IMPORTANT NOTE: We recognize that many businesses are responding to new challenges presented by COVID-19. As a result, we have decided to open the application window for those who would like to apply now; however, we will not set a deadline at this time. Please check this webpage often as updates will be posted here.
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 June 1, 2019-March 31, 2020.
Scoring will be done using the scorecard below by the Operation Intern coordinator and reviewed by the Director of the Workforce Division of the North Dakota Department of Commerce. Companies will receive points for the categories they qualify for. Funding will then be obligated to the companies that scored the highest in each category (targeted industries or high wage/high demand occupation,) until the funding is completely obligated for that funding round. In the event of a tie, the applications will be awarded funding in the order they were received.
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. The Learning Agreement must be turned in at the end of the internship.
First round of applications is now closed. 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, 2020-June 30, 2021. Companies may apply for the maximum number of interns each round. Targeted industries will be eligible for 60% of the funding, high wage/high demand occupations 40%.
For additional questions and assistance, contact Katie Ralston, Workforce Development Director at the North Dakota Department of Commerce at 701-328-5300 or mail to:firstname.lastname@example.org.