UND and Northland Community and Technical College students have a chance to sit down with someone they hope to be like one day.

By participating in "Career Conversations," students can spend an hour with someone in the profession they're studying.

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"This gives students an opportunity to talk to someone in their desired field, and it is a great networking opportunity," said Dusty Hillebrand, director of Job Service in Grand Forks. "It often leads to internships, too."

The program is sponsored by Job Service North Dakota, the Chamber of Commerce, the Grand Forks Region Economic Development Corp. and the two colleges, Hillebrand said.

Some businesses involved in the program are True North Equipment, the Greater Grand Forks Young Professionals, Twin Tandem Studios, PS Industries, Black Gold Farms and Wells Fargo Bank. The types of careers encompassed in the program range from CEO and CFO to social work and education to skilled trades and agriculture.

Students will meet with someone in the field of their choice May 9 and 10 at a time of their choosing.

"What you learn in the classroom and what actually goes on in the workplace can be really different sometimes," Hillebrand said. "This affords students an opportunity to ask those questions."

The conversations can be about industry expectations, regional employment opportunities or tips and advice.

"Career Conversations also gives the kids a chance to try something new or see a different career if they want," Hillebrand said.

Students can sign up and see a full list of participating businesses until March 31 using the Northern Valley Careers website: www.northernvalleycareers.com.