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IRECA Creates Internship Opportunity

International Rescue and Emergency Care Association (IRECA) is an organization made up of rescue professionals from industry, law enforcement, emergency medical services, and fire departments. While IRECA has several projects, the primary one is the annual conference and competition held in June.

IRECA members attend classes, conduct association business, socialize, and participate in competitions (technical rescue, EMS, and vehicle extrication).

IRECA is offering an internship to help coordinate and support various association activities:

IRECA Internship Job Description

March –  July

Development and Implementation of a Customer Relations Management (CRM) database – Research options, report back to IRECA Board of Director, and determine if there is a management database for tracking members, conference attendees and course/competition involvement. Compare to existing Access database and recommend if we should adopt a new program or improve existing system. Develop better customer records and create ability to send mass mailings, emails and track involvement.

Organizational Toolkit for Conference Planning and Management – Take historical documents and current practices to develop a toolkit to replicate planning and coordination of the Annual Conference. This will include development of an RFP (request for proposals) for conference sites, budget templates, brochure templates, marketing tools and “how to” documents for each event.

Annual Report – Create a template for an Annual Report for a non-profit organization to be used ongoing for the Association and Conference. Utilize template to create the 2009 report and present to Board of Directors and Association membership at the annual conference in June 2010. Coordinate Event – At the annual conference in June 2010, research, plan and implement a Bone Marrow Drive. Develop tools for duplication and management in future years. Annual Conference – Participate at the Annual conference as a staff member; assisting in registration, member services and coordinate the education component. The education component will include working with speakers, audio/visual needs and hotel management to ensure educational sessions run efficiently.

Project Hours Required During Internship (total of 400 hrs):

  • CRM Database 140 hrs
  • Organizational Toolkit 100 hrs
  • Annual Report 40 hrs
  • Event Coordination 40 hrs
  • Annual Conference 80 hrs

Projects may change and be tailored to make use of skills of the intern. For more information or to apply, please contact Gary Leafblad at

2019 IRECA Intern

Shannon Adams

2018 IRECA Intern

Julia Winkelman - Criminal Justice - Normandale Community College

2017 IRECA Intern

Mariah Wetzel - Applied Health - University of Minnesota-Crookston

2016 IRECA Intern

Kelly Vincent - Exercise Science - Winona State University

2015 IRECA Intern

Hailey Munsterman - Food Systems - University of Minnesota-Twin Cities

2014 IRECA Intern

David Leafblad - Business/Marketing - Bethel University

2013 IRECA Intern

Shannon Adams - Nursing - Rasmussen College

2012 IRECA Intern

Jennifer Kaari - Public Relations and Marketing - St. Cloud State University

2011 IRECA Intern

Gordy Hopkins - CPA - Minneapolis Community and Technical College

2010 IRECA Intern

Eric Tanner - Business - Sam Houston State University