Executive Pathways Internship Program

History and purpose

The Executive Pathways Internship Program began as a pilot project in 1995 to meet the challenge of providing qualified protected group candidates to begin correcting the disparity in the department's work force, particularly in higher level management and supervisory positions. The program has developed numerous internships over the years and several students have gone on to fill positions in their chosen field within the department. It has become a continuing activity administered by the Human Resources Division.

The internships are designed to focus on the professional development of students majoring in the areas of public policy, social work, law and related fields. The goal is for students to have the opportunity to work and learn in a large government management system and to be a part of policy-making decisions that impact the lives of many Minnesotans.

DHS will begin accepting applications in January 2018.

Executive Pathways goals are to:

Provide students the opportunity to impact human services policies. Contribute to the development of the students' talents. Begin to open doors for participants to become permanent employees of the department. Give students the opportunity to learn the complexities of intergovernmental relationships. Give students some insight into the process for obtaining employment within the state system.

Minimum student criteria

Students must:

  • • Be in a graduate or undergraduate program in public administration, public health administration, social work, law, human services, political science, statistics or other related areas.
  • • Have good academic standing in their field of study.
  • • Have permission to work in the United States.
  • All students interested in an internship must submit an application with two letters of recommendation, an unofficial transcript and a resume. Students applying for internships that require a law degree must submit a legal writing sample.

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