Executive Pathways Program

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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 paid internship program, students have the chance to be part of many well-publicized and highly visible policy decisions that impact Minnesotans' quality of life and affect the state's ability to recruit and train professional employees.

The internships are generally during the summer, and are located in the department's Central Offices in St. Paul. The targeted recruitment usually begins in the fall. Additional application information is available online. If you have questions about the program, contact the Office for Equity, Performance and Development Executive Pathways Internship Coordinator at or at the following address:

Executive Pathways Internship Coordinator
OEPD Equal Opportunity and Access
Office for Equity, Performance and Development
Minnesota Department of Human Services
P.O. Box 64997
St. Paul, MN 55164-0997
Voice: 651-431-3040
TTY: 866-786-3945

Pathways to Human Services Careers

Pathways to Human Services Careers is a year-round targeted recruitment educational program of the department's State Operated Services (SOS) located throughout Minnesota. Interns are post-secondary students considering employment in the human services field. Pathways provides financial assistance, enriched work experience and applied educational development to participating students.

The State Operated Services make up the department's community based and residential health care system. The methods of providing services are evolving from institutional care to smaller community based, residential services. Some 6,000 staff are employed around the state providing these multiple support services to clients who are mentally ill, developmentally disabled, chemically dependent or geriatric patients.

Students may elect to apply at any of the facilities. However, the facilities are encouraged to recruit and select students from the geographic areas surrounding their facility in order to increase the likelihood that students will seek employment with that particular facility. Students should contact the affirmative action officer at the facility of interest to get more information about opportunities and the application process.

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