2016 Best Place Awards

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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.

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.

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