LENORA — Fifty-six businesses across northwest and north central Kansas hosted 68 high school and college interns through this summer’s Nex-Generation Student Internship Program.
Participating students received an opportunity of a lifetime, preparing them for any future career path they choose.
“Each summer, our interns receive hands-on instruction from local, business professionals in their hometowns or nearby communities,” said Nex-Generation Executive Director Jacque Beckman.
“Unlike many internships, each intern in the Nex-Gen program is paid a base wage of at least $10 per hour.”
If students are looking to gain skills that will set them apart from their peers — experiences that most do not achieve until after college - they need to apply.
The Nex-Generation Student Internship Program offers a variety of technical and non-technical career experiences. This year’s “graduating class” experienced careers in agriculture, non-profit, economic development, civic engagement, automotive restoration, retail, communications, marketing, graphicdesign, medical, social media, heating and air conditioning, computer technology, construction, art, banking, news writing, editing, photography, administrative, physical fitness and training, customer service, culinary arts, therapy, legal, travel and tourism, and more.
“One of our main objectives is to expose students to northwest and north central Kansas workforce opportunities at an early age and encourage them to look for jobs right here at home,” said Mendi Anschutz, Nex-Tech’s Economic Development/Networking Specialist. “We launched this program through Nex-Tech in 2011 with six interns. Three years ago, we opened up the program to local businesses, and a true culture shift has begun. Already we are seeing students remain in the area as soon as they graduate from college. One reason is their experience interning with a business right in their own county.”
This summer’s Nex-Generation interns and their respective businesses included the following:
Tatum Bartels, daughter of Mitch and Roxanne Bartels of Phillipsburg, interned with Westbrick Salon & Boutique in Phillipsburg.
Bergan Bock, daughter of Doyle and Julie Bock of Bird City, interned with Cheyenne County Development Corp. (CCDC) in St. Francis. (Bergan was a second-year participant in the program.)
Jaime Berkgren, daughter of Mike and Teri Berkgren of Oakley, interned with Uhrich Law Office in Oakley.
Karlee Braun, daughter of Delton and Gina Braun of Phillipsburg, interned with Prairie Horizon AgriEnergy, LLC, of Phillipsburg for the second year.
Rylee Bretton, daughter of Jacque Bretton of Phillipsburg, interned with Phillips County Economic Development.
Tyler Burk, son of Shadd Burk of LaCrosse and Aimee Walker of Bazine, interned with EJ Livestock in LaCrosse.
Dakota Cooper, son of Denise and Brian Berndt and Tracy Cooper of Glasco, interned with Sharp Performance in Concordia.
Autumn Cox, daughter of Corina Cox of Hill City and Michael Cox of Hays, interned with Graham County Hospital.
Zoe Cox, daughter of Chris Cox of Norton and Rachelle Sander of Alma, Neb, interned with Norton County Community Foundation in Norton.
Amy Crouse, daughter of Sam and Jan Crouse of Atwood, interned with Rawlins County Health Center in Atwood.
Fatoumatta Darboe, daughter of Yankuba Darboe and Yatoutou Sanyang of Bonjue, The Gambia, and a student at Fort Hays State University, interned with the City of Russell.
Leah David, daughter of Troy and DeAnn David of Lenora, interned for a second year with Nex-Tech’s customer sales department in Lenora.
Alyssa DeBoer, daughter of Shane and Stacie DeBoer of Prairie View, interned with Phillips County Health Systems in Phillipsburg.
Janaeha Dinkel, daughter of Dean and Vicki Dinkel of Sharon Springs, interned with Northwest Kansas Library System in Norton.
Lyddia Eilert, daughter of Leo and Leanne Eilert of Beloit, interned with Mitchell County Hospital Health Systems in Beloit.
Michael Eisenbarth, son of Jesse and Jeanette Eisenbarth of Onaga, interned with Midwest Energy, Inc., in Hays.
Will Ellis, son of Scott and Darla Ellis of Norton, interned for the third year with the City of Norton.
Olivia Engler, daughter of Dan and Carrie Engler of Downs, interned with The Farmers Bank of Osborne.
Savannah Ewing, daughter of Randy and DeAnna Ewing of Phillipsburg, interned with Farmers & Ranchers Outlet in Phillipsburg.
Umar Farooq, son of Ahmed and Mehrunissa Farooq. Umar is an information technology student studying at Fort Hays State University who interned with Livin’ on a Prairie in Hill City.
Riley Goss, son of Rusty and Shannon Goss of Lenora, interned with Nex-Generation Round Up for Youth, Inc. in Lenora.
Jessie Graves, daughter of Billy and Carolyn Graves of Ellsworth, interned with Ellsworth County Medical Center.
Aileen “Gaby” Gurrola-Flores, daughter of Gabriel and Hilda Gurrola of Garden City, interned with Colby Community College Endowment Foundation in Colby.
Kaylin Haines, daughter of Mark and Kasi Haines of Topeka, interned with Nex-Generation Round Up for Youth, Inc. and Nex-Tech.
Nichole Hall, daughter of Michael and Regina Hall of Osborne, interned with Osborne County Memorial Hospital.
Gabrielle Hammer, daughter of Lyle and Christy Hammer of Wallace, interned with Wallace County Foundation in Sharon Springs.
Allayna Hanson, daughter of Kirk and Rhonda Hanson of Concordia, interned with Polansky Seed, Inc., in Belleville.
Erica Hoover, daughter of Shawn Hoover of Glade and Kim Overmiller of Phillipsburg, interned with Phillips County Hospital Health Systems.
