Department of Civil Rights

Velma J. Korbel, Director

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

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

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



Urban Scholars Leadership and Professional Development Program

The 2017 Urban Scholars application is now available until Saturday, February 18, 2017 at 11:59pm CST. Please review the 2017 Eligibility Requirements and How to Apply sections before applying.


Urban Scholars is a leadership and professional development internship program providing students from diverse racial and ethnic backgrounds with distinctive professional experience. Focused on essential leadership skills and creating resume-building career pathways, Urban Scholars is training the next generation of leaders.
Urban Scholars is a twelve week paid internship and includes formal leadership and professional development training. Scholars spend four days a week working on meaningful projects and work assignments alongside organizational leaders at one of our various host sites. One day a week, Scholars come together as a cohort to learn and practice skills in leadership, professional development, small groups, and public speaking.
Projects, work assignments, and partner organizations change year to year, so selection into Urban Scholars is based first and foremost on if an applicant embodies our core competencies. An applicant is then placed in one of our partner organizations based on organizational need and the applicant’s preference. Our goal is to ensure a meaningful work experience, so an applicant may be a great fit for the program, but if there is not a project that will benefit the applicant; a placement will not be made. Urban Scholars also provides mentors/networking advisors and additional panels, tours, and overviews.


2017 Eligibility Requirements
Undergraduate Students:

For technical assistance with the online application, contact NEOGOV customer support at 1-855-524-5627 between 8 AM and 8 PM CST, Monday - Friday. For all other questions or concerns, please contact us at 612-673-2516 or email

We will make reasonable accommodations to all qualified applicants with disabilities. If you are an individual with a disability who needs assistance or cannot access the online job application system, please contact us at 612-673-2516 or email Please indicate what assistance you need.


Last updated Jan 10, 2017