Capitol Pathways is a paid spring internship program for college students who identify as Black, Indigenous, and People of Color (BIPOC). 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.
This internship is ideal for students who:
- 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 community.
- Want to develop professional and career readiness skills.
The program is open to all undergraduate BIPOC college students. We also accept students with under documented status and international students.
In the program, Capitol Pathways students:
- Join a cohort of up to 40 other BIPOC students for support and community building.
- Are matched with an organization (lobbying firm, nonprofit, government agency and others) working to advance various policy issues during the 2024 legislative session.
- Work at their internship a minimum of 10 hours per week during the length of session and are provided a $3000 stipend (this is the equivalent to $15/per hour.)
- Receive trainings to build their understanding of the legislative process and race & equity.
- Attend monthly paid cohort meetings with their peers for career readiness training and networking.
- Are exposed to other job, internship and networking opportunities through their host organizations, social hours, a robust alumni network, and ongoing mentorship by program staff.