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 more representative of our diverse communities, our program provides legislative and career readiness training alongside an immersive hands-on internship experience with organizations doing work at or around the Capitol during the legislative session.

Host and student recruitment for the 2023 program year has ended. We are now in the process of interviewing student candidates and will soon be pairing interns with our host organizations for the 2023 legislative session. Follow along as a new program year. Sign up for our newsletter for updates!

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

Capitol Pathways Updates

Capitol Pathways Spotlight: Abdihamid Badri, 2019 Alum

Capitol Pathways Spotlight: Abdihamid Badri, 2019 Alum

To Abdihamid, Capitol Pathways is unique and critical because it centers the experiences of students of color and acknowledges the barriers they face when entering the policy space. Read more about his Capitol Pathways experience.


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This program is made possible in part by major donors:

F.R. Bigelow Foundation

Fredrikson & Byron, P.A.

Jefferson Lines

McKnight Foundation

Otto Bremer Trust

Schwan’s Corporate Giving Foundation



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