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"Knacktive is set up almost EXACTLY like advertising agencies and their new business pitches. It was a great experience for me that I was able to work through in Maryville rather than waiting for the summer internship season."
"The soft skills that I developed in Knacktive have greatly improved my ability to effectively work in multidisciplinary teams. Plus, it was a lot of fun!"
"Teamwork and communication, the greatest skills you will develop while being a part of Knacktive."
"Knacktive gives you an opportunity to competitively work hands on, with a team, for a real world client. You get to meet many connections and receive feedback from some very powerful people. It's the ultimate entrepreneur opportunity at Northwest."
"Knacktive is the pinnacle of my formal education, providing me with the tools to be successful in any career field. Teamwork and collaboration with peers, industry professionals, and faculty make it the prominent interdisciplinary learning experience on campus."
"Knacktive taught me push the limits by showing me how. It prepared me to learn in an ever changing field and showed me how to be a well-rounded marketer. Knacktive instilled confidence in my work and skills, and I can say that I would not be where I am today had I not participated in the program."
"Knacktive is an amazing experience that allows its participants to grow as individuals, leaders and team members. The class lets you dive deep into a project that takes you on a roller coaster of a ride through the ups and downs of a real-live client with a real-live problem. Nothing can take the place of the experience Knacktive gives you, nothing can prepare you more for the real world. While I'm still pretty disappointed my team didn't win, because we definitely should have, I'm still thankful for the class and everything I learned."
"Knacktive gave me a confidence in my ability to work with a team and think creatively. It was great experience to work and compete with some of the brightest kids on campus."
"Knacktive is the ultimate team experience. Working with people who have different personalities and skill sets greatly prepared me for collaborating in the workplace."
"You get the chance to interact with people of completely different disciplines, just like you’re going to be doing once you graduate. Your future employers look for people with experience like this."
"Being involved in Knacktive gave me a chance to work with people I would not have had a chance to work with in my other classes. It gave me a chance to work with an amazing team and a real client."
"During Knacktive, I was able to apply what I knew in a real world situation."
"Knacktive is an excellent opportunity to actively apply communication, organizational, creative, and role-specific skills beyond the high-level scenarios and case studies of traditional coursework."
"Knacktive is a truly fantastic experience. What it gives not only shapes our present mind, but it reinforces past lessons and builds future opportunities. It is a class that I will always remember."
"Knacktive was the one of the most interactive class that I took at Northwest. I learned so much about the details that go into producing a marketing plan book and the various dynamics of working with a group. When I mention Knacktive during interviews, employers love hearing about the real world experience I received from this class. I would tell any fellow peer to take this class if given the opportunity."
"Knacktive was one of the best experiences I had during my time at Northwest, it prepared me tremendously for the real world. Knacktive is definitely one of my favorite memories and class at Northwest. It was a life-learning experience!"
"Knacktive was a great opportunity to work with some of the great minds not only in my major, but other majors around campus as well. I learned way more than I could ever imagine from my team mates, and am grateful for that experience. Knacktive has been by far my favorite class at Northwest."
"Creating promotional tactics with my team prepared me for the non-profit marketing position I earned after graduating."
"I went a completely different direction but the experiences that Knacktive provided were still very helpful. Knacktive builds character by providing a secure avenue to work independently. It provides leadership opportunities, builds communication skills, and definitely highlights the importance of teamwork. I am very thankful for my time in the mass communication department and the opportunity to be a part of a Knacktive team. I am currently a graduate student at Kansas State University pursuing a Masters in Geology."
"Knacktive really put the 'real world' into perspective for me and made me realize that this experience will benefit me in the long-run. I am better prepared for graduation and obtaining a full-time job in my field. Not only did Knacktive give me the experience and opportunity verify that I am in the right major, but also gave me the opportunity to prove to myself that I have learned a lot from my time at Northwest by having to teach others about my field of expertise."
"In Knacktive, you have to work on a team, and if you’re not talking to each other, nothing’s going to get done. It’s a huge lesson in communication, which a lot of companies are looking for."
"Knacktive was a great way to gain experience in my dream career. Through the project, I found that project management is something I am passionate about and the right path for my future."
"I am so glad I was pushed to join Knacktive last semester, I didn't truly realize how much it really prepared us, I know what to expect at an agency, the process isn't completely new to me like it is for some others, and the experiences I had are definitely going to benefit me in the future!"
"Knacktive helped me to understand what it really was like working as a project team. We had to learn how to work with people from lots of different disciplines. It also helped me learn how to work under pressure and to really get creative about how to do business with different companies under different constraints."
"Knacktive is a truly eye opening. It takes the knowledge learned in class and puts it to use in a real situation."
"I am glad to see Knacktive is going strong. It was one of my favorite college experiences and a killer resume booster. ;) The skills you learn are transferable in nearly any industry or role- I talked about this program in many job interviews."
Anna (Montegomery) Kirk
"Knacktive has presented many opportunities for me including an internship at the leading digital marketing agency VML. It was a great experience."
"Through Knacktive, you have the chance to work with real world clients, you are responsible for real deadlines and you get to work with a variety of fresh talent from other departments. Anyone interested in working in an agency one day would be crazy to pass this opportunity up."
"As a college graduate you need something that will set you apart from others. Knacktive has that capability. Every potential employer has asked me about Knacktive in some way during my interviews since the course ended. They are amazed that someone so young had the opportunity to work on a marketing campaign for a nationally recognized company. Knacktive can only help you in your future goals by preparing you for what is to come after college."
