Minnesota Capitol Pathways

Capitol Pathways opens access to policymaking and public service to the next generation of leaders who are Black, Indigenous, and People of Color (BIPOC). It is a paid spring internship program for BIPOC students who are currently enrolled in a 2 or 4 year college or university in Minnesota. With the long-term goal of making Minnesota state government more representative of our diverse communities, our program provides students legislative and career readiness training alongside an immersive hands-on internship experience during the legislative session.

About Capitol Pathways

Everyone should have access to opportunities in public service and policy, and our government should be representative of our diverse communities.

Since 2016, the Capitol Pathways program has placed BIPOC college students in paid internships with government offices, nonprofits, corporations, and law firms where they have gained policymaking experience and built relationships in and around the Capitol.

Each year during Minnesota’s legislative session, interns gain the following to advance their future policy careers:

  • Develop relationships with established policy leaders.
  • Gain first-hand experience in different policy and government careers.
  • Increase their understanding of policymaking and the legislative process. 
  • Create a strong professional resume.


Percentage of Minnesota’s population who identify as part of the BIPOC community


Current members of the state legislature who identify as BIPOC


The number of BIPOC college students that have participated in the program since 2016, many of them continuing their careers in policy and government

Capitol Pathways Updates

June 8: Join our Capitol Pathways Celebration

June 8: Join our Capitol Pathways Celebration

In recognition of our fantastic student interns and in celebration of the only paid internship program in Minnesota that creates a policy career pathway for BIPOC college students, we gather to mark another successful program year.

Photos: Capitol Pathways Social at the State Capitol

Photos: Capitol Pathways Social at the State Capitol

While many Capitol Pathways interns have been at the Capitol for their internships during the session, for the first time this year, our Capitol Pathways students gathered as a cohort together at the Capitol late last week.

2023 Capitol Pathways Cohort

Students not pictured: Sundus Abdi, José Aviña, Yasmin Lopez, Ridwan Mohamed



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This program is made possible in part by major donors:

Clifton Allen Larson Foundation

F.R. Bigelow Foundation

Fredrikson & Byron, P.A.

Jefferson Lines

McKnight Foundation

Otto Bremer Trust



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