CONTACT: GEORGE MCCRORY
300 Plaza Centre One
Iowa City IA 52242
(319) 384-0012; fax (319) 384-0024
Release: Nov. 2, 2001
UI Alumni Association sponsors Winter Break job program
IOWA CITY, Iowa -- Through its Winter Break Externship program, the University
of Iowa Alumni Association (UIAA) is giving students a chance to get a look
inside a potential career field by working with UI alumni in their places
The externship program will be held twice during Winter Break, the first
opportunity January 7-11 and second January 8-14, giving students one-on-one
time with Iowa alumni sponsors in Iowa and across the country.
The deadline to apply for a Winter Externship is Nov. 9; applications are
available at 24 Phillips Hall in the UI Career Center. There is no fee for
participating in an externship; however, students are responsible for their
own expenses including travel and lodging.
The UIAA Career Information Network is also seeking alumni employers to
sponsor UI students in the externship program, which is also offered during
Students gain on-the-job experience in a variety of different occupations
ranging from marketing to medicine. Some externship sponsors include the news
director at KGAN in Cedar Rapids, a neurosurgeon from Chicago, Ill., the grant
writing director for the Baltimore Museum of Art, and the head of information
sciences at the Senate Library in Washington D.C.
Steve Gude, who graduated from the UI in 1979 with a bachelor of arts degree
in speech and hearing science and with a master's degree in speech pathology
in 1980, sponsored a UI student over winter break at the Des Moines Public
Schools, where he is a speech and language pathologist.
"Students get to see what really goes on. You can read about your subject
in a book, but when you spend time with someone in the field, it's a different
experience than a classroom setting," he said. "They also have a
chance to see if they are really interested in this field."
Externships are one of the many career services provided by the UIAA Career
Information Network; it also provides the AlumNet career networking service
for both UI alumni and students.
For more information on externships or to become an externship sponsor, visit
the Alumni Association's career services website at www.iowalum.com/career,
call the career office at (319) 335-3301 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.