UI named Public University of the Year by Washington Center

The Washington Center for Internships and Academic Programs, an organization that provides college students with the opportunity to work and learn in the nation’s capital, has named The University of Iowa as its Public University of the Year.

Coordinated through the Pomerantz Career Center, Washington Center students have internships in nonprofit, for-profit, and governmental agencies in Washington, D.C., and internationally during the summer. Approximately 50 UI students participate in the program each year.

The University of Iowa was chosen from 630 public four-year colleges and universities for the award, which recognizes the long-standing partnership between the center and the University. To earn the award, the University showed that it publicized the program, advised students of the opportunities involved, and assisted students with the application process.

Michael B. Smith, Washington Center president, says The University of Iowa is perennially one of the center’s strongest university partners and sends substantial numbers of strong, well-advised students who successfully compete for internships. UI students also do well in academic classes, and engage in civic engagement and leadership-oriented programming, he added.

The UI has been involved with the Washington Center for more than 30 years, with more than 900 students participating. For more information, see http://www.careers.uiowa.edu/twc/ and http://www.careers.uiowa.edu/news.cfm#publicuniversityofyear.