Organizers are seeking people and projects for Urban Scholars program

With planning for the 2014 Urban Scholars program already underway, now’s the time to begin thinking about how you or your department can get involved. Program organizers are looking for projects students could work on, departments willing to host a scholar and staff members to serve as mentors.

The Minneapolis Urban Scholars program is a highly competitive summer program that offers internships to college students to help them develop leadership skills and learn about public sector careers. The program reaches out to college students from diverse racial and ethnic backgrounds with the goal of developing the next generation of civic leaders.  

Can your department host an Urban Scholar?

If you think your department could benefit from an urban scholar, now is the time to start discussing how your department can provide a meaningful work experience. More information will be sent to department heads in early January.

Do you have a project that could benefit from a fresh perspective?

Program organizers are looking for a project that the students could tackle as a group project. To be considered, the group project should:

Can you serve as a mentor?

If you’re a good listener who is willing to offer insights about your life and your career, and help students set goals and stay on task, consider volunteering to serve as mentor to an urban scholar this summer.

Can you help recruit a college student?

Program organizers are always looking for good candidates for this program. If you know of a promising college student, contact Taleya Hamilton at 612-673-2339 or    

Please tell potential Urban Scholar candidates about this opportunity and encourage them to visit the Urban Scholars website, which offers information about the program and application forms.


Published Dec 24, 2013