Internship Info: MarketBeat

Learn about MarketBeat in this Q&A with Bekah Van Maanen, Web Developer & Laycee Kluin, Digital Marketing Strategist.

Tell us about MarketBeat.

MarketBeat is an Inc. 5000 financial media company with the mission of creating high-quality stock research tools and making them available to investors at all levels. The site uses the latest technology to provide proprietary, comprehensive, accurate and up-to-the-minute financial data, including information about analyst recommendations, dividend declarations and earnings announcements.

With a global reach, we publish stock market news to over 3 million investors daily, and our website attracts more than 10 million visitors each month. We are growing quickly, and our work is always changing.

We are excited to offer our first development internship opportunity to a student interested in pursuing a career in software development.

What is it like to work at MarketBeat?

At MarketBeat, we’ve got a knack for finding that sweet spot between hard work and fun. Our office buzzes with energy because we’ve built an environment where employees look forward to each day. What really makes us stand out is how we treat each other – we’re not just co-workers; we’re individuals who celebrate what makes each of us unique. We take the time to get to know each other’s special talents, interests, and goals so everyone feels valued and supported. Employee experience at MarketBeat is a priority, and individuals are rewarded with a variety of cool perks like catered lunches, unique company activities, and more!

But that’s not where it ends. We are deeply committed to community involvement, and this is evident through our various philanthropic initiatives. We believe by positively impacting the broader community, we strengthen the bonds within our own team.

What will being an intern at MarketBeat entail?

A development internship at MarketBeat will be an experience that goes beyond the ordinary – where aspiring professionals create, learn, and grow with MarketBeat. The intern will have the opportunity to engage in a variety of activities, including intern lunches, social and community events, and fully immerse themself in day-to-day development work.

As a MarketBeat intern, you’ll actively participate in projects and tasks under the guidance of our experienced development team. Our ultimate goal is to equip you with hands-on experience and insights into the world of development, ensuring you leave with the skills necessary for a successful career in this field. We are committed to offering a variety of learning opportunities to help you become a well-rounded professional.

What are some things that will allow an intern to succeed in an internship role at MarketBeat?

By approaching the internship with enthusiasm and the willingness to learn, you’re sure to succeed in this role. Showing your positive attitude and adaptability will be the best way to get the most out of this internship! Don’t be afraid to ask questions, we take our core value, ‘One Team’, seriously, and everyone is willing to help out where we can. So, don’t hold back – seek guidance, share ideas, and engage fully.

What do you love about working/living in Sioux Falls?

Located in the heart of downtown Sioux Falls, it’s a special feeling to witness as our city quickly evolves and flourishes.

Plus, there’s a real sense of balance here – you’ve got plenty of opportunities to get involved and explore interests outside of your career. And speaking of careers, there are tons of supportive companies that genuinely care about your growth, and MarketBeat is a prime example of that.

And let’s not forget the little pleasures, like grabbing a cup of coffee and some mouthwatering s’mores cookies at Queen City Bakery or taking a walk on our city’s amazing trails. It’s those everyday delights that make you feel at home regardless of where you’re from.

Careers at MarketBeat

Claire Herbst
Want to be a part of INTERN Sioux Falls? Contact:

Claire Herbst

Talent Recruitment Coordinator

Intern-focused events help connect college students with full Sioux Falls experience

The best internship experiences don’t start and end with the workday.

“It’s key that businesses offer real-world, applicable and immersive internship opportunities, and many Sioux Falls organizations do,” said Denise Guzzetta, vice president of talent and workforce development for the Sioux Falls Development Foundation.

“But it’s just as important that these young professionals are meeting one another, beyond their own workplace, and becoming connected with the broader Sioux Falls area and everything that makes it a wonderful place to start your adult life as well as your career.”

interns smile with ice cream at Polar Bites

This year, the Sioux Falls Development Foundation reached out to interns and workplaces citywide with a summer filled with programming.

It started with a “get to know Sioux Falls” luncheon, continued with a scavenger hunt downtown midsummer and ended with the chance to give back to those in need within the Sioux Falls community by making hygiene bags for residents at the Bishop Dudley Hospitality House.

Interns smile with hygiene bags assembled for the Bishop Dudley Hospitality House

In between, interns began socializing on their own.

“Meeting new people here in Sioux Falls absolutely helped improve my internship experience here in Sioux Falls,” said Sawyer Lee, an intern at Dacotah Bank.

“They recommended different activities that go on around town, as well as different places to go eat. I was able to connect with some people from college, and we would get together during the week, whether it be for a drink or to watch bands playing at the Levitt.”

Universal banking intern Leah Barber enjoyed a comprehensive introduction to the city through her work with First Bank & Trust.

