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Executive Pathways Program

The Executive Pathways Internship Program focuses on a diverse workforce by developing the talents of students as they prepare for professional employment. Graduate and undergraduate students majoring in public policy, social work, law, statistics and other related fields have the opportunity to learn how public policy is developed and implemented in a large and complex government organization.

Through this internship program, students have the chance to be part of many well-publicized and highly visible policy decisions that impact Minnesotans' quality of life.

The internships are generally during the summer, and are located in the department's Central Offices in St. Paul. DHS will begin accepting applications in January 2018. Additional application information is available on our website. If you have questions about the program, contact the Executive Pathways Internship coordinator in the Human Resources Division at the following address:

Executive Pathways Internship Coordinator
Human Resources Division
Minnesota Department of Human Services
P.O. Box 64997
St. Paul, MN 55164-0997
Voice: 651-431-2909


Legal Externship Program

The practice of law at the Minnesota Department of Human Services reflects the broad nature of work performed at the state’s largest executive-branch agency, including legislative, litigation, transactional, regulatory and administrative legal services.  Students are placed in a business area and assigned to projects that will provide significant legal, professional, and practical experiences. Students are offered intellectually stimulating assignments which afford them opportunities to demonstrate and enhance their writing, analytical, and advocacy skills across a broad range of legal issues.  Externship positions are available during the Fall, Spring, and Summer semesters for law school credit; as such, eligibility is limited to currently enrolled law students.

To apply, send the following: (i) cover letter, (ii) resume, (iii) writing sample, and (iv) academic transcript in an email to DHS’ Legal Externship Director.

Doctoral opportunities

Pre-doctoral Internship in Clinical Psychology (PDF)

Postdoctoral Fellowship in Forensic Psychology (PDF)

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