2018 Serviceship Students/

Maddie Miller

April 6, 2018
Why did you pursue RFI’s Student Serviceship experience? I pursued this internship because I know it’s a good program, and I really wanted to get outside of my comfort zone and live in a new community. I also want to …


  • Hometown: Waverly, NE
  • Campus: University of Nebraska–Lincoln
  • Major: Hospitality, Restaurant & Tourism Management
  • Serviceship Community: Seward, NE

Why did you pursue RFI’s Student Serviceship experience?
I pursued this internship because I know it’s a good program, and I really wanted to get outside of my comfort zone and live in a new community. I also want to grow my leadership skills.

What do you hope to learn and how do you hope to be different from this experience?
I hope to be a more effective leader and to gain more leadership skills. I also want to come away with a new perspective of my community and how to be a better leader within any community or workplace. I also hope to learn more about how to start community projects and how to effectively plan and complete each project.

What is your favorite aspect of Nebraska?
My favorite aspect of Nebraska is our friendliness and hospitality. No matter where you go, there will always be someone there to help you or offer a warm welcome.

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Raghav Kidambi

April 5, 2018
Why did you pursue RFI’s Student Serviceship experience? I had a genuine interest in rural Nebraska and its workings. There aren’t many better ways of truly experiencing rural America. I want to work alongside rural folks and hear their opinions …


  • Hometown: Chennai, India
  • Campus: University of Nebraska–Lincoln
  • Major: Human Resource Management
  • Serviceship Community: Seward, NE

Why did you pursue RFI’s Student Serviceship experience?
I had a genuine interest in rural Nebraska and its workings. There aren’t many better ways of truly experiencing rural America. I want to work alongside rural folks and hear their opinions about topics that pertain to America and its place in the world. I believe that rural societies are the backbone to any country as they are performing the primordial tasks that the rest of the country usually isn’t willing to dip its foot into. I would also like to give them the chance to experience my culture and where I come from. This would be a great chance for me to learn more about rural America/Nebraska and for rural Nebraskans to learn about culture outside of their country through me.

What do you hope to learn and how do you hope to be different from this experience?
I hope to expand my worldview, understand and empathize with folks who are different from the average sub-urban Nebraskan. I want to focus on the roots of their thought-process and deconstruct their means of communication, in a way where I can work effectively along-side them, thereby partially preparing me for life in unexpected parts of the world.

What is your favorite aspect of Nebraska? Why?
The people! They are almost always warm, kind and inviting.

 

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Trevor Harlow

April 5, 2018
Why did you pursue RFI’s Student Serviceship experience? I felt it was a great opportunity to work with a side of Nebraska I have never truly been exposed to, while also helping to advocate and fight for community development and …


  • Hometown: Waterloo, NE
  • Campus: University of Nebraska Omaha
  • Major: Political Science & Environmental Studies
  • Serviceship Community: Red Cloud, NE

Why did you pursue RFI’s Student Serviceship experience?
I felt it was a great opportunity to work with a side of Nebraska I have never truly been exposed to, while also helping to advocate and fight for community development and preservation.

What do you hope to learn and how do you hope to be different from this experience? 
I hope to learn great and innovative ways to support community development and gain skills that I can utilize to support my hopeful career in government.

What is your favorite aspect of Nebraska?
I love the hominess that is present in Nebraska. Although I don’t agree with everyone politically, socially, etc., I still find myself amongst some of the kindest and most generous souls I’ve ever met.

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Trenton Buhr

April 5, 2018
Why did you pursue RFI’s Student Serviceship experience? I’m most excited to experience what it feels like to live in a rural area not in the eastern part of the state. I grew up in Eastern Nebraska and while Waverly …


  • Hometown: Cortland, NE
  • Campus: University of Nebraska–Lincoln
  • Major: Political Science, Psychology, & Classics
  • Serviceship Community: Red Cloud, NE

Why did you pursue RFI’s Student Serviceship experience?
I’m most excited to experience what it feels like to live in a rural area not in the eastern part of the state. I grew up in Eastern Nebraska and while Waverly is considered rural, it is close to both Lincoln and Omaha.

