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PACEDC Internship Program

The Palo Alto County Career/Intern Program was initially developed in 1999 by PACEDC Executive Director Maureen Elbert as a means of guaranteeing a future workforce in the county. The program encourages young adults to settle and bring new business to the area.

Internships often serve as the first taste of the real world for students. They learn what to expect in a job and how to handle the everyday stress and pressure of their selected career. An internship provides practical application of skills learned in the classroom. A student may do accounting problems in a class and a company’s payroll during an internship.

The Palo Alto County Career/Intern Program coordinates a variety of trainings and events each year including  our Intern Breakfast, Golf Outing, Team Building BBQ, CEO Networking Luncheon, skill building sessions and more.

Intern Program Events

Throughout the year we keep a busy events schedule designed to give our Interns and employers hands-on opportunities to grow skills and network.


2023 Intern Breakfast

May 24, 2023

Columbia Events Center (Formerly Known as KC Hall)

Secrets to Success Resized

2023 Secrets To Success

June 6, 2023




2023 Intern Golf Outing

June 9, 2023

West Bend Golf & Country Club


Kossuth County and Palo Alto County
Board of Supervisor’s Presentations

June 13 at 8:30am – Kossuth County Courthouse

June 13 at 10:00am – Palo Alto County Courthouse


Project Hope Weeks Resized

Project Hope Weeks

June 18 – July 1, 2023

ALICE Training Resized

ALICE Training

June 20, 2023

Kossuth County Election Center


Excel Training

June 27, 2023

Pharmacists Mutual Insurance Co.


Manage Your Money Resized

Manage Your Money

July 11, 2023


Career-Intern Committee

Bob Jennings - Board Liaison
Algona Municipal Utilities
Algona, IA

Alison VanOtterloo - Board Liason
Pharmacists Mutual Ins Co.
Algona, IA

Constantine (Gus) Marmaras
Algona, IA

Tiffany Elbert
Iowa Trust & Savings Bank
Emmetsburg, IA

Brianna Marso
Iowa State Bank
Algona, IA

Tina Ulfers
Smithfield Hog Production
Algona, IA

Ashley Meyer
Bishop Garrigan
Algona, IA

Kathryn Wirtz
The Meyocks Group
Algona, IA

Tascha Wykoff - Member at Large
Farmers State Bank
Whittemore, IA

Autumn Wirtz - Member at Large
Pharmacists Mutual Ins Co.
Algona, IA

Betsey Ulrich - Member at Large
Smithfield Hog Production
Algona, IA