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Release: Jan. 18, 2001

UI students can spend spring break at Iowa companies

IOWA CITY, Iowa -- University of Iowa students can get a jump on their careers by working on projects at 20 Iowa companies over spring break.

The Iowa Human Resource Recruitment Consortium is sponsoring the 2nd Annual Spring Break in Iowa, a program that is designed to provide students with an intensive, project oriented, work opportunity over spring break from March 12-16. Modeled off the success of a program sponsored by Pella Corporation, Consortium member companies are working together to bring this unique opportunity to students.

Students will work on actual projects at their assigned companies, which can add practical value to their resume. The companies will also introduce the students to the company and community culture. Students are not paid for working on a specified project, but participating companies will cover transportation, lodging and meals during the weeklong program.

Through the Human Resource Recruitment Consortium, the participating companies will sponsor an event on one of the last days of the week, when students can meet other participating students and employers. At the end of the week, some students may give a presentation about their project to company leaders. The program will also give employers the opportunity to encourage students to consider Iowa for their future careers.

UI Career Development Services and the UI Business and Liberal Arts Placement Office (BLAPO) are promoting Spring Break in Iowa on campus.

"This is a great workforce development initiative. It offers students the chance to get inside an organization, find out how it works, make a contribution, and add to their own career development in the course of one week. The next step could be an internship, and then a permanent position with the company," said Jane Schildroth, director of Career Development Services.

"In addition to the advantage of seeing how their classroom skills translate to the workplace, the Spring Break in Iowa experience gives a view of an organization's corporate culture. How formal or informal, friendly, active or diverse an employer appears can make a big difference in how receptive a student is to seeking employment with that organization," said Deanna Hurst, director of BLAPO.

Companies such as HON Industries, Rockwell Collins, Cargill, and Iowa Telecom are seeking students from a wide range of disciplines, including business, marketing, engineering, human resources and computer science. For more information on the companies, visit the Smart Career Move Web site (, access the career search section and click on view employers. Students can also consult Career Development Services and BLAPO for company information.

Students interested in this program should forward their resume to by Jan. 26. They should also list their top three companies of choice for the program and list in the body of the e-mail the referring faculty or staff member. Resumes will be forwarded to employers on Jan. 29 and students will be notified the week of Feb. 12 about their acceptance.

The Iowa Human Resource Recruitment Consortium is a public/private partnership of the Iowa Department of Economic Development, Iowa Workforce Development, businesses, communities, statewide organizations and educational institutions such as the UI.

For more information about Spring Break in Iowa, contact Career Development Services at (319) 335-1385, BLAPO at (319) 335-1023, or Engineering Career Services at (319) 335-5763.

Another spring break job program is being offered through the UI Alumni Association's Externship Program, where students can job shadow and work with 250 alumni volunteers at companies nationwide. Call (319) 335-3301 for more information about this program.