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Unite for Success

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Unite for Success -

Our mission at the St. Cloud Area Chamber is to create, enhance and support a healthy business community for our members. One essential piece of this is building and maintaining a strong workforce.

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, and educates current and future workers about area industries, businesses and organizations.

Opportunities include, but are not limited to, sponsored scholarships, internships and stipends, and workforce readiness initiatives.

Learn more or donate to the Chamber Foundation.


High School Scholarships

ABOUT: 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. 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.).

STUDENTS: To learn what areas of education scholarships are available each year, contact your high school guidance counselor OR click on your school name below to view the list of scholarships available to you. You may apply for each scholarship online (see link below) OR print the paper application (also linked below) and turn in to your counselor.

Applications are available each spring, roughly between March - April. Scholarships are available in a variety of career/major fields.
Applications for the 2020/2021 school year CLOSED.

College Student Scholarships

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

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   
The Central Minnesota Farm Show scholarship will be offered to college students next in 2022.
Thank you for your interest! Learn more about the scholarship at CentralMNFarmShow.com           



Businesses and organizations that either contributed to the Unite for Success scholarship fund or hosted a summer intern in 2020 & 2021 are listed below.

Thank you for your support and participation, we couldn't have done it without you!

2020 & 2021 Scholarship Donors:                       2020 & 2021 Summer Internship Hosts:
Bernick’s                                                                 Boys & Girls Club of Central MN
Central Minnesota Farm Show                               Rapid's Alterations
Coborn’s, Inc.                                                         Rejuv Medical
DeZURIK, Inc.                                                        St. Cloud Area Family YMCA
Gray Plant Mooty                                                   CommUNITY Coffee Cart 
Insight Eye Care                                                    Green Thumb Etc.
PineCone Vision Center                                           
St. Cloud Area Chamber Connection                       
          - Glenn J. Imholte Memorial                           
St. Cloud Builder's Exchange                                                                               
St. Cloud Lions Club                                            
St. Cloud State University -  Business Student Executive Council

Hear from one of our 2018 internship mentor partners how participating in the Unite for Success Internship program positively affected their company:




DONATE NOW to the Chamber Foundation


Internship program:

Each spring, Chamber staff begin their search for member businesses who are interested in hosting a high school intern for a 40 OR 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 or helping a student obtain an internship, contact Gail Ivers.

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.


Chamber Foundation:

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


For questions regarding the Unite for Success Internship or Scholarship programs:

Gail Ivers

(320) 656-3809



Does your company have job or internship openings a college student could fill?

The St. Cloud Area Chamber and Greater St. Cloud Development Corporation are helping college students find local jobs and internships during the school year and summer.

Both organizations collect your open position information four times a year. These lists are then shared with St. Cloud State University and St. Cloud Technical & Community College, who spread the word to their students. Thank you for helping us provide jobs and internships to our next generation of business leaders! 

Students: Contact your college dean for these openings, or email Shelly at the Chamber.

Companies: Enter your job and internship opening information into the online Google Sheets document.


Information Due Dates:

  1. Spring (Term HBS 111) - DUE December 20 
  2. Spring (Term HBS 211) - DUE March 1
  3. Fall (Term HBS 111) - DUE July 19
  4. Fall (Term HBS 211) DUE October 20

Contact Shelly Imdieke at the Chamber with questions:
P: 320-251-2940
E: simdieke@StCloudAreaChamber.com


2021 High School Summer Internship Mentors

Below are the mentor companies participating in the 2021 "Unite for Success" High School Summer Internship Program. Descriptions for each position are linked. 

- please click on each company to review the internship position and tasks available. You will be asked to list your top three choices on the internship application. 

STUDENTS - The application process is currently CLOSED. We will re-open the application next April!

Internship Mentors and Position Descriptions
  1. Boys & Girls Club of Central Minnesota
  2. Rejuv Medical 
  3. St. Cloud Area Family YMCA
  4. Green Thumb Etc.
  5. Community Coffee Cart

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 complete a 40 or 80 hour internship at a local Chamber member business between June - August, at their speed. Upon completion of the internship, the Chamber provides a $275 or $550 stipend (depending on hours completed), an official sealed certificate of completion, and work experience to your resume. 

Application for the summer internship program is closed.
Check back in March/April for the next program!

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 Gail Ivers by March 15.

*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 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. At least one reference letter is encouraged for your application to be considered.

3. You will receive either a confirmation or denial email after interviews are complete.

4. Accepted? Great! Attend the Initial Internship Meeting at the Chamber. 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.

5. Complete 40 or 80 hours at your business between June - August. Fill out a daily journal entry each day you work, and turn this in to the Chamber after your hours are complete.

6. Fill out the online internship evaluation.

7. Attend the internship wrap-up meeting at the Chamber office. At this meeting you will be able to pick up your check, and update your work experience on your resume!


Daily Journal Template
Internship Info Brochure
Frequently Asked Questions


Local St. Cloud Area High School incoming juniors, seniores, and outgoing seniors can apply for the Unite for Success Summer Internship Program.
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 high 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
St. John's Prep

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 a 40 OR 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 the opportunity to advance the future workforce of central Minnesota.
2. Create and enhance local opportunities for historically-underserved youth in the St. Cloud area

Host an intern summer 2021:
  1. To sign up as an intern mentor, please complete the position description and mentor commitment forms.
  2. Turn your forms into the Chamber by April 2, 2021.
  1. Position description form
  2. Mentor commitment form
Helpful Resources: Contact Gail Ivers to learn more.



View all photos from past internships

  Shakeea, 2017 intern at Riddler's Escape

 Khadra, 2018 intern at Boys & Girls Clubs

  Leslie, 2019 intern at United Way

 Monty & Vihn, 2019 interns at Boys & Girls Clubs                                    



What knowldge 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 found 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 and succeed at 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 that I tend to do things very fast and may need to slow down and be more detailed in my work. However, i also learned that I am very good at remembering details and giving input during staff meetings." - Aftina, 2018 intern


Live on WJON 1240

Internship coordinator Kelti Lorence sat down with one of the 2018 summer interns, who completed her 80-hour internship at the St. Cloud Area Family YMCA. Hear how her experience helped her grow professionaly, and will help direct her future career path.