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After a successful debut last summer, Emerging Prairie is launching the Internship Experience Program once again!

The 8-week program, open to all interns in the Fargo-Moorhead region, is designed to unite the interns in the area while equipping them with leadership skills and engaging in the community.

Total of 12 sessions
  • 8 Weekly Coffee Meetings (1 Hour per session)
  • 1 Team Building afternoon in Downtown Fargo (2 Hour session)
  • 3 Leadership training sessions with community leaders (1 1/2 Hour per session)

Throughout the program, participating interns hear from a variety of key note speakers as well. Past speakers include Doug Burgum, founder of Kilbourne Group and former Microsoft exec.

“Right now there are over 20,000 jobs open in North Dakota,” Burgum said. “We’re in a position for the first time where… we’re not producing enough people to fill all the jobs that we have. Having an engaging and community building experience for interns is one of the most important things we can do.”

Past participants shared from their experience as well, with many describing how the experience aided them in their professional growth.

“Being a part of the internship experience… opened up my eyes to the extent of the intern network that has been established here in Fargo,” said past participant, Sena Bizuwork.

“It helped me to understand how I work best, and how I can leverage my abilities within a team,” added past participant Rachel Neumiller.

Learn more in this 2 minute video:

The curriculum for Intern Experience is designed by Emerging Prairie’s Program Director, Annie Wood. It is based on the Social Change Model of Leadership, which views leadership as a process and not a position.

The program focuses on collaborating to create positive social change in organizations and communities. The goal is to guide the participants to develop greater self-knowledge through discussions about their impact on organizations and community.

By hosting sessions at various downtown locations and uniting the interns of the area, the program also hopes to foster a connection between the interns and the community we are all a part of.

“The Intern Experience program provided me with the link to the Fargo-Moorhead community that I desperately wanted,” said past participant Justin Odney.

Register today for your interns to join the Intern Experience 2016. Cost is $150. We can’t wait!

Feature photo by J Alan Paul Photography.

Marisa Jackels