KU student earns prestigious internship to work with Kansas City civic leaders

LAWRENCE — University of Kansas student Hannah Sitz has won a prestigious CORO Leadership Internship in Public Affairs. The program is designed to develop community leaders through exposure to community issues, leadership development, civic leaders and organizations.

The internship is a 10-week program that takes place in Kansas City, Mo. this summer in conjunction with the Park University Hauptman School for Public Affairs. Former Kansas City mayor and KU alumna Kay Barnes – a member of the KU Women’s Hall of Fame — leads the program.

Sitz is a junior at KU, majoring in strategic communications in the School of Journalism. She is a native of Andover, Kan. and graduated from Andover Central High School. Sitz is a Watkins-Berger scholar, a member of the University Honors Program and is president of Lambda Sigma, a sophomore honor society devoted to leadership, scholarship and service.

The 10-week Kansas City portion is the only one of the national programs that is a summer program as opposed to a post-graduate fellowship. It will cover topics such as government, media, nonprofit, business and labor. Barnes has assembled a strong group of supporters and civic leaders in KC to help oversee the program.

“I am very excited for this internship because it is so unique,” Sitz said. “It's a 10-week program, five of which are spent with the other 11 interns in a class, and the other five are spent in internships in five sectors. I will undoubtedly learn a lot about each of those sectors. I am also looking forward to meeting many Kansas City leaders and the ensuing networking opportunities.”

Sitz said she is considering a career in either the non-profit sector or another area of public affairs, and is looking forward to getting a better feel for each through the internship.

CORO estimates that participants interact with more than 1,000 community leaders, including elected officials, neighborhood activists, business leaders and others during the course of the program. In previous years interns have participated in sessions concentrating on team building, mock trials, diversity training, money management, career management, media training, labor mediation, entrepreneurships, small business, the arts and other topics.