Department of Labor and Regulation

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For Immediate Release: Tuesday, Feb. 5, 2013
Media Contact: Dawn Dovre, 605-773-3094


Labor and Regulation Department Connects Students to Internship Opportunities

PIERRE, S.D.- If you are a college senior or recent graduate, now is the time to start looking for an internship. The Department of Labor and Regulation (DLR) offers a onestop shop of services, including a job search database to help students find the perfect position. A full listing of jobs and internships is available at www.sdjobs.org.


Internships offer benefits like real-world work experience, networking and an opportunity to build your resume.


State Labor and Regulation Secretary Pam Roberts said, "Internships play a vital role not only in educating young adults, but in the development of the South Dakota workforce."


Internships also provide benefits to employers. By offering internships and entry-level positions, employers gain applicants who are eager to work and learn, have relevant, up-to-date training and a fresh outlook on the industry.


"We encourage companies and businesses to offer more internship positions," said Secretary Roberts. "They help fill temporary workforce needs and at the same time, offer potential long-term employees."


Businesses interested in offering internship positions should consider the following tips:

  • The work should be an integral part of the student’s course of study.
  • Learning objective 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 education value to the work performed.

South Dakota Workforce Initiatives (SD WINS) is Gov. Daugaard's 20-point plan to address short- and long-term workforce needs. SD WINS is a collaborative effort of business, education, health and labor leaders to create a well-trained and well-educated workforce for the job market of today and tomorrow.

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Marcia Hultman, Secretary
700 Governors Drive
Pierre, SD 57501-2291
Tel. 605.773.3101
Fax. 605.773.6184