Minnesota Capitol Pathways

Capitol Internship Program for Students of Color and Native American Students2016 Capitol Pathways

2017 Host Application - If you or your organization works at the Minnesota legislature, please consider hosting an intern. Legislative offices, government affairs firms, nonprofit organizations who lobby at the capitol, and others are welcome to participate.

2017 Internship Application - If you are a college student of color or a Native American college student. Applications will be accepted until September 30, 2016.

About the Internship

This internship program has been created with the understanding that, to build a strong state, Minnesota government and the people who run it must be representative of the diversity of the state. Unfortunately, people of color are largely absent from legislative decision making in Minnesota today, a fact which is stubbornly slow to change even as the state's population becomes ever more diverse.
With the long-term goal of making our government truly representative of our communities, the program seeks to open access to the Minnesota capitol to the next generation of leaders of color. Through this program, interns will build relationships with established capitol leaders, gain exposure to various kinds of careers in policy, and get real-world experience in career fields they would like to learn more about - and build a strong professional resume in the process.

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:

  • 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 Career Link.
  • 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