Legislature seeks interns with disabilities to help at session

Civic-minded people with disabilities are being recruited to serve as interns at the state Capitol during the next legislative session.

MN Works, a nonprofit that helps find jobs for people with disabilities, started the program last year and had great success with 12 interns who helped legislators with filing, carrying messages and some basic research. I wrote a story about the program last spring that quoted state Sen. Kathy Sheran of Mankato — a DFLer who was re-elected Tuesday — saying:

“This helps break through some of the biases and perceptions about what people can and cannot do. Our goal is integrating people into the workplace. It helps them, and it helps us, too.”

This year, six to 12 participants will be selected to work one day a week, starting in February. They and their job coaches will be paid a stipend; last year, interns got $9 an hour.

Nominations for this year’s interns — it’s officially called the 20100 Capitol Fellowship Program — can be downloaded with the MN Works newsletter and sent to MN Works, 360 Hoover St. NE, Minneapolis, MN 55413, or e-mailed to: info@mnworks4you.org/.

Nominations are due by Nov. 29.

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