College interns immerse themselves in the Broken Bow community

College interns immerse themselves in the Broken Bow community

College students are stepping out of the classroom and getting that hands-on experience.

"It's really important to get your name, get yourself out there as much as you can. Really get your face out there," said Leanne Gamet, senior at the University of Nebraska at Lincoln.

Gamet and Jessica Weeder are interning this summer with the Custer County economic development office. This part of a program through the college known as “RFI” or Rural Future Institute Interns.

"There's so many businesses in rural communities with so many job opportunities and ways to grow, so that's kind of a draw for coming back to the rural communities," Weeder said.

Both Leanne and Jessica say they're putting in the time now, so they can be better off once graduation comes along.

"Yeah that was kind of one of my goals going into college, getting an internship every summer and beginning to build myself up that way. So getting an internship now is really great looking into the future. I can look at different things that I might possibly be interested in, because I'm still not like completely sure of what I want to exactly do," Weeder said.

Through this program, the two get to stay in the community until August and get a taste of what the real world might be like.

"Similarly to Jessica, I came to this community. I know how much a small town gave to me and to be able to give back to another rural town is going to be very rewarding to me," Gamet said.

On Monday morning, the two interns hosted a meet and greet with the community to better assess their needs.

"For us to meet the community and just get to know people and see what they want and just get a feel of what is important to them and this community,"Weeder said.

Below are dates community members can meet with the interns to discuss any issues they may have.

June 11th-City Café- 8:00 a.m.

June 13th-Melham Medical Center- 12:00 p.m.

June 20th-Tumbleweed Café- 9:00 a.m.

June 27th-Prairie Grounds- 8:00 a.m.

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