City will accept Urban Scholars internship applications beginning Feb. 15

The City is gearing up to once again offer its Urban Scholars internship program to college students interested in public service careers. This highly competitive program offers college students from diverse backgrounds an opportunity to develop leadership skills and learn about public sector careers.

The 12-week program is a full-time paid internship that runs from May 20 to Aug. 9. Urban Scholars will work in City departments and complete a team-based community project that will be presented to government and community stakeholders.

Applications for the 2013 Urban Scholars Internship and Leadership Development program will be accepted beginning Friday, Feb. 15 and are due March 25. Applications can be found on the City’s online job bank. Students who are enrolled in and in good standing at a two- or four-year college or university are eligible to apply. They must also be a permanent resident of Minneapolis, although they can be attending a school anywhere, not just in Minnesota.

Last year, eight Urban Scholars were chosen from among more than 100 applicants. The eight scholars were all Minneapolis residents, who were attending colleges across the country. These students worked in these departments: Neighborhood and Community Relations, City Coordinator’s office, Finance, Public Works, Civil Rights, Health and Family Support, Community Planning and Economic Development, Regulatory Services and Human Resources.

In the long run, the City hopes to develop young talent who can begin careers in public service, and someday be the next generation of City leaders.

Urban Scholars is one component of the One Minneapolis Equity in Employment initiative, 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. While the City’s overall unemployment rate is 5.0 percent, unemployment among African Americans in Minneapolis is at 18 percent, and the unemployment rate for American Indians is 25 percent.

For more information, visit the Urban Scholars website.

 

Published Feb 13, 2013

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