Application process

We outline the process and timeline for getting into our program.
December - January


Program announcement

Each January, we announce the details of the coming year's program on our website, including:

  • Dates when we will be accepting applications for the coming summer
  • Name of employer partners for the coming summer
  • Application links

Submitting an application

  • See if you are eligible to apply
  • See the application requirements
  • Complete and submit your application 

Learn about eligibility and requirements

February - March

Interview and selection

Invitation to interview

  • After we review the applications, we will send some applicants an invitation to interview.
  • If you receive an invitation, it will be for a specific site placement — working for a specific employer.
  • We interview two to three candidates for each available placement.
  • Being offered an interview does not guarantee placement.

Selecting who we interview

Our candidate selection committee will only invite applicants who:

  • Meet our eligibility requirements
  • Demonstrate program competencies in the application essay


  • You will be interviewed by our site coordinator for a specific employer.
  • The interviewer will ask questions about your professional interests and job skills.

Getting an offer

We make offers to candidates in mid-April.

May - August

Internships and leadership training

Internships run from the end of May to the middle of August.

Specific dates will be included in the annual program announcement in January.

You are responsible for finding your own housing.

Get more details on internships and leadership training


Contact us

Urban Scholars

Civil Rights Department






City Hall
350 Fifth St. S., Room 239
Minneapolis, MN 55415

Office hours

8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
Monday – Friday