Program Brief: Community Assistantship Program (CAP)


Responsible Unit
Center for Urban and Regional Affairs (CURA)

Type of Work
Student assistantship, community assistance

An assistantship provides students with opportunities to apply their research and technical skills to projects defined by community organizations. Students gain experience that provides an advantage in the job market. In addition the program enhances the capacity of community-based groups in rural Minnesota to meet their goals by providing relevant applied research that supports community projects.

Geographic Scope
Rural Minnesota


Assistantships are open to U of M students; assistance is open to rural Minnesota communities and organizations.

Community Partners, Participants, and Clients
Community based groups in rural Minnesota ; past projects partnered with The Nature Conservancy, MN Rural Futures, Red Wing Downtown Council, Mora Public Schools, Gale Woods Farm, West Central Initiative, The Land Stewarship Project, Prairie Renaissance Cultural Alliance, and Clean Energy Resource Teams.