Extension News

Jasper County Students Working as Life in Iowa Interns

Life in Iowa

6/24/2005

AMES, Iowa — Two Jasper County students are interning through ISU Extension's Life in Iowa program this summer.

Alyson Dykstra, whose hometown is Monroe and who is a sophomore majoring in dietetics, is interning at The World Food Prize Foundation in Des Moines. She is assisting with event planning and public relations campaigns, writing and editing publicity materials and helping with general media relations. She also will help create a contact information database and analyze data.

Victoria Birkenholtz, whose hometown is Colfax and who is a sophomore majoring in agricultural education, is working for the Girl Scouts of Shining Trail in West Burlington. She is the equestrian director for Camp L-Kee-Ta. She delivers an instructional and recreational program to youth in a day and resident camp setting.

Each Iowa State Life in Iowa intern donates 100 hours of time over the summer to a community volunteer project. Dykstra is volunteering with Link Associates in Des Moines helping coach softball for Special Olyimpics and assisting with field trips and classes. Birkenholtz is volunteering on a literacy project for the Girl Scouts.

The Life in Iowa program encourages students to stay in Iowa after college graduation by involving them in the communities in which they are working. The interns complement their work experience with classroom learning and service projects that help them experience the people, businesses and organizations that make Iowa a great place to live and work. The program encourages students to develop leadership, ethics and service skills that will help them in the future.

For more information on the Life in Iowa program, visit http://www.lifeiniowa.org.

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Contacts :
Tom Ligouri, Life in Iowa, (515) 294-8483, ligouri@iastate.edu Lynette Spicer, Continuing Education and Communication Services, (515) 294-1327, lspicer@iastate.edu