Capitol Pathways is a paid spring internship program for college students who identify as Black, Indigenous, and People of Color (BIPOC). With the long-term goal of making our 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 program, students gain leadership, legislative and professional development training alongside an immersive hands-on paid internship experience with an organization working in policy during the legislative session. This is a spring 2022 internship from January – May 2022.

Know students interested in policy, civic engagement and advocacy work? Encourage them to apply!

The student application period has been extended through Friday, December 3, 2021 at 11:59PM CT.

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In the program, Capitol Pathways students:  

  • Join a cohort of up to 35 other BIPOC students in policy internships. 
  • Are matched with an organization (lobbying firm, nonprofit, government agency and others) working at or around the Capitol for the length of a legislative session. 
  • Work at their internship a minimum of 10 hours per week during the length of session and are compensated a minimum of $15/per hour.
  • Participate in a paid legislative training to build their understanding of the legislative process.
  • Attend a race & equity training to build awareness of their identities and gain strategies on how to navigate the Capitol and professional working environments as young BIPOC folks.
  • Attend monthly paid cohort meetings with their peers for career readiness and professional development training. 
  • Are consistently exposed to other job, internship and networking opportunities through their host organizations, programmed social hours following cohort meetings, a robust alumni network, and ongoing mentorship by program staff.

Click here to learn more about Capitol Pathways.