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UI Students Gain Experience Through Internship

Several University of Iowa students from across Iowa and Illinois enhanced their education this fall 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 opportunities to apply their skills at a variety of organizations and businesses.

"Internships provide students an experience they can't get in the classroom. We appreciate the employers offering their time and efforts to help students advance in their chosen field," said Jerry Paschal, executive director of the UI Career Center.

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

IOWA

BELLEVUE: Nichelle Deppe, a senior elementary education major from recently completed an internship with America Reads in Iowa City. As a reading and writing tutor, she worked a lot with children and gained experience in writing lesson plans. "I learned new teaching strategies," said Deppe. "It was a great opportunity to practice what was taught in class."

BOONE: Ryley Bjustrom, a sophomore pre-business major with a minor in political science, completed an internship as a political science research assistant to Charles Shipan, associate professor of political science at the UI. He worked one-on-one with Shipan." This internship has proven to me that I'm definitely interested in this field of study," said Bjustrom. "Shipan has taught me many things that I wouldn't be able to learn otherwise about the political world."

COUNCIL BLUFFS: Andrew McIntosh, a senior finance major did an internship with Aegon USA Realty Advisors Inc. in Cedar Rapids. McIntosh worked in commercial mortgage lending. His experience at Aegon helped him define his area of interest in finance. "This internship has prompted me to really contemplate what career path I want to take," said McIntosh. "It has been enjoyable to learn about an application of finance that I haven't been exposed to before."

EVANSDALE: Jessie Rolph, a senior journalism and communications major, finished an internship with the Health Science Relations at the UI. Her hands-on experience writing public relations pieces greatly improved her news writing skills. "It's was a great way to strengthen my experience, build a resume and gave me taste of a career field," said Rolph.

IOWA CITY: Tim Grady, a sophomore theater major worked as an intern at Walt Disney World. Grady was a tour guide for the Great Movie Ride. Grady interacted with many different people while he was in Florida. "It allowed me to meet many people from all over the world," said Grady. "I have made contact with performers in many capacities."

MT. PLEASANT: Gretchen Boston-Kemple, a sophomore anthropology major, went to Orlando, Fla. to complete an internship with Walt Disney World. She worked for a food and beverage service. "It gave me a chance to put a big company like Disney on my resume," Boston-Kemple said. "At Disney World, you have the opportunity to meet a lot of great people from around the country and the world."

NEWTON: Courtney Swartz, a junior management and marketing major completed an internship at Pella Corporation in Pella. There, Swartz planned activities for interns at Pella, made contacts with interns, and set up career fairs at colleges and universities. "I gained a knowledge of how businesses recruit candidates from the beginning of the process to the end," Swartz said. "I have learned to become more detail-oriented with projects and also realized how much planning it takes for an event to be successful."

RYAN: Sean McEvoy, a senior psychology major worked as an intern with UI Professor Paul Windschitl. He did psychology research and experiments with Windschitl. "Working under Professor Windschitl, I helped design psychology experiments, create stimulus materials, and perform experiments on individuals," said McEvoy.

ILLINOIS

GLENVIEW: Kimberly Brisky, a junior political science major, was a research assistant to UI Professor David Redlawsk. Besides assisting Redlawsk, Brisky conducted an exit poll. "This internship has exposed me to a new facet of politics," said Brisky. "I hope one day to be a public servant and to fulfill my duties on that position."LAKE BLUFF: Laura Szech, a senior elementary education major completed a teaching internship with ACCT in Washington, Iowa. "I now have more experience preparing lessons," said Szech. "I have time and classroom management skills and I can lead the class on my own."

ST. CHARLES: Anna Kendall, a junior American studies and journalism major assisted UI Professor Mary Ellen Lennon. "I would like to become an American studies professor," said Kendall. "This internship has provided me with experience that directly related to the career."


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