YURtern 2022

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YURtern: College Student Development Program

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. It’s “YURtern” to take the next step towards your future success. 

Want insider advice directly from hiring professionals on interview and negotiation tips—ones you can’t just get from a Google search? Want to make connections with like-minded young professionals? 

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

  • All events are FREE! 
  • Attend at least 5 of the 6 events to receive a certificate of completion. Great addition to your resume! 
  • Attending 5+ events will also get 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 2023 will open soon! Students can sign up for free below to get information about the events and opportunities involved with YURtern. 

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

YURtern Sign Up:

College students can sign up any time, even if they find out about the program after the events have begun. Students receive a welcome email and calendar invites for all events.  

NOTE: If you are a business signing up 5+ interns, feel free to follow the button above or you can send your students’ names and emails via spreadsheet to Meredith Murphy, Talent Attraction Coordinator. 

Check out the '22 events to get an idea of what's ahead this summer:

  • Thursday, June 16 from 11:30 – 1 PM: Lunch ‘n Learn at IMT Insurance The workforce has changed significantly the past two years. 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. Supporting Sponsor: Baker Group.
  • Tuesday, June 28 from 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! 
  • Tuesday, July 12 from 11:30 – 1 PM: Lunch ‘n Learn at NCMIC. Your 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 21 from 11:30 – 1 PM: Lunch ‘n Learn at West48. 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!
  • Wednesday, July 27 from 8 – 9 AM: Coffee with West Des Moines Mayor Russ Trimble at St. Kilda Collective. Mayor Trimble 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! You’ll also get to hear from leaders in the DEI, Parks & Recreation, and Economic Development departments. 

BONUS! Students who attend 4+ of the 5 above events will receive additional information about an exclusive post-program event on August 3. You’ll get to…

  • Receive your official Certificate of Completion
  • Meet business leaders and potential mentors in small group sessions
  • Hear from Kristin Economos on “Hot Mess to Success: Personal Wellbeing & Professional Productivity” (priceless personal development tips about finances, mental health, and tools to help with this big life transition ahead)
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