Governor's Internship Program
The Governor’s Internship Program is an exciting and unique opportunity for Minnesota students interested in public service. As an intern in the Office of Governor Walz and Lt. Governor Flanagan, you will gain insight into the various paths within public service and learn valuable skills to prepare you for your future career, all while seizing a unique opportunity to give back to the State of Minnesota.
Internship Program Details
The Governor’s Office Internship Program offers part-time internships during the fall and spring academic semesters, as well as the summer break.
Summer (May 24, 2021 – September 3, 2021)
Application Deadline: Friday, April 16, 2021
Our positions are unpaid and part-time, and interns must work a minimum of 12-15 hours a week. In order to be considered for an internship, applicants must meet the following criteria:
- Have a High School diploma or GED
- Be currently enrolled in an undergraduate institution
- Have completed at least one semester of undergraduate education by the beginning of their internships
Before applying, we encourage you to review the department descriptions and candidate criteria. Although we cannot guarantee placement in a specific department, applicants are encouraged to indicate their preferences, as this will help us get to know their interests and find a strong fit.
The Public Engagement Office serves as the first point of contact between the public and the Governor's Office. The Department responds on behalf of the Governor to phone calls, emails, letters, and walk-ins from the people of Minnesota and works closely with state agencies to resolve constituent issues. The Department also oversees the Governor's Office outreach to communities across Minnesota. Public Engagement Interns can expect to gain a first-hand look at how state government works and a rewarding experience helping those in need.
The Legislative Affairs Department focuses on moving the Governor’s legislative agenda forward by sustaining relationships with state, federal, and local elected officials, as well as advocacy groups. The Department ensures that the Governor, Lt. Governor, and staff are fully informed about all legislative matters. Legislative Affairs Interns will help track legislation in progress, research ongoing policy issues, and assist in handling legislative inquiries.
The Communications Department serves as the liaison between the Governor’s Office and the media. The Department plays a vital role in crafting and disseminating the Administration’s messaging and developing its communication strategy. Communications Interns will help with the following tasks: monitoring and compiling press coverage and daily clips, drafting press releases and media advisories, developing social media and web content, assisting with research.
The Scheduling Department handles the scheduling and operations for all public events, meetings, and appearances for the Governor, Lt. Governor and First Lady. The Department coordinates all necessary logistics with event organizers and communicates the logistical needs to the communications team and any relevant agency. Scheduling Interns will help research events, correspond with event organizers, and help staff with preparations for events.
The Legal Department advises the Governor and Lt. Governor on a wide variety of legal issues. The Department also collaborates with agency counsel and the Attorney General’s Office on litigation involving the Governor’s Office and state agencies. Legal Interns will help with statutory, regulatory, and case law research, cite checking, and other tasks as needed. We are seeking applicants with an enthusiasm for the law, excellent research, communication, writing, proofreading and editing skills, and an eagerness to improve those skills.
Please note: To be considered for an internship in the Legal Department, applicants must have completed an undergraduate degree. We especially encourage applications from current law students.
Judicial, Board, & Commissions Appointments
The State of Minnesota has hundreds of boards and commissions dealing with virtually every state department and public policy area to which the Governor will make thousands of appointments during his term. The Appointments Department is responsible for screening potential candidates for gubernatorial appointments, and works closely with staff, boards, and councils to advance the appointments of Governor Walz and Lt. Governor Flanagan. Appointments Interns will help with research, application tracking, recruitment, memo and brief preparation, and other tasks as needed.
Tribal State Relations
The Tribal State Relations Systems Implementation (TSR) team is looking for an intern to assist with their work. The TSR team is composed of three staff, is part of the Governor’s Office and works closely with the 11 Tribal Nations in Minnesota. The intern should have an interest in working with Tribal governments and learning more about how state government interacts with tribal government on a government to government level. There are several areas for the intern to assist with, including and not limited to: Compiling and updating a database on specific information for each tribal nation; compiling and updating information on urban Native organizations and leaders; supporting TSR staff with research and organizing information; working in scheduling and calendars for TSR staff, and helping to launch and organize a TSR newsletter for state agencies and staff. The intern should ideally be good at organization, writing, and have an interest in state politics and a base understanding of tribal governments and indigenous history/issues.
Office of Inclusion
The Office of Inclusion provides structure and strategic direction for enterprise-wide inclusion and equity efforts. This includes developing a statewide vision providing strategic direction, advice, and consultation to State agency partners to advance integration of inclusion and equity principles into state agency culture. We are focused on utilizing change management techniques to embed equity into the ways that state agencies operate every day. Office of Inclusion Interns will work within the office to assist with the administrative and program tasks, support project, communications, trainings, and other initiatives related to our equity and inclusion work.
Successful applicants in all departments will have:
- Excellent communication and collaborative work skills
- A strong work ethic and ability to work independently
- Capacity to work in a fast-paced environment
- Strong writing, research, and organizational skills
- A willingness to be flexible in daily work assignments
Apply for an Internship
To apply for an internship in the Governor's Office, please submit the following application materials by email to firstname.lastname@example.org. You may also submit materials by mail to: Attn: Internship Coordinator 130 State Capitol 75 Rev Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd. Saint Paul, MN 55155 Please note that mailed applications must be received by the deadline.
- Application Form: The form must be saved to your computer, not opened in a browser, to enter and save text.
- Cover Letter: A one-page cover letter which outlines your interest in interning for the Walz-Flanagan Administration.
- Resume: A one-page resume that outlines your academic and work experience.
- Writing Sample: A writing sample that is no longer than four pages.
Questions or requests for reasonable accommodations for the internship application process can be directed to email@example.com.