What do you hope to learn and how do you hope to be different from this experience?
I hope to learn everything that it takes to start something new and make changes: to interact with residents and see their visions and tie in resources to make a town vibrant. There are many factors that lead to a successful plan, especially one as complex as revitalizing a community. Going through the process from the ground up will be extremely valuable when tackling any new idea in the future. More than anything, I hope to come back with a better sense of how to unite a group of people behind an idea to make it happen.

What is your favorite aspect of Nebraska?
People always say that Nebraska is “nice.” I’ve often heard remarks about our constant “thank you’s” and holding doors open for everyone behind you. Although I’m skeptical the people here are somehow nicer than elsewhere, I believe our standards of respect are higher. These little actions exemplify where we set the bar for treating those around us. Obviously this doesn’t happen all the time, but it truly is the norm here and that is a characteristic of Nebraska that I am incredibly proud of.

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Kyle McGlade

April 5, 2018
Why did you pursue RFI’s Student Serviceship experience? The RFI experience was a chance to take on a real leadership role in helping communities for a student like me who had less experience in the working world. The program presented …


  • Hometown: Council Bluffs, IA
  • Campus: University of Nebraska Omaha
  • Major: Public Administration
  • Serviceship Community: Omaha Land Bank

Why did you pursue RFI’s Student Serviceship experience?
The RFI experience was a chance to take on a real leadership role in helping communities for a student like me who had less experience in the working world. The program presented the opportunity to work with an organization that met my interests while also challenging me to get out of my comfort zone.

What do you hope to learn and how do you hope to be different from this experience?
From the RFI experience, I am most excited about getting more in-depth knowledge of the planning aspect of housing. I will be working with the Omaha Municipal Land Bank, and I hope to take away best practices for reinventing neighborhoods and bringing neglected areas back to life. I am very interested in learning more about zoning codes and the legal side of the organization’s strategies.

What is your favorite aspect of Nebraska?
I’ve always felt welcome whenever I have visited the state. Not being from Nebraska, there are significant parts of the culture of the state that I haven’t experienced; however, I have never had a bad time or felt unwelcome, and I look forward to more direct experiences with Nebraska’s communities.

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Sydney Armbruster

April 5, 2018
Why did you pursue RFI’s Student Serviceship experience? One of my professors, Dr. Kyle Ryan, recommended I look into the Serviceship. Once I took a look at it I was very interested in what the program’s goals and focus were. …


  • Hometown: Falls City, NE
  • Campus: Peru State College
  • Major: Disease & Human Health
  • Serviceship Community: Omaha Land Bank

Why did you pursue RFI’s Student Serviceship experience?
One of my professors, Dr. Kyle Ryan, recommended I look into the Serviceship. Once I took a look at it I was very interested in what the program’s goals and focus were. I’ve always had a love for rural communities, mostly because I grew up in one and I’ve always wanted to learn more and be more involved, and this is a great opportunity to do so.

What do you hope to learn and how do you hope to be different from this experience? 
From this experience I hope to learn even more about the role rural communities play in our world. I also hope to acquire leadership skills. Another thing I hope to learn is how to set goals in rural communities and how to implement those goals as well. Once I have finished the Serviceship, I hope to be able to spread the information I learned about rural communities and give the knowledge to others.

What is your favorite aspect of Nebraska?
My favorite aspect of Nebraska is definitely the small towns. In every small town there is always a friendly face to invite you in. You never feel like you are the odd one in the crowd because everyone is so inviting and nonjudgmental. In addition to that, Nebraska is definitely one of the most beautiful states. From the picture-perfect sun sets to the harvested cornfields, there is always something beautiful to take in.

