You Need Help | Students Need Experience

In lieu of many summer internships being canceled, workforce disruptions, and students who are home with time on their hands, now may be the perfect opportunity for your business to get a project done that has been on the back burner while giving our future workforce the experience they can use to build their resumes.  The PACE Alliance can help promote your project needs to students who are looking for opportunities this summer.

Let’s say you have a specific project that you don’t have time to handle OR you’ve always wanted to create but don’t have the expertise to get it off the ground. Many of you students have the skillset to accomplish the task.

Here is a list of projects to spark your creativity:

• website development
• IT
• graphic design
• social media marketing
• promotional videos
• inventory
• event planning
• window or display styling
• data analysis

Let the matchmaking begin

Employers, simply complete this interactive form, save it, and email it back to; or (print, complete and return by mail to PACE Alliance 818 Washington St, Pella IA 50219. Your project will be posted below and uploaded to Central College’s Handshake platform. Questions? Contact Karen Eischen: (641) 628-2626.

Students, check out the projects below and reach out to the employers to see if you’re a good fit. Now’s the perfect time to build your resume and your future!



State Farm Insurance


CONTACT: Kevin Van Wyk

PROJECT TITLE: PowerPoint presentation and speech writing

PROJECT DESCRIPTION: Work with Kevin to prepare two presentations/speeches to give at educational workshops around the country.

EXPECTATIONS: Someone who has PowerPoint experience but also someone with marketing and writing skills.

Warm Welcomes To You


CONTACT: Lori Morgan

PROJECT TITLE: Video & Social Media 

PROJECT DESCRIPTION: Create video detailing company mission as well as create and post consistent content for social media.

EXPECTATIONS: Someone who has video production and content creation experience welcome to apply.

PACE Alliance


CONTACT: Christi Vander Voort

PROJECT TITLE: Social Media Savant

PROJECT DESCRIPTION: Work with Christi to create and post consistent content for social media (Facebook & Instagram).

EXPECTATIONS: Someone who loves being social, can find the good in all sorts of situations, and has a knack for writing really fun/engaging captions. 

Highpoint At Pella


CONTACT: John Stark

PROJECT TITLE: Marketing Enhancements

PROJECT DESCRIPTION: Review, recommend and facilitate updates to photos and information provided on marketing materials and website. Software: Affinity Photo,, Virtual Software, AppFolio

EXPECTATIONS: Minimum time commitment to complete assigned task before the end of the summer. Project will take between 20-50 hours depending on experience. 4-8 hours a week until project is completed recommended; however, work hours are flexible. Ideal candidate will have some experience with photography and marketing along with a willingness to learn. Candidate can work from home; however, some time on property is necessary to complete project. Candidate will gain some experience with using virtual technologies along with producing materials viewable by the public.

836 Main Street


CONTACT: Michelle (Shelly) Riggen

PROJECT TITLE: Event planning which could include social media marketing, window/display styling, promotional videos, website development & staff management

PROJECT DESCRIPTION: The objective will be to plan at least one event per week; more if necessary. These will be themed, ticketed events designed to sell a set number of tickets. A set budget for staff and props will be provided for each event. Assistance with staging will be provided. Retail sales incentives should be included as an aspect of each event.

EXPECTATIONS: This project may be performed in person or remotely, but an initial understanding of the space and it’s available uses will need to be established, if working remotely. Five hours per week will be paid @ $10/hour. Additional compensation will be awarded through commissions on retail sales and tickets-sold-over-minimum. This could become an on-going employment opportunity if so desired. No completion date is firm at this time.
No experience is necessary but imagination/creativity is a must! Upper class education is not required and appropriate direction will be provided.
Some of the skills a candidate can hope to gain through this opportunity are:
– Project management: create the vision and plan and oversee the execution
– Teamwork participation and leadership
– Creating effective marketing pieces and campaigns
– Creating effective display and window styling
– Staging effective use of spaces for specific activities
– Artistic portfolio additions
– Critical thinking/problem solving
– Oral and written communications
– Digital technology
– Professionalism

PACE Alliance


CONTACT: Christi Vander Voort

PROJECT TITLE: Website Development & SEO

PROJECT DESCRIPTION: Work with Christi to format new pages on the website and finalize the SEO.

EXPECTATIONS: Someone who can see the world through the eyes of those who will click through the PACE Alliance website and create meaningful design. SEO experience.