WDM Chamber Opens Registration for YURtern Summer Intern Program

WEST DES MOINES, IA (APRIL 2, 2024) – The West Des Moines Chamber of Commerce (WDM Chamber) announces the opening of registration for its YURtern Summer Intern program. YURtern (which stands for "It’s Your Turn" combined with "intern,"), now in its seventh year, offers opportunities for young professionals to gain insights from industry experts on networking, interviewing, and achieving success in their careers. Graduates of the program have gone on to become influential leaders in the community, with many recognized as Forty under 40 recipients.

In the summer of 2023, over 300 interns from 39 businesses and 17 colleges and universities participated in the YURtern program, fostering a vibrant exchange of ideas and experiences. As part of the program’s commitment to cultivating talent within the DSM Metro, participation in YURtern is completely free for every intern. Last year the WDM Chamber worked with R Productions to tell the story of YURtern and promote the opportunity to our community. View the the program’s spotlight video here.

“The YURtern program is about finding confidence, focusing on career growth, and making connections – we want it to be Your Turn for success.” said Meredith Murphy, Talent Attraction Manager at the WDM Chamber. “It is wonderful to watch these students go from strangers to friends in one summer and to see their skills flourish in Des Moines as they network with each other and get a jump start to their professional lives.”

Employers with interns are encouraged to attend the Employer Info Session on May 14 at BeerStyles, regardless of prior participation in the YURtern program. This event offers a valuable opportunity to network with other professionals, gain insights into the YURtern program, and enjoy complimentary food and beverages, courtesy of Presenting Sponsor, Palmer Group.

The YURtern program would not be possible without the generous support of its sponsors. Our Presenting Sponsor, Palmer Group, has been the Presenting Sponsor of the program since the summer of 2017. Supporting Sponsors for this summer’s program include Athene, Baker Group, Co-op Solutions, Farm Bureau Financial Services, IMT Insurance, Merchants Bonding Company, Wellabe, and Zirous.

To learn more about the YURtern Summer Intern Program, visit the WDM Chamber’s website, or you can register for the program directly.  


About the WDM Chamber of Commerce
The West Des Moines Chamber of Commerce, established in 1924, is a dynamic organization dedicated to championing all things West Des Moines. With a focus on strengthening local businesses, providing personalized resources, and attracting a top-tier workforce, the Chamber aims to position WDM as the best suburban city in America. Celebrating a century of excellence, the Chamber boasts a diverse community of over 800 members, offering something for everyone. Explore the possibilities, learn more about the chamber, and discover how you can get involved in shaping the future of West Des Moines at wdmchamber.org.

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