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Source: James Hohenbary, 785-532-6904, jimlth@k-state.edu
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News release prepared by: Jennifer Torline, 785-532-0847, jtorline@k-state.edu

Monday, Feb. 28, 2011

KANSAS CITY HERE THEY COME: CORO CHOOSES TWO STUDENTS FOR 2011 SUMMER INTERNSHIP

MANHATTAN -- A public affairs internship in Kansas City is giving two Kansas State University students the opportunity to learn about business, nonprofit, media and more.

Dylan Works, Iola, and Brock Ingmire, Manhattan, have been chosen as two of 12 participants in the Coro Kansas City Summer Internship in Public Affairs.

Coro is a nationwide organization with centers in six cities, including Kansas City, Mo. The summer internship is a full-time, 10-week program that develops future community leaders by exposing them to community issues, leadership development, civic leaders and organizations. Kay Barnes, former mayor of Kansas City, Mo., leads the program, which is a partnership with Park University's Hauptmann School for Public Affairs.

Works and Ingmire were chosen as summer interns based on a number of factors, including an interview and an extensive application process, said Jody Joiner, chair of the Coro Kansas City board of directors.

During the summer internship Works and Ingmire will be placed with various Kansas City organizations that focus on five areas of public affairs: business, government, labor, nonprofit and media. Works said he hoped working in the five areas would help him explore his personal and professional goals.

"The Coro internship provides such a great opportunity to gain unique experiences in these diverse areas," Works said. "I'm excited about what these experiences will teach me about my strengths and weaknesses and where my true interests and passions lie."

While Ingmire is looking forward to working in the Kansas City environment, he also hopes the internship will help him engage in his own community as an effective civic leader.

"Having lived in Manhattan for so long, I have begun to truly appreciate what this community has to offer and has done for me," Ingmire said. "Coming back with a working knowledge of how to approach our community and university will allow me to help guide change or progress that may be needed at a critical juncture within the community or university."

Works is a junior in political science, finance and economics. He is a member of the K-State Student Alumni Board and the K-State Student Foundation. He's also an assistant co-chair of the K-State Proud Campaign. Works is a resident assistant in Goodnow Hall and a Student Governing Association senator. He's a Kassebaum Scholar, a Putnam Scholar, a Mark Chapman Scholar and a member of the university honors program. Works graduated from Iola Senior High School in 2008 and is the son of Fred and Judy Works, Iola.

Ingmire is a junior in communication studies. He is a member of the K-State chapter of Lambda Pi Eta, an undergraduate communication studies honor society, an at-large member of the Student Governing Association on the Governmental Relations Committee, and a member of the K-State Forensics Team. He's received the Thelma Wolfersperger Holiday Scholarship and the Transfer Academic Scholarship. Ingmire was an intern at the Kansas Leadership Center and for the Kansas Senate minority leader. He previously attended the University of Nebraska at Kearney. Ingmire graduated from Manhattan High School in 2008, and he is the son of Randy and Lorena Ingmire, Manhattan.