Professional Development Institute

What It Is

The Professional Development Institute is a select group of recognized student leaders dedicated to the advancement of professional development for all South Dakota Mines students.

Students must be nominated and interviewed by faculty/staff to be Institute members. Students are nominated based on the following criteria:

  1. Existing student leaders
  2. Exceptional team members, effective at collaboration and conflict resolution
  3. Respectful and appreciative of human differences
  4. Dedicated to community involvement and civic engagement
  5. Strong in their sense of identity and personal development
  6. Ethical in their decision-making
  7. Experienced with research/internships/co-ops or career planning
  8. Positive role models and mentors
  9. Students with a strong academic record
  10. Full-time South Dakota Mines students, undergraduate or graduate


To prepare future professionals by engaging students in leadership roles and collaborative efforts; helping develop effective communication skills; fostering understanding and appreciation of human diversity; inspiring civic engagement; providing and supporting career opportunities; and aiding in personal development.

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Personal Development on a Professional Level

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