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

Capitol Pathways Student Spotlight: Kieu My Phi

Capitol Pathways Student Spotlight: Kieu My Phi

As our Capitol Pathways internship program continues its sixth year, mostly virtual because of the COVID-19 pandemic, we asked a few interns about their experiences this year. This time, we highlight Kieu My Phi

#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.


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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


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