Department of Industrial Technology internship director, 308.865.8122
Nearly 80 University of Nebraska at Kearney industrial technology students are spending their summer interning with companies throughout the nation.
Students are interning in 16 states ranging from Washington to Florida. All but one of the students are being paid for their 12-week internships, with salaries ranging from $8.50 – $28.50 per hour.
“Ninety percent of interns consider their internship company for future employment, and 50 percent return to their internship company for full-time employment after graduation,” said Brenda Jochum, internship director for the UNK Department of Industrial Technology.
Students apply for the internships using contacts made through the program career fairs, company showcases, faculty and internship director connections, and their own network of contacts.
“Industrial distribution and construction management career fairs, which bring companies to UNK from across the country, were instrumental in securing positions,” Jochum said. “In tough economic times, we diligently work to make new connections and follow-up with our network of industry professionals.”
A summer internship is required after a student’s junior year in the three industrial technology programs – construction management, industrial distribution and telecommunications management. The internship requirements are based on the student’s area of study, and must provide diverse experience that complements the degree program objectives and a learning environment where professionals are willing to mentor students.
“The primary purpose of an internship is to gain practical experience and network with knowledgeable professionals,” Jochum said. “While doing so, interns learn about themselves and the industry.”
Industrial technology interns are listed alphabetically by hometown with their major, internship company and location. Majors are abbreviated as follows: Construction management, CM; industrial distribution, ID; and telecommunications management, TM.
Ainsworth – Connor Doyle , CM, Linbeck Group, Houston, Texas
Arapahoe – Adam Borden , ID, Pioneer Hi-Bred International, Inc, Kearney; Jonathan Stoye, ID, Winnelson, Manhattan, Kan.
Broken Bow – Chad Rodriguez, ID, Graybar, Denver, Colo.
Central City – Ryan Couse, CM, Rosendin Electric, Tempe, Ariz.
Columbus – Paige Pillen, ID, Molex, Lisle, Ill.
Cozad – Lindsey Zimbelman, ID, Fastenal, Lexington
Eagle – Dane Fugleberg, ID, WinWater Works, Wichita, Kan.
Elm Creek – Taylor Wissel, ID, Nebraska Machinery Company, Omaha
Fairbury – Brian Dein, ID, Fairbury Winnelson Co, Fairbury; Trenton Griffin, CM, Central Confinement Services, Columbus; Levi Hilligas, ID, WinWater Works, Blue Springs, Mo.
Fremont – Garrett Goldsberry, ID, Crescent Electric Supply Company, Lee’s Summit, Mo.
Gering – Jon-Taylor Koncaba, ID, Crum Electric Supply Company, Casper, Wyo.
Grand Island – Stephen Carlson, TM, TSL Companies, Omaha; Joshua Dexter, ID, Kelly Supply, Grand Island; Karla Green, ID, Merchants Metals, Houston, Texas; Jose Gutierrez, ID, Merchants Metals, El Mirage, Ariz.
Hastings – Owen Kruger, ID, Kansas City WinWater Works, Kansas City, Mo.
Henderson – Bryce Wall, ID, Enerpac, Milwaukee, Wis.
Hershey – Daniel Martin, TM, Gibbon Public Schools, Gibbon
Holdrege – Jarvis Johnson, ID, Grandview Winnelson, Grandview, Mo.
Kearney – John Bettles, TM, Frontier Communications, Kearney; Casper, Brittney, ID, Crescent Electric Supply Company, Denver, Colo.; Robert Crockett, ID, Rensenhouse Electric Supply, Lenexa, Kan.; Hillary Drake, ID, CED – Rensenhouse Electric, Kansas City, Mo.; Rustin Dring, ID, Eaton, Minnetonka, Minn.; Anthony Halstead, CM, Ruby, Inc, Kearney; Jerry Johnson, TM, World Wide Interactive Services, Orlando, Fla; Calvin Mak, ID, CED – Lincoln, Lincoln; Michael Refior, ID, Olathe WinWater Works Co., Olathe, Kan.; Trey Rodgers, ID, Cash-Wa Distributing Co., Kearney; Grahm Talbitzer, ID, IBT, Inc, Merriam, Kan.; Richard Wamsley, ID, Lincoln WinWater, Lincoln; Leul Yoseph, CM, Anderson Brothers, Kearney
Lexington – Blanca Aldana-Lopez, TM, Lexington Public Schools, Lexington; Zachary Tracy, TM, Educational Services Unit 10, Kearney
Lincoln – Jordan White, ID, Eaton, Nashville, Tenn.
McCook – Jared Schack, CM, John Prouty Construction Inc., O’Neill; JD Stone, CM Kiewit Building Group, Omaha
Ogallala – Shad Cooney, CM, Sampson Construction, Kearney
Omaha – Timothy Boetger, CM, OSHA, Omaha; Adam Chapman, ID, Hydratight, Red Wing, Minn.; Austin Muench, CM, HDR, Inc., Dallas, Texas; Turner Vollmer, ID, Nebraska Machinery Company, Omaha
Overton – Dane Rudeen, ID, PACCAR Parts, Renton, Wash.
Pierce – Max Froehlich, ID, Graybar Electric Company, Inc, St. Louis, Mo.
Plainview – Benjamin Klein, ID&TM, Graybar Electric Company, Aurora, Colo.
Ravenna – Micah Miigerl, ID, Crescent Electric Supply Company, Kansas City, Mo.
Scotia– Todd Stachura, ID, Nebraska Machinery Co., Omaha
Scottsbluff – Stahly, Preston, CM, Sampson Construction, Kearney
Shelton – Edgar Lopez, ID, Fastenal, Oklahoma City, Okla.
St. Paul – Mathew McCarty, CM, Chris Meyer Construction, St. Paul; Kyle McClary, ID, Kearney Implement, Kearney; Jeff Schilousky, ID, Landmark Implement Inc., Minden
Stanton – Tyler Bain, ID, Rexel, Loveland, Colo.
Trenton – Jake Keller, CM, Interstates Construction Services, Sioux City, Iowa
Tryon – Wacey Krull, ID, Response Products, Broken Bow
Wayne – Benjamin Poutre, ID, ABC Supply Company, Omaha
Wood River – Chris Maloney, ID, Kriz-Davis Co., Grand Island
York – Preston Burk, ID, Crescent Electric Supply Company, Sterling, Colo.
Phoenix – Roy Metter, ID, Summit Electric Supply, Albuquerque, N.M.
Arvada – Brian Chritz, ID, Eaton, Fenton, Mo.
Easton – Rick Muir, ID, Merchants Metals, Denver, Colo.
Evergreen – Josh Gesell, ID, PACCAR, Renton, Wash.
Littleton – Jacob Spitzlberger, ID, South Denver Windustrial, Englewood, Colo.
Stratton – Peter Younger, TM, Lextron, Kearney
Hoxie – Tyler Baker, ID, 3E, Lincoln
St. Francis – Jordan Gienger, TM, Intellicom, Kearney
Flower Mound – Jacob Kresse, ID, Crum Electric Supply Company, Casper, Wyo.
Pharr – Hans Hernandez, ID, Molex Incorporated, Lisle, Ill.