Jewell County Community Development Seeks Interns


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The Dane G. Hansen Foundation & K-State Research and Extension are giving Jewell County Community Development the opportunity to hire two paid interns for Summer 2018.  It is open to college students from any accredited College or University.  Preference is given to students from Northwest/North Central Kansas.

The first position is a Downtown Revitalization Intern.  This intern will be pursuing an Architecture/Construction/Planning, Communications/Public Relations/Marketing, Community Development, or Graphic Design / Printing / Publishing degree.  The position will be working on concepts and programs to revitalize Jewell and Mankato downtowns.  As buildings are torn down, a plan is needed to keep the downtown alive.  The answer might be a community green space or a new building.  With the assistance of an intern, Jewell and Mankato would like to develop a downtown revitalization plan to map out opportunities for the space.

The second position will be a Wellness Center Design intern.  This intern will be pursuing a degree in Architecture/Construction/Planning, Communications/Public Relations/Marketing, Community Development, or Health & Safety.  The communities of Jewell and Mankato are in the process of planning non-profit wellness centers for each community.  One center will be located in the former Jewell High School and the other is to be developed in Mankato. The projects are in the early stages and conceptual plans are needed for the project to move forward.

For more information, complete requirements, and to apply go to  Contact with any questions.

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Derek Nester
Derek Nester
Derek Nester was born and raised in Blue Rapids and graduated from Valley Heights High School in 2000. He attended Cowley College in Arkansas City and Johnson County Community College in Overland Park studying Journalism & Media Communications. In 2002 Derek joined Taylor Communications, Inc. in Salina, Kansas working in digital media for 550 AM KFRM and 100.9 FM KCLY. Following that stop, he joined Dierking Communications, Inc. stations KNDY AM & FM as a board operator and fill-in sports play-by-play announcer. Starting in 2005 Derek joined the Kansas City Chiefs Radio Network as a Studio Coordinator at 101 The Fox in Kansas City, a role he would serve for 15 years culminating in the Super Bowl LIV Championship game broadcast. In 2021 he moved to Audacy, formerly known as Entercom Communications, Inc. and 106.5 The Wolf and 610 Sports Radio, the new flagship stations of the Kansas City Chiefs Radio Network, the largest radio network in the NFL. Through all of this, Derek continues to serve as the Digital Media Director for Sunflower State Radio, the digital and social media operations of Dierking Communications, Inc. and the 6 radio stations it owns and operates across Kansas.

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