Minnesota Capitol Pathways

With the long-term goal of making our government truly representative of our communities, this paid internship program opens access to the Minnesota State Capitol to the next generation of leaders of color.

Through this program, interns 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, and build a strong professional resume in the process.

Capitol Pathways 2019

Learn about this year’s cohort, host organizations, and alumni mentors.


The 2019 cohort includes 34 students from 12 schools around the state.

> Click for bios of this year’s cohort (pdf).


Capitol Pathways host organizations include government offices, nonprofits, corporations, and law firms that work in and around Minnesota’s Capitol.

> Click here to learn more about this year’s host organizations


Three alumni mentors provide support, coaching, and advising to the student cohort.

> Click here to meet this year’s mentors.

Capitol Pathways Updates

Wells Fargo Stories highlights Citizens League’s Capitol Pathways

We are proud to see that Capitol Pathways was recently featured in Wells Fargo Stories, the online journal of longtime Citizens League corporate member Wells Fargo! The piece highlights current interns, who speak about their experiences in policy before and after acceptance into our internship program.

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
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St. Paul, MN 55101
(651) 293-0575