She was able to tour The Steel District construction site with developer Craig Lloyd, meet with clients and attend events such as the South Dakota Bankers Association Convention, SME Sioux Falls Leadership Summit and SDBA Ag Credit Conference.

Steel District

“Sioux Falls has the most supportive and exciting community to experience the professional world as it continues to expand and attract exceptional talent,” she said. “I am wildly grateful to everyone that has played a part in making my internship a success.”

First Premier Bank/Premier Bankcard intern Josh Jackson, a Lincoln High School graduate and Purdue University sophomore, received a Spirit of Sioux Falls scholarship from the Sioux Falls Development Foundation and participated in its Lunch & Learn programs.

“It was a great experience getting to meet other interns and professionals in the Sioux Falls area and learning about some of the community’s opportunities,” he said. “I am extremely grateful for the opportunities that the scholarship has afforded me in my academic journey.”

For Henry Rollins, who originally is from Honduras, an internship at Northwestern Mutual introduced him to the financial services industry. The programming he attended through the Sioux Falls Development Foundation helped the Augustana University student connect further to the community.

Intern Sioux Falls Luncheon with YPN

“The events were informational, interactive and one of the best opportunities out there to network,” he said.

“I was able to better understand the phrase ‘your network is your net worth’ as the Development Foundation focuses on helping professionals reach their next best opportunity by exposing them to an extensive network of contacts in every industry.”

As an employer, Northwestern Mutual also sees significant value in how the Development Foundation’s programming complements its own, said Regan Dennis, director of campus recruitment and development.

INTERN Sioux Falls Luncheon with YPN

“A vital part of being successful as an intern in our program is caring about people and connecting with others in the community to provide the most impact,” she said.

INTERN Sioux Falls Luncheon

“It is important to us to introduce amazing opportunities like the Sioux Falls Development Foundation to our interns because it gives them the opportunity to participate in networking events, help grow their soft skills, learn more about the community and meet other successful individuals in the Sioux Falls area. You never know where a connection could lead you or help you in your future career path.”

Northwestern hosted 19 interns this summer and sees the Development Foundation programming as “a phenomenal tool” to showcase the benefits of starting a career in Sioux Falls, Dennis added.

INTERN Sioux Falls

“Our interns have nothing but good things to say about the Sioux Falls Development Foundation program,” she said.

“They are eager to meet new people across the community and learn more about how they can become more involved. Most of our college students don’t have much experience within this space when joining our internship program, and this gives them the opportunity to step out of the comfort zone and grow as young professionals. When attending new events, they have mentioned it puts them a lot more at ease when we encourage our interns to go as a group or with a friend.”

Rollins plans to continue an internship during the school year with a financial adviser’s personal team.

“This internship has helped me shape my future by giving me a better picture of the magnitude of impact I want to create in other people’s lives with skills I possess,” he said.

Jackson will be back at Premier too.

“I’ve learned a ton about how a call center operates and how efficiency is maintained regarding staffing levels. I’ve also met a lot of really great people here who have been extremely impactful on my experience,” he said. “My Premier internship has helped me realize that I can perform well in a leadership position. I want to take on a more influential role in whatever company I land at.”

Based on the success of INTERN Sioux Falls this summer, Guzzetta anticipates opportunities for it to grow.

“We’re continually seeing more employers and more interns attracted by the programming we offer, so we absolutely see this as a key way going forward to make sure we’re helping interns build the connections and have the experiences that will keep them coming back to Sioux Falls when it’s time to take that next career step,” she said.

Is your organization ready to get connected with all the workforce opportunities offered by the Sioux Falls Development Foundation? Email to learn more.

Internship Info: Jane Rae Events

Learn about Jane Rae Events in this Q&A with Ashley Anderson and Tess Oplinger. Ashley is the Event Sales Manager and Tess is the Rental Collections Stylist. Apply for jobs and internships at the link below!

Tell us about Jane Rae Events.

Jane Rae Events is a full-service event planning and design company based in the Midwest. Our downtown boutique studio offers planning, full-service event design, and event rentals all in one place. This allows us to create a unique and cohesive design that fits your vision. To put it simply, we love creating joy. We strive to be the best we can be for our clients and create an unforgettable experience throughout our process and the event day.

What is it like to be an intern at Jane Rae Events?

An intern at Jane Rae Events has the opportunity to experience many different areas in the event industry. We make sure they get hands-on experience by sitting in on client meetings, creating designs for events and helping with our floral team. They will also work side by side with our event planning team on both wedding and corporate event days; where they will see the event planning process from start to finish.

What does a day in the life look like at Jane Rae Events?

