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Sharing the Experience of a Lifetime: Nanwalek, Alaska

During the summer of 2013 six IUPUI students had the experience of a lifetime studying, volunteering, and working with an indigenous community of fewer than 300 people in Nanwalek, Alaska, during a three-week Anthropology and Museum Studies Field Experience. Following the summer experience the group planned and hosted a public presentation about the experience for an audience of 50 people which proved to be an experience as well.


The School of Liberal Arts students who participated in the Field Experience and fall presentation were: Caitlin Kegley, a second-year masters student studying Anthropology; Megan Elmore, a senior Anthropology major; Vickie Stone, a non-degree seeking graduate student; Alyssa Boge, a first year graduate student pursing a degree in Museum Studies; Daniel Bennett, a first-year Anthropology major; Tyler Coxey, an Anthropology student; Brianna McKnight, an Education student and Lauren Baker, a Museum Studies graduate student.


The students were responsible for every aspect of the public forum, from planning the venue, room set-up, and refreshments to publicity and seeking funding to pay for the event, to planning content, each person's part, and creating a video. The students said the presentation was all about telling the story of the adventure they had just been on. "The goal of our presentation was to share how meaningful and dynamic this experience was, and how much we learned from it, both academically and community-based," Elmore said.

Watch the presentation video. or Read more.

Riley Area Development Corporation Internship Success Story

Vanessa Echeverria, a graduate student in the School of Public and Environmental Affairs pursuing a masters in nonprofit management, learned more about that subject faster than she ever thought she could thanks to an internship with Riley Area Development Corporation.


"This internship exceeded my goals of building skills," she said. "I never imagined I would have learned so much in so little time. I was given a lot of responsibility and freedom to make my own decisions. My opinions were respected and they gave me many opportunities to participate in events and network." Read more.  

CyberLab Interns Produced CN App for Thousands of Learners

Through the support of the IUPUI Solution Center's Venture Fund, the IUPUI CyberLab has been able to recruit a skilled set of interns to work on education technology innovation and development.


The CyberLab is a research and development lab on the IUPUI campus. After assisting in the development of several successful learning systems, including Oncourse, Angel Learning, and Epsilen, the CyberLab has taken on CourseNetworking (CN) as its current project. CN is an academic social learning environment with thousands of members in more than 100 countries worldwide.

Read more. 

Goodbye to Solution Center Staff Member, Chrissy Colgrove!
We are saying goodbye to Chrissy Colgrove, who has been the Solution Center's Communication Intern since August 2013. Chrissy managed social media accounts, designed our monthly newsletter, and coordinated other internal and external communication efforts for the Solution Center. 

Chrissy has taken a Corporate Public Relations internship in the Fashion/Retail business. This is a great opportunity for her and we wish her the best in her endeavors!

Congratulations recent Community Venture Fund recipients!
Small businesses, nonprofits and government agencies are invited to apply for matching grants through the Solution Center's Community Venture Fund. These grants support community-based internship programs, research projects and short-term business assistance efforts. So far in January, the following organizations received

$31,810 in Venture Fund Awards:

Please pass on these Venture Funded internship openings!
The following opportunities are available to currently enrolled IUPUI students in good standing through a partnership with the employers and the IUPUI Solution Center. These paid internships are partially supported by the IUPUI Community Venture Fund. IUPUI students can look for these opportunities in JagJobs ( or their school's career services site, and apply soon!
Don't miss these upcoming university & community events!
2014 IUPUI Career Fair: April 2, 2014
Offers employers the opportunity to meet with IUPUI's talented students and alumni regarding internship and full-time recruiting needs. Open to all IUPUI students and alumni. Wednesday, April 2, 2014 from 1:00 PM to 5:00 PM at IUPUI Campus Center, Room 450  Learn more.
IUPUI Research Day: April 11, 2014
This all-day event provides an opportunity for the IUPUI faculty, staff, and students, their academic, industrial, and governmental partners, and the broader community, to come together and learn more about the research enterprise at IUPUI, to explore new collaborations, and to lay the foundation for new partnerships.  Learn more.
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