Announcing the 2018-2019 Meredith apprentices from Iowa State University

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Ten Iowa State undergraduate students have been selected to participate in the [Meredith Apprentice Program](/internships/meredith-apprentice-program/) for the 2018-19 school year.

Now entering its 15th year, the Greenlee School’s [partnership with Meredith Corporation](/2017/08/22/meredith-renews-greenlee-school-partnership-with-5-year-500000-commitment/) places Iowa State students in editorial, digital and graphic design apprenticeships with several of Meredith’s media brands and departments, including Better Homes and Gardens, Successful Farming and AllRecipes. The media and marketing company is headquartered in Des Moines, Iowa.

The paid apprenticeships offer real-world work experience and can be used for Greenlee students’ [JL MC 499 required internship](/internships/advrt-jl-mc-p-r-499/) credit. The program provides an amazing opportunity for students who are interested in magazine or digital media careers to work with professionals in the field, said Deb Gibson, Greenlee senior lecturer and Meredith professional in residence.


1) Better Homes & Gardens magazine: Madison Pincombe is a sophomore from Madison, Wisconsin, (hence the name of her blog: "Madison From Madison.") She is a journalism major with a minor in apparel merchandising and design. She serves as fashion editor for Trend magazine on campus and has worked as a "Self & Style" reporter for the Iowa State Daily, the nation’s No. 1 university student newspaper. She is a communication consultant for the Iowa State Writing and Media Center and has served on ISU’s Style Council for Boat House Apparel. She is active in the Alpha Delta Pi sorority, serving as its scholarship chair. She is a mentor for the Emerging Greek Leadership Council and served on ISU Homecoming’s CySquad. Madison is a member of the ISU Honors Program, and continues to place in the top 2 percent academically of students in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences.

2) Holidays/Entertaining: Maggie Curry has worked in many capacities at the Iowa State Daily: copy editor, reporter, "Self & Style" section editor, summer editor in chief (2017) and print editor (fall 2017). She also works as a copywriter for Model Farm, ISU’s student creative services agency, and just finished a publishing internship with ISU Museums. She also has worked as a copy editor for HSH Magazine on campus. Maggie grew up in Robins, Iowa, and is a junior journalism major with an English minor.

3) Traditional Home: Tara Larson, a junior journalism major with a general business minor, is a native of Humboldt, Iowa. She has worked as an ISU Daily reporter since October 2015. In addition, Tara works for both the ISU Greenlee School as a communications assistant and the ISU Foundation as a student development assistant. She also has written for the Greenlee School’s alumni magazine and writes for Trend magazine. She is a member of ISU’s PRSSA chapter.

4) American Patchwork & Quilting: Emily Clement, an ISU junior, serves as digital editor for the Iowa State Daily, and is responsible for the creation of the newspaper’s "Daily Dose," its first e-newsletter. She also has worked as the Daily’s assistant digital editor and digital reporter. She is a student staffer for the ISU Athletics Marketing Department, where she works on the marketing promo crew and the "Cy’d Out" Crew as its vice president of social media. She participated in the Dean’s Leadership Seminar in 2016-17. Emily is a native of Pleasant Hill, Iowa, majoring in public relations with minors in general business and event management.

5) Country Gardens: Lauren Vespa, who grew up in Urbandale, Iowa, is a junior journalism major with a minor in design studies. Currently she is a copywriting intern for HyVee Inc., and has worked as a communications intern for ISU’s College of Liberal Arts and Sciences. She also has served as an events/design intern for the Ames Chamber of Commerce and has worked as a teaching assistant for the Greenlee School. She serves on the 2018 ISU Homecoming Central Committee as campus involvement co-chair, is vice president of new member education for Alpha Chi Omega sorority, works as an ISU Student Admissions Representative (STARS) and is a member of the ISU Love Your Melon Crew. Lauren will be interning this summer at Two Rivers Marketing in Des Moines.

6) Successful Farming: Austin Anderson is a Cedar Falls, Iowa, native majoring in journalism with a minor in English/creative writing. He has worked for the Iowa State Daily as a sports reporter, as assistant sports editor, diversity editor and host of "The Daily Lounge," a weekly Facebook Live show. For his work, Austin has received awards from both the Columbia Scholastic Press Association and Hearst. He’s also worked as a sports anchor for ISUTV. He was named the 2015 Iowa High School Writer of the Year and netted 14 Iowa High School Press Association awards. Last summer he interned in Dublin, Ireland, for Metro Eireann, that country’s leading multicultural newspaper. An ISU junior, he currently works for ISU’s Study Abroad Center as its peer adviser, social media manager and videographer.

7) SIM Copy Editing: Megan Atkins serves as copy editor of the Iowa State Daily after working the past two years as a reporter for the Daily’s "Self & Style" section. She also has written for the websites College Fashionista and Odyssey Online. Megan, a junior from Pella, Iowa, has served the Sigma Kappa sorority as its public relations chairperson. She currently works as an administrative assistant for ISU’s Writing and Media Center and writes the blog, "Hope and Handbags." She is a journalism major with a minor in apparel merchandising and design, and this summer, Megan will be interning with Wells Fargo in Des Moines.

Graphic Design

1) Midwest Living/Meredith Travel Marketing Content Studio: Ruby Hotchkiss has worked as creative director of Trend magazine, and as a graphic design intern for ISU Extension and Outreach’s Rising Star Program. She has served as a student leader for Destination Iowa State and has worked as a floral designer for Flowerama. Ruby is a graphic design junior with a minor in leadership studies, and is active in The Salt Company in Ames. She is a Des Moines native.

2) AllRecipes: Lucy Besch hails from Manson, Iowa, and is a junior graphic design major with a minor in advertising. She currently works as a lab monitor for ISU’s College of Design and as an artist and event coordinator for Creative Spirits in Ames. Last summer Lucy served as an art intern for Broken Arrow Wear Screen Printing in Des Moines. She also has served as design chair for Kappa Kappa Gamma sorority, worked on the design team for Revival magazine, designed T-shirts for Fontenelle Supply Company and served as graphic designer for the Brett Smith Band.

3) Successful Farming: Amanda Karges is a junior graphic design major from Inver Grove Heights, Minnesota. She works as a graphic designer for PhotoSynthesis in Ames, and has worked many years in retail. Amanda performs with ISU’s Cantamus Women’s Choir and is a member of the Graphic Design Social Club. Her work has been featured in showcases in both Ames and St. Paul, Minn.