Experience is essential for launching a strong career – those who participate in internships and research are more likely to have positive post-graduate outcomes. However, the lack of pay at non-profit or government internships, or in research can be a barrier to participation for students with high financial need.  

That’s where the Hawkeye Experience Grant comes in: students receive funds to support their living expenses while doing an unpaid experience. See our past award recipients below.

2024 Recipients

Marissa Ambler

Marissa Ambler

Site: Ashville Media Group, Dublin, Ireland
Communication Studies major from Chesterfield, MO
 

Tessa Bartell

Tessa Bartell

Site: St. Luke's Hospital Child & Adolescent Psychiatry, Cedar Rapids, IA
Therapeutic Recreation major from Wilton, IA

Andrew Beckler

Andrew Beckler

Site: Radiological Tech Clinical Internship UIHC, Iowa City, IA
Radiation Sciences major from Tiffin, IA

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Benjamin Brougham

Site: Flint Email Lab, UI, Iowa City, IA
Psychology and Sociology double major, Council Bluffs, IA

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Andrew Burgess

Site: Center for Arctic & Alpine Research, CU Boulder, Boulder, CO
Environmental Science; English & Creative Writing; Philosophy majors, Iowa City, IA

Maddie Cason

Maddie Cason

Site: U.S. Senate - Small Business & Entrepreneurship Committee, Washington, D.C.
Political Science and Economics majors from West Des Moines, IA

William Drosen

William Drosen

Site: Robin Chia PAC, Singapore
Management major from Waukesha, WI

Gabriela Garcia

Gabriela Garcia

Site: UI Geologic Field Methods, Dillon, MT
Geoscience majors from Iowa City, IA

Ashlin Hackfort

Ashlin Hackfort

Site: Department of Criminal Investigation; Iowa Department of Public Safety, Des Moines, IA
Psychology; Criminology, Law & Justice majors from Johnston, IA

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Christopher Hellinger

Site: Flint Email Lab, UI, Iowa City, IA
Sociology major from Oswego, IL

Hunter Heppe

Hunter Heppe

Site: Edison A.I., Tokyo, Japan
Management major from Eldridge, IA

Avery Hillier

Avery Hillier

Site: Field Research in Archaeology, Historic Lake Scott, KS
Anthropology major from Belleville, IL

Jayda Holder

Jayda Holder

Site: Polk County Attorney's Office, Des Moines, IA
Sociology major from Mount Pleasant, IA

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Jason Homann

Site: Halekas Research Group, UI Dept. of Physics and Astronomy, Iowa City, IA
Physics and Astronomy majors from Superior, WI

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Thomas Knudsen

Site: Office of Congressman Zach Nunn, Washington, D.C.
Political Science major from West Des Moines, IA

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Megan Kroeger

Site: UI Geologic Field Methods, Dillon, MT
Geoscience major from Wapello, IA

Pedro Lopes De Sa Loureiro

Pedro Lopes De Sa Loureiro

Site: Grumbach Lab, UI Depart. of Internal Medicine, Iowa City, IA
Human Physiology major from Ankeny, IA

Anna Makarenko

Anna Makarenko

Site: Baird, Sioux City, IA
Finance major from Sioux Rapids, IA

Emma Martin

Emma Martin

Site: UIHC Radiation Oncology, Iowa City, IA
Radiation Sciences major from Moravia, IA

Stephen Maslikowski

Stephen Maslikowski

Site: Department of Defense, Washington, D.C.
Finance and Risk Management and Insurance majors from Clive, IA

Faith McPhillips

Faith McPhillips

Site: Iowa Sports Foundation, Ames, IA
Art Education and Art majors from Honey Creek, IA

Marina Meyer

Marina Meyer

Site: Inside Out Reentry Program, Iowa City, IA
Social Work major from Independence, IA

Alyssa Mizzi

Alyssa Mizzi

Site: Division of Intercollegiate Athletics, Northern Illinois University, DeKalb, IL
Exercise Science major from Bloomingdale, IL

Gracelyn Nickelson

Gracelyn Nickelson

Site: Salisbury House, Des Moines, IA
History major from Monroe, IA

Juliann Pawlowski

Juliann Pawlowski

Site: Viant Medical, Grand Rapids, MI
Biomedical Engineering major from Yorkville, IL

Katharine Perez

Katharine Perez

Site: Seattle Times, Seattle, WA
Journalism major from Aurora, IL

Cailyn Piercy

Cailyn Piercy

Site: UHIC Nuclear Medicine, Iowa City, IA
Nuclear Medicine Technology major from Fulton, IL

Hannah Rigdon

Hannah Rigdon

Site: Nuclear Medicine Clinical Internship, Iowa City, IA
Nuclear Medicine Technology major from Mankato, MN

