Ellie Detweiler, a Drake University senior majoring in public relations and sociology, has been named national PR News Intern of the Year. Detweiler, a December graduate, was a communications intern at the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C., last summer. She has also worked at Des Moines Performing Arts and the Des Moines Playhouse. Detweiler will be moving to New York City for a post-graduate internship working at DKC/O&M, a Broadway public relations house.

In addition, Strategic Political Communication and PR senior Kollin Crompton, who was a field director and youth coordinator for Iowa Gov. Kim Reynolds’ gubernatorial campaign, was honorable mention national PR Student of the Year. Crompton is working as digital director for the Republican Party of Iowa, and has had internships at LS2group political consultants, the Leadership Institute in Arlington, VA, and two congressional campaigns.

This is the sixth year in a row that Drake has had a finalist in the PR News competition. There are only two finalists for each award.