​​​ISS offers internships for current college students and recent graduates in our office in downtown Des Moines. Internships may be tailored to suit a candidate's professional interests or previous experience. Selected interns will have the opportunity to get hands-on experience in an active international non-profit organization. 

All internships are unpaid positions, and we accept applications on a rolling basis. If you have questions about internships, please email Kassi Wheeler.

Kim Heidemann
Executive Director

Kim celebrated 10 years with ISS in November 2014. She holds a BA in History from the University of Iowa, a Secondary Education Degree from Iowa State University (with endorsements in World History, American History and Government), and an MA in Diplomatic Studies from the Diplomatic Academy of London at the University of Westminster.

Kassi Wheeler
International Program Manager

Kassi holds a BS in Anthropology from Iowa State University with a secondary major in International Studies and a minor in both Spanish and Math. Some of her previous work experience includes managing a team of AmeriCorps members, survey and database work for neighborhood revitalization initiatives, and organizing service events. Kassi first became interested in traveling and other cultures through her experience in a youth exchange. She was lucky enough to host one student from Minami-Alps, Japan for 10 days and then the following year she was able to travel to Minami-Alps herself. Kassi is now a traveling enthusiast, a member of YNPN and participates on various sports teams throughout the year including: soccer, volleyball and softball.

Thomas Matysik
Communications Specialist

Thomas joined Iowa Sister States in October 2016. He got his degree in Film and Video from Columbia College Chicago, and got his professional start as the production and social media intern at Maximum Fun, which produces a program heard on National Public Radio and podcasts. He was a long-time volunteer at 826CHI, a nonprofit in Chicago devoted to supporting students and teachers. In his spare time, he enjoys exploring Iowa's bike trails, traveling, and producing podcasts and radio documentaries.

Grant Ewing
Senior Intern

Grant is a student at the University of Iowa, studying Italian and International Relations. This is his second summer as an intern with Iowa Sister States. During his first internship with ISS, Grant spent half of his day at ISS’s office, performing research and maintaining the organization’s website. For the rest of the day, Grant worked at the Consulate of the Republic of Kosovo in downtown Des Moines, aiding General Xhavit Gashi. Grant is about to enter his senior year at the University of Iowa, and hopes to continue with international work upon graduating. In his spare time, he enjoys soccer and learning to play the guitar.

Elizabeth Orr
Sophomore Intern

Iowa native Elizabeth Orr attended Johnston High School in Johnston, Iowa, and studies Human Physiology and International Relations at the University of Iowa. She finished her freshman year in May, and joined Iowa Sister States as an intern shortly thereafter. Elizabeth has also volunteered at the University of Iowa’s Holden Cancer Care Unit. She will return to the University of Iowa in August as a sophomore.

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