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University of Iowa News Release

Sept. 9, 2005

UI Students Gain Experience Through Internships

From sports marketing to musical therapy, an internship is a great way for college students to learn more about their chosen field and gain inroads for potential future employment. University of Iowa students from numerous colleges and academic disciplines spent their spring or summer getting real-world experience through internships arranged through the University's Pomerantz Career Center.

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

"Internships provide excellent hands-on experience for students as they prepare for graduation. Not only do students learn about their chosen career field, but internships are an excellent networking opportunity and way to get acclimated to the workplace," said David Baumgartner, assistant dean and director of the Pomerantz Career Center.

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


ALBIA: Kim Lamon, a graduate student in social work, worked as a caregiver to persons with disabilities for Systems Unlimited Inc., in Iowa City. Lamon recommends this internship to other social service related majors as an "excellent way to put into practice the skills learned in the classroom."

ANTHON: Cody Umbach, a junior in international studies, interned as an event planner for Eved Services in Chicago, Ill. Umbach said the experience "showed me how organized, detail oriented and quick thinking a person needs to be to work with clients and plan successful events. Internships allow students to see what goes on behind the scenes. It really shows you if you really want to be in the field you're interning for."

BETTENDORF: Jeff Haacke, a senior political science major interned with the American Council of Young Political Leaders in Washington, D.C. "This internship has helped me identify my strengths and weaknesses and build a network of contacts I can use to get a job in D.C." Haacke recommends other students do internships for the professional experience.

CEDAR RAPIDS: Kristin Ernst, a graduate student in sports recreation management, worked as a youth sports camp coach with the Navy's Morale Welfare and Recognition Program. Ernst said the internship "strengthened my experience working with youth and recreation. Internships are a great way to network with people. They help you apply your book knowledge to practical, everyday situations on the job."

CEDAR RAPIDS: Rachel Lovegrove, a senior majoring in psychology and aging studies, interned with HomeSafe, a nurse case management support service in Coralville. "I was able to develop a comprehensive toolbox for social interaction for advanced elders that I will be able to use in my future career."

JOHNSTON: Ryan Gourley, a junior psychology and communications major, interned as a research assistant for the UI Department of Psychology. Gourley said the internship "has given me first-hand knowledge of all the various aspects involved in conducting psychological research. Since I would like to do this type of work professionally, I can think of no better way of becoming familiar with this field."

JOHNSTON: Jennifer Morris, a junior majoring in journalism interned with Fitness Magazine in New York, N.Y. "This internship allowed me to fully experience the inner workings of a magazine. I gained a lot of knowledge by attending and assisting at photo shoots along with assisting with projects in the office."

MAYNARD: April Rueber, a senior majoring in journalism and psychology, worked as a marketing assistant for WSUI/KSUI public radio station in Iowa City.  Rueber said the internship "helped me become a more rounded, aspiring public relations professional by allowing me to gain experience and skills in the marketing and sales industries."

OSAGE: Vanessa Boehmer, a junior elementary education major, worked as a Spanish instructor for a summer club at the Washington Elementary School in Washington, Iowa. "I had an excellent opportunity to write lesson plans and work with students. It gives me a good idea of what it will be like to be an elementary teacher."

PERRY: Kristin Stafford, a senior accounting major, interned at Strawhacker & Associates, LLC, in Des Moines, Iowa. Stafford used this opportunity to gain experience preparing tax returns, payroll and assisting with audits. "This internship has helped me learn not only the skills and software necessary for a career in accounting, but also how to interact with clients in order to satisfy their needs."

ROLAND: Alycia Lathen, a senior music therapy major, interned with Music Therapy Associates in Greeneville, Tenn. As an intern, Lathen designed and facilitated music therapy interventions. She also had the opportunity to present a poster at a conference and gain grant writing experience. "I have gotten to experience what the "real world" is like as a professional music therapist while learning and working with two professionals. There's nothing better than hand's on experience."

SHELDON: Amy Glass, a junior finance and management major, worked as a financial assistant with the HJR Financial Group in Iowa City, Iowa. Glass said, "Working at HJR has given me the opportunity to see first hand how a successful financial firm is run. I gained extensive knowledge regarding client relations and data management, as well as how the financial industry operates in general."

WALL LAKE: Amanda Waggie, a senior psychology major, worked at Alice's Rainbow Daycare Center in Iowa City. Waggie said the internship "has given me the chance to interact with parents and children, a necessary skill in my chosen field of work, school guidance counseling."

WATERLOO:  Molly Scanlon, a junior marketing major, interned for the UI Athletic department. "This internship has shown me first hand the various aspects of a sports marketing office and I gained valuable marketing, public relations and promotional experience in a fast paced Big Ten university setting."


BUFFALO GROVE:  Tina Stein, a senior journalism major, worked as a TV news intern for WMTV in Madison, Wis. Stein gained experience reporting on the air and "learning first hand what it's like to work in a newsroom. I have strengthened my writing skills and on-camera presence."

CHICAGO: Raquel Lewis, a senior psychology major, interned as a youth activity coordinator for the Shelter House in Iowa City, Iowa. "I believe that internships are a great way to gain meaningful experience. My internship at the Shelter House helped me realize that I would like to focus on troubled youth."

HARMON: Meghan Full, a junior communications major, had an internship in media relations for General Growth Properties, Inc., in Chicago. "This internship helped me decide if public relations is the right field for me. It has given me an understanding of corporate communications."

NAPERVILLE: Sarah Marseille, a junior journalism major, worked at the Environmental Protection Agency's Office of Public Affairs. "This allowed me to apply my education at the UI to a real world setting where I can truly explore and understand public relations while working in the excitement of Washington DC beltway."

WHEATON: Julia Janssen, a senior journalism/mass communications and sports studies major, had an internship doing radio broadcasting for the Cedar Rapids Kernels baseball team in Cedar Rapids, Iowa. Janssen said the internship "helped me decide if I want to pursue a career in sports radio after I graduate. Having an internship has basically given me the opportunity to see what it's like to work full-time in a job that I have only dreamed of doing."


COLORADO SPRINGS:  Chelsey Garrett, a senior communication studies major, worked as a business marketing and public relations intern for The Frause Group in Seattle, Wash. Garrett said of the internship, "I am very excited and grateful to have an opportunity to move beyond the theories of the classroom and into the actual PR business." According to Frause Group Vice President, Richard Kendall, "Chelsey brings both an eagerness to learn and a passion for the public relations practice."


ST. JOSEPH:  Lisa Raffensperger, a junior English and biology major, interned for 826 Valencia in San Francisco, Calif.  Raffensperger, who performed editorial and tutorial duties said of her internship, "It's exposed me to many different pathways an English major can take -- from freelance writing, to teaching, to editorial and publishing work, to nonprofit community work."


SPARKS:  Erin Gallo, a junior Spanish and journalism major, performed a bilingual media relations internship for ACT, Inc. in Iowa City. Gallo said the experience "introduced me to the world of public relations. Having an internship not only give you experience as a young professional, but it teaches you things you may be unable to learn in school."


BENSALEM:  Hillary Mintz, a junior communications major, interned for CBS/KGAN Channel 2 News in Cedar Rapids, Iowa. Mintz said her experience as a newsroom intern, "taught me the basic fundamentals of reporting and broadcasting for a news network. I learned hands on techniques from the reporters and the staff of KGAN."

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