Metropolitan Council taking applications for leadership development internships
Pilot program trains a diverse group of college students in public service careers
St. Paul–Jan. 31, 2014–The Metropolitan Council is seeking applicants for a summer internship program for college students interested in public service careers. The Urban Scholars leadership development program is designed to help the work force of the future build professional and leadership skills.
“The program is modeled after the City of Minneapolis Urban Scholars program–directed at students from diverse racial, ethnic and/or low socioeconomic backgrounds,” said Office of Equal Opportunity Director Wanda Kirkpatrick.
“The Metropolitan Council hopes to develop a group of young talent who can begin careers in public service and become the next generation of government leaders and influence,” said Kirkpatrick.
The 12-week leadership development and internship program offers full-time paid positions from May 27 through Aug. 15. Urban Scholars will work in various Council departments and participate in activities such as leadership training, public speaking, financial literacy, and career guidance.
Students must have completed their first year of post-secondary education prior to the beginning of the internship and be enrolled and in good standing at a two- or four-year college or university, graduate program, or law school.
The Urban Scholars leadership development and internship program is a component of the Metropolitan Council’s Office of Equal Opportunity, which helps to advance the Council’s mission of fostering efficiency and economic prosperity in the metropolitan region and its commitment to equitable access to opportunity.
The Metropolitan Council is the regional planning organization for the seven-county Twin Cities area. It runs the regional bus and light rail system, including Northstar Commuter Rail, collects and treats wastewater, manages regional water resources, plans regional parks, and administers funds that provide housing opportunities for low- and moderate-income individuals and families. The Council is appointed by and serves at the pleasure of the governor.