In June, the New York Times published a study ranking Minneapolis as the best city in the country for new college graduates. It was a testament to the strength of the entire Greater Minneapolis–Saint Paul region (MSP). The study by Zumper said our region “is a desirable location for emerging leaders to enter the workforce while maintaining a lower cost of living.” 

We certainly agree with the sentiment. Showing off that strength is why we established Discover MSP Intern Week, which is designed to connect and inform current college students interning in our region, whether they grew up here, go to school here or are just visiting for the summer, about the benefits of starting their careers here in MSP. 

More than 50 companies worked to spread the word among thousands of interns, including several that partnered to plan and support the event, such as Target, Medtronic, Ecolab, General Mills, U.S. Bank and Bremer Bank. Daily events gathered interns at opportunities designed for them, from a volunteer outing and behind-the-scenes tour at the Mall of America to an innovation block party at University Enterprise Labs. The week featured events from partners like Coco co-working workspace, Break the Bubble, Mississippi Park Connection and others. 

The intern-centric week grew out of a one-day event held since 2017 connecting thousands of interns. This year is our second operating a weeklong format of networking events, career-building sessions and social activities introducing interns to MSP amenities. Check out this coverage from the Star Tribune. 

The week promoted so many things that make MSP special, from our nation-leading civic engagement—in philanthropyvoting and volunteering—and professional development networks, to our top-ranked parks systems and federal designation as a U.S. Tech Hub. That we are the only North American metro to recently win a “Happiest City” designation only adds to MSP’s appeal.  

We’ll share more events, facts and happenings with MSP-based interns throughout this summer. We’ll also apply lessons learned to help even more interns during Discover MSP in 2025 and beyond. Stay tuned! 

MSP is home to one of the country’s densest networks of professional associations and leadership programs. The Who Leads MN project includes a searchable database that allows people to find a leadership program that can help accelerate their career. Interns hear from a panel of local experts who lead several of these programs and have participated in others, then join in small discussion groupsClick here to find a recording of the conversation. 

MSP interns listen to a startup ecosystem panel during Discover MSP Intern Week’s University Enterprise Labs Innovators Block Party. The MSP Startup Guide provides a glimpse at the hundreds of startup programs and resources in our region, while Twin Cities Startup Week provides an annual moment to connect and celebrate. 

A special event at the Mall of America gives MSP interns behind-the-scenes sustainability tours, with time to make educational tools for kids in a volunteer activity and goof off with Nickelodeon characters. Interns explore the themes that lead Minnesota to be consistently ranked as one of the country’s most charitable states. 


Social hours offered by Break the Bubble offer interns a chance to mix and mingle with other local residents at fun locales within MSP. 


MSP is home to some of the country’s best parks. A week of rain delayed the return of a popular park paddle at Discover MSP Intern Week. Mississippi Park Connection helps interns hop in a kayak and explore the country’s first paddle share program. This has been rescheduled for July 29, 2024. 

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