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Employers in Albert Lea want to be a resource as you establish and build your career. Whether it’s a conversation about working in a particular field or a summer internship, the employers listed below welcome your phone call or email. We encourage you to take advantage of this opportunity – a wide range of employers welcoming you to create and develop your resume in Albert Lea.

You may contact the people listed directly. However, if you have concerns or questions before you make a call, please contact Noelle Hagen at (507) 373-3930 or noellehagen@growalbertlea.com.


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Employer Information: Started in 1897, the Albert Lea Tribune is a community newspaper that prints six days a week. It primarily serves the communities of Albert Lea and Freeborn County, as well as communities stretching into Steele, Waseca and Faribault counties in Minnesota and Winnebago and Worth counties in Iowa.

Career Development Opportunity: We would welcome students interested in journalism, photojournalism, graphic design or marketing.

Contact: Sarah Stultz, Managing Editor, at 507-379-3433 or sarah.stultz@albertleatribune.com.

Employer Information: Hometown Broadcasting Corp (KQPR-FM Power 96 Classic Rock, KQAQ 970 AM Classic Country Legends, and the Austin Home & Vacation Show.)

We are the only local owned media in the area, providing effective marketing to our clients, serving our communities with public service, great music and entertainment, and local information including news, sports, weather, farm markets and more.

Career Development Opportunity: We would welcome students interested in Broadcast, Marketing and Sales Careers.

Contact: Anna Rahn, GM at 507-373-9600.

Opportunities available: Internships, mentoring and shadowing.




Employer Information: The Freeborn County Shopper is a weekly advertising publication that is carrier delivered through all of Freeborn County.

Career Development Opportunity: We would welcome students interested in graphics or advertising sales.

Contact: Julia Thompson at (507) 373-1310 or julia.thompson@freeborncountyshopper.com

Opportunities available: Internships, mentoring and shadowing




Employer Information: KSMQ Public Media Services, Inc., serving Southern Minnesota and Northern Iowa, offers award-winning nationally and locally-produced programming including documentaries, weekly series, and live specials. KSMQ offers a wide scope of content and format for those interested in mass communication. Station operations include broadcast production, engineering, marketing, traffic, and management across all media platforms.

Career Development Opportunity: We welcome students interested in broadcast production; videography, editing, marketing, computer science/engineering, social media, graphic design, and product management.

Contact: KSMQ@ksmq.org, 507-481-2095

Opportunities available: Internships, mentoring, and shadowing


Employer Information: Alamco Wood Products, LLC is a wood laminate manufacturing facility Albert Lea, MN. We are a manufacturer of environmentally friendly structural glued laminated timber beams and arches for many uses in quality, custom laminate wood products.

Career Development Opportunity: We would welcome students interested in the carpentry, construction trades, operations management, engineering and maintenance fields.

Contact: Kris Pierce, Plant Manager at 507-373-1401 ext 41.

Opportunities available: Internships, mentoring and shadowing

Employer Information: ProAdvantage is a value-added logistics company, offering contract manufacturing, powder coating, outdoor warehousing, transportation coordination, and trucking services.

Career Development Opportunities: We welcome students interested in trucking, steel fabrication and welding, powder coating, and truck repair and maintenance.

Trucking: Ray Talamantes 507-369-2958
Manufacturing/Coatings: Matt Grunzke 507-369-2961
Truck Service and repair: Chad Severtson 507-369-2965

Opportunities Available: Job shadowing, Counsel and advice

Employer Information: Zumbro River Brand is a manufacturer of powdered food products and ingredients as well as a manufacturer of high protein chips, snacks, and cereals. ZRB provides products and ingredients to the international food industry.

Career Development Opportunity: We would welcome students who are interested in building & equipment maintenance, general manufacturing, and anything associated with Food Science.

Contact: Jeff Dahle or Caron Kispert at 507-377-9776

Opportunities available: Internships and mentoring



Employer Information: Minnesota Freezer Warehouse Company is a family owned Third Party Logistic (3PL) company specializing in the handling and storage of perishable foods in the upper Midwest.

