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Unite for Success

For Students

The St. Cloud Area Chamber of Commerce Foundation supports workforce development initiatives of the St. Cloud Area Chamber of Commerce. In an effort to positively impact the lives of our area youth, the Foundation coordinates youth and employee development opportunities including sponsored scholarships, internship stipends and workforce readiness initiatives, and educates current and future workers about area industries, businesses and organizations.

High School Internship Program

The application to apply for the Unite for Success High School Internship program will be available here April 2019.

High School Scholarships

To learn what high school scholarship opportunities are currently available, visit your high school guidance counselor, or contact Kellie at klibert@StCloudAreaChamber.com or (320) 656-3824.

College Internship Program

To learn what intership opportunities are currently available for college students, contact Kelti at klorence@StCloudAreaChamber.com or (320) 656-3830.

College Scholarships

To learn what college scholarship opportunities are currently available for college students, contact Kellie at klibert@StCloudAreaChamber.com or (320) 656-3824.

High School Internship Program

Looking for a way to simultaneously make money, gain work experience, and develop your business network connections? Consider applying for the Unite for Success Summer Internship Program! Students will complete an 80 hour internship at a local Chamber member business between June - August. Upon completion of the internship, the Chamber will provide a $550 stipend, an official sealed certificate of completion, and work experience to your resume. 

Each spring Chamber staff contact local Chamber member businesses to host a summer intern. Because of this format, the businesses we partner with change yearly. If you are currently a local high school student and are interested in interning at a specific business, please contact internship coordinator Kelti Lorence by March.

*Note: Don't have access to a car? No problem! The Chamber works in collaboration with Metro Bus to provide student transportation to and from their internship. Training on how to safely use the Metro Bus transit system is available.

To see what Chamber member businesses and organizations we are partnering with each summer, v
isit this page in April. Internship applications are due the first week of May.

"What do I need to do to apply for and complete an internship?"

1. Visit this website page mid-April to see the list of business mentors for the upcoming summer (you must choose three of the businesses from this list to complete your internship hours with.)

2. Fill out the online application on this website page by the first week in May. One reference letter is required for your application to be considered.

3. Keep an eye on your email the second week of May. You will receive an email requesting to set up an interview at the Chamber office within the following two weeks. You MUST complete an interview to be placed as an intern.

4. You will receive either a confirmation or denial email within one week after interviews are complete.

5. Accepted? Great! Attend the Initial Internship Meeting at the Chamber near the end of May. Here you will meet your mentor business, receive valuable information, create your internship goals and learn what is expected from you during your internship experience.

6. Complete 80 hours at your business between the beginning of June - end of August. Fill out a daily journal entry each day you work, and turn this in to Kelti after your hours are complete.

7. Fill out the online internship evaluation.

8. Pick up your $550 check, and update your work experience on your resume!

Resources

Daily Journal Template
2018 Internship Info Brochure
Primary Information Needed
Reference Form
2018 Timeline
Frequently Asked Questions
2018 Internship Business Partners

High School Internship Program

Local St. Cloud Area High School incoming juniors, seniors, and outgoing seniors can apply for the Unite for Success Summer Internship Program. Students must be at least 16 years old and under 20 years old by May 31 to participate.

Preference will be given to historically underserved students, defined by TRIO requirements:
  • Are counted under section 1124(c) of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act of 1965 (Title I) - have a barrier (emotional, mental, or physical) to learning;
  • Are eligible for free or reduced-price lunch;
  • Are a member of groups traditionally under-represented in higher education including: Black, Hispanic, American Indian, and Southeast Asian racial/ethnic minorities; and
  • Students who will be the first generation to attend college.
Participating Schools:
Apollo High School
Sauk Rapids-Rice High School
Sartell High School
Cathedral High School
St. Cloud Technical High School
McKinley-ALC

Don't see your school, but still interested in applying to be an intern? Contact Kelti Lorence to see if you qualify.
Are you interested in workforce development? Do you have extra work during the summer, or want to bring in fresh energy and perspectives? Have you been considering developing an internship program, but don't know how or don't have time to go through all the steps? Let us help!

