Yeutter Student Fellows

Overview 

Yeutter Student Fellows is a professional development program for students seeking a margin of excellence in their career preparation by connecting knowledge gained in the classroom with professional development opportunities. A cohort of up to 10 students form for one academic year and commit to regular meetups focused on networking, skill building, and learning about international trade. Students will produce one deliverable in the spring semester—one that will give you an edge as you prepare for the next step in your educational or professional journey. Past deliverables have included individual briefing papers (primers on trade policy issues of interest) and a team project (spring 2021 focused on new ways to build connections between heartland residents and federal trade policymakers).

The institute’s namesake, Clayton Yeutter, was passionate about students and preparing them for our changing world. During a 1989 commencement speech he said “…if you are prepared to be broad and creative and global in your thinking, you should have a very productive and rewarding career indeed.” We're to committed to that same mindset.

Student Fellows 2021

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Patrick Baker

major:
Political Science and Global Studies
minor:
Arabic Studies
hometown:
Maryville, Missouri
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Zachary Cheek

major:
Economics and Music
hometown:
Elkhorn, Nebraska
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Marco Cuaran

major:
Economics and Finance
hometown:
Ipiales, Columbia
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Jason Dirks

major:
Economics
minor:
Statistics, Mathematics, FInance
hometown:
Ankeny, Iowa

Payton Flower

major:
Agricultural Economics, Public Policy Concentration
minor:
Leadership and Communication
hometown:
Scottsbluff, Nebraska

Savannah Gerlach

major:
Agricultural Economics, Public Policy Concentration
minor:
International Agriculture and Natural Resources, Leadership and Communication
hometown:
De Witt, Nebraska
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Laurene Lee

major:
Economics and Political Science
minor:
National Security Studies and Global Studies
hometown:
Seoul, South Korea and Victoria, Canada
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Savant Nzayiramya

major:
Integrated Science
minor:
International Agriculture and Natural Resources, Leadership and Communication
hometown:
Kigali, Rwanda
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Michaela Webb

major:
Economics and Finance
minor:
Business Analytics
hometown:
Eagle, Idaho
Program Details and Application

What makes the program unique?
It is interdisciplinary; the cohort includes students from several different majors and colleges across campus who will work together around the common theme of international trade while learning to see trade issues from different perspectives. International trade is inherently interdisciplinary; your preparation to succeed in the field should be, too.

What to expect

  • Tap into the Yeutter Institute network and meet University guests, Yeutter Advisory Council members, and Nebraska business leaders
  • Research and produce a written professional deliverable
  • Advance your understanding of international trade policy
  • Develop community with your peers
  • Explore career paths in international trade

Time commitment
Required meet-ups 1-2 times a month for 1 hour with cohort peers and Yeutter Institute leadership, ranging from social to professional. Other opportunities may be scheduled as well. Students will also spend time to preparing a professional product during the spring semester.

How do I know if this is for me?
If you are a self-starter who is curious about international trade and finance, motivated to learn more, seeking more exposure to possible career paths in this area, excited by the idea of building professional skills through interdisciplinary teamwork, and willing to commit the time to meet the objectives, then this is a fit for you. We are looking for students who are purposeful, intentional, and resourceful. Students must also be willing to commit. It’s not a class, but an opportunity for learning and professional development. We will help equip you and provide the tools, but the cohort will only be as valuable as your engagement.

Eligibility

  • Must have read, “How do I know if this is for me?” and said, yes!
  • Must be a University of Nebraska-Lincoln Junior or Senior during the 2021-2022 academic year
  • The program is available to students of all majors

To apply
The 2021-2022 cohort has been filled. Applications for the next cohort will open Spring 2022. Questions? Email yeutterinstitute@unl.edu.

DJ Bergo

DJ Bergo

Yeutter Student Fellow 2020-21

Global Studies Major
University of Nebraska-Lincoln

The Yeutter Student Fellows program has been a thoroughly enriching educational and professional experience. Throughout my time in this program, I have gained useful knowledge about international trade issues, produced high-quality deliverables on important and relevant topics, and been able to connect with an exceptional group of fellow students and experienced professionals.

Malina Lindstrom

Malina Lindstrom

Yeutter Student Fellow 2020-21

Animal Science and Agriculture and Environmental Sciences Communications Double-Major
University of Nebraska-Lincoln

Being part of Yeutter Student Fellows has been a one-of-a-kind experience! Not only has it provided me with a unique community of students from across the university, but it allowed me to pursue my interest in trade and urge to better understand the policies that shape the industry that I love. The Yeutter Institute team does an incredible job of allowing each of us to take a deep dive into the topics that interest us and will affect our future careers. For me, that’s the beef industry and meat exports.

Justin Myers

Justin Myers

Yeutter Student Fellow 2020-21

Economics Major
University of Nebraska-Lincoln

The Yeutter Student Fellows program has given me the opportunity to meet and network with other peers at the university with similar interests in trade but with different skills and trade backgrounds. I've also been able to do research and create deliverables that relate to my interests in trade and have been able to meet with and hear from trade policy experts from across the spectrum who helped with my research. The YSF has been one of the most enjoyable parts of my senior year and I'm excited to see how it grows in the coming years!

Patrick Baker

Patrick Baker

Yeutter Student Fellow 2020-21

Political Science and Global Studies Double-Major
University of Nebraska-Lincoln

Yeutter Student Fellows has presented me invaluable opportunities to connect with local, state, and national business and government leaders. The program has been instrumental in my career development and I believe it will be one of the most impactful experiences that I take part in while at Nebraska.