Park University, Coro Kansas City Announce 2016 Class for Summer Internship in Public Affairs

Tuesday, May 24, 2016

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The Coro Kansas City Summer Internship in Public Affairs program, offered through a partnership with Park University’s Hauptmann School of Public Affairs, has announced its 2016 class of interns.

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 eight-week 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:
(Name, year in college/major, college currently attending, high school attended)
          •  Katherine Barnes, junior business administration major at MidAmerica Nazarene University, attended Atchison County Community High School, Effingham, Kan.
          •  Clara Bernauer, junior English major at University of Kansas, attended Shawnee Mission East High School, Prairie Village, Kan.
          •  Kacey Eis, senior community health major at University of Kansas, attended Olathe (Kan.) East High School
          •  Ani Mamisashvili, junior business administration major at Rockhurst University, attended Blue Valley High School, Stilwell, Kan.
          •  Ana Mercado, junior fashion major at Mount Mary University, attended Grafton (Wis.) High School
          •  Briana Piercey, senior public relations major at University of Central Missouri, attended Paseo Academy of Fine and Performing Arts, Kansas City, Mo.
          •  Desiree Sandie, junior business administration major at Rockhurst University, attended Blue Springs (Mo.) High School
          •  Margaret Stanton, junior communications/public relations major at Kansas State University, attended Blue Valley Northwest High School, Overland Park, Kan.
          •  Adam Steinhilber, junior political science major at University of Kansas, attended Blue Valley High School, Stilwell, Kan.
          •  Katie Tampke, sophomore health care information major at University of Kansas, attended St. Teresa’s Academy, Kansas City, Mo.
          •  Edward Thum, sophomore health/medicine major at Yale University, attended The Pembroke Hill School, Kansas City, Mo.
          •  Jael Whitney, sophomore business administration major at Kansas State University, attended Brighton Academy, Overland Park, Kan.

“We are very fortunate to have an outstanding group of student leaders again this year,” said Don Wise, instructor of public administration and area coordinator of nonprofit and community services management in the HSPA, and director of Coro Kansas City. “These 12 students represent the finest from universities across the country. The students and the community will benefit enormously from the opportunity to work with them to develop their skills and networks throughout Kansas City.”

“We are excited to begin our work this summer and know that our program will benefit both the interns and the community,” added 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 associate director of Coro Kansas City.

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. Coro Kansas City has provided leadership training to more than 500 young adults since it began in 1975.