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City accepting applications for 2013 Urban Scholars internship program

Second-year program trains a diverse group of college students in public service careers

Feb. 15, 2013 (MINNEAPOLIS) The City of Minneapolis is once again offering its internship program for college students interested in public service careers. Beginning today, the City will accept applications for the 2013 Urban Scholars program, which aims to help young people from diverse backgrounds build their skills for the future, with a focus on careers in public service. Students interested in applying to the program should apply online Monday, March 25.

Students who are enrolled 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. The 12-week program is a full-time paid internship experience that runs from May 20 – Aug. 9. Urban Scholars will work in a City of Minneapolis department and also complete a team-based community project that will be presented to government and community stakeholders.

The Urban Scholars Internship and Leadership Development Program 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 percent, unemployment among African Americans in Minneapolis is at 18 percent, and the unemployment rate for American Indians is 25 percent.

Last year, eight Urban Scholars were chosen from more than 100 applicants. The students selected worked in key areas of City government, and in the long run, the City hopes to develop a group of young talent who can begin careers in public service, and someday be the next generation of City leaders. The eight scholars were all Minneapolis residents, who were attending colleges across the country.

Visit the Urban Scholars web page for more information.

 

 

Published Feb. 15, 2013