Meet the Interns & Host Organizations for 2018!
- The 33 students in this year’s cohort represent 10 different higher education institutions. Click here to learn more about our student participants!
- More than half of the 33 host organizations are returning participants, with nine new organizations. Click here to see our host organizations!
About Capitol Pathways:
With the long-term goal of making our government truly representative of our communities, the program opens 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, get real-world experience in career fields they would like to learn more about and build a strong professional resume in the process. This is a spring internship and will run from February-May 2018.
“The Capitol Pathways internship is an inspiring program that opens opportunities for students of color to have real-world Capitol experience, and I’m excited for my office to host and mentor one of its students.” – Minnesota Secretary of State Steve Simon
“All too often decisions are made without the involvement of those impacted. The Capitol Pathways Internship Program will begin to shift this reality in Minnesota by bringing students of color into the inner workings of the State Capitol.” — Ryan Strack, Manager of Homeless and Highly Mobile Student Services, Minneapolis Public Schools
In order to apply, students must be:
- A Minnesota college student of color or Indigenous student who has completed at least ONE year (or have the equivalent number of credits) of their undergraduate studies.
- Attending a two and or four-year higher education institution in Minnesota.
Internship details for the 2018 Legislative Session:
In the program, students will:
- Be matched with an internship host site working at the legislature for the 2018 legislative session.
- Attend a mandatory orientation and legislative training sessions in January 2018.
- Work at their internship site at least 10 hours per week during the spring semester.
- Attend regular cohort meetings with their colleagues in the program for networking and skill-building sessions (every 3rd Friday afternoon of the month for 4 hours). Topics may include subjects such as policy analysis, written communications, public speaking, networking, career profiles, and others.
- Be paid a minimum of $12 an hour. Hosts can budget approximately $2,200 for one intern and agree to pay the interns directly during the course of the 2018 legislative session (February – May).
For more information, contact Capitol Pathways Program Manager, Kalia Xiong at email@example.com or 651-289-1075.
Be a part of opening doors, expanding networks of power, and creating a truly representative democracy!
This program is made possible in part by major donors:
Otto Bremer Trust
Roy G. and Naomi Harmon Johnston Family Family Foundation
The Martha Struthers Farley and Donald C. Farley, Jr. Family Foundation
Sarah Farley and Betty Tisel
The Saint Paul Foundation
Capitol Pathways Updates
From the Citizens League Voice magazine: Capitol Pathways alums reflect on their internship experiences in state government and policy. With the long-term goal of making our government truly representative of our communities, the program opens access to the Minnesota capitol to the next generation of leaders of color.
“The exposure, opportunities, and experiences I have gained from participating in Capitol Pathways has greatly impacted my career aspirations. It has really pushed me to think more about the ways in which I can affect and bring change to my community.”
Our interns head into the home stretch of the legislative session – and their college semesters.
TPT Almanac’s David Gillette caught up with Capitol Pathways 2016 alum Adrian Benjamin, now a Legislative Assistant with the Minnesota House DFL caucus.
As the 2018 Legislative Session continues, so does our Capitol Pathways internship program, providing opportunities at the Capitol for college students of color. Part of our 33-student cohort this year is D'Andre Anthony Gordon, a 2nd year student at...
Capitol Pathways interns came together for their second cohort meeting, sharing the highlights and challenges of their experiences so far.
On February 16th, we convened our first cohort meeting of the year. After interning at their host sites for the past two weeks, students were excited to reconnect with their cohort members and share their experiences and hear from others.
With the long-term goal of making our government truly representative of our communities, Capitol Pathways opens access to the Minnesota capitol to the next generation of leaders of color. The program is beginning its third year.
Capitol Pathways, our paid internship program for college students of color and indigenous students, kicked off last week with an extensive training for our students, including a visit to the Capitol. Our thanks to James Chang for leading many...
Capitol Pathways Press
- Catching up with Capitol Pathways – TPT Almanac at the Capitol, 5/10/2017
- Diverse voices at the Capitol: St. Kate’s students secure policy internships – St. Catherine University, 1/11/2017
- Capitol Pathways Student Profile: Chantel Jordan – [VIDEO] TPT Almanac at the Capitol, 5/25/2016
- Capitol Pathways Student Profile: Khalid Dayib – [VIDEO] TPT Almanac at the Capitol, 3/30/2016
- Capitol Pathways Student Profile: Adrian Benjamin – [VIDEO] TPT Almanac at the Capitol, 3/16/2016
- A new internship program aims to inject diversity at the Minnesota Capitol – Star Tribune, 3/22/2016
- Capitol Pathways interns talk about the program – [VIDEO] TPT Almanac, 3/4/2016
- MN Capitol gets a little racial diversity: Program Places College Students of Color at MN Capitol – Daily Kos, 2/4/2016
- GPI Serves as Capitol Pathways Host – Great Plains Institute, 3/19/2016