CED Undergraduate Student Research Assistants


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UMD Students Gain Business Experience with the CED

The UMD CED works with University of Minnesota Duluth Colleges to offer Undergraduate Research Assistant (UGRA) positions to motivated, professional students. Students work with SBDC Business Consultants and clients to complete projects that include research and providing information such as:  

  • Industry Research                                      
  • Market Research
  • Historical Analysis
  • Current Trends
  • Demographic Information
  • Point of Sale Systems
  • Formatting
  • NAICS Codes
  • Financials

CED student interns also have the opportunity to attend and help CED staff with events and training in the office and in the community, such as the Regional Economic Indicators Forum Breakfast (REIF), and other business and computer seminars and workshops.

CED student interns have the ability to network and build relationships with local businesses, and attend regional events.  

Current UMD CED Undergraduate Research Assistants

Keke Sirjord
Keke Sirjord

Keke is a senior at UMD double majoring in Organizational Management and Mathematics. She is from Hibbing, MN and she chose UMD because she has always loved the Northeastern part of Minnesota. Keke loves spending time outdoors whether it is hiking, fishing, hunting or taking pictures. Duluth offers all of this and more. Keke also chose UMD because of all it offers its students. She is excited to learn as much as she can about economic development and small businesses through the Undergraduate Student Research Assistant role. She is also very passionate about the well-being and prosperity of Northeastern Minnesota. Keke wants to take her new knowledge and passion from this role and turn it into meaningful work that directly affects the communities and small businesses throughout the region.

Rylee Staffaroni

Rylee Staffaroni
Rylee is a Senior at the University of Minnesota-Duluth majoring in Marketing and Graphic Design. She is from Wyoming, MN where she graduated from North Lakes Academy in 2015. She loves spending her free time outdoors in northern Minnesota hiking, camping, photographing wildlife, fishing and hunting. UMD was always the school she wanted to attend because of the great outdoor activities it offers all year round. Rylee is enjoying her busy senior at UMD, being a member of various clubs and activities and now working as a Student Marketing Assistant for us at UMD Center for Economic Development! She is excited to learn all she can about our businesses in the region, marketing and business plan development. She hopes to build relationships with local businesses and apply this valuable experience for the future!

Alec Stein
Alec Stein

Alec is entering his senior year at the University of Minnesota-Duluth, with a major in finance and is expected to graduate in the Spring on 2019. Alec is from Cold Spring, MN where he graduated from Rocori High School in 2015. He has been an Intern/Undergraduate Research Assistant (UGRA) at the University of Minnesota-Duluth Economic Development Center since his Sophomore Year. His responsibilities at the CED include conducting research for clients and assisting our business consultants on various projects. Alec works closely with the other interns and business consultants to conduct research by pulling reports relating to industry trends, demographic information, and market research. Alec has learned a lot during his time here at the CED and gained valuable experience for the future!

sba_and_sbdc_logos.pngFunded in part through a Cooperative Agreement with the U.S. Small Business Administration, Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development and regional support partners. All opinions, conclusions or recommendations expressed are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the program sponsors. Programs are open to the public on a nondiscriminatory basis. Reasonable accommodations for persons with disabilities will be made if requested at least two weeks in advance. Contact UMD CED at 218-726-7298.