MINNEAPOLIS (July 30, 2014) — Minneapolis’ third class of Urban Scholars has been working all summer in 14 different City departments and four partner organizations, the Metropolitan Council, Minneapolis Public Schools, Greater Twin Cities United Way and PCL Construction, developing leadership skills and learning about careers in government and the private sector.
The Urban Scholars program is a full-time paid internship experience that aims to provide college students from diverse racial and ethnic backgrounds with a professional employment experience focused on gaining essential leadership skills and creating a resume-building, career pathway. The 12-week program runs through Aug. 15.
This year’s 36 Urban Scholars were chosen from more than 300 applicants. The students selected are working in key areas of City government and the private sector, and in the long run, the City and partnering organizations hope to develop a group of young talent who can begin careers in the public and private sectors, and someday be the next generation of City leaders. The 36 Scholars attend colleges across the country.
In addition to their work in the City and partner organizations Urban Scholars are working on a team-based community project with the Neighborhood and Community Relations Department where they’re conducting dialog on transforming the community engagement system for youth. The purpose is to ensure that youth have full participation and access to the community engagement opportunities in Minneapolis. Throughout the summer,
Urban Scholars will also participate in a number of activities including firefighter training and a panel discussion with STEP-UP interns. The Shannon Leadership Institute will also facilitate leadership skills development throughout the session and Toastmaster’s International has set up a special section specifically for Urban Scholars to develop their communication skills.
Urban Scholars is managed by the Employment Equity Division of the Minneapolis Department of Civil Rights, which aims to close the employment gap in a city and metro area that suffers from one of the highest disparities between white and non-white unemployment in the country.
Urban Scholars are sharing their experiences all summer long on the new Urban Scholars blog.