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Dakota Seeds

Category: Business Incentives

Internships are a great way to help fill your temporary workforce needs and establish a pipeline for permanent employees. Internships also enhance a student’s education by providing work experience in their chosen career pathway.
To promote internships, the Dakota Seeds Program can provide 50% of the intern’s wages with a maximum of $2000 per intern.

Dakota Seeds:

  • Designed to encourage meaningful work experiences for South Dakota students, and to help employers establish a pipeline for future, skilled employees
  • The internship must provide a meaningful work experience for the student that will help them further their career pathway
  • Positions must have a link to science, technology (computer science), engineering, mathematics, accounting, or manufacturing
  • The internships cannot be filled by family members of the business ownership group
  • Students must be paid a minimum of $9 per hour


Ann Gesick Johnson
South Dakota Governor's Office of Economic Development
Workforce Training Coordinator
Phone: (605) 773-GOED