MDHR Internship Program

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.

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 and assisting the Department in developing policy positions and drafting possible legislation. An intern's research contributes to the Department's mission in transforming public policy so that all people in Minnesota are empowered with the ability to contribute and enjoy the benefits of society.

Why Be an Intern at MDHR?

  • 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.

Download an internship application from the Minnesota Management and Budget (MMB) web site. Mail, email or fax your completed application to the appropriate 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 or calling 651.539.1100.

Internship Application


Contact: us at 651.539.1100 or

Internship Program Flyer (PDF 822 kb)

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