Hansen Foundation Community Intern Program


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Seeking Projects in NW Kansas for the
Hansen Foundation Community Intern Program

The Dane G. Hansen Foundation is working to help communities or qualified organizations in NW Kansas advance community projects by providing an upper level college intern for the summer.
Qualified organizations must have a 501c3 designation or the equivalent.
Communities or organizations first identify a community improvement project such as downtown revitalization planning; community website, calendar or marketing; park or trail improvement; design for repurposing an old building; or a host of other possibilities, and then apply to host an intern to assist with the project.
Once projects are identified, students from area colleges are invited to apply for the summer internships and are matched according to skill set with the community projects. Communities or organizations can apply for one or two interns.
The internships are funded by the Dane G. Hansen Foundation, and administered by Kansas State University and K-State Research and Extension (KSRE). Student applicants do not have to be KSU students. KSRE will work with colleges and universities across the state to match interns (preferably juniors and seniors) to communities.
To host an intern, the community or organization must provide oversight throughout the summer by a community development officer, chamber of commerce member, extension agent or other professional. The student intern(s) will help develop and complete the project.
Interested communities or qualified organizations must complete a Community Intern Host Application outlining the project and the role of the intern(s) within the project. If approved, the community or qualifying organization will be responsible for providing housing, office space, supplies and supervision of the interns as well as project expense. The deadline for a community to apply is October 31.
Applications are available at: http://www.danehansenfoundation.org. Click on Internships, then Hansen Summer Interns, then Community Intern Host Application.
Students interested in applying for an internship, or communities looking for more information can contact Nadine Sigle, K-State Research and Extension, Community Vitality Specialist, at nsigle@ksu.edu or call 785-346-6256.

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Derek Nester
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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 2020 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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