Internships and training

You can get details about our paid public sector internships and leadership training.

Summer internships

Once accepted into our program, we will match you to an internship based on your:

  • Career goals
  • Professional experience
  • Academic work
  • Skill set
  • Interests

Internships are:

  • Paid - At least $18.13 per hour for undergraduate students and $22.44 per hour for graduate students; paychecks arrive every two weeks
  • Full time (40 hours a week) 
  • June 3, 2024 through August 16, 2024

You should know

  • Program dates are June 3, 2024 through August 16, 2024
  • You are required to attend the Urban Scholars Leadership Institute weekly
  • You are required to work all weeks of the program
  • Work hours are typically 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday
  • Some placements may require evening and weekend hours
  • You will not work on City holidays
  • We make accommodations if you are sick or have a family emergency



Leadership training

As an Urban Scholar, you will participate in The Urban Scholars Leadership Institute (USLI) 

  • You will be assigned to a cohort or small group 
  • Your cohort will attend leadership training together
  • You will attend the training once a week (Every Monday) during your summer internship for 8 hours per week. 

USLI training

  • Features speakers and panelists from across the region who:
    • Work in the public sectors
    • Address a variety of work-related topics
  • Teaches soft skills like:
    • Teamwork
    • Time management
    • Listening
    • Conflict resolution
    • Networking
  • Creates space for you to:
    • Reflect on your experiences in the workplace 
    • Process what you are learning
    • Identify your personal strengths, values and habits
  • Practice public speaking in a supportive space
Being part of an Urban Scholar cohort helps you develop a network of life-long professional and personal relationships.

Alumni share their experience

Learn more about the program experience from Urban Scholar alumni.

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