WRITER: JOEL HOLST
CONTACT: GEORGE McCRORY
100 Old Public Library
Iowa City IA 52242
(319) 384-0012; fax (319) 384-0024
Career Development Services recognizes Deere and Company as top intern
IOWA CITY, Iowa -- Deere and Company, a Moline, Ill.-based company,
has been recognized as the top intern employer by University of Iowa Career
The award, established this year, recognizes employers who provide consistently
excellent internship opportunities for UI students.
Career Development Services honored Deere's information technology and
accounting divisions for their work with UI interns. The certificate for
Deere's Information Technology Student Training Program was presented Sept.
24, prior to the start of Careers Day. Deere's Accounting Student Training
Program will receive its certificate Dec. 1 during the Professional Accounting
"Deere and Company is intent upon satisfying two-thirds of its
new accounting employee requirements from its internship program. The UI
has been one of Deere's primary sources for accounting talent for many
years," said Jim Darby, director of human resources for Deere's finance
division. He added that that more than 70 UI grads are employed in financial
counseling roles throughout the Deere organization.
In recognizing Deere, Career Development Services looked at criteria
including learning opportunity, evaluation of progress and development
of the intern, communication with Career Development Services and the intern,
and the ability to fulfill the university's mission to provide quality
learning opportunities for interns. Deere was selected from nearly 800
businesses in the program.
Jane Schildroth, director of Career Development Services, said that
Deere "has done an excellent job over the years developing a high-quality
program," and provides the students with both training and responsibility.
Schildroth was also impressed with Deere's culmination of the internships,
during which all interns gathered in Moline for two to three days working
on presentations. On the last night of the program, Deere made job offers
to those who had earned them.
Having companies like Deere involved in the internship program is valuable,
says Schildroth, because it enables Career Development Services to connect
students with good experiences while allowing the company to work with
prospective employees for an extended period of time.
Career Development Services' mission is to help students choose a major,
research a career, and seek experiential learning opportunities.