Recognition ceremony for Urban Scholars interns Friday

For the past 12 weeks, Minneapolis’ sixth cohort of Urban Scholars interns has been hard at work in 18 different City departments, the Mayor’s Office and City Council offices developing leadership skills and learning about careers in government.

This year, there are nearly 100 scholars and more than 30 of them are working with the City of Minneapolis. Over their time with the City, they’ve had an opportunity to work on various projects within their departments, attend a career exploration fair in the City Hall Rotunda, take part in a Mayor’s Round Table and tour Public Works and Fire Department facilities.

The program wraps up Friday, Aug. 11 with a recognition ceremony from 2-4 p.m. in the City Hall Rotunda. Here are the City’s Urban Scholars interns along with the colleges they attend and what departments they’ve been working with throughout the summer.

City Assessor’s Office
Joel Navam, Crown College

City Attorney’s Office
Duy (Jensen) Vu
, Macalester College

City Clerk's Office
Chris Henry, North Hennepin College
Karima Muse, University of Minnesota

City Coordinator's Office
Anna Fineanganofo, Macalester College
Arianna Reid, Providence College

Civil Rights
Lillie Benowitz, Mount Holyoke College
Isa Kibira, Occidental College

Community Planning and Economic Development
Benya Kraus, Tufts University
Umar Hassan, Macalester College
Lauren Sutherland, Carlson School of Management

Convention Center
Luke Odenthal, University of Minnesota

Emergency Management
Vergi Agustini, Macalester College
Ismail Ali, Saint John’s University

Finance and Property Services
Nishank Varshney, Humphrey School of Policy

Ramon Angeles, Saint John’s University

Kevin Cheng, St. Olaf College
Joey Dagher, St. Olaf College

Human Resources
Stephanie Avalos, University of Minnesota
ChengCha Vang, Augsburg College

Information Technology
Brandon Lunkley, Inver Hills Community College

Mayor’s Office
Wendy Lorenzo-Sanchez, Bethel University

Neighborhood and Community Relations
Guillermo Pérez Soberanes, University of Minnesota
Kalyn McConnell, Augsburg College

Kimberly Bonilla, College of Saint Benedict

Public Works
Hope Capp, University of Minnesota
Luis Quintanilla Guevara, Inver Hills Community College
Hanan Mohamud, Gustavus Adolphus College
Chukwumuanya Onyiuke, University of Minnesota
Abdulfatha Sameru, University of Minnesota

Regulatory Services
Jazmine Logan, University of Minnesota

About Urban Scholars

Urban Scholars is a full-time leadership and professional development program that includes a paid internship experience and aims to provide undergraduate and graduate 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.

This year’s Urban Scholars were chosen from more than 500 applicants. The students selected are working in key areas of City government and public policy. In the long run, the City and partnering organizations hope to develop a group of young talent who will someday be the next generation of City leaders. For the fourth year in a row, Urban Scholars interns are also working with partner organizations. This year the partner organizations include the Fourth Judicial District, Greater Twin Cities United Way, Hennepin County, the Metropolitan Airport Commission, the Metropolitan Council, Minneapolis Parks and Recreation, Minneapolis Public Schools and the State of Minnesota.

In addition to the work in their various departments and partner organizations, the Urban Scholars interns participate in the Urban Scholars Leadership Institute each week. Here they receive professional and leadership development training and build communication skills through a specialized Toastmasters curriculum. The purpose is to create an experiential learning environment where skills in leadership, professional development and public speaking can be applied in a hands-on approach.

Urban Scholars is managed by the Equity Division of the Minneapolis Department of Civil Rights, which aims to close the employment gap in a city and metro area that suffer from one of the highest gaps in employment rates between whites and people of color in the country.



Published Aug 8, 2017



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