Every day of the internship is completely unique. Because no event is alike, no day preparing for those events is alike. The intern team will help with the preparations for each event, designing florals, packing and unpacking, ensuring our rental inventory is up to event standards. They will also complete tasks on their overall internship checklist which includes projects in marketing, client meetings and event design.

What makes Jane Rae Events stand out?

We have the unique opportunity to walk alongside our clients through all the event planning and design processes. Because we have an in-house floral team and an extensive rental inventory, we ensure that our client’s vision is being met, down to the smallest detail.

What is the best part about working at Jane Rae Events?

Hands down, the team and culture. We are a team of hard working and passionate women who want nothing more than to spread the joy of creating spaces for people to gather and feel celebrated.

What is the best thing about working and living in Sioux Falls?

Sioux Falls has a small town feel with big city opportunities. Industry growth is happening so rapidly, and it is a very exciting place to work and live. There are great events happening all over the city and never a shortage of new people to meet. We feel lucky to be a part of the Sioux Falls community.

Careers at Jane Rae Events

Claire Herbst
Want to be a part of INTERN Sioux Falls? Contact:

Claire Herbst

Talent Recruitment Coordinator

SFDF hosts DTSF scavenger hunt for Sioux Falls interns

On Tuesday, July 11th, interns from around Sioux Falls had the opportunity to explore our downtown area with a scavenger hunt. Interns were grouped into teams and given a list of clues that took them to landmarks, locations, and businesses. This was a great opportunity for interns to network with each other and learn a thing or two about our downtown area. Sioux Falls has a rich history that they were able to get a glimpse of throughout their clues.

The prize on the line was a gift card to Downtown Sioux Falls. Each member of the winning team received one. These gift cards can be used at 50+ businesses downtown.

We’d like to give a huge thank you to Polar Bites on 8th & Railroad for being our last stop on the scavenger hunt. The interns were able to get a sweet treat, play some mini golf, and network with each other at the end of the hunt!

“We’re thankful for the INTERN Sioux Falls program at the Sioux Falls Development Foundation for stopping at Polar Bites where we’re proud to serve the coldest treats and host the warmest smiles!”

-Matt & Jessica Rooney, Owners of Polar Bites

SFDF hosts first INTERN Sioux Falls event

On Wednesday, June 28, interns gathered at the Sioux Falls Development Foundation to enjoy lunch and network with members from the Young Professionals Network (YPN) steering committee.

Casey Boerger, Young Professionals Network Manager, gave a presentation on what the Young Professionals Network is and how the interns can get involved. Steering committee members Nichelle Lund, Alissa Matt, and Kristin Hoefert-Redlinger all agreed that the YPN has made a huge impact on their professional careers. They were able to share their experiences, offering valuable insights and career advice.

The Sioux Falls Development Foundation’s INTERN Sioux Falls program is designed to create opportunities for interns to get involved in the business community and get a better idea of what it is like to live, work, and play in Sioux Falls. The interns who attended were able to form relationships with their peers that will extend beyond lunch, creating a network of support.

The INTERN Sioux Falls Lunch was a great way for me to meet some of the interns around the city and get more acclimated to Sioux Falls. In addition to the networking opportunity, the event gave me the chance to talk with some of the YPN members about their favorite things to do and places to visit around town.

Sawyer Lee, Intern at Dacotah Bank

I am so appreciative of the investment the Sioux Falls Development Foundation has made in the area’s interns and their experiences by putting this event together. Even as a Sioux Falls native, being able to network and share a space with like-minded individuals pursuing big professional goals is energizing, encouraging, and fun!

Leah Barber, Intern at First Bank & Trust

I had a group of young gentlemen at my table from all different backgrounds, and it was such a great opportunity to see them bonding over shared interests and exchanging contact information to join sporting leagues and swap business strategies and ideas. We had one person who had been in Sioux Falls for less than a month and one that had lived outside of town his whole life. The mix of individuals was truly a great opportunity for all of them, and me, to see how our city is growing and changing right before our eyes!

Nichelle Lund, Holiday Inn City Centre & YPN Steering Committee Member

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Claire Herbst

Talent Recruitment Coordinator, Sioux Falls Development Foundation

Dordt University students take part in Talent Tours at Sioux Falls businesses

Students from Dordt University traveled to Sioux Falls on April 28th to tour different businesses around town. These English majors were “career curious” about the opportunities to which their degree could lead them.

The students arrived in Sioux Falls and received a tour of Lawrence & Schiller, a marketing and advertising agency. There, they learned more about what types of services L&S offers to their clients and how they adapt to the ever-changing trends in the marketing world.

