YURtern 2021


YURtern 2021: 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! (Stay tuned to find out if the 2021 events will be virtual, hybrid, or in person.)
  • Attend at least 4 of the 6 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 stay on 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 will open for summer 2021 in May. See what awesome opportunities are ahead by checking out last year’s programming below. 

2020 YURtern events: free & virtual!

  • Tuesday, June 16. 12 – 1 PM. Lunch ‘n Learn. The workforce has changed significantly this 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. 
  • Thursday, June 25. 4 5 PM. Social. Hosted virtually by Smash Park, one of WDM’s most popular attractions. Take a break from your (virtual or in-person) office, and join us for “The Office” trivia! 
  • Tuesday, July 7. 12 – 1 PM. Lunch ‘n Learn. 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. 
  • Wednesday, July 22. 4 – 5 PM. Social. It’s time for the 2020 Summer Olympics–YURtern version. We’ll play fast-paced team games and activities to find out who will take home the gold (gift cards)! Held virtually, supported by SelectQuote Insurance Services. Let’s have some fun! 
  • Tuesday, July 28. 12 – 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. Held virtually, supported by Greater Iowa Credit Union. Don’t miss out! 
  • Friday, July 31. 8 – 9 AM. Coffee with West Des Moines Mayor Steve Gaer. 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!