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Executive Pathways Summer 2023 internship opportunities

Applications open January 27 – February 16, 2023

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. Due to the pandemic, all internship positions will be remote. 

Eligibility and requirements

Applicants must:

  • Be a sophomore, junior or senior in an associate's, bachelors or undergraduate program or be in a graduate program. We accept students who will be attaining a degree in May 2023.
  • Be in good academic standing and be able to provide proof of current educational enrollment
  • Have the ability to work in the United States
  • Be available to work (telework) 30-40 hours per week between June 7, 2023 to Aug. 23, 2023
  • Be willing to submit to a background check prior to starting the internship.
  • Must reside in the State of Minnesota throughout the duration of the internship 

Please email DHS Human Resources at for further information.

Apply online

All interested candidates must officially apply online through the State of Minnesota Careers website. 

  1. Go to
  2. Click “External Applicants” (or “Current Employees” if you are a current state employee).
  3. On the Job Search page, use the keywords “Executive Pathways” and search for openings. 
  4. Click on the Internship Title to view the job posting.
  5. If interested, click Apply and follow the instructions provided. 
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