IEDC’s professional staff is well-connected and ready to help you every step of the way. Our seven-member team has a wide range of skills and works with partners across the region to bring businesses the resources they need.


Summer Internship Opportunity

This position will be expected to track and manage assigned projects independently and report to IEDC's Operations & Outreach Manager on a regular basis. The primary job of this position will be to provide support as directed by the staff of IEDC. As an intern, you will be required to sign a confidentiality agreement.


This position will be approximately 32 hours per week at $15 per hour. Your hours are flexible, but the ability to work on Fridays is a must. This position will be a 10-12 week role with approximate dates from June 1st - August 19th (dependent on school schedules).


Specific Duties:

  • Support team with administrative tasks as needed.
  • Greet clients and guests.
  • Make professional phone calls as requested.
  • Schedule meetings as requested.
  • Research and collect data for team projects.
  • Prepare correspondence and communication, consolidate data and create spreadsheets as requested.
  • Attend regular staff meeting sessions ready to share observations and experiences.
  • Other duties as assigned.



  • Currently enrolled in or graduated from a higher ed. institution
  • Professional attitude
  • Exceptional communication skills
  • Strong organizational skills
  • Proficient grammar & spelling skills
  • Ability to be flexible with work assignments
  • Self-motivated & detail-oriented
  • Familiar with Microsoft Office Suite
  • Must keep all project & client information confidential


Send cover letter and resume to Operations & Outreach Manager, Kayla Swanson at by Monday, May 9th, 2022.

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Tamara Lowney
President & CEO


Tamara hails from rural Hill City, Minnesota.  With a goal of gaining knowledge and experience, she spent the first 20 years of her career working throughout the US and internationally for ARAMARK. She led hospitality organizations in Alaska, Ohio and California, before hiring on t...

Rob Sjostrand
Business Consultant


Rob Sjostrand is a native to Itasca County, born and raised in Grand Rapids, MN. He graduated from Grand Rapids High School. He then graduated from Devry Institute of Technology in 1995 with his Bachelor of Science degree with an emphasis on accounting. Rob ha...

Amanda Lamppa
Project Manager


Born and raised in Grand Rapids, Minnesota, Amanda graduated from Itasca Community College and the University of Minnesota Duluth, obtaining a bachelor’s degree in psychology.  Following her passion for rural initiatives and building strong community, she held executive positions at two local non-profits.  Her organizationa...

Nichole Arbour
Business Consultant


Born and raised in Grand Rapids, improving the community has long been a passion of Nichole’s. After obtaining a degree in education from College of Saint Benedict, Nichole began as an educator in Central MN and from there to the Minneapolis-St. Paul metro area t...

Kayla Swanson
Operations & Outreach Manager


Born and raised in Taconite, enhancing and shining a light on the many assets of Itasca County has always been a passion of Kayla's. In 2013, Kayla graduated from Greenway High School and decided that she wanted to stay in Itasca County for just a while longer. Sh...

Teri Heikkila
Finance Manager


Teri began working at IEDC in January of 2000.  Initially hired part-time to support the team, it quickly became full time as she took on more responsibilities.  Over the past twenty years, Teri has remained an anchor and historian of the organization.  She is responsibl...

Austin Miller
Office & Project Assistant


Austin Miller is from Saint Paul, MN, and graduated with a Bachelor of Business Administration with a focus in Project Management and Spanish from University of Wisconsin-Stout in the Spring of 2020. He initially came on as a temporary worker in June 2020, but soo...

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