Park University, Coro Kansas City Announce 2015 Class for Summer Internship in Public Affairs

Monday, March 2, 2015

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Park University and Coro Kansas City have announced the 2015 class of the Coro Kansas City Internship in Public Affairs program, a partnership with the University’s Hauptmann School of Public Affairs.

Coro Kansas City is designed to develop future community leaders through exposure to community issues, leadership development, civic leaders and organizations. It is a demanding and full-time internship, and requires an interest in public affairs. Each intern is assigned a week-long internship in each of the four sectors of business, government, labor and nonprofit organizations. Participants are immersed in these sectors, allowing them to learn experientially with some of Kansas City’s most effective leaders and establish significant professional contacts. The remaining four weeks are spent in individual and group leadership development sessions.

The following students have been selected to participate in this summer’s program:
          •  Jill Applegate, junior, Kansas State University, from Shawnee, Kan. (attended Mill Valley High School)
          •  Elisabeth Chase, sophomore, Evangel University, from Kansas City, Mo. (attended The Daniel Academy)
          •  Jacob Doerr, junior, University of Kansas, from Hudson, Ohio (attended Shenandoah [Iowa] High School)
          •  Amelia Hanzlick, senior, William Jewell College, from Overland Park, Kan. (attended Shawnee Mission South High School)
          •  Alexa Henderson, sophomore, Clemson University, from Overland Park, Kan. (attended Blue Valley West High School)
          •  Clare MacLachlan, sophomore, University of Kansas, from Prairie Village, Kan. (attended Shawnee Mission East High School)
          •  Mthobisi (Tobey) Maseko, sophomore, Westminster College, from Simunye, Swaziland (attended United World College of the American West, Montezuma, N.M.)
          •  Teale Muir, junior, University of Kansas, from Tulsa, Okla. (attended Jenks [Okla.] High School)
          •  Gabrielle Murnan, junior, University of Kansas, from Pittsburg, Kan. (attended Pittsburg High School)
          •  Julia Schroer, senior, University of Missouri-Columbia, from Overland Park, Kan. (attended Blue Valley Northwest High School)
          •  Miranda Wagner, senior, University of Kansas, from Shawnee, Kan. (attended Mill Valley High School)
          •  Laura Wiltshire, junior, Westminster College,  from Lee’s Summit, Mo. (attended Lee’s Summit West High School)

“We are excited to begin our work this summer and know that our program will benefit both our interns and the community,” said Kay Barnes, distinguished professor for public leadership in the HSPA and founding director of Park’s Center for Leadership. Barnes, who served as mayor of Kansas City, Mo., from 1999 to 2007, is co-director of Coro Kansas City with Don Wise, instructor of nonprofit and community services management in the HSPA and associate director of the Center for Leadership.

“We are very fortunate to have an outstanding group of student leaders again this year,” added Wise. “These 12 students represent the finest from universities across the country, and our community will benefit enormously from the opportunity to work with them.”

Coro was started in San Francisco in 1942 by W. Donald Fletcher, an attorney, and Van Duyn Dodge, an investment counselor, to train young veterans in the leadership skills necessary to ensure that the “democratic system of government could more effectively meet the needs of its citizens.” The program has grown to include Coro centers in six cities — Kansas City, Los Angeles, New York, Pittsburgh, St. Louis and San Francisco.