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Unite for Success

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OUR MISSION


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.

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High School Scholarships

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 for each year, contact your high school guidance counselor, or view the full list of scholarships available to your school below.
  1. Bernick's Scholarship
  2. Coborn's/Cash Wise Scholarship
  3. DeZURIK Scholarship
  4. Donovan Clough/St. Cloud Lion's Club Scholarship
  5. Glenn J. Imholte/Chamber Connection Scholarship
  6. Gray Plant Mooty Scholarship
  7. Insight Eye Care Scholarship
  8. PineCone Vision Center Health Education Scholarship
  9. St. Cloud Builder's Exchange Scholarship
  10. Unite for Success/Chamber Foundation Scholarship


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 multiple $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   
 
 Apply for the Central Minnesota Farm Show Scholarship here.           


 

DONOR & MENTOR PARTNERS


Businesses and organizations that either contributed to the Unite for Success scholarship fund or hosted a summer intern in 2019 & 2020 are listed below.

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

2019 & 2020 Scholarship Donors:                       2019 Summer Internship Hosts:
Bernick’s                                                                 Boys & Girls Club of Central MN
Central Minnesota Farm Show                               Christine's Sweet Confections
Coborn’s, Inc.                                                          Quiet Oaks Hospice House
DeZURIK, Inc.                                                         Riddler's Escape Rooms
Gray Plant Mooty                                                     St. Cloud State University - Fitness Center
Insight Eye Care                                                      Sta Fit
PineCone Vision Center                                           The St. Cloud Area Family YMCA
St. Cloud Area Chamber Connection                       Trois-Rivieres Training
          - Glenn J. Imholte Memorial                           United Way of Central Minnesota
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:

 

HOW TO CONTRIBUTE

 

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 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 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.

 

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.

CONTACT


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

Kelti Lorence

Communications & Workforce Development Coordinator
Unite for Success Internship and Scholarship Coordinator

klorence@StCloudAreaChamber.com
(320) 656-3830


 

JOBS AND INTERNSHIPS FOR COLLEGE STUDENTS

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

 

2020 High School Summer Internship Mentors


Below are the mentor companies participating in the 2020 "Unite for Success" High School Summer Internship Program. Descriptions for each position are linked. 

Students
- 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 (due May 8, 2020.)

To apply for the 2020 summer internship program, please complete the application (linked above in red) and have 1-3 adults complete the online reference form by Friday, May 8, 2020.

80-hour Internships
  1. Boys & Girls Club of Central Minnesota - Youth Development/Kidstop Intern
  2. Boys & Girls Club of Central Minnesota - Marketing & Community Development Intern
  3. Central Minnesota Habitat for Humanity - Social Media Intern & Volunteer Ambassador
  4. Gaslight Creative - Marketing/Office Assistant
  5. Rapid's Alterations - Front Counter/Customer Service Intern
  6. Rapid's Alterations - Seamstress Intern
  7. Rejuv Medical - Fitness & Marketing Intern
  8. Rejuv Medical - Patient Care & Clinic Intern
  9. Residence Inn - Breakfast Attendant
  10. Residence Inn - Housekeeper
  11. Riddler's Escape Rooms - Game Master
  12. St. Cloud Area Family YMCA - Youth Sports Coach
40-hour Internships
  1. Boys & Girls Club of Central Minnesota - Marketing & Community Development Intern
  2. Yuppy Photography - Photography Intern

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. 

Apply for the 2020 High School Summer Internship Program now!
Have 1-3 adults complete the online reference form (due with your application)
Application closes May 8.


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 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 required 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 the beginning of June 1 - August 15. Fill out a daily journal entry each day you work, and turn this in to Kelti 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!

Resources

Daily Journal Template
Internship Info Brochure
2020 Timeline
Frequently Asked Questions

WHO CAN APPLY TO BE AN INTERN


Local St. Cloud Area High School incoming juniors, seniores, 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 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
McKinley-ALC
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.

HOST AN INTERN


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 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 2020:
  1. To sign up as an intern mentor, please complete the position description and mentor commitment forms.
  2. Turn your forms into Kelti at the Chamber by March 31, 2020.
MENTOR FORMS:
  1. Position description form
  2. Mentor commitment form
Helpful Resources: Contact internship coordinator Kelti Lorence to learn more.

PHOTOS

 

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                                    

STUDENT TESTIMONIALS

 

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.