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Samantha Guenther

April 5, 2018
Why did you pursue RFI’s Student Serviceship experience? I pursued RFI’s Student Serviceship experience because I believe that I will get the best experience through the process of being placed in a rural Nebraska community to help the city and …


  • Hometown: Crofton, NE
  • Campus: University of Nebraska–Lincoln
  • Major: Agricultural Education
  • Serviceship Community: Norfolk, NE

Why did you pursue RFI’s Student Serviceship experience?
I pursued RFI’s Student Serviceship experience because I believe that I will get the best experience through the process of being placed in a rural Nebraska community to help the city and potential businesses.

What do you hope to learn and how do you hope to be different from this experience?
I hope to learn more about the city of Norfolk. I plan to grow my innovation and forward-thinking skills. I hope to be different from this experience because I will have the experience of being in a rural community in Nebraska doing my work.

What is your favorite aspect of Nebraska?
My favorite aspect of Nebraska is the unity among the people. Many of us share common values and mindsets that I appreciate.

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Cheyenne Gerlach

April 5, 2018
Why did you pursue RFI’s Student Serviceship experience? While serving as a Nebraska FFA state officer, I completed 25  visits to FFA chapters’ communities. I witnessed firsthand the impact that a supportive and flourishing community could have on the young …


  • Hometown: DeWitt, NE
  • Campus: University of Nebraska–Lincoln
  • Major: Integrated Sciences
  • Serviceship Community: Norfolk, NE

Why did you pursue RFI’s Student Serviceship experience?
While serving as a Nebraska FFA state officer, I completed 25  visits to FFA chapters’ communities. I witnessed firsthand the impact that a supportive and flourishing community could have on the young people living there. I also spent two months in a rural village in Kenya doing research. A reoccurring question there was “how do we get young people back to the community after receiving an education?” which is similar to what I’ve heard so many times in Nebraska. These experiences have given me a new look at rural Nebraska and a desire to be a Serviceship intern.

What do you hope to learn and how do you hope to be different from this experience?
I hope that my perspective of rural is even more enlightened by the end of my experience. I hope to have a network of committed individuals to be able to go to for ideas and interests surrounding rural (whether that be local or global).

What is your favorite aspect of Nebraska?
I like the subtle diversity that is quiet, yet noticeable around every bend. From the landscape, to the culture, to the industries, to the people, Nebraska seems to me to be a light where tradition and creativity can spark.

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Jessica Weeder

April 5, 2018
Why did you pursue RFI’s Student Serviceship experience? I found RFI’s Student Serviceship experience to be very interesting to me because I like the idea of doing something valuable with my summer by helping a small town to grow and …


  • Hometown: Albion, NE
  • Campus: University of Nebraska–Lincoln
  • Major: Agribusiness
  • Serviceship Community: Kimball, NE

Why did you pursue RFI’s Student Serviceship experience?
I found RFI’s Student Serviceship experience to be very interesting to me because I like the idea of doing something valuable with my summer by helping a small town to grow and develop.

What do you hope to learn and how do you hope to be different from this experience?
I hope to use this experience to help me overcome challenges in the future. I hope to grow as a person in the sense that I am more open to different people and their different backgrounds. I hope I learn to think differently and come up with new solutions to problems.

What is your favorite aspect of Nebraska?
I love Nebraska for the people, wherever I have gone around Nebraska the people are incredibly understanding and nice and I think that shows our rural roots and makes us unique.

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Michayla Goedeken

April 5, 2018
Why did you pursue RFI’s Student Serviceship experience? This internship allowed me to pursue my love of service and rural development in a way that I hope will prepare me to do the same thing with international extension someday. What …


  • Hometown: Humphrey, NE
  • Campus: University of Nebraska–Lincoln
  • Major: Integrated Sciences
  • Serviceship Community: Neligh, NE

Why did you pursue RFI’s Student Serviceship experience?
This internship allowed me to pursue my love of service and rural development in a way that I hope will prepare me to do the same thing with international extension someday.

What do you hope to learn and how do you hope to be different from this experience?
I want to learn how to use the resources given to me to solve a problem for other people. I want to gain better communication skills. I want to grow my network and make an impact in a community.

