Third cohort of Urban Scholars celebrate completion of summer long internships

The third cohort of Urban Scholars are about to complete their summer long internships and the public is invited to a recognition ceremony happening at 2 p.m. Friday, Aug. 15 at City Hall. Mayor Betsy Hodges will deliver the keynote address as City leaders and community partners celebrate the Urban Scholars and the completion of their internships.

Minneapolis’ third class of Urban Scholars has been working all summer in 14 different City departments and four partner organizations, the Metropolitan Council, Minneapolis Public Schools, Greater Twin Cities United Way and PCL Construction, developing leadership skills and learning about careers in government and the private sector.

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.

This year’s 36 Urban Scholars were chosen from more than 300 applicants. The students selected worked in key areas of City government and the private sector, 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 36 Scholars attend colleges across the country.

In addition to their work in the City and partner organizations Urban Scholars worked on a team-based community project with the Neighborhood and Community Relations Department to ensure that youth have full participation and access to the community engagement opportunities in Minneapolis. Throughout the summer, Urban Scholars also participated in a number of activities including mock firefighter training, a panel discussion with STEP-UP interns about college and a panel discussion of partner organization senior leaders who shared their paths to leadership with the Urban Scholars. The Shannon Leadership Institute also facilitated Urban Scholars leadership development throughout the session and Toastmaster’s International 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 shared their experiences all summer long on the Urban Scholars blog.

More information about the program is also available on the Urban Scholars


Published Aug 11, 2014