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CED Undergraduate Student Research Assistants

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

Jade Geiger
Jade Geiger
Jade is entering her senior year at the University of Minnesota-Duluth majoring in Marketing. She is from Mahtomedi, MN where she graduated from Mahtomedi High School in 2016. She enjoys spending time with friends and family, listening to music, hiking and exploring the Duluth area. Jade chose UMD because of all of the great opportunities offered to students. She is excited to learn all about economic development and small businesses in the Undergraduate Research Assistant position. Jade hopes to build relationships and take the knowledge she gains and apply it to her future!  

Ryan Sherden
Ryan Sherdan

Ryan is a senior at the University of Minnesota Duluth and expects to graduate in December of 2019 with degrees in Finance and Biochemistry. He hopes to one day be a small business owner and entrepreneur. Prior to attending UMD, Ryan lived in Rochester, MN his entire life where he graduated from Century High School in 2015. He loves to explore the outdoors, spend time with friends and family, and read nonfiction in his free time. He also enjoys having an impact on his UMD and Duluth communities through involvement in volunteer and other organizations.

Jack Schneewind

Jack is entering his senior year at the University of Minnesota-Duluth and is getting his bachelor's degree in Graphic Design and Marketing. He is from Prior Lake, Minnesota and graduated from Prior Lake High School in 2016. He chose UMD because of the opportunities that were offered to design students who still had an interest in marketing. In his free time you can find Jack hanging out with friends, watching sports, and heavily investing in the future of Duluth businesses. He is excited to apply his design and marketing knowledge in a real world setting at the UMD Center for Economic Development this year.

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.