Industrial Technology Students at UNK Participate in Internships Across the United States

Brenda Jochum
Department of Industrial Technology internship director, 308.865.8122

UNK– Nearly 80 industrial technology majors from the University of Nebraska at Kearney are spending their summer taking part in internships across the state of Nebraska and 13 other states.

A summer internship is a requirement for students in the Department of Industrial Technology who are majoring in construction management, industrial distribution or telecommunications management.

“Students find out about internships through career fairs that are held in the spring and the fall,” said Brenda Jochum, internship director for the UNK Department of Industrial Technology. “We work throughout the year to build relationships with companies, and we forward that information on to students so they can apply for positions.” The students participate in the 12-week, paid internship. The pay ranges between $8 to $22 an hour.

“Students learn about the industry and themselves while interning,” Jochum said. “They learn what they enjoy and do well, and what they need to do to improve. These internships offer insight into future career paths for many students.

“The program is interactive throughout the summer,” she said. “Students write weekly journals, post discussion boards and participate in online video chats.” This is the first summer the interns will be using video conferencing on the Web. The students will participate in three to four video chats with other interns throughout the summer to learn about other students’ companies.

Industrial technology interns are listed below, alphabetically by hometown, along with the internship company, location and the students’ majors.

ALLIANCE- Thomas Olson, Linbeck, Columbus (construction management)
AXTELL- Eric Gustafson, NMC, Omaha (industrial distribution); Justin Koch, ABC Supply Co. Inc, Kenosha, Wis. (industrial                         distribution)
BEEMER- Anthony Martin, Great Plains Communications, Petersburg (telecommunications management)
BELGRADE- Seth Nelson, Silencer Hydraulic Squeeze Chutes, Fullerton (industrial distribution)
BENKELMAN- Dusty Birge, Actuant-Enerpac, Milwaukee, Wis. (industrial distribution); Jeff Hoagland, Wiese Carpentry, Benkelman
(construction management); and Lee Wiese, Wiese Carpentry, Benkelman (construction management)
BLUE HILL- Jeffery Whiteley, POOLCORP, Omaha (industrial distribution)
COZAD- Carlos Avalos, Tenneco, Paragould, Ark. (industrial distribution)
DONIPHAN- Nick Dutton, Lacy Construction, Kearney (construction management)
ELM CREEK- Adam Gill, Landmark Implement Inc., Lexington (industrial distribution)
FAIRBURY- Chad Winslow, RVW Inc., Columbus (construction management)
GERING- Kynzie Heilbrun, Crum Electric Supply, Casper, Wyo. (industrial distribution)
GIBBON- Viannet Nunez, Shelter Distribution, Lincoln (industrial distribution)
GRAND ISLAND- Glenn Bills, NPPD, York (telecommunications management); Stephen Carlson, Builders Warehouse, Kearney
(telecommunications management); Brittany Friesen, WinWholesale, Denver, Colo. (industrial distribution);
Jay Kropp, Gexpro, Denver, Colo. (industrial distribution); Jose Perea, POOLCORP, St. Louis, Mo. (industrial                                 distribution); and Levi Stamer, Advantage Metal Recycling, Kansas City, Mo. (industrial distribution)
HARTINGTON- Karla Heimes, Actuant, Milwaukee, Wis. (industrial distribution)
HENDERSON- Nathan Huebert, City of Kearney, Kearney (telecommunications management)
HOLDREGE- Dustin Bailey, WinWholesale, Longmont, Colo. (industrial distribution)
HUNTLY- Josh Jones, Landmark Implement Inc., Lexington (industrial distribution)
KEARNEY- Jacob Altmaier, Crescent Electric Supply Co., Vista, Calif. (industrial distribution); Oscar Arias, POOLCORP, Plano,                         Texas (industrial distribution); Briana Bailar, Winnelson, Manhattan, Kan. (industrial distribution); Josh Brasseal, RVW                         Inc., Columbus (construction management); Kyle Guthard, Ostermeyer Hay Equipment, Shelton (industrial distribution);
