Knute Nelson: Become a Better Version of Yourself at Our Student Program

Because life is about becoming
better version of yourself.

At Knute Nelson, it's about who you can become. Check out Grace's story.


Care Attendant and Student

Here you can expand your work experience, earn while you learn, and have fun!

What kind of student are you?


Knute provides flexible hours and shifts to give you the freedom to attend high school and earn extra income at the same time. If you live in an area near one of our facilities or divisions, view our openings and find a position that has hours geared toward student life and apply. Get a step ahead and earn while you learn.

Alexandria Area High School

Great news for students in grades 11 and 12 at Alexandria Area High School. You can earn elective credits by working at Knute Nelson! Gain valuable work experience, connect with older adults in your community, and explore healthcare careers - all while earning high school credit and a paycheck. Earn (1) elective credit for every 350 hours worked, including hours during the summer. You can earn up to (2) elective credits each year under this program.


As you pursue your career in healthcare, gain valuable, hands-on experience and earn extra income with Knute. With our services covering a vast area in Minnesota and a portion of North Dakota, you are sure to find an opportunity to work for Knute while attending school. It’s a great way to build a relationship with us and to stay connected!


Alexandria Technical & Community College (ATCC) offers many courses that align with your desire and commitment to work in healthcare. Our Care Center, Grand 
Arbor and Nelson Gables facilities are located in the heart of Alexandria and near ATCC. Another great way to earn and learn!
Convenient locations, real-world experiences and a thriving culture at Knute, all lead to a rewarding start to your career.

Learn: Hands-on training. Grow: Scholarships. Become: Build your career.

  • Volunteers for Alzheimer's Association
  • Serves on the planning committee for the Alexandria Lakes Area Walk to End Alzheimer's
  • Participates in the Lakes Area Age Friendly committee and it's Dementia Friendly sub-committee
  • Received a scholarship to help fund her Master's Degree in Public Health
  • Shares her talents with us as our Age Well Community Navigator
- Lisa D.
  • Started as a Dining Attendant in 2021
  • Knute Nelson schedules her shifts around her busy school/sports schedule
  • Volunteers at the Alexandria First Lutheran Church and for the Alexandria youth soccer team
  • Currently serves our residents as a Care Attendant
- Grace E.
  • Started at Knute Nelson in 2013 as a Dietary Aide
  • Earned her CNA, LPN, RN and BSN with the help of Knute Nelson scholarships
  • Volunteers for Habitat for Humanity
  • Certified in Mental Health First Aide
  • Is part of our Home & Community Based Services as a Home Care Regional Manager
- Bobbie Jo H.
Find out who you are and do it on purpose. Opportunities await you!

Work with us during your school journey.

Knute will find a fit for you after graduation.

Apply for Knute scholarships.

Scholarships & Loan Forgiveness

It's to your advantage to work for a company that invests in YOU.

SCHOLARSHIPS: Knute Nelson values their employees. Each year, scholarships are awarded to help employees achieve their educational goals. With having awarded $324,000 in scholarship dollars in one given year, partnering with Knute gives you the power to achieve your career goals. There are many success stories of career advancements at Knute!

LOAN FORGIVENESS: Our Care Center offers long-term and short-term care to our residents. As an employee, you can receive loan forgiveness. You've worked hard to advance in your career, let Knute help remove some of the financial burden to build a brighter financial future.

Amazing Student Perks

​​​​​​Oh yeah ... life is better at Knute.

Pay on Demand Access your money when you need it - even before payday!
Free Access to Wellness Centers
  • Alexandria Area YMCA
  • Grand Arbor Wellness Center
  • Nelson Gables Wellness Center
403B Plan Start saving for the future now, and receive 4% to 4% employer contributions.
Free use of Grand Arbor Theater Hang out with family & friends in a private theater! Watch movies or choose from multiple streaming services. How cool!
Discounts Receive discounts at our Pioneer Grill restaurant and Bistro, and so much more!
Personalized Scheduling Knute will work around, and with, your schedule to give you optimal work/life balance.

Career Builders


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Why a Career in Senior Care?

A Rewarding Career


Introduce yourself and stay connected.
Join our Talent Network and we will notify you when the right opportunity arrives.

Find the Career for You

Learn more about career opportunities

Contact us by calling (320) 391-9363 or contact our Talent Team.

Current Employees Apply Internally

Employees apply through UKG. Under the "Myself" tab, click "My Company" and "View Opportunities." Select the position and click "Apply now." For questions, call (320) 763-1152.