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Now Accepting Applications for the Neilson Foundation Internship Program

The George W. Neilson Foundation is again offering partial funding for local employers to host an internship during the Summer of 2022. The application for Summer 2022 funding is now open!
The Neilson Foundation Internship Program, with goals of supporting businesses in the Bemidji area and keeping talent local, will provide a 50% salary match (up to a $2,500 maximum) for selected employers who host an intern from Bemidji State University or Northwest Technical College during the summer of 2022. The following are required qualifications for funding eligibility:

  • Business must be part of the for-profit sector (Non-profit organizations are encouraged to apply to the Neilson Foundation directly.)
  • 50% of the hourly compensation for the intern will be reimbursed by the Neilson Foundation, up to $2,500 per business
  • Remaining internship compensation paid by the business
  • Business must be located within 30 miles of Bemidji city limits
  • Internship must be structured to provide meaningful learning experience for the Bemidji State University or Northwest Technical College intern
The deadline for employer applications is February 28, 2022. Please click here to apply. The application will require general information about your business and information about the internship your business plans to offer. Selected employers will be contacted by Career Services at Bemidji State University & Northwest Technical College in the days following the deadline.
Dates & Deadlines for this year's program:
February 28: Employer applications due
March 11: Selected employers must post-internship online via Connect2Careers powered by Handshake
April 25: Hiring complete; Memorandum of Agreement completed via DocuSign
August 31: Invoices and wage summary report submitted for reimbursement
We look forward to partnering with you in this important work! If you have questions, please contact Career Services at Bemidji State University & Northwest Technical College at or 218.755.2038. To ensure you receive updated information about this program, please update your information on our online system, Connect2Careers powered by Handshake.

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