The Governor’s Internship Program is an exciting and unique opportunity for Minnesota students interested in public service. As an intern in the Office of Governor Walz and Lt. Governor Flanagan, you will gain insight into the various paths within public service and learn valuable skills to prepare you for your future career, all while seizing a unique opportunity to give back to the State of Minnesota.
Our positions are unpaid and part-time, and interns must work a minimum of 12-15 hours a week. In order to be considered for an internship, applicants must meet the following criteria:
- Have a High School diploma or GED
- Be currently enrolled in an undergraduate institution
- Have completed at least one semester of undergraduate education by the beginning of their internships
Before applying, we encourage you to review the department descriptions and candidate criteria. Although we cannot guarantee placement in a specific department, applicants are encouraged to indicate their preferences, as this will help us get to know their interests and find a strong fit.
The Public Engagement Office serves as the first point of contact between the public and the Governor’s Office. The Department responds on behalf of the Governor to phone calls, emails, letters, and walk-ins from the people of Minnesota and works closely with state agencies to resolve constituent issues. The Department also oversees the Governor’s Office outreach to communities across Minnesota. Public Engagement Interns can expect to gain a first-hand look at how state government works and a rewarding experience helping those in need.
The Legal Department advises the Governor and Lt. Governor on a wide variety of legal issues. The Department also collaborates with agency counsel and the Attorney General’s Office on litigation involving the Governor’s Office and state agencies. Legal Interns will help with statutory, regulatory, and case law research, cite checking, and other tasks as needed. We are seeking applicants with an enthusiasm for the law, excellent research, communication, writing, proofreading and editing skills, and an eagerness to improve those skills.
Please note: To be considered for an internship in the Legal Department, applicants must have completed an undergraduate degree. We especially encourage applications from current law students.
Judicial, Board, & Commissions Appointments
The State of Minnesota has hundreds of boards and commissions dealing with virtually every state department and public policy area to which the Governor will make thousands of appointments during his term. The Appointments Department is responsible for screening potential candidates for gubernatorial appointments, and works closely with staff, boards, and councils to advance the appointments of Governor Walz and Lt. Governor Flanagan. Appointments Interns will help with research, application tracking, recruitment, memo and brief preparation, and other tasks as needed.