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CLNE Internship Program


Each summer CLNE welcomes a cohort of college-aged interns for a

ten-week experiential learning opportunity. Together we aim to:

  • Contribute to CLNE’s mission and partner organizations

  • Better understand their personal intercultural competency and development

  • Become more aware of their own values, interests, skills and abilities

  • Increase their knowledge of community/public issues in North Minneapolis and how different types of people and organizations contribute to community development, social impact, and social change.

We're thankful for our partnership with the Lutheran Center for Faith, Values, and Community & Piper Center for Vocation and Career at St. Olaf College for supporting the last three cohorts of interns. 

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2020 Intern Cohort


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Mariam Prater


Mariam has joined the CLNE team as a summer intern specializing in the realm of social media and marketing. She is originally from the west side of Chicago but has done non-profit work with restorative justice and cultural outreach. At St. Olaf, she is a rising senior majoring in Political Science and English with hopes to eventually pursue a career in Librarian studies.


Choosing this internship with CLNE was not a hard decision for her – aiding underserved communities has always been something she’s interested in. It also grants her the opportunity to learn more about North Minneapolis communities. So far, she’s learned that the racism that affects the North Minneapolis neighborhood runs so deep that it has impacted even the transit system. On another note, if you run into her, she’ll talk your ear off about Marvel and Star Wars.

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Chris McDonald


Chris was born and raised in Jackson, Mississippi and is currently a rising Junior at St. Olaf College where he is studying Music performance. In the future, he hopes to focus on intersecting the arts and activism in his work. Chris believes that the arts are at the root of community engagement, and that is what drew him to CLNE.


In his few weeks in working with CLNE, Chris has learned about how integral asset based community development is in fostering healthy communities, which includes music, poetry, theatre, and visual arts. The arts are not only interdisciplinary but essential in building and fostering community and this is a belief that he lives by.

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Netta Parker


Netta is a recent graduate of Augsburg University, where she studied Political Science and International Relations. This summer she is serving as CLNE's Non-Profit Capacity Building and Development Intern. She's passionate about music, art, reconciliation work, human rights, and immigration and refugee advocacy and policy reform.


Netta is a type 2 enneagram and is committed to loving on anyone who crosses her path! When asked what her current favorite scripture is she said Job 23:10 "But He knows where I am going. And when He tests me, I will come out as pure as gold."

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