HANSEN COMMUNITY INTERN INITIATIVE
“While the first day on the job gave me somewhat of an indication of what my summer would look like, it in no way prepared me for the friendships I was to form in just a short period of time. And little did I know that I would soon find myself immersed in rural culture down to every last county fair, harvest festival, and Fun Day. North Central Kansas is truly a unique place. Enough for me to consider it as a place I could come back to and call my home. ” – Emily Reno, 2018 Intern, University of Kansas
The Dane G. Hansen Foundation community internship initiative matches Northwest Kansas communities or organizations that have a specific need with upper-level college students to address that need during a summer internship.
Communities or organizations first identify a community improvement project such as downtown revitalization planning; community website, calendar or marketing; park or trail improvement; design for re-purposing an old building; or a host of other possibilities, and then apply to host an intern to assist with the project.
Job descriptions for summer internship positions are developed once projects are identified, and students apply for the various positions.
Students are able to get the hands-on experience needed when looking for a job and communities benefit from their knowledge. It’s a win for both.
Communities or qualified organizations identify a community improvement project which could be completed with the help of one or two student interns.
- A unique and challenging community project
- Office space and supplies
- Oversight and support from a community development or other professional
- Opportunities for the interns to engage in civic and other service opportunities such as reporting at city council or economic development meetings or speaking at civic organizations
- A final grant report to include information on the experience and accomplishments from both the student and the community perspective, photographs, media coverage and other information
Once the projects are identified, students from area colleges are invited to apply for the summer internship and are matched according to skill set with the community projects.
Funding is provided by the Dane G. Hansen Foundation to Kansas State University for administration of the program. Interns will be summer employees of Kansas State University.
Student applicants do not have to be KSU students. K-State Research and Extension works with colleges and universities across the state to match interns to communities.
Students interns receive:
- Housing (provided by the host community or organization)
- Up to 400 hours of work between May 20 and August 10, 2019
- Compensation at $20.00 / hour (No overtime allowed)
- Opportunity to truly utilize their skills and tackle a real project
How to apply:
Intern positions will be posted on the KSU Careers page at https://www.k-state.edu/hcs/careers/ as they become available (starting about December 1).
Applicants must provide:
- cover letter
- letters of recommendation
- For some positions, a portfolio may be required (Architecture, Interior Design, etc.).
Interviews will be scheduled with the sponsoring community or organization. Positions will remain open until filled or at the discretion of the sponsoring community or organization.
Reporting: At completion of the internship and project, both the community or organization and the student will submit a final grant report to include information on the experience and accomplishments, photographs, media coverage and other information.
Contact Nadine Sigle, K-State Research and Extension, Community Vitality Specialist, at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 785-346-6256
August- October: Recruitment for community projects
October 31: Deadline for communities to apply to host summer interns
November: Job descriptions created for the internships based on community projects
December 1 – January 31: Recruitment of students
January 31: Deadline for students to apply to be a summer intern
February: Student interviews for internships
March 1: Intern/community matches announced
March -May: Interns and communities coordinate arrangements for the summer
May – August: Interns work in the communities. The time frame will be flexible depending on individual needs, but is limited to 10 weeks not to exceed 400 hours. The intern coordinator will visit each community/student 1-2 times and be available as needed throughout the summer.
August 31: Final reports due
The completed application should be emailed to:
Nadine Sigle, K-State Research and Extension, Community Vitality
2017 participants may be contacted about their experiences.
Lincoln County Economic Development Foundation
Kelly M. Larson, Executive Director
Project #1: Master Plan for Walking Trails and City Park Improvement
Intern: Mason Herrman, Regional & Community Planning Major at Kansas State University
Project #2: Plans for Redeveloping Lincoln’s Old High Schools
Intern: Landon Cook, Architecture Major at Kansas State University
City of Norton
Chad Buckley, City Administrator
Project: Public Works and Water Department Upgrades
Intern: Zacharyah Hughes, Civil Engineering Major, Kansas State University
Oberlin-Decatur Economic Development
Shayla J. Williby, EDC Director
Project: Decatur County Survey, Marketing and Youth Retention
Intern: Zachary May, Industrial Engineering Major, Business & Statistics Minor, Kansas State University
Russell County Economic Development and CVB & Smoky Hill Development Corp
Janae Talbott, RCED/CVB
Project: Project Reconnecting – Database Development for Russell & Ellsworth County Alumni
Intern: Erik Medrano, Marketing Major, Kansas State University
• Belleville: Jewell County Economic Development
• Lincoln County Economic Development Foundation
• North Central Regional Planning Commission, Beloit
• Ad Astra Music Festival, Russell
• Wallace County Community Foundation