The Chamber is looking for member businesses and organizations to host a high school intern for an 80 hour internship between June - August. We will even pay them for you! The Student Summer Internship Program aims to accomplish two things:

1. Provide member businesses with opportunities to advance the future workforce
2. Create and enhance local opportunities for historically under-served youth in the St. Cloud area

Contact internship coordinator Kelti Lorence to learn more.

Live on WJON AM 1240
Kelti Lorence, internship coordinator, and intern Cecilia are featured on a live WJON interview. Listen to the recording from the link below to hear a first hand account of what it's like to be a Unite for Success intern.

What knowledge and skills can you apply to the upcoming school year?
"My internship has helped me be more confident in trying new things, because then you will find out what you are interested in, and what you don't want to keep pursuing." - Khadra, 2018 intern

"I learned I need to work on speaking slower and more clearly, because I felt like the students and my co-workers didn't always understand what I was trying to say." - Yasmin, 2018 intern

Now that you have completed your first internship, what are some goals you want to accomplish in your next career experience opportunity?
"I will put more thought into asking myself WHY i want to apply to the job. I will be able to think through how it will benefit me, and what requirements the job must have so I will enjoy it." - Khadra, 2018 intern

What did you learn about yourself through this experience?
"I learned that I actually really love working with kids!" - Yasmin, 2018 intern

"I learned I tend to do things very fast, but also that I am very good at remembering details and following along during presentations, and giving input during staff meetings." - Aftina, 2018 intern

Scholarships for High School Students

The "Unite for Success" Scholarship Program recognizes area students for their excellence in school and encourages continued success in post-secondary institutions. Beginning in 1978, six sponsors contributed $1,400. In 2018, 12 businesses and organizations contributed over $25,000. Each spring, contibutions are awarded to over 18 area high schools.

Businesses that contribute to the scholarship fund are allowed to choose the requirements for obtaining and using the scholarship (i.e. location of school, education department, etc.). To learn what areas of education scholarships are available for each year, contact your high school guidance counselor the beginning of February. Scholarship applications are due April 5.
 

Scholarships for College Students

The Chamber offers the Unite for Success Central Minnesota Farm Show Agricultural Scholarship to incoming and current college students only. There are five $1,000 scholarships guarenteed, with the possibility for additional scholarships.

The Farm Show/Agriculture Scholarship is available for any post secondary student who is studying or enrolled in an agricultural related program and who graduated high school from the following counties in Minnesota:

Benton              Kanabec           Kandiyohi            Morrison            Mille Lacs    
Pope                 Todd                  Chippewa            Swift                   Grant                   Stevens 

Sherburne        Wright               Douglas               Isanti                  Meeker                Stearns   
              
Learn more about the Farm Show/Agricultural Scholarship.


 

Internship program:

 

Each spring, Chamber staff begin their search for member businesses who are interested in hosting a high school intern for an 80 hour paid internship experience. While there is no direct cost to participating businesses and organizations, contributions are accepted to support the internship stipend fund. 100 percent of contributions made are given to the incoming summer interns, or kept for the following summer internship stipends.

To learn more about hosting and intern, contributing to the intern stipend fund, or helping a student obtain an internship, contact
Kelti Lorence.

Scholarship Program:

 

Businesses interested in awarding scholarships receive a Personalized Scholarship Outline. Using this form, the business can specify the school(s) where the scholarship should be awarded and the scholarship qualifications. Qualifications can be tailored by the donor company and might include merit, grade point average, community involvement, leadership, need or any other criteria.

To learn more about contributing to the "Unite for Success" Scholarship fund, contact
Kellie Libert. All contributions are collected through the St. Cloud Area Chamber of Commerce Foundation and qualify as a charitable donation.

To learn more about applying for the internship program, hosting an intern, donating to the scholarship fund, or applying for scholarships, visit the contact tab or click below to connect with the Foundation coordinators:

Kelti Lorence
Internship Coordinator

Kellie Libert
Scholarship Coordinator
 
For questions regarding the Unite for Success Summer Internship program:

Kelti Lorence

Communications & Workforce Development Coordinator
Unite for Success Internship Coordinator

klorence@StCloudAreaChamber.com
(320) 656-3830


For questions regarding the Unite for Success Scholarship program:

Kellie Libert

Administrative Assistant
Unite for Success Scholarship Program Coordinator

klibert@StCloudAreaChamber.com
(320) 656-3824