What is your favorite aspect of Nebraska?
My favorite aspect of Nebraska is the people. I love the way there is an unspoken notion of community and support. I love how we all support each other and can relate, on some level, to everyone here.

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Rhiannon Cobb

April 5, 2018
Why did you pursue RFI’s Student Serviceship experience? I have interned in Washington, D.C. the past two summers and I wanted to be on the field working with the people I am supporting in D.C. RFI provides such an amazing …


  • Hometown: Omaha, NE
  • Campus: University of Nebraska–Lincoln
  • Major: Political Science & Global Studies
  • Serviceship Community: Neligh, NE

Why did you pursue RFI’s Student Serviceship experience?
I have interned in Washington, D.C. the past two summers and I wanted to be on the field working with the people I am supporting in D.C. RFI provides such an amazing opportunity to not only work in making Nebraska a better state, but allows the development of rural Nebraska. Rural communities are the backbone of the United States, specifically when looking at the economy. It is important to not only work towards supporting the economic development of rural communities but to help them gain the knowledge and equipment they need to have most economic success and productivity possible.

What do you hope to learn and how do you hope to be different from this experience?
I hope to learn how rural communities run and what hardships and hurdles rural Nebraska faces, as well as to be able to experience a different part of Nebraska and our country. I hope to walk out of this experience with a new understanding of economic success in the US, as well as insight into how I can use rural development from Nebraska for rural development globally.

What is your favorite aspect of Nebraska?
I think my favorite aspect of Nebraska is the ability to be from a big city yet still be surrounded by corn fields and agriculture. Nebraska is by far the most underrated state in the United States. Nebraska provides a lot to the economic stability of the U.S. but also provides a humble and well loved community. There is absolutely nothing like Nebraska pride.

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Bradley Schoch

April 5, 2018
Why did you pursue RFI’s Student Serviceship experience? I think the RFI Student Serviceship is an amazing opportunity and something that I can relate to. Having grown up in a rural community, I understand what opportunities like these mean, especially …


  • Hometown: Marquette, NE
  • Campus: University of Nebraska at Kearney
  • Major: Exercise Science
  • Serviceship Community: McCook THETA

Why did you pursue RFI’s Student Serviceship experience?
I think the RFI Student Serviceship is an amazing opportunity and something that I can relate to. Having grown up in a rural community, I understand what opportunities like these mean, especially to these communities.

What do you hope to learn and how do you hope to be different from this experience? 
I hope to gain experience working in a rural community other than where I grew up. I hope this experience will eventually be able to be put to good use in my future career.

What is your favorite aspect of Nebraska?
My favorite aspect of Nebraska is the people. Husker nation is a very special place with people that you can’t find anywhere else. A person doesn’t have to look very far to find a helping hand here in Nebraska.

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Collin Fleecs

April 5, 2018
Why did you pursue RFI’s Student Serviceship experience? I think I can definitely learn more leadership and communication skills that I can utilize down the road in my future career. What is your favorite aspect of Nebraska? I would say …


  • Hometown: Sutherland, NE
  • Campus: University of Nebraska at Kearney
  • Major: Exercise Science
  • Serviceship Community: McCook THETA

Why did you pursue RFI’s Student Serviceship experience?
I think I can definitely learn more leadership and communication skills that I can utilize down the road in my future career.

What is your favorite aspect of Nebraska?
I would say my favorite aspect of Nebraska is the people. It seems like everyone in the state is on the same team for the most part, willing to help out their neighbors and to be kind to one another. I would also say the physical environment would be part of my favorite part of Nebraska. Most of Nebraska is rural, so there is a lot of open space to be outside and enjoy nature.

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Tyan Boyer

April 5, 2018
Why did you pursue RFI’s Student Serviceship experience? This Serviceship is an extremely unique experience with the ability to be placed in a community and live in and learn the dynamics of the community. This Serviceship gives you the opportunity …


  • Hometown: Plainview, NE
  • Campus: University of Nebraska at Kearney
  • Major: Exercise Science
  • Serviceship Community: McCook THETA

Why did you pursue RFI’s Student Serviceship experience?
This Serviceship is an extremely unique experience with the ability to be placed in a community and live in and learn the dynamics of the community. This Serviceship gives you the opportunity to meet a lot of other individuals who are also very driven and active in their own schools and communities. This Serviceship also gives you the opportunity to try your hand at various professional aspects that can help you become a more well-rounded individual.

