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app displayed with a pig at Iowa State Fair

Each summer, our interns tackle one or two big projects in groups led by our awesome, dedicated full-time team members. This year, our interns created an augmented reality app that was featured at the Iowa State Fair.

Read all about the intern project of summer 2022!

We think our internships are great, but we might be biased.

Take it from past z|Interns, many of whom are now full-time employees, some for as long as 15+ years.

Luke McDermott  |  Senior Application Developer
Summer 2015 & 2016 |  Iowa State University 

Why did you choose Zirous for an internship? 
I choose Zirous for an internship because I had taken a couple of computer science courses and thought an internship would be the best way to put my skills to the test and expand on the knowledge I gained in class. What I didn’t know is that I would learn way more in one summer than I did in the majority of my courses. After the first summer, it was a no-brainer that I wanted to come back for a second summer.

Why did you choose Zirous for full-time employment?
After my internships with Zirous, I knew that the environment, culture, and people were what I wanted in a full-time position. I knew they respected the work/life balance and offered ways to better yourself in a professional manner so it was an easy choice for me.

Georgia Porter  |  Solutions Consultant
Summer 2021 |  Simpson College 

What did you like about your internship project?
I enjoyed working on the Augmented Reality project because the technology was cutting edge and we were able to create a tangible video game to share with family and friends. As an intern group, we impacted the future revenue for Zirous and explored how extended reality could benefit our customers and continuous growth within departments. Prior to the summer, I had little game development experience and Zirous allowed us to learn, train, and invest in our personal skills. I truly felt that I had ownership of my work and was given the freedom to create the game experience with a personal touch. Working in a team of four interns, I also gained friendships and collaboration skills that will stand as valuable connections and assets throughout my career.

Why did you choose Zirous for an internship?
I chose Zirous after finding them through LinkedIn and connecting with a Simpson alum working full time. I was intrigued after exploring the Zirous website and seeing such a modern and exciting culture portrayed through past projects and employee testimonials. The interview process was unlike any other I had experienced, quickly feeling welcomed, introduced to the CEO Mike McDermott, and even receiving M&M’s (a staple in the office) in the mail for participating in question activities. When making my final decision for how to spend my summer, I connected with a past Zirous intern and learned even more about the internship program and their journey. From the start, I felt like a valued employee even before I walked through the door.

Why did you choose Zirous for full-time employment?
Looking into the future of my career, I knew I wanted variety in the projects I’m passionate about. As a consulting company, Zirous provides the opportunity to interact with several industries while focusing on a few personal development areas. At another company, I could have been locked into creating insurance applications for years to come. I’m excited about working with new technologies and continuing to grow alongside Zirous. To top it off, the internship program gave a glimpse into the amazing culture established here and I’ve enjoyed participating in all the ways to get involved.

Georgia Porter Headshot
Kaili Lawson Headshot

Kaili Lawson  |  Application Developer Intern
Summer 2021  |  Iowa State University

What did you like about your internship project?
I loved the intern project because it was super applicable to modern technology, and we got tons of freedom to customize it how we wanted! The project was not just busywork like some internships, and we got to talk about where it would go in the future and the marketability of our project. We were also given the opportunity to learn new technology and skills that will be incredibly important to our futures!

Why did you choose Zirous for an internship?
I knew I wanted to work for Zirous right after my interview. I could tell right off the bat that I would love the people and the culture. When talking to the people interviewing me, it seemed like each of them cared and actually wanted to know more about me! Also the interview process was unique and fun.

Why would you recommend Zirous for an internship / employment?
I HIGHLY recommend Zirous for internships / employment because of the company culture and great experience! Being an intern is always scary because you’re the new kid on the block, but the people at Zirous immediately make you feel welcome! The projects are engaging and interesting, and the Zirous team is incredibly knowledgeable and helpful.

MyTien Kien  |  Application Developer Intern
Summer 2021  |  Iowa State University

What did you like about your internship project?
The project itself was not only fun, but also very helpful, as it contained concepts that I never thought I would be learning. There was always something to do and something new to learn. I am always up for a challenging task and this project provided me just that. I’ve learned several new concepts during this internship that I’ll be able to use in the future, and I appreciate that.

