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University of Iowa News Release


Jan. 18, 2007

Local Student Participates In UI Des Moines Internship Program

(NAME OF STUDENT), a University of Iowa student from (HOMETOWN), is participating in the university's Des Moines Center Internship Program. (NAME OF STUDENT) is interning as a (TITLE OF INTERNSHIP) for (NAME OF EMPLOYER).

The University of Iowa's Des Moines Center Internship Program kicked off Jan. 17, with 15 students getting ready to spend the spring semester living in Iowa's capital while interning for businesses and organizations in the area. The program is designed to not only provide on-the-job training for UI students, but also to also demonstrate the career possibilities that Iowa has to offer.

"Professional mentoring and service learning components of the program are designed to make students aware of the great number of opportunities available in Iowa for their future careers," said Gerald Wickham, director of experiential education in the university's Marvin A. and Rose Lee Pomerantz Career Center. "Students will explore new directions in Iowa and make strong connections for their futures. The creation of the Des Moines Center is a statement of commitment to the state of Iowa, and we are deeply committed to making this a win-win success for employers and our undergraduates."

The students will begin their internship with an orientation program this week and start their work experiences on Jan. 22. Employers hosting the interns include Wells Fargo Financial, the Des Moines Public Library, Iowa Association of Business and Industry, Science Center of Iowa, Iowa Communications Network, GeoLearning, Broker Dealer Financial Services, Iowa Historical Foundation, Blank Park Zoo, World Food Prize Foundation and the Iowa Cubs.

Students will earn 12 credit hours for the internship while also participating in several service-learning projects and attending a class at the Pappajohn Education Center. The course, "Images of Iowa." will allow students to explore issues related to Iowa's future. Gerald Sim of the UI Department of Cinema and Comparative Literature, will teach the course at the Pappajohn Education Center.

The program will also feature a guest lecture series involving notable Iowa leaders, entrepreneurs, and state dignitaries. Frank Russell, CEO of GeoLearning and 2005 Ernst and Young Entrepreneur of the Year, will headline this series.

Wickham said more students will be able to participate in future Des Moines Center Internship programs, and more businesses and organizations will be involved. Employers who have already committed to participating with the program in the future include: Allied/Nationwide, State Farm, Holmes-Murphy and Associates, the Independent Insurance Agents Association of Iowa, Krause-Gentle, the City of Des Moines, the Iowa Starz, Relationship Marketing and Downtown Community Alliance.

(NOTE TO EDITORS: This release is being forwarded to you because a student or students participating in the program are from hometowns in your publication's coverage area. The information below includes each student's name, hometown, internship title and the employer he or she is working for. Iowa students are listed first.)

--Chanel Ahrendsen, West Des Moines, interning in web development/marketing for GeoLearning.

--Kathy Bogs, Indianola, interning in event planning/management for the Des Moines Public Library.

--Andrew Buscher, Des Moines, interning in business development for the Iowa Association of Business and Industry.

--Tory Flack, Waterloo, who is an interactive experience intern at the Science Center of Iowa.

--Courtney Frank, Urbandale, interning in communications projects for the Iowa Communications Network.

--Kelsi Kautzky, West Des Moines, interning in membership/foundation development for the Iowa Historical Foundation.

--Allison Payne, Urbandale, interning in brand development for the Iowa Communications Network.

--Brett Pleima, Oskaloosa, interning in project management for Wells Fargo Financial.

--Trevor Swanson, Indianola, interning in team and stadium operations for the Iowa Cubs.

--Jamie Tolliver, Sac City, interning as an animal ecology researcher at the Blank Park Zoo.

--Nermina Topanica, Coralville, interning in the Global Youth Institute of the World Food Prize Foundation.

--Sara Will, Cedar Falls, interning in marketing/children's programs for the Des Moines Public Library.


--Ryan Mullen, Naperville, Ill., interning in investments operations for Broker Dealer Financial Services.

--Antwon Simmons, Chicago, interning in web interface development for Wells Fargo Financial.


--JaNae Ketterling, LaMoure, ND, interning in human resources for the Iowa Communications Network.

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

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