Career Development Opportunity: We would welcome students interested in small business management, marketing, accounting, and anhydrous ammonia refrigeration maintenance.

Contact: Charlie Newell, President at 507-373-1477 or cnewell@mfcw-cold.com

Opportunities available: Internships, mentoring, and job shadowing.





Employer Information: TA Truck Service Center is your one stop shop for getting you back on the road in a hurry by offering Express Lane Lube, Road Squad Connect, Tire Service and a Truck Wash. We do HVAC repair, electrical systems repair, air and brake repair, coolant and radiator repair, reefer and APU repair, along with many other types of repair. We have a training program that will help motivated technicians to get their ASE patches. We will also send technicians to offsite trainings as part of our training program. Located at Trail’s Travel Center, 820 Happy Trail’s Lane, Albert Lea, MN

Career Development Opportunity: Shop Technician Position

Contact: TA Truck Service Center Manager at 507-379-2619 or our website at www.trailstravelcenter.com

Opportunities Available: Internships, mentoring and shadowing


Employer Information: Edward Jones is a leading financial brokerage who works to help clients plan and achieve their long term financial goals. The firm has over 14,000 individual branches across the United States and Canada.

Career Development Opportunity: We welcome those who are interested in business, finance, or management to learn more about how they can work together to help clients achieve their goals.

Contact: Angie Eggum, Financial Advisor (507) 373-2000 or angie.eggum@edwardjones.com.

Opportunities available: Mentoring, shadowing


Employer Information: Intego Insurance is an independent insurance agency. We work with small businesses and families to assist our clients and help protect their family finances through insurance products such as auto, home, life, farm and crop insurance.

Career Development Opportunity: We would welcome students interested in the agriculture, finance, economics, accounting, small business management or marketing.

Contact: Sarah Hensley, Financial Advisor at (507) 473-4900.

Opportunities available: Internships, mentoring and shadowing.



Employer Information: AmeriNat provides a vast array of financial services to the government sector, specializing in Affordable Housing. We have provided support services to the government sector since 1975, and have extensive experience with a multitude of government programs including the Hardest Hit Fund, Neighborhood Stabilization Program (NSP), American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 (ARRA), and awards under the Energy Efficiency and Conservation Block Grant (EECBG) program, we also have far-reaching experience with CDBG, HOME, Home Improvement Loans, Down Payment Assistance Programs, HOPE, tax-exempt bonds and other common federal and state sources.

Career Development Opportunity: Paid internship available to students pursuing an Accounting of Finance degree. Seeking interns that can commit to approximately 40 hours per week through the end of summer.

Contact: Karen Morse, Personnel Manager, (800) 943-1988 ext. 1223, kmorse@amerinatls.com

Opportunities available: Paid internship and mentoring





Employer Information: St. John’s Lutheran Community is located on two campuses and has a continuum of care from Skilled Care, Assisted Living, and Independent Apartment living for elders. It is a faith based nonprofit organization that is sponsored by 24 area Lutheran Congregations and controlled by a local Board of Directors.

Career Development Opportunities: There are many opportunities to learn about healthcare, everything from dietary, activities, nursing, office management, and many others. Working in healthcare takes someone who truly enjoys working with people and thrives at customer service.

Contact: MaChar Kingstrom at (507)-473-1018 or visit www.stjohnsofalbertlea.org

Opportunities available: Working in this environment prepares you in any type of work you would like to pursue, especially any career in customer service and working with diverse ages of people. At this time we have a summer internship available and would welcome mentoring and shadowing.


Employer Information: Albert Lea Economic Development Agency (ALEDA) is dedicated to the economic development and business climate improvement of Albert Lea and Freeborn County. We work with businesses large and small to start-up, relocate, and grow.

Career Development Opportunity: We would welcome students interested in economic development, marketing, and other business program concentrations.

