Joint UND-EDC Initiative Provides Experiential Connections To Students Through ‘InternGF’

President and CEO of Grand Forks EDC Keith Lund takes the stage Thursday evening to announce a joint venture with UND to place students in experiential learning positions with early-stage companies or companies developing new services and technologies. Photo by Connor Murphy/UND Today.

Over the din of local business leaders rubbing elbows last week, Keith Lund’s focus was on UND’s students.

That’s when Lund, president and CEO of the Grand Forks Region Economic Development Corporation, along with UND President Mark Kennedy and Provost Tom DiLorenzo, announced a new joint initiative aimed at the business innovators of tomorrow.

Aptly named “InternGF,” the initiative hopes to offset costs for newer businesses looking to bring on interns. It’s also an effort to keep UND students in the Grand Forks region for internships and career opportunities.

The announcement came Thursday, at the Grand Forks Chamber of Commerce’s “Business After Hours” event, hosted this month by UND’s Center for Innovation. Lund explained that the program is targeted at placing interns in entrepreneurial experiences with area startups, as well as local companies introducing a new product or service.

“We think that students who have a passion for entrepreneurship and startup companies …will find great value in it,” Lund said.

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