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 who identify as Black, Indigenous, or People of Color (BIPOC) 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 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

2021 Capitol Pathways Students

Capitol Pathways Updates

Congrats to our 2021 Capitol Pathways cohort!

Congrats to our 2021 Capitol Pathways cohort!

On June 10th, 2021, we gathered virtually to recognize the accomplishments of 32 students and 32 host organizations working together to broaden access for the next generation of leaders in policy.

Capitol Pathways Student Spotlight: Hunter Santos

Capitol Pathways Student Spotlight: Hunter Santos

Hunter is a fourth year at the University of St. Thomas majoring in Social Work graduating in May 2021. She was placed with host organization Great Plains Institute for her Capitol Pathways internship during the 2021 legislative session.


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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
McKnight Foundation
Schwan’s Corporate Giving Foundation


Citizens League
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St. Paul, MN 55101
(651) 293-0575