Urban Scholars program expands, provides a diverse group of college students with resume-building professional experience

Minneapolis’ third cohort of Urban Scholars begins work today in 14 different City departments and the City Council offices, developing leadership skills and learning about careers in government. The program is also expanding this year as Urban Scholars will be working with the Metropolitan Council, Minneapolis Public Schools, Greater Twin Cities United Way and PCL Construction. The Urban Scholars program is a full-time paid internship experience that aims to provide college students from diverse racial and ethnic backgrounds with a professional employment experience focused on gaining essential leadership skills and creating a resume-building, career pathway. The 12-week program runs through Aug. 15.

This year’s 39 Urban Scholars were chosen from more than 300 applicants. The students selected are working in key areas of City government and public policy, and in the long run, the City and partnering organizations hope to develop a group of young talent who can begin careers in the public and private sectors, and someday be the next generation of City leaders. The 39 Scholars attend colleges across the country.

In addition to their work in City departments, the Metropolitan Council, Minneapolis Public Schools, Greater Twin Cities United Way and PCL Construction, the City of Minneapolis Urban Scholars will complete a team-based community project with the Neighborhood and Community Relations Department where they’ll conduct dialog on transforming the community engagement system for youth. The purpose is to ensure that youth have full participation and access to the community engagement opportunities in Minneapolis. Throughout the summer, Urban Scholars will also participate in a number of activities including firefighter training and a panel discussion with STEP-UP interns. The Shannon Leadership Institute will also facilitate leadership skills development throughout the session and Toastmaster’s International has set up a special section specifically for Urban Scholars to develop their communication skills. 

Urban Scholars is managed by the Employment Equity Division of the Minneapolis Department of Civil Rights, which aims to close the employment gap in a city and metro area that suffers from one of the highest disparities between white and non-white unemployment in the country.

Urban Scholars will be sharing their experiences all summer long on the new Urban Scholars blog.

More information about the program is also available on the Urban Scholars web page. 


Published May 27, 2014