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Iowa State University Life in Iowa Students are Interning in Polk County

Life in Iowa


AMES, Iowa — Six Iowa State University students are working in Polk County this summer as part of ISU Extension’s Life in Iowa intern program.

Alyson Dykstra, whose hometown is Monroe and who is a sophomore majoring in dietetics, is interning at The World Food Prize Foundation. 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.

Kristi Kramer, whose hometown is Johnston and who is a senior majoring in political science, is working for the City of Des Moines in the public information office. She edits communication documents, helps with project research, greets citizens and assists with clerical tasks.

Matt Evans, a senior in marketing, is interning at Advanced Network Technologies. His hometown is Somonauk, Ill. Evans assists with marketing and sales activities. He will help implement a contact management system of sales prospects. He also will assist with creating and implementing marketing activities including an e-newsletter, client surveys, seminars and lunch and learn sessions.

Bradley Mann, originally from Des Moines and an Iowa State junior majoring in economics, is working for Life Care Services LLC. Mann is working with accounting and financial systems functions related to support of Life Care’s managed facilities. He will work with account reconciliations, develop a financial services manual and review community budgets.

Jing Liu, a graduate student studying economics and computer science originally from Beijing, China, is interning at O’Halloran International. Liu is an assistant to the controller/treasurer helping with journal entries, reconciliations and various statements. Liu also will assist in human resources working on benefits billing statements, employee hiring processes and payroll entries.

Melissa Hackley, a senior from Nevada majoring in forestry, works for the Polk County Conservation Board (PCCB). Hackley performs a variety of duties with the forestry division including planting and caring for county-owned trees and shrubs, assisting with county owned nurseries and maintaining trails.

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 Olympics and assisting with field trips and classes. Evans is volunteering with Habitat for Humanity helping with jobs including siding, windows and painting on projects in the Ames and Gilbert area. Liu is volunteering at Orchard Place.

Hackley is volunteering at Jester Park working on an invasive species removal project. She will concentrate on three different species, learn identification, control methods and options and evaluate the efficacy of each option. Kramer is volunteering with the City of Des Moines assisting with inquiries and supporting employees in the offices of the city manager and economic development.

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.


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