DWU’s Learn & Earn students find internships

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MITCHELL – Dakota Wesleyan University’s Learn & Earn program students have been assigned to the first ever cohort of internship sites in the Pierre area.  The program brings an affordable and efficient 16-month path to a professional career and associate degree for students to the state’s capital city and surrounding areas. The first-of-its-kind program integrates classroom and online learning with professional work experience. Students enrolled participate in a year-long, part-time, paid internship while completing their professional certificates.

Businesses where interns are working include BankWest; the South Dakota Bureau of Telecommunications and Information; Branding Iron Bistro; the South Dakota Department of Labor and Regulation; Independent Insurance Agents of South Dakota and Lee Real Estate.

According to program coordinator Jessica Carr, “We are thrilled to partner with several local businesses to offer students authentic and relevant internship experiences. Students had the opportunity to interview with different organizations, and the businesses themselves were involved in decision-making and onboarding the interns. We are grateful for these local partnering opportunities and look forward to working together to help our students gain skills and experiences.” 

The program is divided into four, four-month modules including professional readiness; business fundamentals; management and marketing; and industry-specific areas. Weekly schedules place students in a combination of two or three days in the classroom and two or three days at their internships, depending on which term they are enrolled.  Successful completers will receive their associate degrees and can easily transfer into a related bachelor’s degree program.

An information event for Pierre area residents who want to learn more about the unique Learn & Earn program is scheduled at the Capital City Campus at 925 E. Sioux Ave. on Monday, Jan. 24.  The session, styled as a drop-in open house, will be held between 5 and 6:30 p.m.  Refreshments will be served.  Those planning to attend are asked to register at

Applications are now being accepted for Fall 2022.  For more information about the program or to apply, visit Information is available for students, business partners and coaches.