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  2013 Fall Interns

The Governor's Office internship program is designed to provide students, who may be interested in state government, an opportunity to volunteer as interns. This is an unpaid internship program that affords students the opportunity to earn college credits and or valuable work experience.

Any college student or college graduate student may apply for a regular internship. The program is offered year-round. A minimum of 12 hours per week is required. The Governor’s Office is currently accepting applications for the legislative session. Applications will be accepted through Friday, November 21.


Program Descriptions

How to Apply for an Internship

Internship Application form: Download and fill out this form.
  • Cover Letter: Please include a one-page cover letter outlining why you are interested in interning for the Governor's office and the specific department(s) you applied for. 
  • Resume: Please include resume.  
  • Writing Sample: Please include a writing sample that is no longer than four pages double-spaced that you believe to be most pertinent to the department you are applying for. Those applying to the Communications Department should submit two writing samples, or equivalent skill-specific materials.

Note: You may apply in more than one department, ranking your preference of department with 1 being the most desirable.



Application Instructions
Interested applicants should e-mail, mail or fax a completed Internship Application form, cover letter, resume and a writing sample to Elizabeth Dressel:


Elizabeth Dressel
116 Veterans Service Building
20 W 12th Street
St. Paul, MN 55155
FAX: 651-797-1901 

Email: Elizabeth.Dressel@state.mn.us


  Citizen Outreach/Constituent Services and Appointments

The Citizen Outreach and Appointments Department of Governor Mark Dayton is seeking dedicated, intelligent, and hardworking interns with a strong interest in public service for the Citizen Outreach and Constituent Services department.

The Citizen Outreach and Constituent Services department works to ensure that the Governor’s Office is accessible to the citizens of Minnesota. The Citizen Outreach staff provides personal assistance for citizen questions, comments, requests and concerns. The Citizen Outreach staff also attends, or provides support for the Governor and his staff, at public meetings and events to help maintain a strong relationship between the Governor’s office and the community.   This department also handles all Gubernatorial Appointments to Boards, Commissions and Judicial Appointments. 

Duties include assisting the department with daily operations, such as answering the phone and returning messages from constituents, drafting letters, in-taking mail, and other administrative tasks.  Successful applicants will have strong interpersonal skills, professional communication skills, and the ability to think on your feet.

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  Scheduling  

The Scheduling Department for the Office of Governor Mark Dayton is seeking organized, motivated, and professional interns to help assist the Governor’s Scheduler.

Primary duties include tracking event requests, following up with constituents, creating event memos, working closely with the Governor’s Scheduler to help manage the Governor’s schedule, and various other tasks as needed.

Applicants must work well independently, be detail oriented, and have strong verbal skills. Basic computer skills are necessary. Knowledge of Microsoft Access preferred, but not required.

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  Communications  

The intent of the Office of Governor Mark Dayton’s communications internship program is to provide students with a robust education experience using new and traditional communications platforms. Interns will have an opportunity to interact with policy makers and communications staff in the Governor’s office and help communicate Governor Dayton’s policy agenda to Minnesotans across the state.

Duties include assisting communications staff with daily operations, such as research, creating digital content including blogs and other social media projects, staffing press events with the governor, and other administrative tasks. 


Interns will take part in communications activities that will expand their knowledge of policy and communications tactics at the highest level of state government. Successful applicants will have strong writing, research, and professional communication skills.

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  Legislative and Cabinet Affairs  

The Office of Governor Mark Dayton is seeking interns with an invested interest in public policy and public affairs for the Legislative and Cabinet Affairs Department.
The Legislative and Cabinet Affairs Department works to advance the policy agenda of Governor Dayton. The Legislative Affairs staff provides policy advice and support to the Governor and executive branch agencies. 

Duties vary heavily by season and can vary day to day, especially if the Legislature is in session. Duties may include, but are not limited to: administrative, operations, note-taking during public committee or on the Senate or House floor, researching policies, tracking legislations, and preparing memos and briefs for Policy Advisors and the Governor, among other special projects.

Interns who excel in the Legislative and Cabinet Affairs Department tend to have the following attributes:

  • Strong work ethic and an ability to adapt and problem-solve in a face-paced work environment 
  • Strong writing, research, computer and organizational skills, especially with great attention to detail, style and grammar 
  • Experience managing projects from idea to completion while balancing changing priorities  
  • Experience working in an office environment and as part of a team 
  • Self-starter, self-driven and self-motivator
  • Understanding of the role of the Executive Branch and the state legislative process

Applicants should include in their cover letter which policy area interest them the most and what they hope to gain from their internship.

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