USD students excel in summer internships Two University of South Dakota students have spent the summer playing the role of business consultants to up and coming South Dakota technology businesses. Ann Schiefen, and Claudia Leow were awarded internships through a partnership including the South Dakota Experimental Program to Stimulate Competitive Research (EPSCoR), the National Network for Technology Entrepreneurship and Commercialization (N2TEC), and the South Dakota Governors Office of Economic Development. â�?�?Student internships provide students with a great learning experience and allow the companies to capitalize on the students skills to pursue new technologies or markets,â�? said Mel Ustad, Director of Commercialization with the South Dakota Governors Office of Economic Development. â�?�?The internship program creates a win-win situation, exposing students to career opportunities in South Dakota and helping companies to identify future full-time employees.â�? �? Interns were expected to conduct feasibility analysis of market-ready technology products to evaluate market potential, and identify promising applications. Schiefen, who is pursuing her masters in business administration, was selected to work for Natural Farrowing System. Natural Farrowing System is dedicated to bringing an economically viable, ecologically sound and socially responsible method of hog production to the marketplace. Leow, who received her bachelors degree in business finance this past May from USD, was selected to work for the Pacer Corporation, which is based in Custer. Pacer is a leading producer of high quality muscovite mica and potash feldspar, which are mined in the Black Hills of South Dakota. â�?�?This internship has been a really great learning experience for me â�?¦ I really enjoyed learning how to conduct market research,â�? said Leow.