Why did you choose Zirous for an internship?
While going through the interview process, I realized that several people who worked there have worked there for a very long time. As I ask everyone why they decided to stay at Zirous, their answers varied, with most of them dealing with the culture there. The environment I want to work in is one of my top decision factors, so I knew Zirous would provide me with a fun and amazing internship experience based on what was provided.

Why would you recommend Zirous for an internship / employment?
Zirous not only cares about you as an employee but also as an individual. The company prioritizes personal life along with the work they do, which is something I appreciate. Along with that, I’ve learned many different skill sets while I was here. This was my first internship so I wasn’t sure what to look forward to but I knew that with the internship projects they have had in the past, I had no doubt that I wouldn’t learn anything new.

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Lakin Jenkins  |  Application Developer
Spring & Summer 2022  |  Iowa State University  |  Returning full-time May 2023

Why did you choose Zirous for an internship?
I chose Zirous for an internship originally because of the new experiences I knew I would get to be introduced to and getting to experience a smaller company. I chose to stay at Zirous a second year because of the amazing culture they had and the fact that the second year they allowed me to get introduced to another practice area in the company. 

Why would you recommend Zirous for an internship / employment?
I would recommend Zirous for an internship because of its culture and variety of options. This company culture is incomparable and you make friends here very fast. They always have multiple projects going on at the same time so if you’re not happy with what you’re doing there’s always another option and you can find your niche. 

Eric Gleiter  |  Application Developer
Summer 2020  |  Iowa State University

What did you like about your internship project?
I really enjoyed the freedom and trust that was placed in the interns. Instead of being the typical intern who doesn’t get to do much, we were treated like new employees. We were given free rein to complete our project in the most effective way. This led to me learning so many new things and gaining experience that I wouldn’t otherwise have. To me, this really showed how much Zirous cared about allowing us to develop and become better professionals.

Why did you choose Zirous for an internship?
I heard of Zirous from a past intern who spoke highly of the people and the culture, which sparked my interest. Then during the interview process, all of the positive things I had heard were confirmed. There was such a large emphasis placed on growth and learning, that I knew Zirous would be a great place for me to get real world experience. Additionally, when I met the staff at the interview everyone was so welcoming and helpful, It was a much better experience than I had at other companies, and I knew I had to take the opportunity.

Why did you choose Zirous for full-time employment?
The thing I liked most about Zirous and what ultimately led to come back full time, is the culture. At Zirous everyone is both extremely knowledgeable and helpful. I felt like anytime I hit a roadblock during my project there was someone who was an expert and was also willing to take the time to help me solve my problem in a way where I understood what was happening. My internship was remote, so to be able to see this culture when we were all working from home was very impressive and made me sure I wanted to be a part of it.

Eric Gleiter
Kaela Newman

Kaela Newman  |  Application Developer 
Summer 2020  |  Drake University

What did you like about your internship project?
I liked the chance to work on a unique project that expanded my knowledge by having me work on mobile application development for the first time.

Why did you choose Zirous for an internship?
I chose Zirous as an internship because they have a history of interesting intern projects and I knew it would be an opportunity that other companies can’t offer.

Why did you choose Zirous for full-time employment?
I chose Zirous for full time employment because I knew they keep their employees well educated on new and useful technology and tools. The company culture also seemed like a great fit for me!

Macy Fuelberth  |  Business Analyst
Summer 2019, Summer 2020  |  University of Iowa

What did you like about your internship project?
The scope of our project was wide enough that I always had something to do, yet specific enough for us form a very clear process of how to accomplish what we wanted. The things I worked on and learned were very interesting and relevant to the real world. I was challenged, but I never felt incapable, because Zirous has so many resources and people I could go to.

Why would you recommend Zirous for an internship / employment?
Zirous values your ability to grow and reach your potential, rather than just focusing on what you already know. I didn’t come into my internship with much experience, and the environment here was ideal for me to learn and develop my skills. The company has so many talented people who love what they do, and I could reach out to any of them for help or advice.

