Best Place Awards

The Best Place to Work and Intern awards, started by the NDYP in 2008, are a reflection of the creativity and innovation that businesses offer young professionals. In order to be considered for the award, applicants must submit a detailed questionnaire about company benefits, advancement opportunities, and why their business is an outstanding place for young professionals to work. A statewide committee of NDYP judges reviews nominees, and determines winners and runners-up (if applicable).

Winners are selected based on a pre-set criterion examining how the business benefits individuals, how the organization supports local YP networks and YP development, and finally on how the company gives back to the community. Extra attention is paid to unique best practices that are used to develop the work environment and create opportunities for individuals.

North Dakota Young Professionals Recognize Capital Credit Union
as 2016 Best Place to Work

Bismarck, N.D. – Through the Best Place to Work awards, North Dakota Young Professionals Network (NDYP) recognizes businesses that provide high quality jobs and a work environment enticing to and in support of young professionals in order to support ongoing economic, workforce and community development initiatives across the state.

NDYP is pleased to announce the selection of Capital Credit Union as the 2016 NDYP Best Place to Work.

“Capital Credit Union has shown tremendous innovation in the way they approach inclusion of young professionals in every level of their organization. They believe in the value of young professionals, not their limitations and this type of environment is key to developing a strong and forward thinking workforce that leads to successful organizations and strong communities.” explains Laurie Morse-Dell, NDYP Coordinator.

In addition to amazing benefits and incredible perks focused on work-life balance and professional development, Capital Credit Union also offers rewards and incentives to employees for participation in community events and volunteer opportunities through their Step Forward program. Young professionals want to be engaged and active citizens so these types of opportunities through an employer are particularly enticing to this generation.

Capital Credit Union’s emphasis on company culture and the core value they call “Visionary” means that the entire team is united to move the organization forward by challenging each employee to stretch, grow and try new things. This year they implemented the Process Analysis and Optimization (PAO) program. Four groups of team members spent several months analyzing specific areas within the organization to identify areas of improvement both big and small. The key to the program – teams included staff from all areas of the organization who did not directly work in the area they were analyzing and specifically excluded senior management. The process encouraged team members to build leadership and analytical skills and provided fresh ideas that are now being implemented to strengthen the organization.

Capital Credit Union was nominated for the award by Nicole Mikkelsen, Vice President of Human Resources at the company and a team of employees. “We choose to work here because from the first time you walk in the door you feel valued as a member. As an employee this is magnified innumerably. You feel valued regardless of age or experience, and you make a difference in people’s lives every day. There is an awesome work environment where you continue to learn and are challenged to grow and try new things. You can feel good knowing that your unique input, experience, and ideas are going to have an impact in your workday, in the company and in the lives of the people we serve.” explained Mikkelsen.

Runners up as Top Places to Work include the following employers: Applied Engineering, Bismarck; Basin Electric Power Cooperative, Bismarck; Braun Intertec, Bismarck; Edward Jones, West Fargo; Gate City Bank, Fargo; KLJ, Bismarck; North Dakota Department of Commerce, Bismarck; Odney, Bismarck; Onsharp, Fargo; Sundog, Fargo; and Ulteig, Fargo. The runners up each showed commitment to the growth and professional development of young professionals as well as creative incentives that provide an engaging and meaningful workplace that young professionals crave.

2016 Best Place to Work

Winner: Capital Credit Union, Bismarck 

Runners-up:

Applied Engineering, Bismarck

Basin Electric Power Cooperative, Bismarck

Braun Intertec, Bismarck

Edward Jones, West Fargo

Gate City Bank, Grand Forks

KLJ, Bismarck

North Dakota Department of Commerce, Bismarck

Odney, Bismarck

Onsharp, Fargo

Sundog, Fargo

Ulteig, Fargo

North Dakota Young Professionals Announces Sundog as 2016 Best Place to Intern

Bismarck, N.D. – North Dakota Young Professionals Network (NDYP) recognizes businesses in the state that are going above and beyond to provide exceptional internship opportunities that educate and nurture the professional development of individuals along with providing critical workforce experience.

NDYP is proud to recognize Sundog Interactive of Fargo as the 2016 NDYP Best Place to Intern award recipient.

“The commitment to high quality internship opportunities is critical to NDYP’s focus on attracting, retaining and engaging young professionals across the state,” says Laurie Morse-Dell, NDYP Coordinator. “Sundog Interactive is an outstanding example of an internship experience that emphasizes true investment in young professionals and the greater community.”

Morgan Weiler, a marketing writer and social media intern at Sundog Interactive, nominated the organization for award. “I never get asked to fetch coffee or order lunch. I am an individual in this organization whose thoughts and opinions truly matter. Sundog knows that it is crucial for young professionals to receive an education outside of just school and strive to make it possible for us to be the best version we can be. My fellow Sundoggers want me to achieve and learn everything I can during my time there. Sundog not only supports my future as a professional… they take leaps and bounds to make it happen.”

Runners up for the 2016 NDYP Best Place to Intern include Applied Engineering (Bismarck) and Construction Engineers (Grand Forks). These companies stood out among nominations because of the level of responsibility delegated to their interns and the investment in their long-term professional development.

