The 2020 USGA P.J. Boatwright Interns will be familiar faces.
2019 interns Karli Kerrigan (above left) and Reilly Smidt (above right) have agreed to each do another 6-month term as a Boatwright intern in 2020. Both proved to be valuable assets to the IGA team last year and we look forward to keeping them on hand throughout most of 2020.
Karli is finishing up her senior year at Grandview University in Des Moines and will graduate in May. She will finish her 2019 internship at the IGA on February 15, 2020 and then will begin her 2020 stint on May 15, 2020, working for six months to fulfill her internship, which will end on November 15, 2020.
In addition to her work with the IGA, Karli has continued to excel on the golf course for Grandview. This fall, she won three of the five events she played, and finished runner-up in another. Her break from the IGA from February 15 to May 15 will coincide nicely with her final semester of collegiate golf.
Reilly will complete his sophomore year at Iowa State University this spring, where he majors in Finance. His internship schedule will be a bit more haphazard than Karli’s, due to school commitments, including the opportunity to study abroad in Italy.
Reilly also finishes his 2019 internship on February 15, 2020. However, he will immediately begin his 2020 internship. He will work ½ time from February 15 thru May 15, then will take time off to study abroad in Rome for a month. He will return and work a full-time schedule from June 15 to September 15 before going back to a ½ time schedule from September 15 to December 15, rounding out his six-month internship.
Unfortunately, we do know that 2020 will be the final year for internships for both Karli and Reilly, as the USGA limits an individual to 12 total months (each did six months in 2019 and 2020).
In 1991, the USGA established the P.J. Boatwright Jr. Internship Program. This program is designed to give experience to individuals who are interested in pursuing a career in golf administration, while assisting state and regional golf associations in the promotion of amateur golf, on a short-term, entry-level basis. At the IGA, Clint Brown, Katelynn Hogenson, Nate McCoy and Chad Pitts are all former Boatwright interns.