KayLeigh Duerksen thought she loved clothing. The Bloomington native started out her undergraduate career studying apparel merchandising at the College of Arts + Sciences with a minor in marketing. It wasn’t until an internship with Bloomington-based part manufacturer TASUS that she decided to pursue a human resource management degree at Indiana University’s O’Neill School of Public and Environmental Affairs.
Intern of the year
Duerksen, a junior, was recently awarded Intern of the Year, an Indiana INTERNnet Impact Award, which recognizes excellence among interns. Her direct supervisor at TASUS, who is working on a master’s degree from IU, nominated her, she said.
Duerksen was honored during the 11th annual IMPACT Awards luncheon in February 2017. She met Tamika Catchings, a four-time Olympic gold medalist and WNBA All Star, who delivered the keynote address.
Duerksen believes she stood out from the 40 other interns who were nominated in her category because she’s combining two different fields into one position.