YURtern 2022


YURtern 2022: Now for ALL College Students (not just interns)

They say it’s about who you know, not what you know—right? Pro tip: it’s both. The more you know, both people and insights, the better. The past year may have thrown some extra hurdles your way, but it’s “YURtern” to take the next step towards your future success. 

Want to know how to negotiate your first salary? Want insider advice from hiring professionals on interview tips—ones you can’t just get from a Google search? Want to make connections with like-minded, similar-age young professionals? 

We would say “the best part is…” but there are so many “best parts!”

  • All events are FREE! 
  • Attend at least 4 of the 5 events to receive a certificate of completion. Great addition to your resume! 
  • Attending 4+ events also gets you an invite to the exclusive post-program event where you’ll learn about personal finance, stress management, and how to navigate the transition between college and the “real world.” You’ll also get the opportunity to network with metro leaders. When else does an opportunity like that come around?! 

Your current and future bosses WANT you to participate. It shows you have initiative and want to set yourself up for success. Don’t pass up this opportunity. You never know when you’ll meet someone or learn something that can help you land that next internship or job. 

Registration for summer 2022 will open in spring. Students—whether or not they have an internship this year—can sign up for free below to get information about the events and opportunities involved with YURtern. 

Thank you as well to these Supporting Sponsors for making YURtern possible:

YURtern Sign Up:

NOTE: If you are a business signing up 2+ interns, feel free to simply send your students’ names and emails to Kara Matheson, Director of Workforce Development. 

To give you an idea of what to expect for 2022, check out the 2021 events:

  • Wednesday, June 16. 11:30 – 1 PM. Lunch ‘n Learn at West48 Conference Center. The workforce has changed significantly this past year. The competition to land an internship or job is tough. Arm yourself with advice directly from a panel of hiring professionals on how to nail the interview–beyond the tips you can find in a Google search. 
  • Tuesday, June 22. 3:30 – 5:30 PM. Social at Smash Park. have some fun at one of WDM’s most popular attractions. Take a break from your office, and join us for a patio party!
  • Wednesday, June 30. 11:30 – 1 PM. Lunch ‘n Learn at IMT InsuranceYour starting salary can impact your pay for your next job, the one after that, and the one after that. Learn how to negotiate the best income outcome for your very first job after college.
  • Thursday, July 15. 11:30 – 1 PM. Lunch ‘n Learn. Once you land your first job, don’t be an overlooked new employee. First impressions are important, so start off strong. Learn how to quickly impress and achieve success from a panel of leaders who have witnessed it first-hand. Don’t miss out!
  • Friday, July 23. 8 – 9 AM. Coffee with West Des Moines Mayor Steve Gaer at St. Kilda Collective. Mayor Gaer is highly interested in what interns and Gen-Z think about West Des Moines and what amenities are most important as you look for a community in which to launch your career. Use your voice and share your input! 

Students will receive separate information for the final post-program event available exclusively to those who attend 4+ of the 5 above events.