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2020 Hansen Internships

Hansen LogoThe Dane G. Hansen Foundation and K-State Research and Extension internship gives college students the opportunity to link classroom learning with a pre-professional work experience.  Learn more about the Dane G Hansen Foundation and the Community Internship Initiative on their website.
Why should I apply to be a Hansen Intern?

The Dane G. Hansen Foundation and K-State Research and Extension internship provides college students the opportunity to link classroom learning with a pre-professional work experience. Besides the competitive pay you will receive for your work ($20/hour), you will gain the ability to put new things into practice, you will have a better understanding of your role and industry, and you will learn to communicate in new ways, building professional networks with people of all ages.

What are the qualifications to be a Hansen Intern?

Applicants must:

  • have completed at least six (6) university semesters at any college or university
  • be self-motivated and able to work independently with minimal supervision
  • possess strong communications skills (oral and written)
  • meet any job-specific requirements, as listed on the individual position announcement.

Interns must live in the relevant northwestern Kansas community during the summer of 2020.

Employment is contingent on the results of a background check.

How do I apply to be a 2020 Hansen Intern?

The materials you will need to submit for consideration are:

  1. A cover letter, explaining why you are interested in the position and why you should be selected
  2. Your resume, highlighting work, education, and experience that would help you succeed in the internship
  3. A list of three (3) professional references and their contact information (Name, Title, Company/Organization, e-mail address, and phone number)
  • The APPLICATION PROCEDURE section of the position announcement may also specify to include a copy of your portfolio.  If a portfolio is requested, please combine it into one PDF file for submission.

Please assemble your cover letter, resume, and references list as one (1) document (.pdf).  

Submit your application materials (including your portfolio if specified on the position announcement) as an attachment in an e-mail to Nadine Sigle at nsigle@ksu.edu with the subject line "Hansen Internship: [Location]."

The extended deadline to submit applications is February 20, 2020.

Remaining 2020 Hansen Internship Opportunities:

The deadline to submit applications for a 2020 Hansen Internship has been extended to Thursday, February 20, 2020 for the following opportunities!

Belleville Chamber of Commerce and Main Street Intern

Project Description: The intern will work in Belleville, KS to develop downtown revitalization plans.

Location: Belleville, KS

Majors: Students majoring in architecture, interior design or community planning are encourage to apply

View Full Position Announcement (pdf) 

Goodland Downtown Revitalization Intern

Project Description: The intern will develop a downtown master plan for the city of Goodland. The plan should be a holistic view of Goodland’s Main Street and downtown corridor, from zoning to streetscaping to business needs. The intern will spend significant time with data collections and gathering public input. Working with a landscape architect, downtown renderings will be created. If time allows, all phases of the master plan will be compiled. The intern will be credited for all work done as proof of his/her work accomplished.

Location: Goodland, KS

Majors: Students enrolled in regional and community planning, landscape architecture, public administration, and economic development are encouraged to apply.

View Full Position Announcement (pdf) 

Lincoln County Downtown Revitalization Intern

Project Description: Attractive and well-maintained storefronts and buildings are critical to the survival of small town businesses. Property owners often defer maintenance on their buildings due to not having enough time, money or knowledge to deal with the problems. To address these issues, an intern(s) will work with property owners to design and develop improvement plans for downtown storefronts and public buildings. Historic designations for both downtown Lincoln and downtown Sylvan Grove are in process so all plans will complement the unique and historic “post rock” limestone architecture present throughout the county.

Location: Lincoln, KS

Majors: Students enrolled in the College of Architecture, Planning & Design or Interior Design are encouraged to apply.

View Full Position Announcement (pdf) 

North Central Kansas Regional Planning Commission Local Foods Intern

Project Description: The North Central Kansas Food Council is an advocate for enhanced quality of life through sustainable access to local foods, economic opportunity and educational resources. The intern will be responsible for developing marketing materials and identifying local producers and growers.

Location: Beloit, KS

Majors: Students enrolled in Public Health, Marketing, Horticulture, Agriculture with specialty crop interest or Regional & Community Development are encouraged to apply.

View Full Position Announcement (pdf) 

Phillipsburg Walking/Biking Trail Community Intern

Project Description: The intern will define the best alternatives for developing a walking/biking trail throughout Phillipsburg utilizing established trail standards. The plan will define the optimum location, safety considerations, easement requirements, surface materials, costs and timeline estimates. If time permits, the intern will identify potential grants that would help cover the development costs.

Location: Phillipsburg, KS

Majors: Students enrolled in architecture, landscape design, regional and community planning and engineering are encouraged to apply.

View Full Position Announcement (pdf)

Smith Center's Visitor and Memorial Park Intern

Project Description: The intern would design a visitors and memorial park on a piece of ground located next to HWY 36 and the new hospital. The memorial park would be dedicated to the areas veterans and the visitors center/kiosk would highlight the county’s history and historic sites. HWY 36 is well traveled and the park would provide a scenic and serene place for visitors and locals to stop.

Location: Smith Center, KS

Majors: Students enrolled in architecture, landscape design, regional and community planning or engineering are encouraged to apply.

View Full Position Announcement (pdf) 


 If you have any questions about Hansen Internships or the 2020 application process, please contact Nadine Sigle at (785) 346-6256 or nsigle@ksu..edu.

Approximate Timeline
January 31, 2020Application deadline
February 20, 2020Extended Deadline
February 01 - 28, 2020Interviews conducted
March 2020Offers made to selected applicants
March - May, 2020Visit to host communities
May 26, 2020Internship start date

Application Instructions

Applications will be accepted  through Thursday, February 20, 2020.
Interviews will be conducted through February of 2020.

For your application, please submit the following materials as a single PDF file:

  • Cover Letter
  • Resume
  • Transcript
  • Three (3) Professional References

If required for the position: add a PDF of your portfolio.

Submit this document as an attachment in an e-mail to Nadine Sigle (nsigle@ksu.edu) with the subject line "Hansen Internship: [Location]

If you have any questions about Hansen Internships or the 2020 application process, please contact Nadine Sigle at (785) 346-6256.