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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 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.

2022 Programming:
Currently, we plan to have a hybrid program year -- with mainly virtual programming and some in-person convenings -- starting January 2022. However, we will continue to monitor COVID-19 public health guidelines from the CDC and MN Department of Health and make changes as necessary. Any changes will be communicated promptly by program staff.

Capitol Pathways host expectations:

  • Provide a minimum of 10 hours per week of meaningful work for an intern.
  • Compensate the intern at a minimum of $15 per hour. Budget approximately $2,800 for your intern’s salary from Jan – May 2022. (Payment will need to be processed directly from your office to the student intern.)
  • Pay a $500 host fee to the Citizens League to support programming efforts.
  • To participate as a host organization, you must budget $3,300 ($2,800 student salary + $500 admin fee).
  • Help facilitate your student’s exposure to policy work and build their professional network.
  • As we continue to navigate the pandemic, hosts are only expected to bring their interns to the Capitol and their office to the extent that is safe and necessary for their organizational work.
  • Communicate with your student intern to determine an internship workspace plan that makes them feel safe in regards to the pandemic.
  • Allow your intern to attend 4-hour long monthly cohort meetings for community building with cohort peers and career readiness training. Cohort meeting dates are as follows: February 18, March 18, April 22 and May 20 (2022).

Capitol Pathways students are:

  • In good academic standing at an accredited two-or four-year institution of higher education (undergraduate)
  • At least in their second year or have the equivalent number of credits as a second year student. Applications open to sophomores, juniors and seniors.
  • Self-identified as Indigenous or a student of color
  • Applications open to international students

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):

  • October 4: Host application opens
  • October 13: Host info session I (Zoom Meeting)
  • October 21: Host info session II (Zoom Meeting)
  • October 30: Host application closes
  • November 1: Student application opens
  • November 19: Student application closes
  • November 29: Hosts receive names and contact information of up to 3 student candidates (Round I)
  • November 30 -- Dec. 17: Interviews (Round II)
  • December 21: Hosts submit names of top two candidates to program staff
  • December 27: Official notification – Program staff notify hosts of their student match (Round III)

Orientation and Internship Timeline (2022):

  • January 3 – 7: Mandatory Student Orientation & Legislative Training
  • January 10 – 21: Host orientation & race and equity training (exact date TBD)
  • January 30: Official start of internship
  • May 20: Last day of internship (tentative date)

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