The students then arrived downtown at the Commerce Center for lunch. Shane Tinklenberg, a Software Engineer at Raven Industries, Ella Rynders, the Brand Manager at Fernson Brewing Co., and McKenize Kooima, an Account Services Representative at BPM, are alumni of Dordt University and volunteered their time to speak about their career journeys and what it’s like to live and work in Sioux Falls.

After lunch, the students traveled to PREMIER Bankcard where they got an overview of national-level advertising, media strategy/buying, and content development. The students were able to get a better idea of how their English degree could be utilized within the financial industry, something they didn’t think was possible.

The final stop of the day was at Click Rain & Lemonly. The students were taken on the grand tour of their new office space and given a rundown of how the two sister companies work together. Their tour guides were Dordt alumni who were able to explain how they utilize their Dordt education in the work world.

The day was a success as the students were given a glimpse of the possibilities in Sioux Falls!

What a wonderful day of exploring careers that will utilize a degree in English! Sometimes students are hesitant to pursue a degree with a broad reach, such as English. This career trek opened our eyes to various roles in a company that can be significantly enhanced by strong writing skills, whether creative writing, or technical writing, or anything in between.

My faculty participant and I particularly enjoyed reconnecting with our alumni. Claire did a fabulous job of finding young alumni to serve on the lunch panel. They were able to share about the value of their Dordt education, why they love living and working in Sioux Falls, and share some valuable advice for transitioning well from college into career.

We are so grateful for the broad reach of the Sioux Falls Development Foundation, which enables them to showcase local employers and opportunities!

Amy Westra, Director of Career Development, Dordt University
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Want to bring your students to Sioux Falls?

Claire Herbst

Talent Recruitment Coordinator, Sioux Falls Development Foundation

Tips for a Successful Internship

Welcome to Internship Info, our weekly blog segment featuring information about internships, opportunities in Sioux Falls, and more! Each week on Tuesdays, you’ll find a new post to learn about a featured employer or best practices for applying for jobs and internships. This week, SFDF’s Talent Recruitment Coordinator, Claire Herbst, shares tips for a successful internship.

  1. Ask lots of questions.

You do not know what you do not know. Asking questions is a great way to learn more about the company, your position, and how your skills can be utilized to benefit the team. Asking someone how to do something right is a lot better than having to do something over because you did it wrong.

  1. Network as much as you can.

Introduce yourself to everyone, attend after work functions, and connect with coworkers on LinkedIn. Making an effort to meet others shows that you are friendly and have strong communication skills.

  1. Be professional.

Dress to impress and follow the dress code. It’s important to dress professionally but also make sure that you are comfortable and able to concentrate. Stay off your phone during the workday. Always be on time or early for work and let a supervisor know if an emergency has come up that will impact when you get to work.

  1. Be productive and organized.

Get your work done on time. Falling behind in your workload can impact the timeframe that others are able to finish their work and can even impact clients. By staying organized you will be able to keep track of your responsibilities and deadlines.

Claire Herbst
Want to be a part of INTERN Sioux Falls? Contact:

Claire Herbst

Talent Recruitment Coordinator

Internship Info: Resume Tips

Welcome to Internship Info, our weekly blog segment featuring information about internships, opportunities in Sioux Falls, and more! Each week on Tuesdays, you’ll find a new post to learn about a featured employer or best practices for applying for jobs and internships. This week, SFDF’s Talent Recruitment Coordinator, Claire Herbst, shares tips for creating a great resume.

Your resume is not just a comprehensive list of your career, but instead is a marketing document that allows you to show how you are the perfect match for the position you are applying for. Here are a few tips that can help you when crafting up your resume for your next job.

  1. Tailor your resume.

Tailor your resume to each individual position that you are applying for. By doing this, you are allowing everyone who reads it to be able to see how your skills and experiences make you a match for the position.

  1. Work experience goes in reverse chronological order.

When writing your work experience section, list your experiences in reverse chronological order, starting with your most recent job. Include the name of the company, job title, the period you were employed, and job achievements that are relevant to the position you are applying for.

  1. Format your resume.

Formatting your resume will help in making it look as polished as possible. Keeping it simple will allow the reader to easily read what is written. Font size should be 10 or 12, with headers slightly larger or in bold. Use bullet points to list job achievements. Avoid using pictures or images as they make a resume clunky.

  1. Focus on transferable skills and experiences.

Focus your resume on transferable skills and experiences. This can include volunteering, school projects, clubs/organizations, internships, etc. The skills that you acquired in these experiences are more than likely transferable to the current position you are applying for. Utilize them to sell yourself!

  1. Limit your resume to one page.

Keep your resume to one page. This forces you to only add the most relevant skills, experiences, and information. If you are having trouble keeping it on one page, a few things that you can do are trim your margins, combine sections, and shorten bullet points.