Macy Thompson
Katie Perkins

Katie Perkins  |  Senior Application Developer
Summer 2017, Summer 2018, Summer 2019  |  Iowa State University

Why did you choose Zirous for an internship?
Zirous seemed like the best fit for me. It was close to home and most importantly, it gave me the opportunity to learn more. I didn’t just apply what I’ve been learning in school to a project. I was able to learn new skills and technologies that will help me in future classes and work after I graduate.

What have you enjoyed most about your internships at Zirous?
What I love most about Zirous is the people. Everyone wants to help you grow, whether it’s in your area of interest or in your professional skills. I could go up to anyone and ask them about what they do or to get advice from them.

Kaitlin Sickles  |  Solutions Consultant
Summer 2018  |  Drake University

Why did you choose Zirous for an internship?
I was looking for a data analytics internship, and Zirous offered that experience. During the interview, I met people that I would be working with, and I was excited to learn data analytics and machine learning from them.

Why did you choose Zirous for full-time employment?
I chose Zirous for full-time employment because of the time I spent here during my internship. The people I work with and the projects I work on were exactly what I was looking for in full-time work as well.

Kaitlin Sickles

Chris Kelley  |  Senior Solutions Consultant
Summer 2014, Summer 2015, Summer 2016; Part-Time: Fall 2014, Winter 2015  |  Iowa State University

Why did you choose Zirous for an internship?
I had work experience at a vary large company that required me to do the same specific task everyday, which did not suit me. With Zirous, the amount of projects I could work on and seeing its whole project life cycle was exactly what I was missing. I wasn’t sure what exactly I wanted to do when I graduated at that point in my degree, and Zirous let me experience so many technologies to help me decide. Also, the company culture really resonated with me; I felt comfortable and enjoyed coming to work from the very beginning.

Why did you choose Zirous for full-time employment?
Zirous is a great place to continuously learn and develop into a stronger and more well rounded professional. Everyone always wants you to succeed and provides you the tools to do so. Team members are always willing to listen and provide feed back. I get to work with very exciting technologies in Big Data and Machine Learning which I find fun, challenging, and interesting.

Matt Krueger  |  Senior Application Developer
Summer 2015, Summer 2016  |  Iowa State University

Why did you choose Zirous for an internship?
Zirous presented truly interesting summer projects. My intern program was focused wholly on developing my skill set and they devoted a generous amount of resources to doing so. The work applied what was taught in university and successfully expanded my practical skills in diverse and new areas.

Why did you choose Zirous for full-time employment?
Zirous has a fantastic staff of people I love to work with and learn from. Employees are treated very well, being relaxed, flexible, and highly respectful of work-life balance. As a professional, I grew much more during my internships at Zirous than I did at other companies and I knew that focus on professional development would continue throughout full-time employment. The projects you work on and technology you use here are highly diverse, keeping the work fresh and maintaining a rewarding experience full of new and exciting opportunities.

Matt Krueger
Colton Rodgers

Colton Rodgers  |  Senior Infrastructure Engineer
Summer 2014  |  Drake University

Why did you choose Zirous for an internship?
Zirous offered me a chance to get real world experience in the fields that I was pursuing and seemed to me like the flexible company that I would like to work for, as well as giving me challenges each and every day so that I could better hone my talents and skills.

Why did you choose Zirous for full-time employment?
The people I would be working with, and the everyday atmosphere that would come with it. It felt like the right place for me. A place where I am continually challenged in work that I enjoy doing and learning about is a place where I know I can thrive and help the business thrive as well.

Tally Rodgers  |  Senior Business Analyst
Summer 2014  |  Drake University

Why did you choose Zirous for an internship?
I chose an internship with Zirous because it offered me a chance to try out my developer skills on a real project. At that point in my life, I wasn’t sure what I wanted to do with my degree and this was a fantastic opportunity to try on a more technical role. It was great for applying the things I learned in the classroom to real life and learning so much more on top of that. I am so grateful that I did because it made me realize that development wasn’t my passion. I was able to shadow a Business Analyst within the company during my internship and I found it to be a much better fit for me.

