Urban Scholars Positions

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Urban Scholars Program is a full-time paid 12-week leadership and professional development internship program providing college 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.

Scholars spend four days a week working on meaningful projects and work assignments alongside organizational leaders. One day a week, Scholars come together as a cohort to learn and practice skills in leadership, professional development, small groups, and public speaking.

Urban Scholars is a multijurisdictional program with many host agencies across the metro area. See the City of Minneapolis's page about partner organizations.

Eligibility

Students from diverse racial and ethnic backgrounds are encouraged to apply to the program; undergraduate, graduate students, and recent graduates are all eligible.

Program dates

The 12-week Urban Scholars Program begins each summer in late May and ends mid-August. Urban Scholars internships will be posted January 3, 2020 through February 2, 2020.

Positions

  

 
 

Climate Researcher

The Climate Researcher will be supporting the ongoing research efforts of the Metropolitan Council on climate change mitigation and adaptation for the Twin Cities region and its jurisdictions. They will use their analytical skills to develop datasets and conduct analyses in support of the Council's greenhouse gas inventories and greenhouse gas scenario planning tools to help communities make informed decisions.

Job duties

  • Assist in the development of interactive tools for climate planning
  • Assist in the collection, analysis, and visualization of environmental and demographic data using tools like MS Excel, R, or others
  • Write scientific reports about research  

Areas of study

Atmospheric/Climate Sciences, Environmental Sciences, Environmental Engineering, Science, Technology, Environmental Policy, Economics, Statistics

Desired skills

Experience with greenhouse gas accounting or Life Cycle Analysis or similar topic. Experience with statistics, computer programming, and data analysis.

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Housing Assistance

The Urban Scholar will promote the Housing Choice Voucher program and other rent assistance programs administered by the HRA by assisting with landlord outreach and directly working with families to help them locate affordable housing and place their voucher.

Job duties

  • Assist with landlord recruitment efforts
  • Work directly with families on rent assistance to find affordable housing and use their voucher
  • Work with the Homeless Action Team (Overnight ride-alongs to meet families experiencing homeless , Create/update Resource Guide for HAT officers, attend meetings of the HAT and HRA Outreach staff; and other data gathering requests as assigned.
  • Joint project with Urban Scholar: Research Back Pack Programs and create implementation plan

Areas of study

Social work, urban studies

Desired skills

Possession of strong organization skills, and ability to self disciplined and stay on task. Ability to work with participants from diverse backgrounds. Ability to communicate clearly in order to deliver presentations and develop written communications for the general public.

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Local Planning Assistance

Candidates for this position will provide support for the department’s responsibility to provide technical assistance to local governments' implementation of local comprehensive plans. Technical assistance includes evaluation of local needs through surveys and discussions, and development of online technical resources like fact sheets or local planning highlights. Additionally, the candidate will support project managers with their project implementation. Projects include climate/resiliency, TOD, solar, and economic competitiveness.


Job duties

  • Update technical assistance resources located in the Local Planning Handbook resource library
  • Assist project managers to implement their projects, Potential topic areas include land use, TOD, Climate/resiliency/Solar, economic competitiveness, or other based on current workload and interest of the candidate
  • Provide Assistance in compiling local government feedback on the 2040 comp plan process

Areas of study

Urban and Regional Planning, Geography, Geography Information Systems (GIS), Environmental Studies

Desired skills

General understanding of planning for the build environment. The desire to work in public policy or public service.

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Park Ambassador

This scholar will serve as the lead intern on the youth & parks research team and has additionally complete research and communications work for equity change team. Intern will work on analysis and dissemination of the youth & parks research and equity change team communications. The Urban Scholar will also work on implementation of the 2020 visitor study. Additionally, they will assist with communications around the greenhouse gasses dashboard. The scholar will have an additional project with the equity change team implementing goals around communications.


Job duties

  • Assist with writing and presentations related to youth & parks research
  • Complete communications and in-division outreach to build participation in CD-ECT
  • Assist with communications for the Greenhouse Gasses Dashboard

Areas of study

Human Resources, Equity, Sociology, Youth Studies

Desired skills

Project Management skills. Intercultural competency and communications. Understanding of barriers to park use by youth from underserved communities.


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Asset Management

This position will work with the Asset Management staff to develop Strategic Asset Management Program elements such as implementation plans, writing workflows and training elements, and support to maintenance initiatives researching programs in the area of training and key staff development program areas associated with current work in the reliability and asset management initiative. The position will assist in report development and support the reliability and asset management initiative. The position will assist in development and support of the reliability, criticality programs and plans.


Job duties

  • Research information to support a written plan and program
  • Work with subject matter experts to determine workflows and processes associated with specific asset management programs
  • Support teams work in asset management and other plan development

Areas of study

Planning, gap analysis, research, culture change

Desired skills

Planning and program writing. Research for development of plans and programs. Budgeting and cost analysis.


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Workforce Planning Specialist - Community Outreach   

The Workforce Planning Specialist will assist the division in workforce planning, career-related outreach initiatives, and workplace Diversity, Inclusion, and Equity initiatives. In partnership with MCES Administration, MCES Staff, MCES Workforce Planning team, MCES Equity Change Team, Met Council Human Resources, and Met Council Office of Equal Opportunity, this position will be involved in activities that engage targeted schools and community organizations to build public awareness and understanding of Environmental Services' work and careers. This position will also assist with increasing internal awareness and support for the above-related program areas.