Remember, your resume is a tool that should be utilized to sell yourself to the hiring manager and show them that you are the perfect match for the job!

Claire Herbst
Want to be a part of INTERN Sioux Falls? Contact:

Claire Herbst

Talent Recruitment Coordinator

Internship Info: Sioux Falls Young Professionals Network with Casey Boerger

Learn about the Sioux Falls Young Professionals Network in this Q&A with Casey Boerger, the YPN Manager! If you’re interested in getting involved with YPN, click the link below to learn more.

Tell me about yourself.

I was born and raised in Watertown, South Dakota, and spent the first 22 years of my life there. Eventually, upon graduating college, opportunity led me south on I-29 and I ended up making Sioux Falls my home.

What is the Young Professionals Network?

The Young Professionals Network is your avenue to connecting with career-focused young professionals in the Sioux Falls area. We work to create opportunities for learning and networking, support civic involvement and promote an overall investment in the future of the community.

What can students get out of joining YPN as an intern?

Your YPN membership is free for the first year. It is a great tool to learn how to network, learn about your community, and meet people. Joining YPN as an intern is one of the smartest ways to excel in your chosen career field while also helping strengthen your roots in the community that you are already investing time in.

In what ways can being a part of YPN impact someone’s career?

Current and past testimonials can speak to this question. However, putting time into networking and cultivating professional relationships is the number one way to impact your career in a positive way/ YPN is supported by numerous organizations in the community as they understand the benefit in investing in the younger generation of future leaders. More times than not, current leaders are willing to provide time, resources, & guidance to benefit those that want to excel personally and professionally.

What do you love about living and working in Sioux Falls?

Sioux Falls has that big-city feel with the safety of a small town. You are bound to know someone just about anywhere you go! I also love how vibrant our downtown is and the Sioux Falls community is so friendly and willing to help in any way that they can. We truly are fortunate to live here.

“I love YPN because it’s a great way to make new connections and learn about the Sioux Falls community! Being able to tour different businesses, hear from some of our city’s most influential business leaders, and just meet new people has been so fun to experience.”

Leah Blom, Director of Marketing and Digital Media, Sioux Falls Development Foundation

“YPN is an amazing opportunity to get involved and connected in the Sioux Falls community. When I first moved to Sioux Falls, I didn’t know very many people. Attending YPN events was very beneficial in the aspect of networking and meeting awesome individuals in the area. I highly encourage all young professionals to join YPN because it opens up doors to new friendships, collaborations, and career opportunities.”

Regan Dennis, Director of Campus Recruitment & Development, Northwestern Mutual

Get involved with YPN

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Claire Herbst
Want to be a part of INTERN Sioux Falls? Contact:

Claire Herbst

Talent Recruitment Coordinator

Internship Info: First Western Bank & Trust

Learn about First Western Bank and Trust in this Q&A with Ryan Martin answering questions about Sioux Falls and Kelsey Aller answering questions about FWB&T. Ryan is the Market President at the Sioux Falls office and Kelsey is the Human Resource Officer in Minot, ND. Apply for jobs and internships at the link below!

Tell me about First Western Bank & Trust.

First Western Bank & Trust has been a family-owned community bank since 1964. Today, we have 18 locations in North Dakota, South Dakota, and Minnesota.

The ideals that First Western was founded upon continue to remain true today:

To provide the best in customer service.

  • To work hand-in-hand with our customers to help them find the best banking solutions for their needs.
  • To give back to the communities we serve with charitable donations, volunteer work, and sponsorships.
  • To create a professional and positive work environment with internal growth opportunities for our valued employees.
  • To remain innovative and be an industry leader with the best products, services, and banking tools.

Our Mission

First Western Bank & Trust strives to be the premier bank and financial service provider in the communities we serve by building strong customer relationships, providing great customer service, offering diverse financial products, and maintaining knowledgeable, friendly, professional employees.

Giving Back

We take pride in the communities we serve and value the importance of giving back through charitable works. Our employees are actively involved with our service projects, sponsorships, and worthy causes.

What is your favorite thing about working at First Western Bank & Trust?

I love working for a family-owned community bank. We are a very tight-knit organization that leads with common sense when assisting our customers and serving our communities.

Why do you think internships are important?

Internships are a great way to explore areas of interest for young people, as they get closer to embarking on their careers. They are able to gain relevant industry experience while earning college credit toward their degree. In addition, they afford the opportunity to work collaboratively with others in the workplace and get feedback from those with more industry experience. This provides a unique opportunity to ask questions, gain confidence, and develop and refine skills.

What do you love about living and working in Sioux Falls?

