Department of Civil Rights

Frank Reed, Interim Director

Phone: (612) 673-3012
Fax: (612) 673-2599
TTY: (612) 673-2157

Office Location:
350 S. 5th St., Room 239
Minneapolis, MN 55415

Office Hours:
8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
Monday – Friday


Urban Scholars Frequently Asked Questions


What are the program dates? 

May 24, 2021 to August 13, 2021

How can I apply to the partner organizations?

Metropolitan Council and Hennepin County have their own application process for Urban Scholars annually. If you are interested in all other partner organizations, please rank the organizations through the City of Minneapolis application system.

Do I have to submit recommendation letters?

No, you may be asked for contact information for individuals who can serve as a reference if you qualify for an interview.

If I am selected as an Urban Scholar, will I be required to start on May 24th?

Due to the structure of the program, all potential candidates will need to be able to start on May 24th.

When will Urban Scholars be notified of acceptance into the program?

Candidates will be informed if they qualify for an interview in the middle of March.
Candidates will be offered a place in the Urban Scholars Cohort in early April.

How will I be assigned to a partner organization or department?

The selection panel will choose your department assignment based on a number of factors including your career goals, professional and academic experience, skill set, and your interest. We recommend exploring our partners' websites to learn more about their work. Additionally, we have a sample of position descriptions posted.

Do I need to be a resident of Minneapolis to apply?

No, you do not need to be a resident of Minneapolis to apply for the internship. 

What does "good standing" mean at an accredited academic institution?

Good standing means that you are not on an academic hold/probation when being considered for Urban Scholars.

Do I have to be a political science or any other related major to apply? 

No, all academic majors are encouraged to apply. 

I am a first year college student. Am I eligible to apply?

Candidates must have completed their first year of post-secondary education before the start date of Urban Scholars 2020. We do not accept PSEO students (or students who have not yet completed high school).

I am pursing an Associates Degree. Am I eligible to apply?

Yes, students who are enrolled in 2-year degree programs may apply. In the application please select the "Urban Scholars - Undergraduate" option.

I am a senior who is graduating in May. Am I eligible to apply?

You are eligible to apply if you graduated up to 6 months prior to the start date of Urban Scholars. In other words, if your degree is conferred between December 2020 and May 2021, you are eligible to apply. If you graduated in the last 6 months and have not yet completed any graduate level coursework, please complete the application as an undergraduate.

I am a graduate student. Am I eligible to apply?

All graduate students interested in learning more about careers in the public sector are encouraged to apply. To be considered, you must be enrolled and in good standing at an accredited graduate program or law school. When applying, you should select the "Urban Scholars - Graduate" option in the application.

I am a returning Urban Scholar. Will the application and screening process be any different?

Returning Urban Scholars are eligible to complete an application during the early application and general application time frames
During the screening process, your prior experience as an Urban Scholar will be considered; however, it does not guarantee you admittance into the new cohort.

I was a STEP-UP intern in a prior year, am I eligible to apply?

Former STEP-UP interns are eligible to apply. On the application, there will be a place to indicate whether you were a STEP-UP intern in prior years.

Do I need public sector work experience in order to apply? 

Previous public sector work experience is not required. 

I am an International Student, may I apply?

Yes, students who are F-1 Visa holders are eligible to apply. Please refer to these additional resources concerning work authorization.

What will be the work hours of Urban Scholars? Will I receive days off?

Please prepare to fully participate in the entire 12 week program (excluding City issued holidays and extenuating circumstances [i.e. illness, family emergency, etc.]). Hours will be 8:30 AM to 5:00 PM Monday - Friday.

What will I wear?

We ask that you use your best judgment in the details of your attire, but formal business to business casual is acceptable.

How will I be compensated?

Urban Scholars will be paid bi-weekly during the 12 week summer program. Taxable compensation is at least $15.00 per hour and may be higher depending on education and organization.  

Will the program assist in arranging housing in the Twin Cities area?

No, you will need to arrange your own housing accommodations.

Can I receive an academic credit for my internship experience?

You should coordinate with your school to determine if an academic credit will be needed. Please, notify Urban Scholars early on in the program if this is your intentions.

Who can I contact for more information?

Please send an e-mail to [email protected] 


Last updated Dec 29, 2020



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