Operation Intern


Attracting workers to North Dakota is essential in helping to meet the state’s current and future workforce needs. Internships provide a valuable way for students to make connections with businesses and identify career options in North Dakota. Operation Intern is designed to expand the number of internships, work experience and apprenticeship positions with North Dakota employers.

The program’s primary focus is employers in the state’s targeted industries: energy, advanced manufacturing, value-added agriculture, tourism and technology-based businesses. Priority also is given to new start-ups, companies that never have participated in the program and new internship or apprenticeship positions or whose intern positions qualify as in-demand positions.

North Dakota businesses receive up to $4,000 in matching funds for the internships. Funding can be used for items needed for the intern to perform their internships, like wages, tools and equipment, essential training or tuition reimbursement. The funding is a one-to-one match.


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 - June 30, 2022. The second round of funding will be from May 1, 2022 thru June 30, 2023.

Please review the Operation Intern Program Guidance, prior to submission of an application. Please utilize the updated approved documentation, located in the Enrolled Employers tab to the right. 

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.

In Demand Occupation

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 701-328-7263 or e-mail opintern@nd.gov.

Operation Intern Fact Sheet

Enrolled Employers

Forms and Requirements