June 3, 2019
Housing will be the summer focus of Republic County Economic Development’s summer intern, Harley Schuster. Her position is funded by the generous support of the Dane G. Hansen Community Internship program. She will be housed in Belleville thanks to a grant from the Republic County Community Foundation. She is one of the twenty-two interns serving the twenty-six county Northwest Kansas region.
Schuster and RCED director Luke Mahin have presented to the Belleville City Council, Belleville Chamber & Main Coffee, and Republic County Commissioner meetings about the summer internship. Schuster will work with RCED learning about past and current housing efforts in the county and developing housing resources for cities in the county. She will also be working on architectural designs for in-fill housing on vacant lots, new development areas, and downtown housing. A final presentation will be presented at the end of July or early August.
Harley Schuster is originally from Superior, Nebraska and graduated from Superior Public High School. She is currently studying to receive a Master of Architecture degree from Kansas State University. She looks forward to bringing her skills and knowledge to the county as well as working to innovate and design new housing possibilities within the different communities.
“I was excited when I heard about this job opportunity, growing up in a rural area I have a firsthand understanding of the importance of rural development and the struggles that can be associated with it. I hope that by working within the county that I can help provide design solutions that can assist with the specific needs of the county as well as the individual communities.”
“We are so thankful to the Dane G. Hansen Foundation for providing this free internship for Northwest Kansas municipalities and non-profits who apply through the competitive round with potential projects,” Republic County Economic Development Director, Luke Mahin stated. “Harley’s experience growing up in a similar rural community will be valuable in developing new ideas that fit the housing demands of the county.”
If you have a student in their final years of College that would be interested in a paid Dane G. Hansen internship for the summer of 2020 or you represent a non-profit/municipality that might want to consider applying to host an intern, it is encouraged to follow the Dane G. Hansen Foundation on social media for internship announcements in late winter.