Policy Series Reports

With a recent economic boom and increase in technical skills needed to match industry demands, North Dakota has chosen to respond through a program called Operation Intern, administered through the North Dakota Department of Commerce. Governor John Hoeven first created this program, which was approved by the state legislature in 2007 and has been carried on by Governor Jack Dalrymple.

Beginning in the 2009-2011 biennium, the program expanded to high school juniors and seniors in order to increase the number of new internship, work experience, and apprenticeship positions with North Dakota employers.  To incentivize businesses to participate, North Dakota Department of Commerce offers $3,000 in matching funds per internship approved, up to $30,000 every two years. In the 2013-2015 biennium, Governor Dalrymple and the legislature invested $1.5 million toward Operation Intern. The number of internships has nearly doubled in each two-year cycle since the program’s inception in 2007.

Program Contact
Jennifer Dahl 
Youth Office/ Operation Intern Coordinator 
North Dakota Department of Commerce 
Phone: (701) 328-7268
Email: jdahl@nd.gov 

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