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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.

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

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."

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."

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."

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