Capitol Pathways Student Info
Capitol Pathways is a paid spring internship program for BIPOC college students. With the long-term goal of making Minnesota state government and policymaking more representative of our diverse communities, our program provides students leadership, legislative and career readiness training alongside an immersive internship experience with an organization working in policy during the legislative session. This is a spring internship from January – May, 2024.
Is this internship for you?
This internship is open to all students that meet eligibility criteria, but you are encouraged to apply if you:
- Are interested in learning about policymaking.
- Want to learn about the legislative process and how laws that govern our state are made.
- Care about advocacy and are looking to build skills and experience.
- Value civic engagement and want to make an impact or drive change in your community.
We will continue hybrid programming for the upcoming 2024 year. Program staff will provide detailed information about all programming to students accepted into the program.
Application opens November 1st !
To prepare, you can view and download a Word Doc version of the application.
Learn more about what we provide, expectations, timeline, and more by clicking on the sections below, or click here for a PDF of this information.
Please carefully read the following application criteria to ensure you are eligible to apply.
To be considered for this internship, you must:
- Be a current undergraduate college student in good academic standing attending an accredited undergraduate college or university 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.
- International students are eligible to apply only if they have a J1/F1 visa with authorization to work in the U.S.
- Undocumented or underdocumented students are eligible to apply.
- Be available to interview with up to three organizations during the weeks of: Dates:
- December 4 – December 19, 2023
- Be available to attend a mandatory paid student orientation and legislative training on:
- Dates: January 2 – 5, 2024
- Be available to attend a race & equity training sometime on the week of January 22, 2024. Date to be determined.
Our goal is to provide students exposure to policymaking and first-hand experience with the legislature.
- Training. Students receive technical legislative training and race & equity training.
- Cohort Meetings. Students join a cohort of up to 35 other students and attend 4 monthly cohort meetings for networking, leadership development and professional skill-building sessions.
- Internship Placement. Students are placed with an organization working at or around the Capitol for the internship period. These internship sites are referred to as our host organizations/sites. All host organizations will assign a staff person as the student’s direct host supervisor.
- Stipend. Intern at their host site a minimum of 10 hours per week and receive a minimum stipend of $3,000.
- Internship Activities. Intern responsibilities and duties will vary depending on the organization they intern with however, some examples include:
- Informational interviews with legislators, Capitol staff and other policy professionals
- Research, track and summarize bills
- Attend committee meetings, take notes and draft summaries
- Assist in scheduling, preparation, and staffing meetings
- Attend events within your organization and externally
- Write articles for social media (e-newsletters, blogs, etc.)
- Networking. Consistently exposed to other job, internship and networking opportunities through their host organizations, programmed social hours, alumni network and ongoing mentorship by program staff.
- Resume (uploaded on the application portal.)
SELECTION & PLACEMENT PROCESS
Phase One: Pre-selection
Program staff review host and student applications to determine interests and needs. Based on this information, we will pre-select student applicants to move on to the interview phase.
Phase Two: Interviews
Selected students will interview with up to three organizations. Not all students who interview will move on to Phase Three.
Phase Three: Official acceptance into the program
Program staff will make final selection based on 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.
|November 1||Student application opens|
|November 10||Student info session I (virtual)|
|November 16||Student info session II (virtual)|
|November 27||Student application closes|
|December 1||Interview notifications (phase I)|
|Dec. 4 – Dec. 19||Interviews (phase II)|
|December 22||Program status notification|
|December 26||Students confirm participation|
|Jan. 2 – Jan. 5||Orientation & training|
|Week of Jan 22||Race & equity training (date TBD)|
|January 29||Internship start date|
|February 16||Cohort Meeting 1|
|March 22||Cohort Meeting 2|
|April 19||Cohort Meeting 3|
|May 17||Cohort Meeting 4|
|May 24||Last day of internship|
|June (TBD)||Capitol Pathways Celebration|
If you have any additional questions or feedback, please contact Program Manager Kalia Xiong:
- Email: [email protected]
- Phone: 651-289-1075
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