I love that I live in a community that is experiencing growth in so many areas – you can feel the energy around town. Yet, we can still maintain that small-town sense of being welcoming and friendly.

Careers at First Western Bank and Trust

Come back next week Tuesday for another blog!

Claire Herbst
Want to be a part of INTERN Sioux Falls? Contact:

Claire Herbst

Talent Recruitment Coordinator

Internship Info: How to prepare for applying for internships

Welcome to Internship Info, our weekly blog segment featuring information about internships, opportunities in Sioux Falls, and more! Each week on Tuesdays, you’ll find a new post to learn about a featured employer or best practices for applying for jobs and internships. This week, SFDF’s Talent Recruitment Coordinator, Claire Herbst, shares tips for applying for internships.

Internships are a valuable experience that can broaden a student’s knowledge and prepare them for real world work experience. They are a great way to show future employers that you have some basic skills in your field of interest. Applying for an internship can be an intimidating process for students, so we’ve come up with a few things that can make the process a little easier.

  1. Know and understand what type of internship you want.

Do some research to get an understanding of the different types of internships your area of interest offers. Talk to classmates and professors to get an idea of what their previous internship experiences consisted of. Figure out the ideal location that you might want to be after graduation and the ideal size of the company you want to work for. Having the knowledge and understanding of what you want to get out of an internship will make it easier to choose an internship that will provide you with your desired experience.

  1. Create your resume.

When preparing your resume, the first thing that should be listed is any type of educational experience or background that you may have. Following the section on educational experience can be any work experience, whether it’s directly related to the position you’re applying for or not. Finally, an extracurricular activities section and/or an achievements section should be added to showcase talents and qualifications in a different light. Ensure that when you submit your resume it contains everything that you have done and achieved up to the point of applying. You should also cater your resume to the position you’re applying for. This may seem tedious, but it will make your resume stand out.

  1. Pick the right internship for you.

When exploring the different opportunities, make sure you’re focusing on what you want to get out of this experience. An internship is the best way to create a foundation for your whole career, so don’t rush it!

Claire Herbst
Want to be a part of INTERN Sioux Falls? Contact:

Claire Herbst

Talent Recruitment Coordinator

Internship Info: City of Sioux Falls Ascend Internship Program

The City of Sioux Falls employs over 1,300 people, all committed to public service. Learn more about the City’s Ascend Internship Program in this Q&A with Talent Manager, Mandy Frey, and apply for jobs and internships at the link below!

Tell us about yourself.

Born and raised in Sioux Falls, I have always loved this community! In fact, when selecting a major in college, I always knew I wanted to serve our community. After graduating college from the University of Sioux Falls in 2007, I decided to begin my career in higher education. I spent 15 years working in higher education between the University of Sioux Falls and Southeast Technical College. These experiences solidified my interest in workforce development for the Sioux Falls community. In December 2022, I took a leap and changed my career from education to local government. As the new Talent Manager for the City of Sioux Falls, I’m excited to use my background in higher education and workforce development to showcase the City of Sioux Falls as an Employer of Choice in our community!

Tell me about the City of Sioux Falls as an employer.

Sioux Falls is growing exponentially, and we need you to join our team of 1,300 full-time and hundreds more part-time and seasonal employees. Find a place to serve alongside us in a range of careers available in 11 diverse departments. There’s a role for every interest from public safety and health, to culture and recreation, to technology and internal operations. Our employees’ partner with local businesses and community members to provide the infrastructure, safe neighborhoods and recreation opportunities that keep Sioux Falls consistently ranked among the top places to live and work. Our core values of safety, teamwork, innovation, character, and respect build community from the inside out. Employees’ top culture drivers include a strong sense of accomplishment, growth through learning and training, and supportive colleagues. Team members achieve job satisfaction every day with the knowledge that their service positively impacts the high quality of life this community enjoys.

What is it like being an intern for the City of Sioux Falls?

The City of Sioux Falls offers paid internships throughout the summer, providing mentoring, professional development and growth opportunities to students interested in a variety of careers. As one of the most diverse employers in Sioux Falls, we provide a wide array of settings for you to explore your interests, gain real world experience, and develop professional skills and competencies. Our internship will provide you with a full-time mentor in your department, meaningful projects for you to spearhead, acquisition of career-specific skills, weekly intern cohort networking, speakers, tours, and dedicated resources to the cohort of interns.

What makes the City of Sioux Falls stand out from other employers?

The City of Sioux Falls developed the One Sioux Falls Framework that guides our work for strategic community growth. It truly is an honor to work for the City who takes such pride in focusing on these four focus areas that are supported by innovation, engaging people, and sustainable growth:

Safety & Health: Provide a safe community in which the health and well-being of our citizens is above the national average.

