• Qualifying Industries
    Operation Intern funds are targeted to North Dakota businesses in the energy, advanced manufacturing, value-added agriculture, tourism and technology-based industries. See if your business qualifies.
  • Students: Internships are Open!

    Jumpstart your future. Check out open internship positions from participating Operation Intern employers.

How Operation Intern Works:

Build a qualified workforce!

Internships provide a valuable way for students to make connections with businesses and identify career options in North Dakota. Operation Intern is designed to expand the number of internship, work experience and apprenticeship positions with North Dakota employers in selected targeted industries: energy, advanced manufacturing, value-added agriculture, tourism and technology-based businesses. Priority will also be given to new startups, companies who have never participated in the program, and new internship and apprenticeship positions.

For the 2017-19 biennium,Governor Burgum and the ND Legislature awarded the Operation Intern program $1,000,000 of funding. Employers can access $3,000 of matching funds for each student. The maximum amount of matching funds an employer can receive per biennium is $30,000. Employers will be limited to a maximum of 5 interns each funding round.

Applying for internship funding is easy. Ready to begin? Review our qualification requirements, then apply here. Applications for the 2017-2019 program’s first funding round will be accepted May 1-May 19, 2017. Applications for the second funding round will be accepted March 26 – April 13, 2018.