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Meet the Interns

June 20, 2017 | News | Company

2017 interns

Internship Program Helps Prepare Van Meter for the Future

Being an intern at Van Meter is not what you might expect. Our interns aren’t required to take out the trash or make coffee (we all pitch in to do that). They attend customer meetings, research new products, improve processes, create solutions and more – because our goal is to create a quality learning experience. And if we’re lucky, we’ll hire them to rejoin our team in the future.

intern kick off meeting

On June 8th, 11 interns participated in a Kick-off Day in Cedar Rapids to set them up for success this summer. The Van Meter Internship Program is a learning experience designed to expose college students to our company and industry to create a future interest and support succession planning. The end goal is to create a quality learning experience today to create an interest for tomorrow. Interns will be involved in the day-to-day activities at the branch and will work with their intern peers to design, manage, and complete a project that will have business impact. The intern team will work together this summer on a project to enhance the will-call counter sales process through technology enhancements and staging improvements. To support their work, interns will participate in learning and development programs that prepare them for the professional world, including weekly learning assignments, job shadowing and live session learning. Each intern has a coach that will assist with day-to-day support and leadership. We are excited to welcome the 2017 interns and show them what makes Van Meter a special place to work.

Meet the Interns:
2017 Van Meter Intern
Brett Benson

Automation Intern – Cedar Rapids
1st Year Intern
College Attending: University of Iowa
Major: Electrical Engineering
Hometown: Newhall, Iowa

2017 Van Meter Intern
Austin Burbridge

Automation Intern – Cedar Rapids
2nd Year Intern
College Attending: Iowa State University
Major: Industrial Engineering
Hometown: Robins, Iowa

2017 Van Meter Intern
David Burkink

Sales Intern – Omaha
1st Year Intern
College Attending: University of Nebraska - Kearney
Major: Industrial Distribution and Supply Chain Management
Hometown: Kearney, Nebraska

2017 Van Meter Intern
Kyle Bundy

Sales Intern – Urbandale
2nd Year Intern
College Attending: University of Northern Iowa
Major: Marketing Management
Hometown: Cedar Rapids, Iowa

2017 Van Meter Intern
Samuel Contreras

Sales Intern – Iowa City
2nd Year Intern
College Attending: University of Iowa
Major: Mathematics and Statistics
Hometown: Naperville, Illinois

2017 Van Meter Intern
Paige Donohoe

Sales Intern – Cedar Rapids
1st Year Intern
College Attending: University of Missouri
Major: International Business - Management
Hometown: West Branch, Iowa

2017 Van Meter Intern
Katerina Hladikova

Marketing Intern – Urbandale
1st Year Intern
College Attending: Iowa State University
Major: Graphic Design and German
Hometown: Klando, Czech Republic

2017 Van Meter Intern
Nolan Kuntz

IT Intern – Cedar Rapids
1st Year Intern
College Attending: University of Northern Iowa
Major: Management Information Systems and Supply Chain Management
Hometown: Mount Vernon, Iowa

2017 Van Meter Intern
Michele Miller

Marketing Intern – Cedar Rapids
1st Year Intern
College Attending: University of Iowa
Major: Marketing
Hometown: Cedar Rapids, Iowa

2017 Van Meter Intern
Olivia Reifert

HR Intern – Cedar Rapids
1st Year Intern
College Attending: University of Northern Iowa
Major: Human Resource Management
Hometown: Wilton, Iowa

2017 Van Meter Intern
Jacob Thoren

Automation Intern – Cedar Rapids
1st Year Intern
College Attending: Iowa State University
Major: Industrial Engineering
Hometown: Boone, Iowa

Learn more about our internship program »


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