Minnesota Capitol Pathways

Thank you for your interest in the Capitol Pathways Program. Our application period for the 2021 program year has closed. If you submitted a host OR student application, please expect to hear back from us about your application status by Monday, November 16th. For any questions or concerns, please contact Program Manager, Kalia Xiong, at kxiong@citizensleague.org or 763-898-7848. Thank you.

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

20%

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

10%

Current members of the state legislature who identify as BIPOC

164

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

#CapitolPathways Student Spotlight: Genesis Carrazco

#CapitolPathways Student Spotlight: Genesis Carrazco

As a senior at Hamline University, Genesis interned with Ramsey County during the 2020 Capitol Pathways program. Genesis is now one of 164 alumni of our policy internship program for Black, Indigenous, and People of Color (BIPOC) in college.

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:

Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Minnesota
Dick and Joyce H. McFarland Family Fund of the Minneapolis Foundation
F.R. Bigelow Foundation
Jefferson Lines
McKnight Foundation
The Martha Struthers Farley and Donald C. Farley, Jr. Family Foundation & Sarah Farley and Betty Tisel
Schwan’s Corporate Giving Foundation

 

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