Minnesota Capitol Pathways

Capitol Pathways opens access to policymaking and public service to the next generation of leaders who are Black, Indigenous, and People of Color (BIPOC). It is a paid spring internship program for BIPOC students who are currently enrolled in a 2 or 4 year college or university in Minnesota. With the long-term goal of making Minnesota state government and policymaking more representative of our diverse communities, our program provides students legislative and career readiness training alongside an immersive hands-on internship experience during the legislative session.

The 2024 Capitol Pathways program year has concluded. Stay tuned for announcements on planning for 2025!

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About Capitol Pathways

Everyone should have access to opportunities in public service and policy, and our government should be representative of our diverse communities.

Since 2016, the Capitol Pathways program has placed BIPOC college students in paid internships with government offices, nonprofits, corporations, and law firms where they have gained policymaking experience and built relationships in and around the Capitol.

Each year during Minnesota’s legislative session, interns gain the following to advance their future policy careers:

  • Develop relationships with established policy leaders.
  • Gain first-hand experience in different policy and government careers.
  • Increase their understanding of policymaking and the legislative process. 
  • 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

Capitol Pathways Updates

Capitol Pathways Student Spotlight: Roaya Ghuneim

Capitol Pathways Student Spotlight: Roaya Ghuneim

We are excited to begin spotlighting our 2024 Capitol Pathways students to learn more about their experiences of the program so far. Here, we highlight Roaya Ghuneim, a a sophomore at St. Olaf College in Northfield.


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This program is made possible in part by major donors:

F.R. Bigelow Foundation

McKnight Foundation

Otto Bremer Trust

Summer Fund