The Community Assistantship Program (CAP) out of the University of Minnesota Center for Urban and Regional Affairs (CURA) provides applied research assistance to community-based groups outside the Twin Cities metro area. The research and technical needs of community organizations are matched with the support of talented students. The idea is simple: get the resources of a great University working with communities to address the significant issues facing the people of Minnesota. CAP projects typically place students in a community defined and directed part time research assistantship for one semester or over the summer. Students are selected by and report to the community organization. Throughout the project students are supported by a community supervisor, faculty and community mentors.
Eligible organizations include community groups, organizations, and local governments outside the seven county metro area. Many different types of projects can be funded, but current priority is given to projects related to economic development.