City taking applications for 2017 Urban Scholars interns – deadline Feb. 18

Program trains a diverse group of college students in public service careers

The City of Minneapolis is once again offering its leadership development summer internship program for undergraduate and graduate students. Now in its sixth year, the Urban Scholars program aims to provide college students from diverse racial and ethnic backgrounds with resume-building professional work experiences. College students interested in applying to the summer internship program should apply online at by Saturday, Feb. 18. The 12-week program is a full-time paid internship experience that runs from May 22-Aug. 11.

Interns will work in key areas of different City departments, including the Mayor’s Office and City Council offices, and with the Metropolitan Council, Hennepin County, Minneapolis Public Schools, the State of Minnesota, Greater Twin Cities United Way, and the Minneapolis Park Board. Scholars also participate in the Urban Scholars Leadership Institute for essential leadership and communications skills and focus on building networks, skills and opportunities. In the long run, the City and partners hope to develop young talent so the students can begin careers in the public sector and someday be the next generation of public service leaders.

Last year, 73 Urban Scholars interns were chosen from more than 500 applicants.

The Urban Scholars leadership development summer internship program is one component of the Equity Division of the Minneapolis Department of Civil Rights. Visit the Urban Scholars Web page for more information.