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.

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 Student Spotlight: Camille Terrell

Capitol Pathways Student Spotlight: Camille Terrell

During the 2022 legislative session, Camille is interning with Catholic Charities, where she has worked doing research and attending team meetings. She is passionate about advocating for BIPOC communities and is considering pursuing a career in policy work.

April 2022 Cohort Meeting & Social Recap

April 2022 Cohort Meeting & Social Recap

Our third cohort meeting for the Capitol Pathways interns expanded their professional growth and provided them with more opportunities to reflect on their experiences thus far.

2023 Capitol Pathways Cohort

Students not pictured: Sundus Abdi, José Aviña, Yasmin Lopez, Ridwan Mohamed



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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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