What do you hope to learn and how do you hope to be different from this experience?
I hope to meet new people and continue to learn and grow in my professional life. I hope to gain a better understanding of community service as well.

What is your favorite aspect of Nebraska?
The people are the best thing about Nebraska. There is something about lending a helping hand to those around you and knowing your neighbors that makes this state special.

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Sage Williams

April 5, 2018
Why did you pursue RFI’s Student Serviceship experience? I pursued RFI’s Student Serviceship opportunity because I want to help impact a community similar to the one I grew up in. The community I was raised in was so supportive of …


  • Hometown: Eddyville, NE
  • Campus: University of Nebraska–Lincoln
  • Major: Agricultural Education
  • Serviceship Community: McCook, NE

Why did you pursue RFI’s Student Serviceship experience?
I pursued RFI’s Student Serviceship opportunity because I want to help impact a community similar to the one I grew up in. The community I was raised in was so supportive of one another and provided me with numerous opportunities I wouldn’t have had elsewhere. Additionally, I loved the aspect of using creativity and entrepreneurship to collaborate with others in growing a community.

What do you hope to learn and how do you hope to be different from this experience?
I hope to learn how to use the resources available and use them in the most creative and efficient way possible. I also really want to learn what it is like to actively collaborate and communicate with people in a community. I hope this opportunity pushes me toward my full potential, being able to take more risks without fear and understand the process of completing a project using the skill set I’ve been given.

What is your favorite aspect of Nebraska?
Hands down, the people. The people of Nebraska are what makes this state such a great place to live, and that’s what also makes the communities in Nebraska so wonderful to be a part of.

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Emily Frenzen

April 5, 2018
Why did you pursue RFI’s Student Serviceship experience? When applying and interviewing for RFI’s Student Serviceship experience, I knew it would be an experience different from any other internship I had applied for. The Student Serviceship is made up of …


  • Hometown: Fullerton, NE
  • Campus: University of Nebraska–Lincoln
  • Major: Agricultural and Environmental Sciences Communication
  • Serviceship Community: McCook, NE

Why did you pursue RFI’s Student Serviceship experience?
When applying and interviewing for RFI’s Student Serviceship experience, I knew it would be an experience different from any other internship I had applied for. The Student Serviceship is made up of out-of-the-box thinkers who don’t want to settle for mediocrity, and are passionate about doing something bigger than themselves. The idea of being immersed in a rural community where the opportunity for hands-on experience is endless got the fire in my belly going. While I love being in Lincoln and on campus, I pursued RFI’s Student Serviceship experience not only because rural Nebraska has my heart, but also because I believe rural communities are the future of Nebraska.

What do you hope to learn and how do you hope to be different from this experience?
There is always something to gain from working in a group setting with new people! I am excited to be challenged by people around me in a community different from where I call home. This will be an opportunity to learn more about my strengths and future career plans while making new connections. Additionally, the words “Economic Development” used to sound bland to me and I mostly envisioned dry business meetings around a table, lots of numbers, and slideshows of pictures and graphs. While my perspective has changed, I hope to better understand the action of creating greater overall well-being in a community.

What is your favorite aspect of Nebraska?
It’s hard to pick one aspect of Nebraska that I love most, but the people are what make it home. The tradition of the word “community” in Nebraska runs strong with families that come together in times of hardship, as well as in celebration. The people here know the value of hard work, giving their word, and going the extra mile as opposed to doing the bare minimum.

