Capitol Pathways Student Info
With the long-term goal of making Minnesota government truly representative of our diverse communities, the program opens access to the Minnesota Capitol and policymaking to the next generation of BIPOC leaders. Through this leadership program, interns build relationships with established Capitol leaders and policy professionals, learn about the legislative process, gain exposure to various careers in policy and build a strong professional resume in the process. This is a spring 2022 internship from January – May 2022.
Our student application has now closed. We are no longer accepting applications for the 2022 program year.
2022 Programming & COVID-19:
Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, we will follow a “hybrid” program model, with mainly virtual programming and some in-person convenings, starting January 2022. We will continue to monitor public health guidelines from the CDC and Minnesota Department of Health and make changes as necessary. Any changes will be communicated promptly by program staff.
*Before proceeding, please carefully read the application criteria below to ensure you are eligible to apply to the program.
- Be a current college undergraduate student in good academic standing (at least a 2.0 G.P.A and not on academic or progress probation) attending an accredited two- or four-year institution of higher education in Minnesota.
- Have completed your first year in college (at least have Sophomore status) or have the equivalent in credits of a full first year student.
- Self-identify as BIPOC.
- Have a J1/F1 visa with authorization to work in the U.S. if you are an international student
- Be available to interview with up to three host organizations during the weeks of:
- Dates: November 30 – December 17, 2021
- Be available to attend 4-hour long monthly cohort meetings on the following dates:
- Dates: February 18, March 18, April 22 and May 20 (2022)
- Be available to attend a mandatory paid student orientation and legislative training on:
- Dates: January 4 – 7, 2022
- Be available to attend a race & equity training sometime on the week of January 24, 2022. Date to be determined.
- We are not accepting High School PSEO students at this time
In the program, Capitol Pathways interns:
- Join a cohort of up to 35 other students and attend 4-hour long monthly cohort meetings for networking, leadership development and professional skill-building sessions. Cohort meetings are facilitated by program leaders and selected speakers. Cohort meetings are compensated time by the host organization.
- 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 will be referred to as our host supervisors.
- Work at their internship a minimum of 10 hours per week during the length of session and are compensated a minimum of $15/per hour. Internships provide policymaking experience. In light of the COVID-19 pandemic, some of the work may be conducted remotely. Intern responsibilities and duties will vary depending on the organization they work with however, some remote work examples include:
- Online informational interviews with legislators, Capitol staff, co-workers, and policy professionals
- Research, track and summarize bills
- Attend virtual meetings; take notes
- Assist in scheduling, preparation, and staffing meetings
- Attend events within your organization or other events of interest to your intern
- Write articles for social media (e-newsletters, blogs, etc.)
- Are consistently exposed to other job, internship and networking opportunities through their host organizations, programmed social hours following cohort meetings, a closed social media alumni network where opportunities are posted, and ongoing mentorship by program staff.
- One professional/academic letter of recommendation
We accept academic/professional letters of recommendation from professors, employers and supervisors. We will not accept letters of recommendation from family members or close friends. Letters of recommendation need not be longer than 1 page.
SELECTION & PLACEMENT PROCESS
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 their information and student applications, we will pre-select student applicants to move on to the interview round. Program staff will notify students whether they have been accepted into the interview round by November 29, 2021.
Phase Two: Interview round
Students interview with up to three pre-selected host organizations from November 30 – December 17, 2021. 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 placements 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 by December 27, 2021.
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