Minnesota Capitol Pathways

Get Ready for Capitol Pathways 2020!

We’re excited to begin the 5th year of Capitol Pathways during the 2020 legislative session! Our program 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 Minnesota’s Capitol.

HOST INFO

Do you work in or around the MN legislature? Lobby at the Capitol, do advocacy work or community organizing? Then support students of color and their path to becoming civic leaders in Minnesota by hosting a Capitol Pathways intern for the 2020 legislative session! Click to learn more.

The host application is now open!

 

STUDENT INFO

Are you a current undergraduate college student of color interested in an internship in policy? Learn more about how you can apply!

Student application opens on November 4, 2019.

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

19%

Percentage of Minnesota’s population who identify as a person of color

21

Current members of the state legislature who are people of color, less than 12% of the total legislature

127

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

Photo Album: Capitol Pathways Celebration

Our thanks to all who could join us as we wrapped up another year of Capitol Pathways, creating opportunities for college students of color in and around Minnesota’s Capitol. Click here for our photo album of the evening!

Recap: Capitol Pathways 4th Annual Celebration

On June 6, 2019, Capitol Pathways students, hosts, and supporters gathered for an evening recognizing the achievements and bright futures of our cohort as the 4th year of the program came to a close.

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.

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This program is made possible in part by major donors:

Bush Foundation
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
McKnight Foundation
Otto Bremer Trust
Roy G. and Naomi Harmon Johnston Family Family Foundation
The Saint Paul Foundation
Sarah Farley and Betty Tisel

Citizens League
400 Robert St N, Suite 1820
St. Paul, MN 55101
(651) 293-0575