Announcing the 2019-20 Meredith apprentices from Iowa State University

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Emma Willcockson ('17, graphic design) helped out at photo shoots with the Diabetic Living team during her 2016-17 design apprenticeship. Photo by Emily Blobaum

Ten Iowa State undergraduate students have been selected to participate in the Meredith Apprentice Program for the 2019-20 academic year.

Now entering its 16th year, the Greenlee School’s partnership with Meredith Corporation places Iowa State students in apprenticeships with Meredith media brands and departments based at its Des Moines, Iowa, headquarters. This year’s assignments included editorial/digital, graphic design and consumer revenue positions.

The paid apprenticeships offer students real-world work experience alongside seasoned professionals at a leading media company. Apprenticeships also can be used for Greenlee students’ JL MC 499 required internship credit.

"This is a new team that’s loaded with campus publication talent and experience. It’s a win for our students who are now able to segue into the professional arena, and it’s a win for Meredith who can benefit from these students’ demonstrated commitment and passion for media," said Deb Gibson, Greenlee senior lecturer and Meredith professional in residence.

Meredith Corporation is a publicly held media conglomerate known for its popular brands including People, Better Homes and Gardens and Real Simple. Its National Media Group reaches more than 175 million unduplicated American consumers every month, including over 80 percent of U.S. millennial women. Meredith is the No. 1 magazine operator in the U.S. and owner of the largest premium content digital network for American consumers.

Meet the 2019-20 Meredith apprentices from Iowa State:


1. AllRecipes:

Tanner Owens is a sophomore journalism major from Winterset. He works as a staff writer for "Limelight," the arts and entertainment section of the Iowa State Daily (the campus newspaper). Tanner’s stories consistently crack the weekly Top 10 Daily stories for numbers of readers — not common for A&E stories — and his second Daily story ever landed on Page 1 as the centerpiece. A self-professed "outdoors guy," he is a member of the ISU Pheasants Forever chapter and ISU Trap and Skeet Club. He has studied and traveled in Peru and has worked as an aquatic center manager and lifeguard. He currently works in an ISU kinesiology department’s youth outreach program teaching children to swim.

2. — Lifestyle & Pets:

Averi Baudler is a sophomore journalism major from Clive. Since she enrolled at Iowa State, Averi has worked as a reporter for the Iowa State Daily, covering theatre and entertainment. She also serves as a campus brand representative for Rent the Runway and has written publications for the Waukee Area Chamber of Commerce. Averi is an active member of Kappa Kappa Gamma sorority, currently serving as marshal and just finishing as Greek Week co-chair for her house. She is a two-year member of ISU’s Salt Company, and has sung in the university’s Cantamus Women’s Choir. Averi also is a member of the Greenlee School’s journalism learning community.

3. Country Gardens:

Haley Knudsen is a junior with a double major in journalism and environmental studies. She has interned with the Iowa Department of Natural Resources’ Iowa Outdoor magazine and will do so again this summer. She also has served as a creative arts intern with Story Hill Church in Lawrence, Kansas, and has worked as a reporter on the engineering beat for the Iowa State Daily. Haley grew up in St. Charles, Illinois, and is a leader with ISU’s Salt Company. She also has participated in the Greenlee School’s journalism learning community. In her spare time, Haley freelances as a graphic designer; one of her shirt designs appeared on national television during an episode of "American Ninja Warrior." She also has worked as a professional photographer since 2016.

4. Midwest Living:

Bryce Jones is a junior from Cedar Rapids with a double major in journalism and Spanish. This semester, Bryce is attending Universidad Internacional Menéndez Pelayo in Seville, Spain. She has served as a writer, lifestyle editor and copy editor for Trend, ISU’s fashion and beauty campus magazine. She works for ISU’s College of Human Sciences as a web assistant and editor, has worked as a writer and social media director for the ISU chapter of Odyssey Online and served as an administrative assistant for ISU’s Writing and Media Center. She plays viola for the Iowa State Symphony Orchestra and is an active member of the Kappa Kappa Gamma sorority and the ISU chapter of the Association of Women in Communications. Bryce also has served as a student representative on the Greenlee School’s curriculum committee.

5. Special Interest Media — Home Design:

Rachel O’Brien is a junior with a double major in journalism and women’s and gender studies. Currently Rachel serves as editor in chief of Ethos, ISU’s general interest magazine, and also has worked as a writer and articles editor for Ethos and as a writer for Happy Strong Healthy, an ISU wellness magazine. Currently, Rachel also serves as the social media intern for Cyclone Hockey, and is writing for four student-designed magazine issues based on the history and expansion of rock music. Rachel is a native of Streamwood, Illinois.

6. Successful Farming:

Trevor Holbrook is an Iowa State Daily veteran, working three solid years as a reporter and assistant sports editor. He also freelances as a reporter for KMA Radio in Shenandoah. Trevor, a junior, carries a double major in journalism and finance, and is a native of Corning. He is a member of ISU’s Finance Club and Sports Business Club.

7. Traditional Home:

Grace Rigdon is a junior majoring in apparel merchandise and design, with a minor in journalism. Las summer, Grace worked in New York as a beauty intern with 20 editors from titles such as Cosmopolitan, Harper’s Bazaar, Elle, Marie Claire, Town and Country and O, The Magazine. The Swisher native also has interned for WRITTEN Apparel, a fashion and lifestyle blog, and The Iowa Fashion Project. On campus, Grace is president of the ISU chapter of Odyssey Online, beauty editor and social media director for Trend magazine and a member of the ISU Fashion Show’s social media committee. She also has served as Style section editor for the Iowa State Daily. She freelances as a writer for Tinder’s digital platform, Swipelife, and as a content creator and blogger for a professional wedding planner. Last year Grace studied at Glasgow Caledonian University in Scotland.

Graphic Design

8. Special Interest Media Food:

Claire Hennessey is a junior in graphic design with a minor in apparel merchandising and design. Hailing from St. Paul, Minnesota, Claire served as art director for the recent ISU Fashion Show, after serving as its photography director last year. She has worked as an art director for Trend magazine and is PR and marketing director for ISU’s St. Jude Up ’til Dawn event. Claire is active in the Delta Delta Delta sorority, currently serving as its vice president of administration and previously as house manager. Last summer, she studied at Central Saint Martins, University of Arts in London.

9. AllRecipes:

Alyssa Raver is a transfer junior in ISU’s graphic design program, having previously studied at Clarke University in Dubuque. The Ankeny native is the official photographer for Cyclone Hockey, and works as a graphics moderator/manager for independently published art books. She previously interned for Group Benefits, Ltd., as a graphic designer. Her work at Clarke University was recognized with several 2018 Dubuque American Advertising Awards and the 2018 Harry and Goldye Kopple Fine Arts Award.

Consumer Revenue

10. Consumer Revenue eCommerce team:

Katherine Quimby is a junior majoring in advertising with a minor in general business. Katie, who grew up in Waukee, is a beauty writer for Trend magazine and serves on the PR committee for the ISU Blood Drive. She is a member of the Chi Omega sorority and the ISU Advertising Club. Last year, Katie’s submission for the national Washington Media Scholars media planning case competition landed in the top 6, from a field of over 200 teams.