Preston Howard, son of Tony Howard of Lincoln and Heather Sandefur of Manhattan, interned with USD 298 Lincoln Schools.
Kyle Hull, son of Downer Hull of Woodston and Tricia Hemphill of Stockton, interned with Plainville Times in Plainville.
Julien Illo, son of Daryl and Heather Zerr of Grainfield, interned with USD 292 Wheatland Schools.
Micah Kasson, daughter of Kirk and Kim Kasson of Almena, interned with Midwest Family Health in Phillipsburg.
Kollette Keeten, daughter of Greg and Tonya Keeten of Glade, third-year intern with the Nex-Gen program, interned with Sign Solutions, Inc., in Phillipsburg.
Cory Koetter, son of Brian Koetter of Downs and Kara Schadegg of Holdrege, NE, interned with Cunningham Telephone & Cable of Glen Elder.
Katelyn Lee, daughter of Chris and Luanne Lee of Quinter, interned with The Elephant, a new restaurant in Hoxie.
Garrett Lemon, son of Ron and Terese Lemon of Hoxie, interned with Hoxie Feedyard in Hoxie.
Lillie Lewis, daughter of Jason and Caroline Lewis of Hill City, interned with Peoples State Bank in Hill City.
Chaylee Lowry, daughter of Curtis and Cindy Lowry of Almena, interned with Norton County Community Foundation in Norton.
Maggie Malmberg, daughter of Bud and Michele Malmberg of Phillipsburg, interned with Norton County Hospital in Norton.
Shyann Miller, daughter of Phill and Angie Miller of Phillipsburg, interned with Phillipsburg Chiropractic Center.
Maruby McQueen, daughter of Truette and Rebecca McQueen of Barnard, interned with OCCK in Beloit.
Evan Ouellette, son of Chuck Ouellette of Washington, and Lisa Ouellette of Morrowville, interned with Cunningham Telephone & Cable of Glen Elder.
Nicholas Pennington, son of Derek and Sarah Peine of Hays, interned with Western Cooperative Electric for the second year.
Erik Perez, son of Arturo Medina and Alondra Sanchez of Bird City, interned with Tri-State Antique Engine and Thresher Association in Bird City.
Jacob Powell of Hays has an interest in video production and marketing, which led him to intern with Midwest Energy, Inc. in Hays this summer.
Megan Quinday, daughter of Alice and Jon Quinday of Russell, interned with Russell County Economic Development & CVB.
Ashton Royer, daughter of Kevin and Debbie Royer of Plainville, interned with Sunflower Bank in Hays.
Gabe Sauer, son of Jeremy and Tami Sauer of Phillipsburg, interned with J and R HVAC/R LLC in Phillipsburg.
Kayla Schlachter, daughter of David and Kerry Weber of Bennington, interned with Nex-Tech’s creative solutions department in Hays.
Courtney Schmidt, daughter of Steve Schmidt and Kathy Driggs of Smith Center, interned with Smith County Memorial Hospital in Smith Center.
Isaac Schoen, son of Kail and Anna Schoen of Downs, interned with Domoney’s Furniture and Funeral Home in Downs.
Kelby Schonthaler, son of Byron and Diana Schonthaler of WaKeeney, interned with WaKeeney KOA.
Carlos Schwindt, son of Phil and Laura Schwindt of LaCrosse, interned with Rush County Memorial Hospital in LaCrosse.
Raelynn Slipke, daughter of Raymond and Bonita Slipke of New Almelo, interned with Theraplay Learning Center in Norton.
Coral Stewart, daughter of Jeff and Teresa Stewart of Norton, interned with Nex-Generation Round Up for Youth, Inc., in Lenora.
Jacob Taber, son of Ronnie and Amie Taber of Sand Springs, Okla., interned with Shiloh Vineyard of WaKeeney.
Nate Tedford, son of Holly Resse of Phillipsburg, interned with Cotten Collision, Inc. of Glade.
Teryn Tracy, daughter of Bruce and Lois Tracy of Concordia, interned with C & C High Tunnel Farms in Scandia.
Ravyn Van Vleet, daughter of Pam Van Vleet of Oberlin, interned with the Thomas County Attorney’s office in Colby.
Kinsey Volk, daughter of Leon and Mary Volk of Goodland, interned with the City of Goodland/Sherman County Economic Development in Goodland.
Lauren Wallgren, daughter of Donovan and Deborah Wallgren of Phillipsburg, interned with Sign Solutions, Inc. of Phillipsburg.
Carson Walter, daughter of Chad and Christi Walter of Lincoln, interned with USD 298 Lincoln Schools.
Zach Warner, son of Debbie Warner of Concordia, interned with NCK Tech in Beloit.
Conner Weinman, son of Roger and Mitzi Weinman of Phillipsburg, interned with Phillips County Health Systems in Phillipsburg.
Kylie Wood, daughter of Curtis Wood of Lawrence and Lindsey Johnson of Phillipsburg, interned with Phillips County Health Systems in Phillipsburg.
Jillian Worm, daughter of Mike and Deb Worm of Webber, interned with Randall Farmers Coop Union in Randall.
Zachary Young, son of Kirk and Holly Young of Colby, interned with Sunflower Electric in Hays.
Student internship applications for 2019 will be available in January 2019. Businesses interested in hosting interns should contact Nex-Generation before December 2018. Anyone wanting more information about Nex-Generation and its programs should contact Jacque Beckman or Mendi Anschutz at (877) 567-7872, or by e-mail: email@example.com, or firstname.lastname@example.org.