Madison Ruth

Madison Ruth

Site: Breast Imaging & Radiology Tech Clinical Internship UIHC, Iowa City, IA
Radiation Sciences major from Grundy Center, IA

Brooke Scanlon

Brooke Scanlon

Site: NASA, Houston, TX
Mechanical Engineering major from Evergreen Park, IL

Maddison Smith

Maddison Smith

Site: UIHC Music Therapy, Iowa City, IA
Music major from Davenport, IA

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Trenton Strawhacker

Site: UI Geologic Field Methods, Dillon, MT
Geoscience major from Burlington, IA

Autumn Williams

Autumn Williams

Site: UI Center for Human Rights, Iowa City, IA
Political Science major from Cedar Rapids, IA

2023 Recipients

Razan Babikir

Razan Babikir

Internship Site: Cooperacion Internacional
Sevilla, Spain
Public Health major from Iowa City, IA

Claire Benson

Claire Benson

Research Site: Flint Email Lab, UI Dept. of African American Studies
Iowa City, IA
Political Science major from Omaha, NE

Emily Bonert

Emily Bonert

Internship Site: Unity Point - St. Luke's Hospital
Cedar Rapids, IA
Therapeutic Recreation major from Epworth, IA

Olivia Bork

Olivia Bork

Internship Site: Mayo Clinic Health System
Waseca, MN
Social Work major from Fort Dodge, IA

Chelsea Bouslog

Chelsea Bouslog

Internship Site: UI Paleontology Repository
Iowa City, IA
Anthropology major from South English, IA

Emma Chase

Emma Chase

Internship Site: Bambuddha Group
Sydney, Australia
Business Analytics & Information Systems major from Norwalk, IA

Taylor Cline

Taylor Cline

Internship Site: Tanager Place
Cedar Rapids, IA
Education Studies and Human Relations major from Swisher, IA

Greta Coenen

Greta Coenen

Internship Site: St. Luke's Hospital
Cedar Rapids, IA
Therapeutic Recreation major from Ankeny, IA

Emma Cotant

Emma Contant

Internship Site: Radiation Oncology, UIHC
Iowa City, IA
Radiation Sciences major from Cresco, IA

Samantha Corso

Samantha Corso

Internship Site: Metro Prep and Laureate Day School
Arlington Heights, IL
Therapeutic Recreation major from Villa Park, IL

Gabrielle Crawley

Gabrielle Crawley

Internship Site: American Family Children's Hospital
Madison, WI
Music major from Cedar Falls, IA

Guadalupe De La Rosa

Guadalupe De La Rosa

Internship Site: Good Neighbors
Santiago, Chile
Public Health major from Washington, IA

Charles Docherty

Charles Docherty

Internship Site: Museum of Russian Art
Minneapolis, MN
History major from St. Paul, MN

Megan Gardner

Megan Gardner

Internship Site: YWCA
Fort Dodge, IA
Social Work major from Cedar Falls, IA

Yamam Hussien

Yamam Hussien

Internship Site: SIT Counseling & Humanitarian Action Internship
Amman, Jordan
Neuroscience major from West Des Moines, IA

Sam Keenan

Samuel Keenan

Internship Site: Polk County Attorney's Office
Des Moines, IA
Political Science major from Des Moines, IA

Molly Klutts

Molly Klutts

Internship Site: CommUnity Crisis Services and Food Bank
Iowa City, IA
Social Work major from Solon, IA

Yaj Kulkarni

Yajatra "Yaj" Kulkarni

Internship Site: NASA - ER3 Flight Systems Branch
Houston, TX
Mechanical Engineering major from Coralville, IA

Matt McDonnell

Matthew McDonnell

Internship Site: NASA - ER3 Flight Systems Branch
Houston, TX
Biomedical Engineering major from Bolingbrook, IA

Eddie Morales

Eddie Morales

Internship Site: UI Paleontology Repository
Iowa City, IA
Classical Languages major from Storm Lake, IA

Finn Naughton

Finn Naughton

Internship Site: Camp Courageous
Monticello, IA
Social Work major from Raymond, IA

Cierra Payeur-Douglas

Cierra Payeur-Douglas

Internship Site: Center for Worker's Justice of Eastern Iowa
Iowa City, IA
Social Work major from Bode, IA

Jonathan Percy

Jonathan Percy

Research Site: Radiation Oncology, UCLA
Los Angeles, CA
Applied Physics major from Norwalk, IA

Aubrie Robel

Aubrie Robel

Internship Site: Olga Cola Cosmetics
Milan, Italy
Marketing major from Des Moines, IA

