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University of Iowa News Release

May 10, 2004

UI Student Gains Experience Through Internship

Several University of Iowa students from across Iowa and Illinois enhanced their college education during the spring 2004 semester with internships arranged through the UI Career Center.

Participants in internship programs are able to gain new perspectives on potential careers as they acclimate to a professional work environment. The UI Career Center is a campus resource that helps students find internship opportunities to apply their skills at a variety of organizations and businesses.

Students with internships are listed below by hometown, along with comments about their experiences:


BURLINGTON: Haley A. Beyer, a senior journalism major, worked as a marketing intern for KSUI and WSUI public radio in Iowa City. The experience allowed Beyer to work in a variety of situations in radio. "I enjoyed working with the stations. I made some valuable contacts for after graduation and got a head start on my career."

BURLINGTON: Rena Nerhus, a senior majoring in sociology and psychology, had an internship doing research for The University of Iowa Department of Sociology. The internship allowed Nerhus the opportunity to see how the Iowa corrections system really works. "I've gotten firsthand knowledge about Iowa's justice system and how it affects the lives of those people who work for corrections."

COUNCIL BLUFFS: Nikki Salvo, a pre-med junior majoring in psychology, interned as a research assistant for the UI Department of Psychology. Salvo used the opportunity to create a network of contacts. "An internship provides necessary experiences for the pursuit of a career in a certain area. This internship prepared me with research experiences such as designing and conducting experiments, subject recruitment, and research presentations."

MARSHALLTOWN: Eric Livingston, a senior political science major, interned as an assistant political director/coordinator for Bush-Cheney '04 Inc., in Arlington, Va. His internship has helped him make connections in state and national politics. "Internships are very valuable in the post-college job search, especially for students in non-traditional fields," Livingston said. "I've made great connections in both state and national politics. There's no better experience for a political science major than working on a presidential campaign."

MASON CITY: Crystal Hansen, a junior communications studies major, completed an internship doing media production for the Evert Conner Center in Iowa City. The experience helped her to learn how to produce quality videos. "Internships are a great way to feel like you are in college for a reason."


NORTHFIELD: Linsey Cherveny, a senior communication studies major, had an internship in public relations and advertising at Hancher Auditorium in Iowa City. "I have learned more about how to address a specific goal for a company, create a plan and execute a project."

ROCKFORD: Jessica Gissal, a junior majoring in marketing and international business, completed an internship in external relations, public education and marketing through her work at the Bureau of Engraving and Printing (BEP), in Washington, D.C. The internship allowed Gissal to experience the process of bringing a product to market. "I have experienced everything from idea generation to product development to promotions. This internship will play a huge role in directing me after graduation."

ROCK ISLAND: Phillip Kopp, a sophomore majoring in physics and mathematics, had an internship doing research in mathematical physics for the UI. "Students learn about the way things are done inside and outside the classroom."

STORY SOURCE: University of Iowa News Services, 300 Plaza Centre One, Suite 371, Iowa City, Iowa 52242-2500.

CONTACTS: Media: George McCrory, 319-384-0012,; David Fitzgerald, 319-335-1023,; Writer: Meghann Dowd

OTHER INFORMATION: Career Center information can be found at