The Minnesota Department of Human Services has paid internship opportunities for college students to explore a rewarding career in public service. Our agency helps provide essential services to Minnesota’s most vulnerable residents. Working with many groups and people to ensure that Minnesota seniors, people with disabilities, children and others meet their basic needs and have the opportunity to reach their full potential.
The Executive Pathways Internship Program focuses on a diverse workforce by developing the talents of students as they prepare for professional employment. Graduate and undergraduate students majoring in public policy, statistics, psychology, social work, law, public health, sociology and other human services-related fields are encouraged to apply and have the opportunity to learn how public policy is developed and implemented in a large and complex government organization.
Through this internship program, students have the chance to be part of many well-publicized and highly visible policy decisions that impact Minnesotans' quality of life.
Each placement is designed to provide in-depth learning opportunities in a state government setting. The Executive Pathways Internship Program is a paid internship program and students may work up to 400 hours during the summer. Positions are located in the department's Central Offices in St. Paul, Minnesota.
Additional application information is available on this page, including the application and the position descriptions. If you have questions about the program, contact the Executive Pathways Internship coordinator, Tricia Meyer, in the Human Resources Division at the following address:
Executive Pathways Internship Coordinator
Human Resources Division
Minnesota Department of Human Services
P.O. Box 64997
St. Paul, MN 55164-0997
The practice of law at the Minnesota Department of Human Services reflects the broad nature of work performed at the state’s largest executive-branch agency, including legislative, litigation, transactional, regulatory and administrative legal services. Students are placed in a business area and assigned to projects that will provide significant legal, professional, and practical experiences. Students are offered intellectually stimulating assignments which afford them opportunities to demonstrate and enhance their writing, analytical, and advocacy skills across a broad range of legal issues. Externship positions are available during the Fall, Spring, and Summer semesters for law school credit; as such, eligibility is limited to currently enrolled law students.
To apply, send the following: (i) cover letter, (ii) resume, (iii) writing sample, and (iv) academic transcript in an email to DHS’ Legal Externship Director.
The Minnesota Sex Offender Program (MSOP) offers a psychology doctoral internship program for students completing their doctoral degree from counseling, clinical, and forensic psychology programs.
MSOP operates secure inpatient treatment facilities and a Department of Corrections (DOC) program for offenders. Clients come to MSOP after being civilly committed by the courts for evaluation or treatment. The most common primary diagnoses are paraphilias and personality disorders. In addition, many clients have primary or secondary diagnoses of substance use, borderline intellectual functioning, and mood disorders.
The Forensic Evaluation Department at Minnesota Forensic Services, in collaboration with the University of Minnesota Forensic Psychiatry Fellowship, offers a postdoctoral forensic psychology fellowship program for individuals interested in gaining expertise in the area of forensic evaluation.