Job duties

  • Diversity outreach - Provide recruitment support including tabling at career fairs, coordinating career panels, giving presentations, and using e-mail to communicate about job postings
  • Program support - Provide support for programs and initiatives related to inclusivity, cultural competence, workforce planning, and other related programs
  • Reporting - Update databases and assist with preparing reports

Areas of study

Urban studies, sociology, political science, public policy, human resources, organization development

Desired skills

Ability to speak additional languages other than English. Experience in community outreach, engagement, and coordination with nonprofits, diverse community organizations, and/or government agencies. Excellent communication skills (public speaking, creating and presenting information to large groups, creating communications such as emails and letters).

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Metro Transit Police Department Asset Protection

This position will assist Asset Protection in cataloging all facilities door and lock/card reader locations, assist in forensic video downloading for crime case evidence preparation.

Job duties

  • Video forensics
  • Project management: Assist with projects such as camera replacement projects at Park & Ride facilities
  • Assist with door card reader and other projects as assigned

Areas of study

Facility Management, Engineering, Law Enforcement

Desired skills

Ability to drive around the Twin Cities (driver's license required). Applicant must be at least 18 years of age.

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Metro Transit Police Department Business Technology

This intern will assist the business Technology Unit with download and redacting of Axon body worn camera videos. Work closely with offices, investigators and records unit staff.

Job duties

  • Video forensics
  • Work with police officers and investigators to identify requested video and redact people based on data practice laws
  • Work with records unit on data requests

Areas of study

Law enforcement, data practice related field, computer science

Desired skills

Ability to drive around the Twin Cities (driver's license required). Applicant must be at least 18 years of age.

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Public Art Intern

As a Public Art intern, you would assist Metro Transit's Public Art Administrator in the planning and implementation of public art conservation and programs. Metro Transit's permanent collection consists of public art at each light rail station and at two commuter rail stations, as well as the integration of public art and design into new and refurbished facilities. Public art programming consists of permanent collection interpretation, community-initiated placemaking projects, and a preventative maintenance public art support initiative. The intern will manage and updating of video and audio content for Small Kindnesses, Weather Permitting, an artwork by Janet Zweig. The intern will also assist the Public Art Administrator with public art tours, conservation treatments and repairs, social media campaigns, and community placemaking program. The internship will provide an experience with many aspects of developing and running a public art program.


Job duties

  • Organize and conduct public art tours
  • Help coordinate community-initiated placemaking projects
  • Organize and implement review of submitted audio and video clips for update of Small Kindnesses, Weather Permitting by Janet Zweig

Areas of study

Fine arts, art administration, art conservation, public art, urban design, urban studies

Desired skills

College coursework in related fields will be a plus. Ability to work with community groups, communicate with working artists, organize information for meetings, and other duties as assigned.

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Commuter Programs and Marketing

The Commuter Programs and Marketing intern will work with the two Metro Transit departments to advance important initiatives and engage community members. The internship includes investigating the physical assets, policies and practices that influence sustainable commuting at worksites across the region. This internship will also collect stories and quotes from sustainable commuters, human resources professionals, and program participants to future marketing and outreach efforts. This opportunity will also be representing Metro Transit at community and stadium events throughout the summer.

Job duties

  • Travel Demand Management (TDM) data collection: Gather and organize commute-related data
  • Gather personal narratives from riders, employer/institutional clients, and stakeholders to bolster marketing and outreach initiatives
  • Coordinate and staff tables at summer events promoting transit, including Minnesota Twins, Lynx, St. Paul Saints, Artpass, and many other community organizational events

Areas of study

Urban studies, communications, journalism, qualitative research methods, data analysis

Desired skills

College coursework in data collection and evaluation. Organized, detail oriented, great follow through, motivated, reliable, self-starter, independent but not afraid to ask questions. Demonstrated strong interpersonal communication and writing skills

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Southwest Light Rail — Small Business

This position will provide support to staff by performing interviews and compliance checks in the field with construction subcontractors in order to verify data submitted on the project; providing support for the DBE & Workforce Advisory Committee; promoting and engage the community at outreach events; and processing small business pay verification and prompt payment.

Job duties

  • Conduct commercially useful function site visits with small business on LRT contracts
  • Conduct pay verification and prompt payment with small businesses
  • Support for the DBE and Workforce Advisory Committee and Small Businesses

Areas of study

Small businesses, construction, contract compliance

Desired skills

Knowledge of the Federal Disadvantaged Business Enterprise Program and other small business programs. Outreach and business engagement. Driver's license is required.

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Equity Program

The Office of Equal Opportunity’s Equity Implementation Unit (EIU) facilitates Met Council efforts around equity. EIU has six key responsibilities: coordination of the Equity Advisory Committee; developing and implementing the Urban Scholars Program; implementation of the Met Council’s various equity-related internal work plans and policies, such as the Racial Equity Framework and the Equity Policy; Met Council-wide equity coordination; and facilitating diversity, inclusion, and equity training and programs.

Job duties

  • Support with Equity Advisory Committee meeting preparation and documentation
  • Project support with Council equity change teams and other equity work
  • Assist Equity Unit staff in coordinating council-wide equity programs, services and projects
  • Assist team in designing divisional racial equity strategic planning processes
  • Conduct research on equity best practices

Areas of study

Human rights, social justice, public policy, environmental justice, social work

Desired skills

Completed equity, social justice & diversity coursework. Paid or volunteer experience in urban setting with equity, diversity or social justice.

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