Jackie Hendry

Every morning behind the Turtle Creek Crossing grocery store just west of Mission, South Dakota, a growing group of young people plants the seeds of a healthier community. The Rosebud Economic Development Corporation—or REDCO—is the largest employer of interns on the Rosebud Reservation. Most of their interns work in the community garden. 

Pierre Starts Work Interns

Aug 13, 2015

The city of Pierre is putting together an internship program for high school students. The program hopes to help solve a local workforce shortage.

Pierre has received a grant to help the city’s workforce development. The city plans to recruit students from Riggs High School and the Stanley County School District right as they’re graduating. The program targets students that don’t plan to go to college and connects them with local business leaders.  Pierre Mayor Laurie Gill says the project hopes to do more than just give students a job.

Amy Varland

Ida Clarke grew up on the Pine Ridge Reservation in south-central South Dakota. She’s now a junior at Black Hills State University in Spearfish studying environmental physical science. Clarke says her background in chemistry, physics, and geology helped her land a summer internship at the Sanford Underground Research Facility in Lead. Clarke says she plans to use what she’s learning to help her community get involved in