Capitol Pathways Host Info

Host a Capitol Pathways intern for the 2023 legislative session!

Does your organization work at or around the Minnesota Legislature, in policy or do advocacy work? Care about race & equity and catapulting young people of color into positions of power? We are looking for organizations to host a Capitol Pathways intern for the 2023 legislative session!

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

Ready to apply? Click below!


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 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 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 2023 legislative session (approximately 20 weeks) please budget approximately $3,500 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 $4,000 ($3,500 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.
  • In-office plan. If you expect your intern to come into the office, communicate with them to develop a plan that works and makes them feel safe.
  • 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.

Our goal is to provide students exposure to policy work and first-hand experience with the legislature. They should support your work as needed, be involved in session preparations, and visit the Capitol as is possible with you.

Some examples of remote work to assign your intern includes:

  • Assist in scheduling, planning and staffing meetings or events
  • Research, track and summarize bills
  • Informational interviews with co-workers, legislators, Capitol staff and other policy professionals
  • Write articles for social media (e-newsletters, blogs, etc.)

As we continue to navigate the pandemic, please adapt the work to meet the needs of your intern and organization.


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 3   Host application opens
October 13    Host info session I (virtual)
October 17      Student application opens
October 20   Host info session II (virtual)
October 31   Host application closes
November 11   Student application closes
November 18   Hosts receive names & contact information of 3 student candidates for interviews
Nov. 21 – Dec. 2   Interviews
December 9   Hosts notified of final intern placement
Dec. 12 – 21 (Date TBD)   Host orientation and race & equity training



January 2   Internship start date
May 19   Internship end date
June (Date TBD)   Capitol Pathways End of Session Celebration    

If you have any additional questions or feedback, please contact Capitol Pathways Program Manager Kalia Xiong:

  • Email:
  • Phone: 651-289-1075


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 program manager, Kalia Xiong, with any questions or for more information at or 651-289-1075.

Questions? Join an online info session!

  • Thursday, October 13 from 10am – 11am
  • Thursday, October 20 from 1pm – 2pm

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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