Junior Greta Hacker was announced as the 2020 Intern of the Year at Cooperative Education’s 14th Annual Internship Banquet held March 10 at 5 p.m. in the Student Center Ballroom.
The event was a celebration for Hacker, who completed her internship with the Center for Community and Economic Development at UCA the previous spring and summer.
Hacker is majoring in public administration with a minor in professional writing and Honors interdisciplinary studies. After completing the CED Fellowship, she decided to apply for their internship, where she did clerical, marketing and writing work for the department.
“The internship helped me prepare because I got experience working with local governments and got to network with professionals in my field around the state,” Hacker said.
Director of CCED Shelby Fiegel said Hacker was “one of the best and brightest at UCA.”
Hacker said that she hopes more students take advantage of internship opportunities during college because of how valuable they are.
“I was happy to get the award for myself, but more importantly, I was excited that UCA offers opportunities for students to be recognized for their achievements in completing internships,” Hacker said.
Hacker’s ideal career is working in the public sector, hopefully in state or local government. She would like to go to law school or get a Masters in Public Administration.
Dr. Kim Hoffman, associate professor and director of the Public Administration Program, is the faculty member who nominated Hacker for the award.
“I can say that Greta is the best student I have had in any course, in many years,” Hoffman said.
Hacker is very involved on campus. She is a student in the Honors College, where she also serves on the Honors council. She is a Presidential Scholar, a peer tutor for UCA’s Center for Writing and Communication, the president of UCA’s chapter of Vote Everywhere, an executive board member of Food Recovery Network, and an award-winning member of the UCA Debate and Forensics Team, on which she has competed for 3 years.
Also present at the banquet were a number of professors and 28 recruiters representing 11 companies, who were available for students seeking internships to network.
Professors or other faculty members who have a student participating in an internship currently, or who will be participating in one this summer, they would like to nominate for the 2021 Intern of the Year, Cooperative Education will take nominations September through October. For more information, contact Cooperative Education at 450-3250.