Garett Hoffman, Lextron Technologies, Kearney (telecommunications management); Wayne Kulhanek, Rensenhouse                         Electrical Supply, St. Joseph, Mo. (industrial distribution); Austin Lentfer, Kornis Electrical Supply, Lee’s Summit, Mo.
(industrial distribution); Katherine Marker, Kiewit Engineering, Omaha (construction management); Waco Phipps, State         Farm Distribution Center, Bloomington, Ill. (industrial distribution); Troy Schmidt, Frontier Communications, Kearney
(telecommunications management); Stacy Tincher, Kelly Supply Company, Grand Island (industrial distribution);
Ben Townsend, CED, Omaha (industrial distribution); Trevor Tripe, Builders Warehouse, Kearney (industrial distribution);
Kurt Westerbuhr, UNK Department of Facilities, Kearney (construction management); Logan Whittaker, Shelter                         Distribution, Chicago, Ill. (industrial distribution); Anthony Zapata, POOLCORP, Des Moines, Iowa (industrial distribution)         and Mitchell Zikmund, POOLCORP, Denver, Colo. (industrial distribution)
LEXINGTON- Danny Granillo, Eaton, Austin, Texas (industrial distribution); Alex Rivas, ABC Supply Co. Inc, Crystal Lake, Ill. (industrial                 distribution)
LINCOLN- Brandon Dondlinger, IBT, Merriam, Kan. (industrial distribution); Nick Hall, Sampson Construction, Lincoln (construction                         management); Ben Schleiger, RVW Inc., Columbus (construction management); and Nate Schneider, Hancock                                 Construction, Wahoo (construction management)
MCCOOK- Logan Polly, RVW Inc., Columbus (construction management)
NORFOLK- Elliot Becker, Molex, Lisle, Ill. (industrial distribution); Chris Fisher, Actuant, Milwaukee, Wis. (industrial distribution); and
Tyler O’Gorman, POOLCORP, Springfield, Mo. (industrial distribution)
OMAHA- Bryan Kocanda, Kiewit Building Group, Omaha (construction management)
ORD- Jace Woollen, Thurston Heating and Air, Kearney (construction management)
OVERTON- Cole Robinson, Cash-Wa, Kearney (industrial distribution)
PAGE- Tony Gallagher, Topeka Winnelson Co, Topeka, Kan. (industrial distribution)
PAPILLION- Matt Boganowski, Windustrial, Omaha (industrial distribution)
PHILLIPS- Brad Kulus, Lift Solutions, Omaha (industrial distribution)
PIERCE- Nelson Micek, CED, Vancouver, Wash. (industrial distribution)
SCOTTSBLUFF- Christopher Sulu, Scotts Bluff County Housing Authority, Gering (construction management)
SPALDING- Mark Goodrich, Logistics Insight Corp., Grand Island (industrial distribution); Robbie Scheef, ABC Supply Co. Inc,                 Davenport, Iowa (industrial distribution)
ST. EDWARD- Jeremy Cruise, BD Construction, Kearney (construction management)
STUART- Jason Borg, Kelly Supply Company, Grand Island (industrial distribution); Chad Kohle, Kohle Construction, Stuart                         (construction management)
SUMNER- Cory Benson, Catholic Health Initiative, Kearney (telecommunications management)
UNADILLA- Mitchell Kimbell, RVW Inc., Columbus (construction management)
WAHOO- Ethan Requenez, POOLCORP, Denver, Colo. (industrial distribution)
WAUNETA- Jake McDaniel, Pivot Electric, Imperial (construction management)
WAUSA- Jamie Clausen, Summit Electric Supply, Albuquerque, N.M. (industrial distribution)
WAYNE- Luke Gentrup, Syngenta Seed Company, Madison, Wis. (industrial distribution)
WELLFLEET- Zachary Leas, CED, Omaha (industrial distribution)
WILCOX- Marty Kinerk, Actuant – Hydratight, Redwing, Minn. (industrial distribution)
WOLBACH– Joseph Christensen, Lextron Technologies, Kearney (telecommunications management)


PERSIA- Luke Stamp, NMC, Inc., Omaha (industrial distribution); Michael Stamp, Echo Group Inc, Council Bluffs, Iowa (industrial                 distribution)