Why did you choose Zirous for full-time employment?
Zirous offered a unique way to use my analytical skills to help other companies solve their problems. Unlike a more traditional Business Analyst role, I really liked the idea of working on a new project every 6 months to a year with new clients. I get to enjoy the technical aspects of finding a solution with developers and also working with clients to figure out requirements and process improvements.

Tally Gullickson
MaKenzie Kalb

MaKenzie Kalb  |  Director of Research & Technology
Summer 2013  |  Vanderbilt University

Why did you choose Zirous for an internship?
I was looking for a place to use my engineering skills and apply them to problem solving in a software development context. I was looking forward to a summer of learning and developing my coding skills since I was not originally a computer engineering or computer science major.

Why did you choose Zirous for full-time employment?
I kept coming back to Zirous as a front runner in my search because of the caliber of people I knew I’d have the opportunity to work with, as well as the cutting edge technologies and continuous learning opportunities I knew would be a part of working for a company like Zirous.

Tony Brimeyer  |  VP of Integration Services
Spring 2007, Summer 2007; Part-Time: Fall 2007  |  Iowa State University

Why did you choose Zirous for an internship?
One of my “nice-to-have” requirements for an internship/employment was that I didn’t want to spend my career working on or maintaining a single piece of technology or a single project, so for the Fall 2006 career fair Zirous Inc. was on my list for that reason. In terms of the interview process, it could not have been more different. My interviews with large companies were on-site at Iowa State and impersonal, compared to the Zirous on-site interview and the welcoming atmosphere. Everyone was genuinely interested in showing me what Zirous was all about as much as interviewing me to find out if I would be a fit.

Why did you choose Zirous for full-time employment?
It was never work for me. I was learning at a much faster pace as an intern at Zirous than I was at ISU while at the same time realizing how much there was that I didn’t know. None of that would have been possible if there wasn’t an open-door culture. I always felt like I was able to ask anyone questions, and if they didn’t know the answer they would introduce me to someone that did and would be just as willing to help. At the time, the thing I liked the most about software development was that when you get a group of people working cohesively, you can build something better than the sum of what each person can do individually. I knew I could experience that here.

Tony Brimeyer
Luke Wenz

Luke Wenz  | Director of Integration Services
Summer 2006  |  Iowa State University

Why did you choose Zirous for an internship?
I chose Zirous for an internship for the opportunities to further develop the technical skills I learned in my classes and to get real world experience.

Why did you choose Zirous for full-time employment?
I liked the opportunity to be a full-stack developer and not siloed off in a small technical niche. I also enjoyed the high quality employees I could learn from both technically and from a professional perspective. Finally, I liked the laid back company culture and the flexibility it provided for work life balance.

Erin Putrah  |  Senior Solutions Consultant
Spring 2004  |  Simpson College

Why did you choose Zirous for an internship?
I chose Zirous for an internship because I visited their booth at the Iowa State job fair and thought the job would be a good fit for me and that the people I met there would be fun to work with.

Why did you choose Zirous for full-time employment?
I liked that working in consulting allowed me to work with lots of other technical people and on a variety of different types of projects, and I really enjoyed working with them during my internship.

Erin Putrah

Sydney Righi  | Advisory Services & AR Intern
Summer 2022  |  Emporia State University 

What did you like about your internship project?
I loved that I had a variety of projects to work on. They were challenging and always kept me on my toes. I liked working on Advisory Services because I was able to work with a team using problem solving and critical thinking skills. It gave us the freedom to take it wherever we thought best. It also forced me to explore every aspect of what it takes to build a new business offering, which is something I had not been able to experience before. I also really enjoyed working with the Iowa State Fair augmented reality team. This was also a unique opportunity where I was able to participate in the administrative side of things as well as learn about what goes into creating and testing an app.

Why did you choose Zirous for an internship?
I learned about Zirous through my sister and knew that it was an excellent place to work and that they truly care about their employees. Everyone I spoke with during the interview process was extremely friendly and welcoming, and I could tell it would be a great company to be a part of.

Molly Carrick | Application Developer Intern
Summer 2022  |  Iowa State University

What did you like about your internship project?
I liked the Virtual Reality project because it was a technology that I had never worked with before, so it gave me the opportunity to learn some unique skills. It was also open-ended which allowed my intern team to be creative. With this project, I felt like I was actually doing something worthwhile. It was clearly not just busy work and in the end, we were able to be very proud of our final product.

