Application for the summer of 2021will be open from April 7th through April 30th.
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 will work 30 to 40 hours per week between June to August. Positions are located in the department's central offices in St. Paul, Minnesota.
The programs below are all program DHS participates in to host interns. These internships aim to connect DHS with the next generation of talented and diverse workers, and provide critical job training for students and hands-on experience for young people who are interested in pursuing an internship with DHS. Our past interns and fellows have made valuable contributions across different agency departments and were eager to bring their skills, ideas and energy to our workplace and they are always appreciative for the opportunity.
Below you will find more information about each program we support interns through here at DHS:
Step-Up Achieve is the city of Minneapolis’ summer program that serves youth ages 16 to 21 who are seeking challenging opportunities by training and placing young people in professional positions. The goal is to offer a variety of career-readiness opportunities that help interns connect their interest with post-secondary education and career planning.
More information about the Step-Up Achieve program:
https://youtu.be/d2yE9wUsJHw AND https://www.achievempls.org/become-step-intern
Right Track is the city of Saint Paul’s summer career development initiative for youth providing motivated, low-income teenagers with work-readiness training and professional internship placements with St. Paul employers.
More about the Right Track program:
https://youtu.be/UfWM5-IjUGs and https://righttrack.stpaul.gov/
Urban Scholars is a 12-week (summer) internship that includes formal leadership and professional development training. Urban Scholars are graduate- and undergraduate-level students. Urban Scholars spend four days a week working on meaningful projects and work assignments alongside organizational leaders. One day a week, scholars come together as a cohort to learn and practice skills in leadership, professional development, small groups and public speaking.
More information about the Urban Scholars program:
https://youtu.be/QPIQy35qK2Q and http://www.ci.minneapolis.mn.us/civilrights/urbanscholars/index.htm
Project Search Minnesota is a nine to 12-month internship program that provides training and education leading to competitive employment for youth with disabilities. The internship supports student interns ages 18-21 and provides total immersion in a large community business where students will gain the ability to navigate job skills, responsibilities and work environments. The goal for each intern is integrated competitive employment upon graduation.
More information about the Project Search program:
If you have questions about these programs, contact the internship coordinator, Choua Yang, 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 mission: The Minnesota Department of Human Services (DHS), working with many stakeholders, counties, tribal nations and nonprofits, provides essential services to Minnesota’s most vulnerable residents; people with disabilities, children, and others to meet their basic needs and to have the opportunity to reach their full potential.
Program summary: Currently enrolled 2L, 3L and 4L law students, seeking real-world legal experience in a government organization, serving over a million people, may apply to DHS’s legal externship program to earn law school credit from hands-on legal experience. Note: You must also be enrolled in a credit-producing course at the time of the externship.
Terms: We provide opportunities at three times during the calendar year: the spring term (late January to late April), the summer term (early June to August) and the fall term (early September to December).
Background: DHS’s Legal Externship Program provides valuable, challenging and rewarding professional opportunities and experience for law school students. Our goal is to provide our externs with a better understanding of DHS’s role, thereby providing an opportunity to gain insight into the practices of law in the public sector.
Opportunities available: While placements are based on DHS’s needs, opportunities are often available in the:
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.