Interns of the Year

Our INTERN OF THE YEAR award recognizes students who have gone above and beyond what is expected of them throughout their internships.

Faculty and Internships Supervisors are asked to submit a nomination for a current UCA student who has excelled in or made a significant impact in work-integrated learning. Click here for more information on Intern of the Year!


Interns of the Year

2022

Daisy Martinez Carranza
Marketing and Studio Art

Daisy is a May 2022 senior and has maintained a 4.0 GPA throughout her four years at UCA and serves on many UCA student organizations. In Summer 2021, Daisy completed an internship at Arkansas Blue Cross Blue Shield where she was charged with the task of creating and executing a marketing plan for a national health program with low enrollment in Arkansas.  Daisy’s “Healthy Blue Summer” campaign was a huge success, resulting in over 3,600 registrations (an 8.85% increase in program participation).  As a result of her hard work and collaboration on this project, Daisy was also awarded the 2021 Arkansas Blue Cross Academic Scholarship.  Daisy plans to pursue a master’s degree in Data Analytics in the near future. Daisy has also been selected as the honorable mention for the National Intern of the Year distinction.  She will receive a certificate and formal recognition on the CEIA website and in the program at the CEIA national conference in April 2022.

2021

Grace Zimmerman
Mathematics & Music Performance
Grace is a May 2021 senior and completed her internship at the NASA Goddard Space Flight Center where she worked on the project “Net Flux Radiometer for the Ice Giants.” She was ultimately named a John Mather Nobel Scholar, an award given due to her internship work at Goddard Space Flight Center as well as her outreach involvement and academic achievement. She continues to work as an intern at the NASA Langley Research Center where she is working to create a generic robotic control system. Grace will compete nationally for Intern of the Year through CEIA. Upon graduation she plans to go to graduate school to obtain her masters degree in Aerospace Engineering and then work again for NASA as a full-time civil servant. Grace is also the recipient of the 2021 National Internship Student Achievement Award presented by the Cooperative Education and Internship Association.

2020

Greta Hacker
Public Administration
Greta is a UCA junior majoring in Public Administration who aspires to one day work in state or local government. Her internship is through University of Central Arkansas’s Center for Community and Economic Development department. The organization does community-oriented projects around the state and provides training and technical assistance to local government leaders, chamber of commerce officials, non profit officials, and citizens. She helps them run their programs through clerical work, marketing and promotional work, as well as any other tasks. Over the summer, Greta helped them run Community Development Institute (CDI Central) and wrote articles for their column in Arkansas Municipal League magazine– she would always go above and beyond! Through her internship, she was able to hone in on her communication skills, professionalism, leadership, organization, and gain a deeper understanding of public service work in Arkansas.

 

 

Year UCA Intern of the Year Major
2019 Hannah Standley Writing
2018 Samantha LeMarr Writing
2017 Eryka Williams* Public Administration
2016 Lindsey Bray Public Administration
2015 Margaret McNeary English
2014 Benjamin Lykins Geography
2013 Courtney Dunn Biology
2012 Tisha Nooner Sociology
2011 Brandon Mathis Art
2010 Rachael Small Musin
2009 Joseph Cazzell Insurance & Risk Management
2008 Meaghan Dellar Computer Science
2007 Bradley Klingsport* Accounting
* denotes National Intern of the Year distinction