2016 Best Place to Intern

Winner: Sundog, Fargo

Runners-up:

Applied Engineering, Bismarck

Construction Engineers, Grand Forks

2015 Best Place to Work

Winner: Applied Engineering, Bismarck

Runners-up:

Braun Intertec, Bismarck

Capital Credit Union, Bismarck

Choice Financial Group, Grand Forks

HDR, Bismarck

JLG Architects, Grand Forks

KLJ, Bismarck

Marco, Fargo

Ulteig, Fargo

University of North Dakota, Grand Forks

2015 Best Place to Intern

Winner: Ackerman-Estvold, Minot

Runners-up:

Applied Engineering, Bismarck

Kilbourne Group, Fargo

Onsharp, Fargo

Scheels Arena, Fargo

2014 Best Place to Work

Winner: North Dakota Department of Commerce, Bismarck

Runners-up:

Barr Engineering, Bismarck

Bartlett & West, Bismarck

Bismarck State College, Bismarck

Capital Credit Union, Bismarck

Choice Financial, Fargo

HDR, Inc., Bismarck

KLJ, Bismarck

Marco, Inc., Grand Forks

RealTruck, Inc., Jamestown

Sundog, Fargo

2014 Best Place to Intern

Winner: Marco, Inc., Grand Forks

Runners-up:

Sundog, Fargo

International Marketing Systems, Fargo

2013 Best Place to Work

Winner: Sundog, Fargo

Runners-up:

AE2S, Grand Forks

Applied Engineering, Bismarck

Capital Credit Union, Bismarck

Choice Financial Group, Grafton

Coventry Health Care, Bismarck

Eide Bailly, Fargo

KLJ, Bismarck

North Dakota Department of Commerce, Bismarck

RealTruck, Inc, Jamestown

SIA Companies, Bismarck

2013 Best Place to Intern

Winners: Eide Bailly, Fargo & North Dakota Department of Commerce, Bismarck

Runners-up:

Applied Engineering, Bismarck

Sundog, Fargo

Absolute Marketing Group, Fargo

SIA Marketing Company, Bismarck

2012 Best Place to Work

Winner: Barr Engineering, Bismarck

Runners-up:

University of North Dakota, Grand Forks

Applied Engineering, Bismarck

Marco, Fargo

Eide Bailly, Fargo

AE2S,Grand Forks

Bremer Bank, Grand Forks

Bartlett & West, Bismarck

Coventry Health Care, Bismarck

Brady, Martz & Associates, P.C., Grand Forks

Capital Credit Union, Bismarck

2012 Best Place to Intern

Winner: Onsharp, Fargo

Runners-up:

Ackerman-Estvold Engineering and Management, Minot

Applied Engineering, Bismarck

Sundog, Fargo

2011 Best Place to Work

Winner: Applied Engineering, Bismarck

Runners-up:

Absolute Marketing Group, Moorhead

Ackerman-Estvold Engineering and Management, Minot

Appareo Systems, Fargo

Bank of North Dakota, Bismarck

Basin Electric Power Cooperative, Bismarck

Coventry Health Care, Bismarck

Kadrmas, Lee & Jackson, Bismarck

State Bank & Trust, Fargo

Sundog, Fargo

2011 Best Place to Intern

Winner: Kadrmas, Lee & Jackson, Bismarck

Runners-up:

Altru Health System, Grand Forks

Applied Engineering, Bismarck

Sundog, Fargo

2010 Best Place to Work

Winner: Sundog, Fargo

Runners-up:

AE2S,Grand Forks

Applied Engineering, Inc., Bismarck

Coventry Health Care, Bismarck

Eide Bailly Technology Consulting, Fargo

InfoTech, Minot

National Information Solutions Cooperative (NISC), Mandan

ND Department of Transportation (NDDOT), Bismarck

Odney, Bismarck

Onsharp, Fargo

2010 Best Place to Intern

Winner: Ebeltoft . Sickler . Lawyers . PLLC, Dickinson

Runners-up:

InfoTech, Minot

Intercept EFT, Fargo

North Dakota State Fair, Minot

Spectrum Aeromed, Fargo

2009 Best Place to Work

Winner: ND Stockmen’s Association, Bismarck

Runners-up:

Ackerman-Estvold Engineering, Minot

Applied Engineering, Bismarck

Barr Engineering, Bismarck

NISC, Mandan

NDDOT, Bismarck

2009 Best Place to Intern

Winner: Absolute Marketing, Moorhead, MN

2008 Best Place to Work

Winner: NDDOT, Bismarck

Runners-up:

NISC, Mandan

Capital Credit Union, Bismarck

InfoTech, Minot

Microsoft, Fargo

Mid-American Credit Union Association, Bismarck

2008 Best Place to Intern

Winner: McFarlane Sheet Metal, Grand Forks

Runners Up:

Agri-Cover, Jamestown

Alien Technology, Fargo

Amber Waves, Richardton

Cloverdale Foods, Mandan

Scott Financial Corporation, Bismarck

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