Minnesota Capitol Pathways

What is Capitol Pathways?

With the long-term goal of making our government truly representative of our communities, this paid internship program opens access to the Minnesota State Capitol to the next generation of leaders of color. Through this program, interns will 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 and build a strong professional resume in the process. This is a spring internship that runs concurrently with Minnesota’s legislative session.

In three years of Capitol Pathways…

  • 93 college students of color have increased their knowledge of the legislative process, built connections with established policy leaders, and learned about various careers in policy.
  • 45 organizations have hosted a paid intern, such as Fredrikson & Byron, P.A., Goff Public, Lutheran Social Services, the Minnesota Department of Commerce, Xcel Energy, and Ujamaa Place
  • Several alums have gone to pursue careers in policy, accepting positions as state legislative assistants, law clerks, and policy coordinator positions at various nonprofits and state agencies

Get Involved


A gift of any amount is valuable and goes directly to support the program. Donate today to support students of color and their path to becoming civic leaders in Minnesota.


Capitol Pathways is open to Minnesota college students of color or indigenous students attending a two or four-year higher education institution, and have completed at least ONE year (or have the equivalent number of credits) of their undergraduate studies. Applications for the the 2019 legislative session will open in the fall. Contact Program Manager Kalia Xiong at kxiong@citizensleague.org or 651-289-1075.


Capitol Pathways would not be possible without our host organizations. Host organizations are corporate government affairs offices, governmental agencies, nonprofit policy organizations, law firms, and other organizations who work at the state Capitol. Learn more by contacting Kalia Xiong at kxiong@citizensleague.org.

Capitol Pathways Updates

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

“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.”

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

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