Contact: Noelle Hagen, Small Business and Marketing Manager, 507-373-3930, noellehagen@growalbertlea.com

Opportunities available: Internships, mentoring, and shadowing.




Employer Information: The City of Albert Lea is happy to welcome students interested in a career in local government. The City has several branches that may be of interest to those just starting their careers, including Administration, Legal, Planning, Public Safety, Engineering, and Public Works and Recreation.

Contact: Jerry Gabrielatos, Assistant City Manager, jgabrielatos@ci.albertlea.mn.us, (507) 377-4316

Opportunities Available: Internships, mentoring, and shadowing

Employer Information: Albert Lea – Freeborn County Chamber of Commerce whose mission is to promote and develop a healthy and positive business climate to improve the quality of life in the Albert Lea-Freeborn County Area. We strive to meet the changing needs of our membership in order to help every business flourish.

Career Development Opportunity: We would welcome students interested in the organization management field.

Contact: Rhonda Jordal, Executive Director, 507-373-3938 or email director@albertlea.org

Employer Information: The United Way of Freeborn County is a local nonprofit organization that engages community members in identifying local resources to address the greatest needs in Freeborn County, focusing specifically on Education, Income and Health.

Career Development Opportunity: We have engaged interns and volunteers to help develop a greater understanding of local nonprofit operations, specifically focused on human services.

Contact: Ann Austin, 507-373-8670, director@unitedwayfc.org

Opportunities available: Internships, mentoring and shadowing.



Employer Information: Blue Zones Project Albert Lea – The Blue Zones Project is a community wide well-being initiative designed to make the healthy choice the easy choice.

Career Development Opportunity: We would welcome students interested in preventative public health and community wellbeing that involves policy, systems, and environmental change.

Contact: Ellen Kehr at (507) 402-5144 or by email ellen.kehr@gmail.com

Opportunities available: Mentoring and shadowing.


Employer Information: Raleigh’s Ace Hardware is retailer specializing in paint, tools, hardware, lawn and garden, plumbing, and electrical products. We offer other services also such as cutting keys and small engine service.

Career Development Opportunity: Students interested in working with paint, fixing items, and seeing how to run a small business are welcome.

Contact: Matt Raleigh at 507-377-8636

Opportunities available: Ace team member





Employer Information: Iron Skillet and Skol Tavern serves breakfast, lunch, and dinner buffets featuring a variety of meats roasted on the open wood-fire rotisserie along with salad, soups, breads, sides and desserts or offers a full menu of home-style favorites to order from which includes Trail’s famous Tavern Burgers and Genuine Broasted Chicken. Located inside Trail’s Travel Center, 820 Happy Trail’s Lane, Albert Lea, MN

Career Development Opportunity: Cook Position

Contact: Iron Skillet & Skol Tavern Manager at 507-379-2616 or our website at www.trailstravelcenter.com

Opportunities Available: Internships, mentoring and shadowing.




Company Information: Hy-Vee is an employee owned grocery store that was founded in 1930 in Beaconsfield, IA. Today, Hy-Vee employees over 82,000 individuals, and has over 240 stores in 8 states. In addition to selling groceries, Hy-Vee has: restaurants, clothing, dietitian services, health markets, and online shopping with delivery. With sales of $9.3 billion annually, Hy-Vee ranks among the top 25 supermarket chains and the top 50 private companies in the United States. Hy-Vee’s corporate office is located in Des Moines, IA.

Career Development Opportunities: Hy-Vee is always looking for part-time help in our various departments. Once employed, the opportunities for advancements are almost endless – due to our many different department and services.

Contact: Craig Rosell – HR Manager (507) 377-2257, 1019hrmgr@hy-vee.com

Opportunities Available: Part-time and full-time careers. We have various positions such as: baggers/checkers, department managers, accounting, assistant managers, dietitians, inventory managers, bakers, case decorators, floral designers, meat & seafood specialist, chefs, upper management, and pharmacists.