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MDHR Internships

What is the MDHR Internship Program?

The Department of Human Rights' Internship Program offers students an opportunity to gain invaluable skills in human rights by experiencing the inner workings of the state agency that enforces the Minnesota Human Rights Act.

Why Be a Communications and Government Relations Intern at MDHR?

  • Engage in work and research on topics that matter
  • Participate in a program that is transforming public policy
  • Gain real world experience hands-on by working in a small cabinet-level agency
  • Benefit from one-on-one interaction with communications and government relations professionals
  • Take on a project from start to finish

Why Be a Legal Intern at MDHR?

By working side-by-side with lead enforcement officers and senior attorneys, interns draft and investigate discrimination charges and are given an opportunity to observe the assistant commissioner in settlement discussions with parties after a probable cause determination. Students will have opportunities to observe volunteer mediators resolve matters through mediation.

Interns can also participate in cutting edge research projects for developing policy and for supporting the day-to-day operations of the Department such as providing case law research to be incorporated into a new desk reference book for MDHR enforcement officers, assisting the Department in developing policy positions, and drafting possible legislation. An intern's research contributes to the Department's mission to transform public policy so that all people in Minnesota are empowered with the ability to contribute to and enjoy the benefits of society.

  • Engage in cutting-edge research in topics that matter
  • Participate in a program that is transforming public policy
  • Gain real world experience hands-on by working in a small cabinet-level agency
  • Benefit from one-on-one interaction with lead enforcement officers and senior attorneys
  • Take on a project from start to finish
  • Hone your skills in human rights and employment law

Application Process and Details

Applications are accepted throughout the year.
 
To participate in this program, students must receive academic credit, or their academic program must require an internship.
 
Send a cover letter and resume by mail, email or fax to the address below:
 
Minnesota Department of Human Rights 
Attn: Internship Program 
625 Robert Street North 
Saint Paul, MN 55155
 
Fax: 651.296.9042
 
 
For more information about this program, contact us by emailing info.MDHR@state.mn.us or calling 651.539.1100.
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