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Leanne Gamet

April 5, 2018
Why did you pursue RFI’s Student Serviceship experience? This opportunity was so different than anything else offered. I chose to pursue this Serviceship because I knew it would make me grow as a person, but still allow me to work …


  • Hometown: Paxton, NE
  • Campus: University of Nebraska–Lincoln
  • Major: Agricultural and Environmental Sciences Communication
  • Serviceship Community: Kimball, NE

Why did you pursue RFI’s Student Serviceship experience?
This opportunity was so different than anything else offered. I chose to pursue this Serviceship because I knew it would make me grow as a person, but still allow me to work as a team. I loved the idea of being immersed in a new community and being pushed out of my comfort zone.

What do you hope to learn and how do you hope to be different from this experience?
I really hope to learn more about community development and making goals that a bigger population wants to work toward. After this experience, I hope to have more confidence in myself as well as the decisions that I choose in tougher situations.

What is your favorite aspect of Nebraska?
I love the sense of community that I get in any town in Nebraska. Even moving to Lincoln for college, I felt the same ‘homey’ feel that I did in my hometown. The expression ‘Nebraska Nice’ fits perfectly, as almost anyone you meet is kind and down-to-earth.

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Shelby Utech

April 5, 2018
Why did you pursue RFI’s Student Serviceship experience? I am passionate about rural communities and I believe this experience will lead to me growing as a person and a student. I am very fond of RFI and I am absolutely …


  • Hometown: Hubbard, NE
  • Campus: University of Nebraska–Lincoln
  • Major: Agricultural Economics
  • Serviceship Community: Cozad, NE

Why did you pursue RFI’s Student Serviceship experience?
I am passionate about rural communities and I believe this experience will lead to me growing as a person and a student. I am very fond of RFI and I am absolutely ecstatic to work with such a great institution.

What do you hope to learn and how do you hope to be different from this experience?
I hope I get a lot of real world experience in Cozad that will prepare me for the future. I hope this experience will help me grow my entrepreneurial skills.

What is your favorite aspect of Nebraska?
The absolute pureness of the state. The people are so genuine and the soil is so rich; we can grow crops and raise great cattle.

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Christy Cooper

April 5, 2018
Why did you pursue RFI’s Student Serviceship experience? I am interested in living, working, and serving in rural Nebraskan communities. I see the importance of small towns and communities, especially to agricultural education. As a future agriculture teacher, I hope …


  • Hometown: Waverly, NE
  • Campus: University of Nebraska–Lincoln
  • Major: Agricultural Education
  • Serviceship Community: Cozad, NE

Why did you pursue RFI’s Student Serviceship experience?
I am interested in living, working, and serving in rural Nebraskan communities. I see the importance of small towns and communities, especially to agricultural education. As a future agriculture teacher, I hope to develop working relationships with community members.

What do you hope to learn and how do you hope to be different from this experience?
I hope to learn more about important issues facing rural communities and how that may affect me as a future agriculture teacher.

What is your favorite aspect of Nebraska?
Nebraska Nice. I’ve traveled across the state for different reasons over the last few years and no matter where I go, I can always find helpful, friendly faces.

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Amber Ross

April 5, 2018
Why did you pursue RFI’s Student Serviceship experience? I reapplied because, as someone that is looking to go into this field in the future, I wanted to build my network. This field is more “who you know” and not “what …


  • Hometown: Callaway, NE
  • Campus: University of Nebraska–Lincoln
  • Major: Agribusiness
  • Serviceship Community: Columbus, NE

Why did you pursue RFI’s Student Serviceship experience?
I reapplied because, as someone that is looking to go into this field in the future, I wanted to build my network. This field is more “who you know” and not “what you know.” Serviceship gives me a chance to build my network and learn through experiences what it will take to be a community developer.

What do you hope to learn and how do you hope to be different from this experience?
I hope that I am able to build my soft skills throughout the summer. I also hope that I am able to build my leadership skills in a larger rural community. I hope this experience helps me become a stronger, more strategic leader.

What is your favorite aspect of Nebraska?
I love that Nebraska has so many hidden gems across the state. All of the interns will be able to find something special about their community and will be able to remember that and learn from it. Nebraska also has a culture that is different from most places. We are very open to new people and very welcoming. As they say, we are “Nebraska Nice.”

