June 13, 2018

Meet Our Summer Interns!

The Omaha Land Bank welcomes two interns, Sydney and Kyle, from the Rural Futures Institute (RFI) Student Serviceship program of the University of Nebraska! Sydney and Kyle will be with us for ten weeks this summer, working on administrative and communications tasks.

The Rural Futures Institute, one of four interdisciplinary Institutes of the University of Nebraska (NU), leverages the talents and research-based expertise from across the four NU campuses on behalf of rural communities in Nebraska, the U.S. and the world. Through a culture of innovation and entrepreneurship, the institute encourages bold and futuristic approaches to address critical rural issues. It works collaboratively with educational, business, community, non-profit, government and foundation partners to empower rural communities and their leaders.

The RFI Student Serviceship program provides an opportunity for students to connect with current and future leaders and mentors in acts of service and with the goal of a thriving future for our rural communities. A hybrid between service learning and traditional internships, these “serviceships” provide communities with tangible results on important self-defined projects while giving students resume-building work and insight into the career and life opportunities in rural places. In this unique experience, intern pairs directly support community efforts as a whole, often serving as the link between many entities.

This year, the program sent 24 students to serve in 11 communities throughout Nebraska for 10 weeks this summer. Students came from the University of Nebraska-Kearney, University of Nebraska-Lincoln, the University of Nebraska-Omaha, and Peru State College. This year, RFI welcomed two times as many interns and communities as they did last summer, as well as adding urban communities to their program.

 Sydney Armbruster is a native from Falls City, NE. She is a student at Peru State College and majors in Disease and Human Health. She plans to attend a Physician Assistant program after acquiring her undergraduate degree at Peru State College. She is excited to have an experience with the Omaha Land Bank because she has experienced the impact of distressed properties in her hometown and values being part of a program that works towards economic development and revitalizing neighborhoods. Sydney hopes to be able to take her experience with the Land Bank and use it in the future as a community leader wherever she ends up next!

Kyle McGlade is a native of Council Bluffs, IA. He is currently a student at the University of Nebraska Omaha in the Master of Public Administration program and is a member of the Council Bluffs School Board, as well as serving with Impact CB. He is excited to be paired with the Land Bank because he is part of the Omaha Metropolitan area and wants to be involved in city planning upon the completion of his master’s program. Kyle is looking to gain a better understanding of all aspects of community development from his experience at the Land Bank.

The Omaha Municipal Land Bank is pleased to welcome these talented students to our team this summer! Throughout their internship, Sydney and Kyle will be involved in every aspect of our work to help them understand the role and impact of the Omaha Municipal Land Bank in economic development in the Omaha area. If that’s not enough, they will also be contributing a minimum of 10 hours of community service throughout the summer, and plan to participate with Habitat for Humanity’s Blitz Build!

While their 10-week adventure has just started, Sydney and Kyle have adjusted to their roles at the Omaha Municipal Land Bank with ease. We are very excited to see the progress they make professionally, educationally, and personally in the weeks to come.

Are you interested in becoming an intern at the Land Bank? We’re always keeping an eye out for great talent. Contact Marty Barnhart at 402-800-1240 or at for more information. We’d love to meet you!