Minnesota Capitol Pathways
Providing paid internship opportunities at the State Capitol to college students of color and indigenous students.

Meet the Interns & Host Organizations for 2018!

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 kxiong@citizensleague.org 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:

Bush Foundation

McKnight Foundation 

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

Citizens League Voice: Capitol Pathways Alums, Up Close and Personal

Citizens League Voice: Capitol Pathways Alums, Up Close and Personal

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.

Capitol Pathways Student Spotlight: Stephany Lopez

Capitol Pathways Student Spotlight: Stephany Lopez

“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.”

Capitol Pathways Student Spotlight: D’Andre Anthony Gordon

Capitol Pathways Student Spotlight: D’Andre Anthony Gordon

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...

The next generation of Minnesota policy leaders of color

The next generation of Minnesota policy leaders of color

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 2018 is underway! (Photos)

Capitol Pathways 2018 is underway! (Photos)

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...

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