Internships and training

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

Summer internships

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

  • Career goals
  • Professional and academic experience
  • Skill sets
  • Interests

Internships are:

  • Paid - At least $15 per hour; paychecks arrive every two weeks
  • Full time
  • 12 weeks long (late-May through mid-August)

You should know

  • You must be be here for the full twelve weeks of the program. 
  • This may require you to work with college or university to take exams early.
  • 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) at the Public Service Building, Room 100.

  • 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 during your 12-week summer internship.

See where the Public Service Building is located

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