Accessible Housing: Foster the availability of housing options at all income levels, throughout the city.

Workforce: Continue to develop a community with a qualify of life that will attract and retain the best employee base in the United States.

Kids: Support a community where kids and families want to be and can thrive.

Additionally, the salary and benefits! The City of Sioux Falls just completed a salary and benefit review and the results prove that the City has a competitive advantage as it relates to its salary and benefit packages as compared to other public organizations and private industries.

What do you love about living and working in Sioux Falls?

Sioux Falls is home. Being a young adult, I always wondered what it would be like to live in a big city, but never took the risk. Sioux Falls has the small-town feel, but in a larger community. It feels like the best of both worlds. And I’m not the only one to recognize this! SmartAsset ranked Sioux Falls the number one city in America for young professionals in 2021.

Watch these videos for more information about the Ascend internship program!

CAREERS AT the City of Sioux Falls

Come back next week Tuesday for our blog with tips for applying for internships!

Claire Herbst
Want to be a part of INTERN Sioux Falls? Contact:

Claire Herbst

Talent Recruitment Coordinator

Internship Info: Gage Brothers Concrete Products

Gage Brothers builds beautiful communities by leading the way in quality precast concrete solutions. Learn more about Gage Brothers in this Q&A with their Human Resources Manager, Krysta Widman, and apply for jobs and internships at the link below!

Tell me about Gage Brothers.

At Gage Brothers we manufacture architectural and structural precast products that are used to create the buildings that make up our communities. The Sanford Children’s Hospital, Target Field, Denny Sanford Premier Center, TCF Bank Stadium, Ralph L. Carr Judicial Center, SDSU Jackrabbit Grove, and Eleven on the River are just some of the high-profile jobs we have had the pleasure of working on.

What sets Gage Brothers apart from their competition?

Diversity sets Gage Brothers apart. From our projects to our product line, to our team, diversity is what makes us successful. We are proud to be involved in a variety of projects in Education, Industrial, Residential, Commercial, and Medical industries. Our diversified product line includes an array of precast and prestressed concrete products such as: architectural wall panel, insulated wall panels, beams, bridge girders, columns, double tees, hollow core, and stadia. Our team is what makes it all possible. Our experienced engineers, drafters, carpenters, concrete specialists, steel workers, equipment operators, batching experts, maintenance teams work together originally from 25 different countries to produce works of art that others said couldn’t be done. Established in 1915, Gage Brothers has over 100 years of continued success backing us up and launching us forward. Not only have we been doing this for a while, we are also Employee-Owned, which means that our team works with unmatched dedication to the success of our projects.

What is your favorite thing about working at Gage Brothers?

Working at Gage Brothers is exciting. I have been working here for over 8 years and I have never been bored. The projects are always different, there are always opportunities to be creative with the team. Gage Brothers is a large enough organization that the work you do has an impact on the people who work here as well as the communities we serve but also small enough that when you have an idea, we can try it right away without many formalities. Everyone knows your name at Gage, and you are part of our community.

One of the things I love about working here is that you get to be part of something much bigger than yourself. Yes, we make concrete products, but those products build our communities. They are places that create safe havens for sick children to heal, places for fans to make memories, beautiful places to live and build a life. These buildings become pillars of the community and I am proud to be a part of these jobs.

Why do you think internships are important?

Internships are so important for you to get hands-on experience in your field. This gives you valuable real-life examples to use in future interviews and a chance to ask the necessary questions in an appropriate environment. Make connections in the industry and start the interview process for future opportunities with that company or someone who can give you a positive reference later on. Take some pressure off your first day at your first job by having done an internship and know what to expect BEFORE you get there.

What do you love about living and working in Sioux Falls?

Sioux Falls is constantly growing and developing and young professionals in Sioux Falls are leading this. All the opportunities to learn from experienced, successful professionals are right here. Long-standing businesses with solid reputations are looking for the next generation to take their companies to the next level. Stay local and make a real difference right here in Sioux Falls!

CAREERS AT Gage Brothers

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Claire Herbst
Want to be a part of INTERN Sioux Falls? Contact:

Claire Herbst

Talent Recruitment Coordinator

Internship Info: Mariah Burroughs of ISG

ISG is a full-service architecture, design, and engineering firm with 11 office locations across the Midwest, including Sioux Falls. Learn more about ISG’s Talent Engagement Specialist, Mariah Burroughs, below and apply for jobs and internships at ISG!

Tell me about yourself.