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Clayton Keller

April 5, 2018
Why did you pursue RFI’s Student Serviceship experience? I wanted to experience “Small Town Nebraska” while at the same time gaining valuable experience working with a community on an impactful project. What do you hope to learn and how do …


  • Hometown: Millersport, OH
  • Campus: University of Nebraska Omaha
  • Major: Public Administration
  • Serviceship Community: Columbus, NE

Why did you pursue RFI’s Student Serviceship experience?
I wanted to experience “Small Town Nebraska” while at the same time gaining valuable experience working with a community on an impactful project.

What do you hope to learn and how do you hope to be different from this experience?
I have been involved with planning and directing large private events before, so I am excited to learn how it compares with the public stage. I hope to learn new ideas and methods on collaborating in a public format and how to do more with less.

What is your favorite aspect of Nebraska?
The people. Nebraskans are classic good-hearted, small-town Midwesterners.

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Emily Coffey

April 5, 2018
Why did you pursue RFI’s Student Serviceship experience? I pursued RFI’s Student Serviceship experience because I know that I’ll be challenged to take ownership of meaningful projects that deeply affect Nebraska’s communities. What do you hope to learn and how …


  • Hometown: Lincoln, NE
  • Campus: University of Nebraska–Lincoln
  • Major: Political Science
  • Serviceship Community: Black Hills Energy

Why did you pursue RFI’s Student Serviceship experience?
I pursued RFI’s Student Serviceship experience because I know that I’ll be challenged to take ownership of meaningful projects that deeply affect Nebraska’s communities.

What do you hope to learn and how do you hope to be different from this experience?
I hope to learn more about the Nebraska’s legislative process and how the legislative process affects the utility industry, and explore potential career options.

What is your favorite aspect of Nebraska?
My favorite aspect of Nebraska is the spirit of innovation, civic engagement, and community.

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Mirissa Scholting

April 5, 2018
Why did you pursue RFI’s Student Serviceship experience? I grew up on a farm and in an area that values its people and their lifestyles, and I want to help other people in other communities cherish the things they value. …


  • Hometown: Louisville, NE
  • Campus: University of Nebraska–Lincoln
  • Major: Agricultural Education
  • Serviceship Community: Alliance, NE

Why did you pursue RFI’s Student Serviceship experience?
I grew up on a farm and in an area that values its people and their lifestyles, and I want to help other people in other communities cherish the things they value.

What do you hope to learn and how do you hope to be different from this experience?
I hope to learn about myself and my leadership abilities while also learning about others and their values. I hope to gain a better idea of what I want to do with my future and the career path I’m headed on.

What is your favorite aspect of Nebraska?
My favorite part of Nebraska is the people because I think we have a lot of pride in our state and are proud to live here and call it home.

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Haley Ehrke

April 5, 2018
Why did you pursue RFI’s Student Serviceship experience? I truly believe in service and giving back. This internship provides that as well as the opportunity to grow as a person. I have grown up in small town Nebraska and enjoy …


  • Hometown: Orleans, NE
  • Campus: University of Nebraska–Lincoln
  • Major: Agribusiness
  • Serviceship Community: Alliance, NE

Why did you pursue RFI’s Student Serviceship experience?
I truly believe in service and giving back. This internship provides that as well as the opportunity to grow as a person. I have grown up in small town Nebraska and enjoy living in rural Nebraska. I decided to pursue the RFI Serviceship, because I saw opportunity that is different than any other internship. I know what I learn during this experience will benefit me in the future.

What do you hope to learn and how do you hope to be different from this experience?
I hope to learn a multitude of different things, but I believe the best part of the experience will be the hands-on, everyday skills I am able to develop. I hope to learn how to market the best place to live, rural Nebraska, to others!

What is your favorite aspect of Nebraska?
My favorite aspect of Nebraska is how its people are truly Nebraska nice. You can always count on people from Nebraska to be willing to help each other out with anything.

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