Capitol Pathways Host Info

Host a Capitol Pathways intern for the 2022 legislative session!

The Citizens League partners with policy organizations around the state of Minnesota — government offices, nonprofits, corporations, and law firms — to provide a rich policy experience to our Capitol Pathways interns. 

If you work in policy in Minnesota, you can be part of this program by hosting an intern for the 2022 legislative session. 

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, 2022 will be a “hybrid” program year, with mainly virtual programming and some in-person convenings, starting January 2022. We will continue to monitor public health guidelines from the CDC and Minnesota Department of Health and make changes as necessary. Any changes will be communicated promptly by program staff.

Learn more about what we provide, host expectations, timeline, and more below, or click here for a PDF of this information.


Application Instructions:

  1. Go to
  2. Click “Create new account”
  3. Enter your email and select “Host” user type
  4. Hit the “Create new account” button, then check your email.
  5. Follow the link for “set your password” in the email, and click the Log in button.
  6. Choose your password and save. Now go back to the home page (click Capitol Pathways), and then click the blue “Click here to apply now” at bottom of the page
  7. Complete the application (in one sitting) and hit Submit application. If you would like to review the full application before submitting, click here for a word doc version.

NOTE: To prevent spam accounts we have included a CAPTCHA feature. To login, you must solve a simple math problem. To register, you will be prompted with an image. This method is not accessible to vision impaired users. If this applies to you, please complete the application here:

Everyone, including returning hosts, must create a new account to submit an application.

Contact our program manager, Kalia Xiong, with any questions or for more information at or 763-898-7848.


In the program, student interns: 

  • Are matched with an organization (lobbying firm, nonprofit, government agency and others) working at or around the Capitol for the length of a legislative session. We refer to these internship sites as our host organizations/sites. All host organizations will assign a staff person as the student intern’s direct supervisor. These individuals are referred to as our host mentors/supervisors.
  • Work at their internship 10 hours per week (minimum) during the length of session and are compensated $15/per hour (minimum).
  • Attend 4-hour long cohort meetings on the third Friday of every month with their cohort peers for networking and skill-building sessions. Cohort meetings are facilitated by program staff and selected speakers. Cohort meetings are compensated time by the host organization (these hours can account for 4 hours of the required 10 work hours per week).
  • Are consistently exposed to other career, internship and networking opportunities through programmed social hours following cohort meetings, a closed social media alumni network where opportunities are posted, and ongoing mentorship by program staff.
  • Provide a minimum of 10 hours per week of meaningful work for a student intern.
  • Compensate the student intern at a minimum of $15/hour. Assuming $15/hr for 10hrs a week throughout the 2022 legislative session (approximately 16 weeks) please budget approximately $2,800 for the student intern salary. Unless other arrangements have been made with program staff, payment must be process directly from your office to the student intern.
  • Pay a $500 host fee to the Citizens League to support programming efforts.
  • To participate as a host organization, you must budget $3,300 ($2,800 student salary + $500 admin fee).
  • Time at the Capitol. As we continue to navigate the pandemic, hosts are only expected to bring their student interns to the Capitol and their office to the extent that is safe and necessary for their organizational work.
  • Work space plan. Communicate with your student intern to determine an internship workspace plan that makes them feel safe in regards to the pandemic.
  • Hands-on work experience and networking. Help facilitate your student intern’s exposure to policy work and build their professional network.   
  • Cohort Meetings. Allow your intern to attend 4-hour long monthly cohort meetings for community building with cohort peers and career readiness training. Cohort meeting dates are as follows: February 18, March 18, April 22 and May 20 (2022).

This internship is meant to give students exposure to policy work and a first-hand experience with the legislature. Your student intern should support your work as needed and visit the Capitol as is possible with you. In light of the COVID-19 pandemic, we understand that much of the nature of your work has changed. Some examples of remote work to assign your intern includes:

  • Online informational interviews with legislators, Capitol staff, co-workers, policy professionals at other organizations and others.
  • Research, track and summarize bills
  • Attend virtual meetings; take notes
  • Assist with scheduling meetings and preparing staff and stakeholder meetings
  • Attend events within your organization or other events of interest to your intern
  • Write articles for social media (e-newsletters, blogs, etc.)

Capitol Pathways will have a cohort of undergraduate students from a variety of academic backgrounds who are enthusiastic about the opportunity to learn about policymaking. The program will make every attempt to pair interns with organizations working in policy areas of their interest.  

For some students, this will be their first internship or professional experience. The purpose of the Capitol Pathways program is to open doors for students who may not otherwise have had such an opportunity. 

  • All students are in good academic standing at an accredited two- or four-year institution of higher education in Minnesota.
  • Have completed their first year in college or have the equivalent in credits as a full first year student.
  • Self-identify as Black, Indigenous or a person of color.  
  • International students are eligible to apply.
  • Students with undocumented status are encouraged to apply.

There are three phases in the selection process:

  • Phase One: Pre-selection

Program staff will review host applications to determine their organizational needs. Based on this information and student applications, we will pre-select student applicants to move on to the interview round.     

  • Phase Two: Interview round

Host sites interview with three pre-selected students. Host sites will provide program staff their top two candidates. Not all students who interview will move on to phase 3.  

  • Phase Three: Official acceptance into the program

Program staff will make final selection based on host feedback from interviews along with information from host and student applications. Program staff will notify students of their acceptance into the program and final host site placement. Program staff will also notify hosts of final student-host matches.   





October 4


Host application opens

October 13 


Host info session I (Zoom Meeting)

October 21      


Host info session II (Zoom Meeting)

October 30


Host application closes

November 1    


Student application opens

November 19


Student application closes

November 29  


Hosts receive names & contact information of 3 student candidates for interviews (Round I)

Nov. 30 – Dec. 17


Interviews (Round II)

December 21


Hosts submit names of top 2 student candidates to program staff

December 27


Hosts & students notified of final placement match 





January 10 – 21   


Host orientation and Race & Equity training (Date TBD)

January 30


Official start of internship

May 20


Last day of internship

June 9               


Capitol Pathways End of Session Celebration    


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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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(651) 293-0575