Why did you choose Zirous for an internship?
I chose Zirous because I could tell that it was filled with friendly people who wanted to include me in their team. They never treated me as if I was just an intern. They also gave me the tools I needed to thrive in the internship despite not having any prior experience with virtual reality development.  

Yaaseen Basha | Application Developer Intern
Summer 2022  |  Iowa State University 

What did you like about your internship project?
I liked being able to work on an emerging technology, virtual reality. I had no experience with virtual reality before my internship, and it’s safe to say that I learned quite a lot when it comes to virtual reality development. 

Why did you choose Zirous for an internship?
I knew that Zirous would be a great place for me to intern after I had interviewed with them after the career fair. Getting to know some of the people that worked here and experiencing the type of culture that Zirous has was key in my decision. Hearing what the interns did the previous summer showed me how Zirous values their interns.

Why would you recommend Zirous for an internship / employment?
Zirous is a great place to work for multiple reasons but especially because of the culture here. Everyone is welcoming and ready to help wherever they can. Interning here guarantees that you would be doing meaningful work while also learning many new things along the way!

Miguel Kunkle | 3D Modeler Intern
Summer 2022  | University of Missouri

What did you like about your internship project?
Our internship project was a combination of many things I love, with Zirous behind us all the way. Getting to incorporate my 3D skills to provide for not only Augmented Reality, but Virtual Reality as well was incredibly fun. I feel like the possibilities with 3D are endless, and Zirous is the place to be if you want to innovate. Our projects are the groundwork for hopefully many more projects to come, and the team will continue to grow and innovate to meet each new challenge.

Why did you choose Zirous for an internship?
The intern project was something not being done by other companies, and suddenly my niche knowledge became my strength. Looking through the testimonials of previous interns, I felt that the culture was open and inviting, and when I took my first steps through the office, all of my feelings were proven true.

Brooke McKee | Data Analyst Intern
Summer 2022  |  University of Iowa | Returning Intern Summer 2023

What did you like about the internship?
One thing I really appreciated with my internship at Zirous was the challenge I was tasked with. I was part of the data practice area as Zirous was beginning research on a new Microsoft product. I specifically looked into Microsoft Purview and the benefits the platform had to offer. If you know me, you know that I am a very curious person who typically has 10+ tabs open, so this job was the perfect fit for me. As I continued to learn more about Purview, I was accompanied with 3,4, or maybe 20 new questions. At school the learning process is rigid with a lack of opportunities to pursue new topics so it was a cool experience to be in charge of asking your own questions and also answering them yourself. 

Why did you choose Zirous for an internship?
I chose Zirous due to the connections I previously had within the company. Before accepting my internship position I knew a couple of the employees here and not a single one of them could tell me a fault regarding the company. I knew if I came here I would be welcomed and challenged.

Regan Nesheim | Marketing Intern
Summer 2022  | South Dakota State University

Why did you choose Zirous for an internship?
After getting the opportunity to shadow a Zirous employee I realized it was the exact fit I was looking for.  The people I met were very welcoming and helpful, it was a great experience.  

Why did you choose Zirous for an internship?
I would recommend Zirous for an internship/ employment because it’s a very friendly and welcoming environment.  Zirous has a great company culture and I felt welcomed from day 

Why would you recommend Zirous for an internship/ employment?
Zirous cares about employees and provides them with many resources to be successful.

Andrew Deick | Application Developer
Summer 2022  |  Iowa State University  |  Returning full-time December 2022

Why did you choose Zirous for an internship?
I found Zirous by wandering the Iowa State career fair, but by the end of my in-person interview, I felt really good about working here. The people were not only enthusiastic and passionate, but they also had an appreciation for each other, not as co-workers but just as friends. 

Why did you choose Zirous for full time employment?
As I move to the next step in my life, I want a company that will stand with me the whole way. Zirous has shown themselves to be very flexible with scheduling, and understanding when it comes to work-life balance. I also am looking forward to being on the leading edge of professional VR development and I’m excited about all of the possibilities!

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