I have been with ISG for almost a year and a half as the Talent Engagement Specialist. I attended MSU – Mankato where I received a Business Management degree with an emphasis on HR in May of 2021. I had one internship in college at in North Mankato, MN, and then I worked as a Temp HR Coordinator at Capstone Publishers in North Mankato, MN during my senior year of college. Upon graduation, a family friend sent over the job posting for my current position at ISG. I applied, interviewed, and started my position all within 2 weeks and haven’t looked back! I enjoy meeting new people throughout the interview and onboarding process and especially enjoy leading our internship program. Last year we hosted nearly 50 interns across all of our office locations.

Tell me about ISG.

ISG is a full-service design firm. We have 11 office locations across SD, MN, IA, and WI with nearly 500 employee owners. We are 100% employee owned which allows for broader ownership, the ability to be directly connected to performance, and our culture of accountability and opportunism is amplified. Put simply, everyone works hard = everyone benefits, not just an elite group. ISG designed the Cherapa Place Development that is currently underway along the East Bank of the Big Sioux River in downtown Sioux Falls. After the development is complete, ISG will move our almost 50 Sioux Falls employee owners into The Bancorp building with room to grow our Sioux Falls office to almost 90 employees. Cherapa Place Development | ISG (

Why do you love working at ISG?

Simply put, the people and the culture. From day one, each and every employee owner has been willing to jump in and help out in any way that they can. I have been encouraged by those around me to face challenges and grow as a young professional. I am continuously inspired by those around me and the work that we do. Most of all, I love that it truly feels like a family atmosphere, and I feel so lucky that I get to look forward to going to work every day.

Why do you think internships are important?

Internships are important when it comes to developing soft skills that you don’t necessarily learn in a classroom. My internship taught me so many things such as balancing schedules and learning to communicate effectively. Internships are also a great way to make sure you are going down the career path that is right for you! My internship and temp position proved that I loved the career path I chose and helped me identify the qualities that I would look for in a long-term employer in the future. Now I get to work for a company that I love, in a field that I am passionate about.

What is your favorite thing about working and living in Sioux Falls?

When I moved to Sioux Falls back in August of 2022, I immediately noticed the small town feel in a big city. Everyone I met was willing to help me get settled in and wanted to help me make connections. There are so many different opportunities for young professionals in Sioux Falls and so many different things going on. I also love that there are many small businesses to visit and support, whether it be a locally owned boutique or a coffee shop.


Come back next week Tuesday for our blog featuring Gage Brothers Concrete Products!

Claire Herbst
Want to be a part of INTERN Sioux Falls? Contact:

Claire Herbst

Talent Recruitment Coordinator

Introducing: Internship Info with Claire Herbst of the Sioux Falls Development Foundation

Welcome to Internship Info, our weekly blog segment featuring information about internships, opportunities in Sioux Falls, and more! Each week on Tuesdays, you’ll find a new post to learn about a featured employer or best practices for applying for jobs and internships.

This week’s Internship Info features Claire Herbst, who is the Talent Recruitment Coordinator with the Sioux Falls Development Foundation. She helps students find internships in the Sioux Falls area!


Tell me about yourself

I graduated from the University of South Dakota in December of 2021 with a degree in accounting, a minor in Legal Studies in Business, and a certificate in Inclusive Leadership. I worked as an Accountant for eight months before coming into the Talent Recruitment Coordinator position with the Sioux Falls Development Foundation. I had two accounting internships during my college career, my first one was at the Vermillion Area Chamber and Development Company and my second one was at First Dakota Title.

What do you do at the Sioux Falls Development Foundation?

At the Sioux Falls Development Foundation, I am the Talent Recruitment Coordinator. Within my position I am responsible for the program called INTERN Sioux Falls. INTERN Sioux Falls was launched to help businesses create and maintain internship programs for college students as well as assist college students and career centers in finding and filling internships in the Sioux Falls region. Once interns are in Sioux Falls for the summer, I assist in immersing them within the community so they can get a glimpse of what it’s like to live and work in Sioux Falls!

Why do you think internships are important?

I believe internships are important because they give valuable exposure to what a career in your chosen field would be like and can assist in figuring out a career path. They give so many opportunities to expand your network and gain strong relationships with those who can be your advocate for recommendations and references. Internships have the potential to catapult you into a career you have always wanted.

What is your favorite thing about working and living in Sioux Falls?

What I love about living and working in Sioux Falls is the strong community. There is always someone to help you out in big and small ways and there is always an opportunity to help others if you are capable. There are so many opportunities within the community to better yourself and there is always someone supporting you in everything you do.

Come back next week Tuesday for our blog featuring architecture and engineering firm, ISG!

Claire Herbst
Want to be a part of INTERN Sioux Falls? Contact:

Claire Herbst

Talent Recruitment Coordinator