Minnesota Capitol Pathways
About Capitol Pathways
Everyone should have access to opportunities in public service and policy, and our government should be representative of our communities.
Since 2016, the Capitol Pathways program from the Citizens League places college students of color in paid internships with government offices, nonprofits, corporations, and law firms where they can gain experience and build relationships in and around the Capitol.
Each year during Minnesota’s legislative session, interns can expect to accomplish several things that will help them in their future careers:
- Build relationships with established policy leaders
- Gain exposure to various kinds of careers in government
- Get real-world experience in career fields they would like to learn more about
- Create a strong professional resume
Percentage of Minnesota’s population who identify as a person of color
Current members of the state legislature who are people of color.
The number of college students of color that have participated in the program since 2016, many of them continuing their careers in policy and government
Capitol Pathways Updates
As a senior at Hamline University, Genesis interned with Ramsey County during the 2020 Capitol Pathways program. Genesis is now one of 164 alumni of our policy internship program for Black, Indigenous, and People of Color (BIPOC) in college.
“If we’re truly going to achieve the the beauty of this democracy, our government needs to accurately reflect the people it seeks to represent.”
On June 11, 2020, the day the Citizens League celebrates the successful conclusion of the fifth year of our Capitol Pathways program, Lt. Governor Peggy Flanagan joined our online celebration to deliver the Governor’s proclamation that this day is Capitol Pathways Day in Minnesota!
Capitol Pathways host organizations include government offices, nonprofits, corporations, and law firms that work in and around Minnesota’s Capitol. They provide their program intern 10 hours of meaningful work per week throughout the legislative session, and compensate the intern at a minimum of $15 per hour. During the course of the internship, hosts involve interns in research, committee hearings, creating policy publications, and meetings at the Capitol.
This program follows a cohort model and provides students with supplementary legislative and professional development training alongside an immersive hands-on internship experience during the 2020 legislative session (February – May 2020).
Capitol Pathways Video
Twin Cities PBS has covered Capitol Pathways since the beginning of the program in 2016, interviewing participants during their internship and alumni as they continue their careers in policy. Watch below.
Capitol Pathways: Adrian Benjamin
Tonight on "Almanac at the Capitol" we continued our multi-year examination of race issues in Minnesota with a profile of Capitol Pathways, a new internship program that places college students of color in state government. Adrian Benjamin is one of about 25 young people who signed up for the experience, and as he told us, it's time to start talking about disparities (and opportunities) in Minnesota.Posted by Almanac on Wednesday, March 16, 2016
Tonight on "Almanac at the Capitol" we continued our coverage of the Capitol Pathways internship program, launched by the Citizens League, which is working to increase diversity in State Government. Chantel Jordan is one of 25 college students of color participating in the program, and as she told us, she's not deterred by the obstacles that may stand in her way in St. Paul.Posted by Almanac on Wednesday, April 20, 2016
Capitol Pathways Recap
Tonight on our season finale of "Almanac at the Capitol" we looked back at the inaugural year of the Capitol Pathways internship program. Here's a video recap of the three segments we produced about program participants Chantel Jordan, Khalid Dayib and Adrian Benjamin.Posted by Almanac on Wednesday, May 25, 2016
Capitol Pathways 2017
Capitol Pathways is an effort by the Citizens League to introduce students of color to state government. Last year on "Almanac at the Capitol," we followed several members of the 2016 cohort as they began their journeys, and this week, David Gillette caught up with two members of the 2017 class to learn how the program has grown.Posted by Almanac on Wednesday, May 10, 2017
Adrian Benjamin | Capitol Pathways
David Gillette paid a visit to Adrian Benjamin, former Capitol Pathways intern and current Legislative Assistant. You may remember Adrian from a 2016 Almanac piece on the Capitol Pathways program. Watch to see how interning at the Capitol impacted Adrian - and how he has impacted the Capitol.Watch Almanac at the Capitol to catch an additional interview with two current Capitol Pathways interns: https://www.tpt.org/almanac-at-the-capitol/Posted by Almanac on Thursday, April 19, 2018
Capitol Pathways Alumni Interview | Cheniqua Johnson
David Gillette pays a visit to former Capitol Pathways Intern Cheniqua Johnson to discover the ways in which she has grown and changed as she's continued to work for what she believes in.Posted by Almanac on Wednesday, January 16, 2019
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This program is made possible in part by major donors:
Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Minnesota
Dick and Joyce H. McFarland Family Fund of the Minneapolis Foundation
F.R. Bigelow Foundation
The Martha Struthers Farley and Donald C. Farley, Jr. Family Foundation & Sarah Farley and Betty Tisel
Schwan’s Corporate Giving Foundation