The Twin Cities of Minneapolis-St. Paul combined are the second largest economy in the Midwest, and home to 16 of 17 of the Fortune 500 companies in Minnesota.1 St. Paul is also the Minnesota state capital. Yet this metropolitan area faces public challenges common to other major cities including a persistent achievement gap in K-12 education2 and longstanding tensions between police and the African-American community.3 Our project partner in the Twin Cities, the Minnesota Council of Nonprofits (MCN), is the largest state association of nonprofits in the U.S. with a mission “to promote the interests of nonprofits on public concerns common to all citizens.”4
UW-Madison students can pursue an internships in one of MCN’s initiatives such as public policy education or civic engagement, or are welcome at other organizations in the Twin Cities including:
- Office of Minneapolis Mayor Betsy Hodges
- Office of St. Paul Mayor Chris Coleman
- AARP Minnesota
- Clean Water Action
- Hands On Twin Cities
- Ramsey County
- State Office of Senator Amy Klobuchar
1. “The Best Places for Business and Careers,” Forbes, 7-13-14.
2. “Minnesota Achievement Gap Remains” Pioneer Press, 10-11-14.
3. “Some Worry that Police-Neighborhood tensions Could Erupt in Minneapolis,” MPR News, 9-15-14.
4. MCN Website.