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Executive Pathways internship opportunities

Application for the summer of 2020 are now closed. Check back in early 2021 for information on next year's internships.

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.

Eligibility and requirements

Applicants must:

  • Be a sophomore, junior, or senior in an associate's, bachelor's or undergraduate program or be enrolled in a graduate program. Students are also eligible to apply if they have graduated within one calendar year of the internship application deadline. For example: A student who graduated in May 2020 is eligible to apply for the program in the summer of 2021.
  • 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 30 to 40 hours per week between June and August of the summer for which they are applying.
  • Be willing to submit to a background check prior to starting internship.

If you have questions about the program, contact the Executive Pathways Internship coordinator, Nancy Wallace, in the Human Resources Division at the following address:

Nancy Wallace
Executive Pathways Internship Coordinator
Human Resources Division
Minnesota Department of Human Services
P.O. Box 64997
St. Paul, MN 55164-0997
Voice: 651-431-2909
Email: dhs.internships@state.mn.us

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