Allison Rux

Allison Rux

Research Site: Neurology Dept., Brigham & Women's Hospital, Harvard University
Boston, MA
Human Physiology major from Plainfield, IL

Shawn Sanyal

Shawn Sanyal

Internship Site: Salvador Mundi Hospital
Rome, Italy
Public Health major from Valley Center, CA

Lesley Trujillo

Lesley Trujillo

Internship Site: Kenya Medical Research Institute
Nairobi, Kenya
Global Health Studies major from Bloomington, IL

Emma Utley

Emma Utley

Internship Site: Auckland U. of Technology - Living Laboratories Research and Education Program
Auckland, New Zealand
Biology major from Slater, IA

2022 Recipients

Julissa Alvarado

Julissa Alvarado

Internship Site: Oaknoll
Iowa City, IA
Therapeutic Recreation major from Muscatine, IA

Acacia Brown

Acacia Brown

Internship Site: Grand Living at Bridgewater
Coralville, IA
Therapeutic Recreation major from Marshalltown, IA

Alexis Carfrae

Alexis Carfrae

Internship Site: Office of Cindy Axne
Washington, D.C.
Political Science major from Waukee, IA

Montala Carruthers

Montala Carruthers

Internship Site: Valle D'hebron University - Transcultural Department of Psychiatry
Barcelona, Spain
Public Health major from Hammond, IN

Olivia Dudgeon

Olivia Dudgeon

Internship Site: UIHC Recreational Therapy Department
Iowa City, IA
Therapeutic Recreation major from Dubuque, IA

Evelyn Gonzalez

Eveline Gonzalez

Internship Site: UI Paleontology Repository
Iowa City, IA
Environmental Sciences major from La Puente, CA

Hailey Hakes

Hailey Hakes

Research Site: UI Translational Vascular Physiology Lab
Department of Health and Human Physiology
Iowa City, IA
Human Physiology major from Atkins, IA

Jessica Holland

Jessica Holland

Internship Site: Girls on the Run Eastern Iowa
Iowa City, IA
English and Creative Writing major from Des Moines, IA

Bryce Hunger

Bryce Hunger

Research Site: UI Department of Otolayngology
Iowa City, IA
Psychology major from Iowa City, IA

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Katelyn Kempkes

Internship Site: Link Associates
West Des Moines, IA
Therapeutic Recreation major from Granger, IA

Mallory Kimpler

Mallory Kimpler

Internship Site: Highland Park Hospital
Highland Park, IL
Therapeutic Recreation major from Libertyville, IL

Sarah King

Sarah King

Research Site: UI Howard Lab
Department of Radiation Oncology
Iowa City, IA
Biomedical Sciences major from Council Bluffs, IA

Katherine Kustes

Katherine Kustes

Internship Site: Ludwig Boltzmann Institute for Human Rights
Vienna, Austria
Social Work major from Bettendorf, IA

Peter Lainson

Peter Lainson

Internship Site: Open Heartland
Iowa City, IA
Communication Studies major from Burbank, CA

Alena Longnecker

Alena Longnecker

Internship Site: Unity Point Health
Public Health major from Johnston, IA

Asel Nasr

Asel Nasr

Research Site: Stead Pediatrics
Iowa City, IA
Global Health Studies major from Coralville, IA

Malany Parker

Malany Parker

Internship Site: City of Cedar Rapids
Cedar Rapids, IA
Therapeutic Recreation major from Ottumwa, IA

Benjamin Rodriguez

Benjamin Rodriguez

Research Site: Vanderbilt
Nashville, TN
Biomedical Sciences major from Ankeny, IA

Hannah Teague

Hannah Teague

Internship Site: City of Cape Canaveral Office of Sustainability
Cape Canaveral, FL
Environmental Policy and Planning major from Bettendorf, IA

Emma Tews

Emma Tews

Internship Site: SIT Kenya Public Health in Tropics
Kisumu, Kenya
Nursing major from Bettendorf, IA

Saloni Upadhyay

Saloni Upadhyay

Research Site: UI Psycholinguistics Lab
Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders
Iowa City, IA
Speech and Hearing Science major from Maharashtra, India

2021 Recipients

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Madisyn Fah

Internship Site: Summer of the Arts
Iowa City, IA
Marketing major from Springville, IA

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Brooke McKeon

Internship Site: UIHC – Rehabilitation Therapies
Iowa City, IA
Therapeutic Recreation major from Plainfield, IL

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Nigel Gawa

Internship Site: UIHC – Outpatient Dialysis
Iowa City, IA
Social Work major from Harare, Zimbabwe

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Grace Wenstrom

Internship Site: US Department of Justice’s Civil Rights Division
Journalism and Mass Communication major from Galesburg, IL