Beloit utilizes three summer interns
Thanks to a Dane Hansen Foundation, several summer interns have been placed in a number of communities in North Central and Northwest Kansas with three in Beloit.
The interns began their summer assignment in early June and will work through early August. The foundation provides a generous stipend making the internship financially possible for the students. Additionally, the City of Beloit has agreed to finance the student’s housing while they are spending time in town. Two of the interns are working for the Chamber of Commerce and Economic Development Office. The third intern is assigned to the City of Beloit.
Kollette Keeten is spending the summer working under the supervision of Solomon Valley Economic Director, Heather Hartman. Keeten grew up on a farm near Glade, Kansas and attended Phillipsburg High School. She said growing up on a farm allowed her to learn independence and imitative at an early age. Keeten is a recent graduate of Fort Hays State University where she earned her BS degree in Fine Arts with a Graphic Design concentration. She said she developed interest in drawing and sketching when she was young and enjoys the challenge of creating designs that portray a message.
One of her creations has been the flyer seen around town drawing attention to the Lakefest on Saturday, July 6. Another assignment on which see is working is to design a downtown “pocket park” in the area once occupied by the old theater. She also has a high interest in the concept of “branding” which is designing a graphic which becomes easily recognizable with a product. The concept of signage is a high priority for Keeten, in the method of creating signs that direct people into the town and then to specific locations once in the town.
Keeten acknowledged she has visited Beloit in the past due to sporting event competition when the Panthers were competing against the Trojans.
“Beloit is a lot like Phillipsburg," Kettan said. “While my hometown has some progressive forward looking people, Beloit has a lot of such people.”
Keeten is keeping her options open for her future. She views this internship a step in gaining skills in the real world and hopes someday to own her own business.
Kelsie DeWitt is spending her summer working under the supervision of Beloit City Manager, Jason Rabe. Dewitt is from Hays and graduated from Thomas Moore Prep. She too is acquainted with Beloit through the girls’ basketball competition. Her father is a CPA and her mother is an office manager. She is an architecture major and chose to attend Kansas State University because of its nationally known architecture program. She completed her third year of study this past May. Her program is a five year program. She will graduate in 2021 with a Master’s Degree in Architecture. Her goals for her future after graduation is to work for a commercial architecture firm in a city such as Denver or Kansas City.
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