Spread the word: deadline for Urban Scholars applications is March 3


The City of Minneapolis is now accepting applications for the 2014 Urban Scholars program, a summer internship and leadership development program for college students interested in public service careers. The Minneapolis Urban Scholars program aims to help young people from diverse backgrounds build their professional and leadership skills. Students interested in the summer internship program should apply online at www.minneapolismn.gov/urbanscholars. The deadline is Monday, March 3.

Students must have completed their first year of post-secondary education before the internship begins and must be enrolled and in good standing at a two- or four-year college or university, graduate school or law school. The 12-week program is a full-time paid internship that runs May 27-Aug. 15. Urban Scholars will work in City departments and participate in events focused on building networks, leadership skills and career development opportunities.

Last year, 17 Urban Scholars were chosen from more than 135 applicants. The undergraduate and graduate students selected worked in key areas of City government. In the long run, the City hopes to develop a group of young talents who can begin careers in public service and someday become a generation of City leaders.

The Urban Scholars program is one component of the Minneapolis Civil Rights Department’s  Employment Equity Division. The division works to close the employment gap between white and non-white people in Minneapolis and the metro area. The area has one of the highest disparities in the U.S.

Visit the Urban Scholars Web page for more information.

Published Jan 22, 2014