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Career Development Services recognizes Deere and Company as top intern employer

IOWA CITY, Iowa -- Deere and Company, a Moline, Ill.-based company, has been recognized as the top intern employer by University of Iowa Career Development Services.

The award, established this year, recognizes employers who provide consistently excellent internship opportunities for UI students.

Career Development Services honored Deere's information technology and accounting divisions for their work with UI interns. The certificate for Deere's Information Technology Student Training Program was presented Sept. 24, prior to the start of Careers Day. Deere's Accounting Student Training Program will receive its certificate Dec. 1 during the Professional Accounting Seminar.

"Deere and Company is intent upon satisfying two-thirds of its new accounting employee requirements from its internship program. The UI has been one of Deere's primary sources for accounting talent for many years," said Jim Darby, director of human resources for Deere's finance division. He added that that more than 70 UI grads are employed in financial counseling roles throughout the Deere organization.

In recognizing Deere, Career Development Services looked at criteria including learning opportunity, evaluation of progress and development of the intern, communication with Career Development Services and the intern, and the ability to fulfill the university's mission to provide quality learning opportunities for interns. Deere was selected from nearly 800 businesses in the program.

Jane Schildroth, director of Career Development Services, said that Deere "has done an excellent job over the years developing a high-quality program," and provides the students with both training and responsibility.

Schildroth was also impressed with Deere's culmination of the internships, during which all interns gathered in Moline for two to three days working on presentations. On the last night of the program, Deere made job offers to those who had earned them.

Having companies like Deere involved in the internship program is valuable, says Schildroth, because it enables Career Development Services to connect students with good experiences while allowing the company to work with prospective employees for an extended period of time.

Career Development Services' mission is to help students choose a major, research a career, and seek experiential learning opportunities.