Internship Opportunities

Internships are an important part of South Dakota's workforce development initiative. Internships not only provide our young people with valuable real-world work experience as they pursue higher education, but also enable them to stay in South Dakota by connecting them with employers in our state. 

Purpose of the Internship Opportunities program: To promote a single location for employers to post internships and for students to search internships that provide meaningful work experience, giving students exposure to possible career opportunities.


  1. Increase the number of businesses listing internships on the SDWORKS website.
  2. Continue to share and collect more internship information from post-secondary institutions for the SDWORKS website.
  3. Increase the number of people who are using the SDWORKS website to identify internship opportunities.

The Department of Labor and Regulation's SDWORKS online jobs database includes a one-stop shop for all internships and other jobs offered by the state government, Board of Regents and state technical institutes. Furthermore, SDWORKS is promoted to all students attending a post-secondary institution in the state, ensuring these internships are filled by quality applicants eager to apply what they have learned in the classroom.

Internships are also available through many private companies and organizations throughout our state. These companies and organizations rely upon internships to fill temporary workforce needs and identify potential long-term employees. In fact, according to recent surveys by the National Association of Colleges and Employers (NACE), many employers report that interns are the most fruitful source of new full-time employees. 

Here are some tips for businesses interested in offering internships:

  • The work should be an integral part of the student's course of study.
  • Learning objectives should be clearly identified.
  • The student should be in a shadowing/learning mode.
  • The employer should provide an opportunity for the student to learn important skills and processes integral to the business or profession.
  • There should be educational value to the work performed.

For assistance posting an internship or applying for an internship, please contact your local Department of Labor and Regulations office.

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