For Employers - Leadership Iowa University

For Employers




Iowa companies are invited to send their top intern(s) to Leadership Iowa University as a culminating “capstone” professional development experience!


Each year, Leadership Iowa University and the ABI Foundation partner with great Iowa businesses to provide Iowa interns with an excellent experience to end their summer and look forward to the year ahead. Leadership Iowa University works with companies to select their candidates and secure their spot in the upcoming program.


Leadership Iowa University was uniquely designed with the needs of Iowa business in mind. By allowing students to engage with Iowa professionals, experience a variety of Iowa industries and learn about opportunities in and outside of the workplace, they can re-discover what makes our state an ideal place to live and work and begin to plan their successful future in Iowa.


Among its many program objectives, Leadership Iowa University seeks to:

  • Showcase opportunities and career options available in Iowa
  • Foster personal growth, self -awareness and self-confidence as young leaders
  • Facilitate networking opportunit ies and mentorships with invested Iowa professionals
  • Stress civic engagement , advocacy, and life-long learning
  • Pro-actively develop essential skills needed for an evolving workplace

Program participants gain a new perspective on Iowa, and a renewed motivation as they continue to strive toward their goals. Students often use the valuable experience they gain and people they meet during Leadership Iowa University to set themselves apart for future opportunities.


Program Requirements of Participants and Sponsoring Companies

LIU participants can be students currently attending any Iowa college or university and can be pursuing in any field of study. Companies are not required to sponsor their interns who participate in the program, but often do.


“The Principal was able to reward two of our top interns with the opportunity to take part in Leadership Iowa University. The program is a powerful way to show our dedication to our interns’ development while allowing us to cultivate our company’s future leaders. Both interns who participated were grateful for the opportunity and stated they met with inspirational individuals who provided them with a clear vision for setting and achieving extraordinary goals.”  -Molly Cope, Principal Financial Group


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