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Internship Experience

Internships are work experience opportunities that allow students to explore their career fields of choice. They may be paid or unpaid and can be applied toward academic credit. Internships are a great way for students to gain hands on pre-professional experience.


  • Improves company visibility
  • Brings fresh ideas
  • Makes recruiting easier
  • Investment in the communit
  • Learn what college students are studying
  • Access to highly talented students
  • Frees up staff/resources
  • Cost effective
  • Future hiring potential
  • Staff development
  • Increases employee retentinon


  1. Determine what you need
  2. Write a position description
  3. Get the word out by contacting school personnel below
  4. Hire, train and mentor!

Partnering Schools, Colleges, & Universities


Brittany Nash | Career Services Coordinator | Bethany Lutheran College
507.344.7321 | bnash@blc.edu | more info



Vincent Thomas | Internship Program Director | Gustavus Adolphus College
507.933.7509 |vthomas2@gustavus.edu  | more info



Karina Clennon | Assistant Director | Minnesota State University, Mankato
karina.clennon@mnsu.edu  | more info


Amy Ites | Career Services Director | Rasmussen College

507.625.6556 | amy.ites@rasmussen.edu | more info


Candy Laven | Coordinator of Placement | South Central College

507.389.7225 | candy.laven@southcentral.edu | more info



Monde Schwartz | Career & Technical Education Coordinator | Mankato Area Public Schools 507.207.4280 | mschwa1@isd77.k12.mn.us | more info




For input on how to go about connecting with school personnel, contact:

Shannon Gullickson | Talent Program Director | Greater Mankato Growth

507.385.6656 | sgullickson@greatermankato.com


Alumni Experience

"For as long as I can remember, I had always wanted a career where I could help people. My internship at Yellow Ribbon Suicide Prevention Program was the perfect opportunity.  This is a program I am very passionate about and my passion and hard work landed me my dream job, a position with the Yellow Ribbon program."

          - Marissa Lachmiller | Bethany Lutheran College | Communication


"The internship that I participated in at Greater Mankato Growth, Inc. was a great opportunity to become involved with local business people and organizations, which are integral parts in our community.  This internship was also a wonderful experience and opportunity for me to apply the textbook knowledge I had learned in school to working knowledge in a position within my career field."

         - Heidi Mueller | Rasmussen College | Accounting


"As an intern with Habitat for Humanity I conducted extensive research and consulted with industry professionals.  As part of the internship, I spent time promoting the benefits of a new project to often-reluctant construction companies and community members.  I also wrote a business plan for the new project and, much to everyone's surprise, I helped secure a large grant for the organization.  The internship had a positive impact all around.  I gained valuable real-world experience and a sense of fulfillment."

          - Becky Andert | Gustavus Adolphus College | English


"Starting college as a nontraditional student, I was focused on a successful outcome from day one.  I had a number of specfic goals I wanted to attain through my college, experience, one of which was obtaining an internship that would help in my new career.  After a class site visit to Lime Valley Advertising I asked for a portfolio evaluation.  Following that meeting, I was offered an internship.  Near the end of my 5 month internship with Lime Valley, I was offered full-time employment."

     - Dawn Fellows | South Central College | Commercial and Technical Art


"The internship at Firepond was a really helpful experience for me; everyone was friendly and helpful.  I was scheduled to last for five months, but after four months I was offered a full-time position as a Technical Consultant.  The internship really allowed me to learn the system at Firepond."

     - Hazem Lotfy | Minnesota State University, Mankato | Computer Science

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