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Stuckert Career Center Accepting Nominations for UK Intern and Employer of the Year Awards

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LEXINGTON, Ky. (Feb. 2, 2022) – The University of Kentucky Stuckert Career Center, housed in the Office for Student Success, is currently accepting nominations for UK Intern of the Year and UK Employer of the Year awards. The awards seeks to recognize and honor the achievements of student interns as well as acknowledge the deep investment employers make in our students every year. To honor both students and employers, UK plans to host a Spring Awards Ceremony on Thursday, April 21, 2022, 5 to 6 p.m., at The Cornerstone. 

The UK Intern of the Year Award recognizes the achievements of students who have excelled in their internships over the past year and acknowledges the impact they have made on their organization. Businesses, nonprofits and government agencies as well as UK offices, departments and faculty can nominate a graduate or undergraduate student for UK Intern of the Year. 

The Awards Selection Committee will review applications based on how the student exceeded expectations in their internship, grew in soft skills needed to succeed in the world of work, made a positive impact on their organization and grew professionally throughout their experience. Nominees must have been active in their internship between January 2021 and March 2022. 

Last year, the UK Intern of the Year Award was presented to junior Lauren Hudson, who interned with Nathan Vanderford, Ph.D., associate professor in the Department of Toxicology and Cancer Biology. 

The UK Employer of the Year Award is presented to an organization or business for their significant contributions to UK through recruitment and hiring of students and alumni, as well as engagement with UK’s career center to support academic programs and professional development on campus. UK students, faculty and staff are eligible to nominate business and nonprofit/government employers for consideration.

Applications will be judged based on level of engagement and involvement with UK and UK students, including student informational interviews, job shadowing experiences, campus career fairs, employer panels, classroom presentations, student organization and service-learning activities, mentorship and professional development opportunities, the hiring of UK students, as well as the assignment of challenging internship roles to students. Employers must have hosted at least one student intern between Jan. 2021-March 2022. 

Last year’s UK Employer of the Year was BrainBox, a Lexington-based experiential and digital marketing firm that demonstrated a deep commitment to UK students through internships, mentoring, resume review events, mock interviews, and panel discussions. 

The deadline for nominations is March 11, 2022 at 11:59 pm. Applications must include a completed nomination form and a letter (1-2 pages) uploaded to letterhead. Following submission of your nomination of UK Intern of the Year, students will be asked to provide a statement and resume to complete the application.

Submit UK Student Intern of the Year nominations through this form.

Submit UK Employer of the Year nominations through this form.

The University of Kentucky is increasingly the first choice for students, faculty and staff to pursue their passions and their professional goals. In the last two years, Forbes has named UK among the best employers for diversity, and INSIGHT into Diversity recognized us as a Diversity Champion four years running. UK is ranked among the top 30 campuses in the nation for LGBTQ* inclusion and safety. UK has been judged a “Great College to Work for" three years in a row, and UK is among only 22 universities in the country on Forbes' list of "America's Best Employers."  We are ranked among the top 10 percent of public institutions for research expenditures — a tangible symbol of our breadth and depth as a university focused on discovery that changes lives and communities. And our patients know and appreciate the fact that UK HealthCare has been named the state’s top hospital for five straight years. Accolades and honors are great. But they are more important for what they represent: the idea that creating a community of belonging and commitment to excellence is how we honor our mission to be not simply the University of Kentucky, but the University for Kentucky.