in program (Round III)

Orientation and Internship Timeline (2022):

  • January 4 – 7: Paid mandatory orientation and legislative training for students
  • January 24 – 28: Race & equity training (Date TBD)
  • January 30: Internship program start date
  • February 18: 1st Cohort Meeting
  • March 18: 2nd Cohort Meeting
  • April 22: 3rd Cohort Meeting
  • May 20: 4th Cohort Meeting and Last day of internship program

More details available here: https://citizensleague.org/capitolpathways
Or contact Program Manager, Kalia Xiong at: kxiong@citizensleague.org or 763-898-7848.