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IMPORTANT NOTE: Year 1 - 2021-2022  Funds are no longer available.  Please check back as the next funding (Year 2) window will open February 1, 2022.

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.  The maximum amount of Operation Intern funds an employer can receive is $20,000 per funding round or $40,000 per biennium. Employers will be limited to a maximum of 5 interns each funding round. This biennium will have two funding rounds. The first round of funding will be from May 1, 2021 - April 30, 2022.

Please review the Operation Intern Program Guidance, prior to submission of an application. In addition, ALL forms have been updated. 

Application review will be completed by the Work-based Learning Program Coordinator and reviewed by the Director of Workforce Development at the North Dakota Department of Commerce. A company’s eligibility will be based on qualifying industry and internship criteria. Funding will then be obligated to the companies that have met all guidance eligibility. Acceptance of applications can be reviewed until the allotted funding is fully obligated for a funding round. All applications will be considered and reviewed in the chronological order received. Any application for consideration must be received and approved 6 weeks prior to an internship starting.

Please submit applications to: opintern@nd.gov.


If you are approved, your organization will be emailed a Letter of Agreement. A signed copy of the Letter of Agreement and a Student Application form need to be returned within two weeks of the intern’s start date. 

Any funds not used in this time frame will be released and added to the funding for the second round. The second funding round will be from May 1, 2022 - April 30, 2023. Companies may apply for the maximum number of interns each round. Targeted industries will be eligible for 60% of the funding, in-demand occupations 40%.

For additional questions and assistance, contact Kerri Kraft, Work-based Learning Program Coordinator at the North Dakota Department of Commerce at 701-328-5300 or mail to:opintern@nd.gov.

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