To be eligible for the Operation Intern program, students must be performing an internship that is related to their program of study and:

  • a high school junior or senior or;
  • 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
  • working in an experience that corresponds with academic major or career goals.