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To participate in the Operation Intern program, fill out the application. You will be notified after the funding round closes whether you have been approved.  Applications for the 2017-2019 program will be accepted May 1 – May 19, 2017 for the first funding round. Applications for the second funding round will be accepted March 26 – April 13, 2018.

If you are approved, your organization will be mailed a Letter of Agreement. A signed copy of the Letter of Agreement, a Company W9 and a Student Application form need to be returned within two week’s of the intern’s start date. To view the complete 2017-2019 guidelines for the program, click here.

To request a paper application or for additional questions and assistance, contact Jennifer Dahl, Youth Office/Operation Intern Coordinator at the North Dakota Department of Commerce at 701-328-7268 or


All internship, work experience and apprenticeship experiences should provide opportunities for the student to develop patterns of professional behavior and skills, apply academic knowledge to work situations and be related to the student’s field of study or career goals.

The employer is responsible for selecting and hiring the new student. The internship position must be related to the student’s program of study to qualify unless they are a high school student. Employers must select a student who is either:

  • a high school junior or senior;
  • enrolled in a North Dakota college or university taking at least 6 credits during the internship, or the semester prior to the internship; or
  • a student enrolled in a registered apprenticeship program.

Commerce may, on a case-by-case basis, approve the subsidization of a student enrolled in a college or university located outside of the state. Reasons for approving an out-of-state student may include the course-of-study not being provided by a North Dakota college or university or a North Dakota high-school graduate that is attending an out-of-state school. Employers interested in hiring an out-of-state student shall contact the Operation Intern coordinator prior to submitting the student application to ensure the student qualifies for the program. These instances will be reviewed on a case by case basis. The majority of a company’s interns cannot be attending an out of state college or university even if they meet the above listed two exclusions.

An employer can select the intern of their choice but they should be aware they might not qualify for the program.

It is recommended that the student be:

  • a United States citizen or have permanent legal immigration status;
  • in a program of study at least two years in length;
  • have an overall GPA (Grade Point Average) of at least 2.5; and

What We Pay

Matching funds under this program are limited to a maximum of $3,000 per term, per internship/work experience/apprenticeship opportunity. Students may receive up to a maximum of $6,000 from the Operation Intern program, depending on funding.

Internship, work experience and apprenticeship position(s) must be located in North Dakota.

The one-to-one matching funds are provided after work has been performed and can be requested monthly, quarterly or at the end of the experience.

What You Pay

A one-to-one match or more of the compensation to the student is required. Compensation may include wages and stipends, tuition and fees, books, housing assistance or tools and equipment.

Documentation of wages paid and/or other compensation provided must be maintained by the employer and made available upon request.