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Internship of the Month

Internship – Diversity Education

MSS is a private, nonprofit agency that has been providing direct services for adults with disabilities for over 65 years. Our day training and habilitation services, licensed by the MN Department of Human Services, supports people with developmental disabilities in the development of vocational, artistic and other personal talents and interests. Our Employment Programs assists individuals that have a disability that has been a barrier to full employment to secure and maintain a job, in either a center based or community based setting, which meets their vocational skills and goals.

MSS Vision Statement: through the advocacy and person-centered services provided by MSS, our clients will be regarded as full, vital and contributing members of society.

MSS Mission Statement: the mission of MSS is to serve adults with disabilities by supporting them in the achievement of their full potential and as vital and contributing members of the community.

Summary of Internship: In the last 30 years, Minnesota has welcomed a wide variety of immigrants from all over the world. As a result of this influx of new people, MSS is providing services to an increasingly diverse population. Our staff, while also coming from varied backgrounds, would greatly benefit from learning about the history, culture, religions and languages of the people recently enrolled in MSS programs. We would like to compile resources for our staff to access both individualized training materials, (e.g. reading/learning about the Karen people of Burma in Minnesota) and group training (training videos on general diversity topics etc.)

View Internship Posting!

Following are samples of internship Web sites.  Finding an internship on one of these Web sites does not mean that it is approved as a Metropolitan State internship for academic credit.  You must complete the university's internship approval process before the internship is officially approved. 

  • HandShake - Internship Opportunities for Metropolitan State University students.
  • Augustana Care - Our structured program is staffed by an interdisciplinary team focusing on rehabilitative therapies. We offer physical, occupational and speech therapy. Regular visits form a dietician, audiologist, music therapist, craft specialist and community volunteers ensure an environment that promotes healthy living and personal independence.
  • Chicano Latino Affairs Council (CLAC) - A statewide government agency created by the legislature in 1978. The primary mission of CLAC is to advise the governor and the state legislature on the issues of importance to Minnesota's Chicano Latino community.
  • Fraser Community Services - Nonprofit serving children and adults with special needs.
  • Genesis II for Families - At Genesis II for Families, volunteers and interns compliment, assist and partner with us in every facet of the agency. We value this contribution and hope to offer each volunteer and intern a satisfying, productive and rewarding experience!
  • Minnesota Historical Society - The Minnesota Historical Society is a non-profit educational and cultural institution established in 1849. Its essence is to illuminate the past as a way to shed light on the future. The Society collects, preserves and tells the story of Minnesota’s past through museum exhibits, libraries and collections, historic sites, educational programs and book publishing.
  • Northwest Youth & Family Services - Critical connections for youth and our community.
  • People Serving People - Serving homeless children and families. Click on "internships."
  • Tubman Family Alliance - Counseling, youth and family support.

Other Resources:  

  • Click here for a fuller list of resources.
  • Surf the Web: Use Google or Yahoo or another search engine to look for specific internship opportunities.  Search by key words, companies, etc.
  • Campus resource areas: Metropolitan State provisionally approved internship opportunities are posted on HandShake.
  • On your own: Are you interested in completing an internship in a particular company, organization or agency? Call their general information number and ask to speak to the person responsible for internships.  Identify yourself as a Metropolitan State student and tell them you are interested in the possibility of doing an internship at their company/organization/agency.  They will let you know the application process.
  • Talk with people who have done internships: Friends, co-workers and other students can be good resources
  • Network: register for/attend Career Fairs, Job Fairs, etc. that are advertised in the Twin Cities area (check the Catalyst, The Metropolitan, and/or Twin Cities newspapers for dates, times and locations) throughout the year.
  • Career Workbook - The Metropolitan State Career Workbook was created by William Baldus, career counselor, to serve as an organizing tool for all students to use from orientation, through graduation, and beyond in their career journey as alumni. In the Career Workbook, students have a single repository to document their career thinking, reflections, and aspirations.
    Highlights include:


    • Exercises and assessments to clarify interests, values and goals
    •  A plan for the "active" job search
    • Tools including resume templates for getting started
    • Web resources for career-related research
    • Suggestions for networking and conducting informational interviews

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