CONTACT: GEORGE MCCRORY
100 Old Public Library
Iowa City IA 52242
(319) 384-0012; fax (319) 384-0024
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
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 (http://www.smartcareermove.com,
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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.