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Smart Justice Fellowship

The ACLU of Minnesota is excited to announce our new Smart Justice Fellowship, in partnership with the NAACP of Minneapolis.

The Smart Justice Fellowship aims to provide a cohort of ten fellows with the training needed to become leaders among the 55,000-plus Minnesotans who regained their right to vote after the Restore the Vote bill was signed into law by Governer Walz on March 3, 2023.

The fellowship's goal is to recruit one fellow from each of Minnesota's ten judicial districts. This will allow the ACLU-MN and the Minneapolis NAACP to jump-start criminal justice reform organizing efforts outside of the Twin Cities metro – where the highest per capita populations of formerly disenfranchised voters reside. It will also allow fellows, the ACLU-MN, and partners, including the Minneapolis NAACP, to build relationships with judicial officials in each district, hopefully leading to greater influence in sentencing patterns.

Ideally, fellows will be individuals affected by the criminal legal system. Fellows can also be individuals with a close relationship with a justice-impacted individual whose incarceration affected them personally.

Apply for the fellowship on our website.

Quick facts about the fellowship:

  • The Fellowship will meet for one module per month from February to November of 2024. Most modules will be held remotely over Zoom and will generally last for 1.5 hours. The ACLU-MN will help reimburse travel expenses for in-person modules.
  • Fellows will be awarded a stipend of $1,000 for their participation in the fellowship, directly tied to their attendance ($100 per module).
  • Modules will focus on topics including organizing, communications, canvassing, building relationships with judicial officials, and more.

We are asking all ACLU-MN members to share this fellowship with their community. The more applications we receive for the fellowship, the more robust the program will be.

If you want to apply or share the information with someone, learn more on our website.


Increasing Diversity in Environmental Careers

The Increasing Diversity in Environmental Careers (IDEC) program provides a unique college-to-careers pathway for underrepresented students including women, racial/ethnic minorities, and individuals  conservation corp logo with disabilities. The IDEC program’s goal is to reduce barriers for students so they can successfully complete a STEM degree and prepare for a career in the public sector post-graduation.

Visit Conservation Corps Careers for more information about fellowships, internships and mentorship.


Metropolitan Council Interships

The Met Council's Internship Program offers a wide variety of opportunities to qualifying interns. Our programs — traditional, Met Scholar, and Ability internships — are designed to educate and mentor interns by providing professional on-the-job training and development. Participants receive an hourly rate of $22.20! Most interns work full-time during the summer, and some opportunities continue part-time through the school year.

2024 program dates

There are two internship cohorts:
  • Winter internships start March 25, 2024
  • Summer internships start May 28, 2024

Most internships end Aug. 23, 2024, with some extending into the school year. 

Go to Metropolitan Council Internships for more information or
reach out to Met Council Internships with any questions.


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