Educational ObjectivesStudents in this internship work with the Iowa Workers’ Compensation Commissioner, the top official for the administration of Iowa workers’ compensation law in Iowa. Students work on a variety of projects for the office of the Division of Workers’ Compensation, located in Des Moines. Students participate in the drafting of opinions in contested workers’ compensation cases. This entails working closely with the Iowa Workers’ Compensation Commissioner and the Deputy Workers’ Compensation Commissioners. Students have a unique opportunity to apply the rules of administrative law and the doctrine of workers’ compensation in a hands-on setting. Before the internship begins, the student meets with the faculty member responsible for supervising the internship to discuss the nature of the work they will perform. The faculty member is also in regular communication with the Commissioner to assure that the objectives are kept in mind.
Faculty Supervisor Professor Keith C. Miller
Field-Placement Supervisors• Christopher J. Godfrey, Workers' Compensation Commissioner, Division of Workers' Compensation
PrerequisitesTo participate in the internship, a student must have earned a minimum of thirty credit hours; it is preferable that the student has taken the Workers’ Compensation course. If the student has not taken the course, the faculty supervisor determines whether the student can gain a sufficient understanding of the law through a review of materials provided by the supervisor.