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"It's not exclusive": Local businesses open to variety of interns from DSU

Jessi Scott, recruiter for Killdeer Mountain Manufacturing, discusses internship opportunities with DSU student Jacey Wilson at the school's internship fair. (Kayla Henson / The Dickinson Press)

Local businesses waited for students at booths on the second floor of May Hall Thursday for Dickinson State University's internship fair.

"The point of the internship fair is to have students recognize the importance of internships," said Ashley Tillman, career development and disability service specialist. "(It gives students the ability) to be able to talk to local employers and see what's out there. ... It's good to know that these companies are really open to a lot of different types of degrees."

Chris Dorfschmidt, site supervisor at Chateau de Mores State Historic Site, said people often assume that because the Chateau is a historic site, its internships are for history majors.

"Truthfully, history is the thing I get to do the least of in my position," he said.

The Chateau has a need for students in a wide variety of fields, including history, education, theater, graphic design, business and communications.

"Really what we're offering in internships is ... along the lines of projects that are resume builders," Dorfschmidt said.

They're working on new technology and new ways of delivering information to museum attendees.

"But to do something like that takes somebody to do a bit of historic research to find out what's that story...it takes somebody with graphic design and communication skills to help put together these pieces. That's what we're looking for, people who can help us improve kind of the way we tell our story at the historic site. At the time time, offering something that they can then show off and go 'here's the really cool thing I did.'"

Jessi Scott is a recruiter for Killdeer Mountain Manufacturing, which makes electronic circuit board assemblies, cables, harnesses and ground support equipment. KMM is in need of a variety of interns, too.

"Right now at KMM, we are kind of open to just about a little bit of everything," she said.

DSU student Jacey Wilson spent some time talking with Scott about KMM's internship opportunities. She's been in the process of changing her degree from accounting to psychology. Scott herself went to school for social work.

"My doors are open for a lot of different things, which is nice," Wilson said. "I can really look for almost anything and everything out there right now."

State Farm's Todd Otto said that while business, finance and education majors tend to be the most dominant in his office, "It's not exclusive."

He added, "You never know who's going to have the right attitude, skill set, interests, abilities. The real challenge becomes within the internship, what are they looking for in time and skills that they can learn or practice compared to what the business needs from somebody like that and how can we meet to accommodate both."

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