Students in Technology Transfer And Research (STTAR)

The Students in Technology Transfer And Research (STTAR) program provides upper-division students (i.e., juniors through graduate students) in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics with an opportunity to use their academic training and experience to address challenging science and technology-based problems faced by North Dakota companies. Although related to the more general cooperative education and internship programs offered throughout the state, the primary emphasis of STTAR is on research and development rather than sales and marketing. The ND EPSCoR State Office cost-shares the student salary. Since 2012, the ND EPSCoR State Office has partnered with 42 ND-based companies to sponsor internships for 213 postsecondary students. Benefits of the STTAR program include:

  • support for companies in technical areas
  • practical work experience for students
  • better trained workforce

STTAR Summer 2023 application timeline (CLOSED for Summer 2023)

  • DEADLINE EXTENDED: March 31, 2023: Last day to submit a Business Application. Companies are encouraged to apply early. 
  • April 15, 2023: Last day for student applications to be sent to businesses. 
  • May 5, 2023: Last day for companies to hire and to notify ND EPSCoR and Career Centers of student hired. 
  • May 12, 2023: Company signed contracts DUE to ND EPSCoR. 
  • May 16, 2023: STTAR contract award period begins.

    Applying for Students in Technology Transfer And Research (STTAR)

      To apply for STTAR support, companies complete a brief form indicating how students will make a contribution to company performance, products, or processes using science and technology. Companies must provide a minimum 1:1 match, but can elect to increase their cost share.

      For more information visit the STTAR information page or view the 2023 STTAR brochure.

      Interested ND-based businesses:

      Students, please review the brochure above, and contact your campus career office for more information on how to apply for an internship.

      See a list of the most recent STTAR interns.

      STTAR Companies 2012 - 2021

      STTAR Institutions 2012 - 2022