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Intern and Employer of the Year Award

The University of Kentucky seeks to recognize and honor the achievements of its student interns as well as acknowledge the deep investment employers make in our students every year. Experiential Education is an important component to student success in college and sets students up for accomplishment in their careers after college. Companies and organizations are critical to creating exceptional learning and working opportunities for our students.

Spring 2023 Ceremony

  • Intern of the Year (Undergraduate) - Cassi Fabby, College of Agriculture, Food, and Environment – GXO Logistics
  • Intern of the Year (Graduate) – Ashley Carroll, College of Public Health- Kentucky Department of Public Health
  • Employer of the Year – VonLehman M&A Advisory Group

Spring 2022 (Ceremony Video)

Spring 2021

Fall 2020

Fall 2019

UK Intern of the Year

The UK Student Intern of the Year honors undergraduate and graduate students who exceeded expectations, took ownership and initiative, grew as a professional, and made an outstanding impact on their organization.

Time Period of Student Experience

Time Period of Student Experience: January 2023 to December 2023 

Intern Categories

Intern Categories 

  • Undergraduate student 
  • Graduate student 

Intern Nomination Requirements

Businesses, nonprofits, and government agencies as well as UK offices, departments, and faculty can nominate a student for UK Intern of the Year.  The Awards selection committee will review applications based on the following areas: 

  • How the student exceeded expectations and went above and beyond a normal internship. 
  • Student growth in soft skills needed to succeed in the world of work.  
  • Examples of student’s outstanding work, touching on initiative, creativity, professionalism, or original work – related to the assigned projects.  
  • How the student made a positive impact on their department, organization or operations, such as but not limited to: cost savings, process or quality improvements.  
  • How student specifically grew professionally throughout this work-integrated learning experience. 

(Note: Student must be in Good Academic/Student Conduct Standing)

Application Process & Timeline

  • Please complete the nomination form, including uploading a letter on letterhead (1-2 pages):
  • The deadline for nominations: February 26th, 2024
  • Following submission of your nomination, we will ask students to provide a student statement and resume to complete the application.

The UK Employer of the Year Award

The UK Employer of the Year Award is presented to an employer for significant contributions to the University of Kentucky through recruitment and hiring of our students and alumni, as well as engagement with the UK career centers to support career programs and professional development on campus.

Time Period of Employer Involvement

Time Period of Employer Involvement: January 2023 to December 2023 

Employer Nomination Requirements

UK students, staff, or faculty members can nominate an employer for the UK Employer of the Year Award.  The Awards selection committee will review applications based on the following areas: 

  • Hosted at least 1 UK student intern during the required term (January 2023 - December 2023)  
  • Employer-provided opportunities for mentorship, training, professional development, and networking, as well as challenging roles and assignments to student intern(s). 
  • Employer’s level of engagement and involvement with UK and UK students including student informational interviews, job shadow experiences, campus career fairs, employer panels, classroom presentations, student organizations, and hiring of UK students.

Application Process & Timeline

  • Please complete the nomination form 
  • The deadline for nominations: February 26th, 2024