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Seize the City

Open to all interns and college students working in Greater Des Moines (DSM), Seize the City is a series of community engagement and professional development opportunities in DSM. Additionally, interns experience the culture that makes DSM unique. Beginning in May and ending the first week of August, this six-part series features presentations from community leaders who speak about the ins and outs of business success.

Calling All Interns in DSM USA


Open to all interns and college students working in DSM.


Events will be hosted at businesses or cultural/recreational centers in DSM.


Interested in participating in 2019? Check back here for more details.


Interns that participate in three or more of the series will receive a Mastery of Community Leadership Certificate upon completion — a special designation created by The Partnership for Seize the City participants. In addition, all interns will have an opportunity to enjoy a small group breakfast or lunch with executives from the community.

Calendar of Events

Wednesday, May 30, 2018

Kickoff Event — Tour DSM
Sponsored by: Bankers Trust
Hosted at: Greater Des Moines Botanical Garden
909 Robert D. Ray Drive, Des Moines

Learn more about all DSM has to offer during your stay this summer. Members from the Young Professionals Connection, along with representatives from Bankers Trust, will be on hand to answer any questions.

Wednesday, June 13, 2018

Networking and Business Etiquette
Sponsored by: Nationwide
Hosted at: Nationwide Campus
1100 Locust St., Des Moines

Tuesday, June 26, 2018

Special Event Co-Hosted with Ames Chamber of Commerce
Ames, Iowa
Buses leave from 700 Locust St. at 4:15 p.m.

Wednesday, July 11, 2018

Personal Brand
Sponsored by: Federal Home Loan Bank of Des Moines
Hosted at: Des Moines Social Club's Kum & Go Theater
901 Cherry St., Des Moines

Wednesday, July 25, 2018

Transferable Skills & Mentorship
Hosted at: GuideOne Insurance
1111 Ashworth Road, West Des Moines

Wednesday, Aug. 1, 2018

Sendoff Event — Work/Life Balance
Sponsored by: John Deere
Hosted at: Curate
322 East Court Ave., Des Moines

Past interns have come from these organizations in DSM:

  • All Iowa Can Be
  • Altar'd State
  • Ames Chamber of Commerce
  • Ames Tribune
  • Athene USA
  • Aureon
  • Baker Group
  • Banana Republic
  • Bankers Trust
  • Beauty Brands
  • Berkshire Hathaway Energy-Renewables
  • Blank Park Zoo
  • Blueprint Strategies
  • Bluestone Engineering
  • BNIM Architects
  • Boys & Girls Club of Central Iowa
  • Brick Street Market and Cafe
  • BTC Capital Management
  • Businessolver
  • CenturyLink
  • Charming Charlie
  • City of Pleasant Hill
  • City of Urbandale 
  • Clemen Wilcox & Associates/Everything Spanish
  • Cognizant
  • Compressor Controls Corporation
  • Confluence
  • Cre8tv Qn
  • Critical Labs
  • Cultivation Corridor
  • Current RE
  • Davita
  • Deloitte & Touche, LLP
  • Delta Dental of Iowa
  • Democracy Matters
  • Des Moines Area Community College
  • Des Moines Downtown Chamber of Commerce
  • Des Moines East and South Chamber of Commerce
  • Des Moines Playhouse
  • Drake University
  • DuPont Pioneer
  • EMC Insurance Companies
  • EMC Risk Services
  • Environmental Law & Policy Center
  • Eurofins
  • FBL Financial Group
  • FEH Design
  • Financial Architects 
  • First National Bank
  • Forbs Export Services LLC
  • Galen Kurth Remax Real Estate Concepts
  • Greater Des Moines Leadership Institute
  • Gremler Financial
  • Healthiest State Initiative
  • Hubbell Community Management
  • Hy-Vee
  • Intoxalock
  • Iowa Department of Revenue
  • Iowa Speedway
  • J.F. Ahern Fire Protection
  • Jones Lang LaSalle
  • John Deere Financial
  • Lakeside Engineers
  • Life Care Services
  • LifeServe Blood Center
  • Lorenz & Jones
  • LS2group
  • LWBJ
  • Mack McClain & Associates
  • McClure Engineering Co.
  • MidAmerican Energy
  • Midwest Family Lending
  • Nate Sammler State Farm
  • Nationwide
  • Newbury Living
  • Northwestern Mutual
  • Nyemaster Goode, P.C. 
  • Patty Judge for Iowa
  • PepsiCo
  • Principal Financial Group
  • ProSky
  • QuikTrip
  • R&R Realty Group
  • RSM
  • Sammons Financial Group
  • Simonson & Associates Architects L.L.C.
  • Stine Seed Company
  • Strategic Elements
  • Substance Architecture
  • Sunglass Hut
  • Tastes of Brasil
  • Telligen
  • The Baker Group
  • U.S. Bank
  • UnityPoint Health - Des Moines
  • UPS
  • Vermeer Corporation
  • Waddell & Reed
  • Wellmark Blue Cross & Blue Shield
  • Wells Fargo & Co.
  • Whitfield & Eddy Law
  • Wooly's
  • World Food Prize Foundation