"Being a part of a Knacktive team gave me the opportunity to go out with a bang my senior year. The connections I made and the real-life experience gave me the drive and confidence to merge directly into a competitive field...fast."
"My Knacktive experience allowed me to increase my portfolio, grow my skill set, and to increase my abilities as a leader and team member all while having great faculty around to support us!"
"My knack is writing. I enjoy the creativity that writing expresses. With writing any situation can come alive through an array of words. It is a way to analyze any aspect of a given situation logically and creatively while still providing a tangible result."
|2016||Alex Edwards||Graphic Designer||Happy Grillemore|
|2016||Georgina Ruano||Art Director||Happy Grillemore||Graphic Design Assistant – Northwest Missouri State University|
|2016||Kristina Calfee||Media Manager||Happy Grillemore||Internet marketing specialist at Shore Motor Company|
|2016||Megan Wallace||Copywriter||Happy Grillemore|
|2016||Paris Adrian||Public Relations Manager||Happy Grillemore|
|2016||Sami Cintron||Project Manager||Happy Grillemore|
|2016||Sandip Subedi||Interactive/Digital Manager||Happy Grillemore|
|2016||Sephrina Knorr||Strategic Planner||Happy Grillemore|
|2016||Aly Baker||Media Manager||Red Light|
|2016||Ashley Ward||Art Director||Red Light||Graphic Design Intern at Heartland Foundation|
|2016||Courtney Leinen||Graphic Designer||Red Light||Graphic Design Intern at St. Joseph Mustangs|
|2016||Kiley Dukes||Strategic Planner||Red Light|
|2016||Lilly Tighe||Project Manager||Red Light|
|2016||Matt Rames||Interactive/Digital Manager||Red Light|
|2016||Nene Nwaturuocha||Copywriter||Red Light|
|2016||Sydney Jones||Public Relations Manager||Red Light|
|2016||Caitlyn Burkemper||Art Director||Team Served||Missourian Advertising Director, summer Muller Bressler Brown intern.|
|2016||Emily Meyers||Project Manager||Team Served||Christian Public Speaker|
|2016||Hari Tarlapally||Interactive Digital Manager||Team Served||Associate Software Engineer Internship at MasterCard|
|2016||Jessica Smith||Strategic Planner||Team Served|
|2016||Kasie Pote||Public Relations Manager||Team Served||Starting MBA this fall|
|2016||Lizzie McCoy||Copywriter||Team Served|
|2016||Selina Kendall||Graphic Designer||Team Served|
|2016||Sydney Oetter||Media Manager||Team Served|
|2016||Anna Hastert||Project Manager||A Seasoned Exchange|
|2016||Coleten McGuire||Interactive/Digital Manager||A Seasoned Exchange||Associate System Analyst - Protective Life|
|2016||Hailey Liston||Copywriter||A Seasoned Exchange||Missionary at The Fellowship of Catholic University Students|
|2016||Jayde Balentine||Graphic Designer||A Seasoned Exchange|
|2016||Miranda Foster||Public Relations Manager||A Seasoned Exchange|
|2016||Shauna Tomlin||Strategic Planner||A Seasoned Exchange|
|2016||Simone Page||Media Manager||A Seasoned Exchange|
|2016||Tressa Akins||Art Director||A Seasoned Exchange|
|2015||Devin Lyons||Project Manager||HotSpot||IT Business Systems Analyst and Strategic Projects Lead – AgriVision Equipment Group|
|2015||Jacob Lueck||Strategic Planner||HotSpot||Coach Support Specialist at Hudl|
|2015||Taylor Polacek||Public Relations Manager||HotSpot||Executive Lead Intern – Target|
|2015||Angela Bode||Art Director||HotSpot||Art Director at Rodgers Townsend|
|2015||Ally Vonderschmidt||Graphic Designer||HotSpot|
|2015||Kelsey Schriver||Media Manager||HotSpot||Channel Intern – Meers Advertising|
|2015||Kyle Hamilton||Interactive Digital Manager||HotSpot||Consultant at Cerner|
|2015||Carsen Berry||Project Manager||GhostHawks||Merchandising Manager at American Eagle Outfitters in NYC|
|2015||Carlton Wilcoxson||Strategic Planner||GhostHawks||Account Manager Intern – McGarrah Jessee Advertising|
|2015||Kenzie Hoyle||Public Relations Manager||GhostHawks||Marketing and Event Coordinator at the Kansas City Power & Light District for the Cordish Company|
|2015||Jake Mlnarik||Copywriter||GhostHawks||Community Manager at Barkley|
|2015||Caitlyn Burkemper||Art Director||GhostHawks||Missourian Advertising Director, summer Muller Bressler Brown intern.|
|2015||Megan Hazelrigg||Graphic Designer||GhostHawks||Barry Pointe Family Care, LLC|
|2015||Kim Porter||Media Manager||GhostHawks|
|2015||Logan Shields||Interactive Digital Manager||GhostHawks||Software Engineer Intern - Cerner|
|2015||Hope Garrett||Project Manager||KnecTech||Analyst - Federal Reserve Bank|
|2015||Lara Dennis||Strategic Planner||KnecTech||Marketing Database Specialist at Hollywood Casino at Kansas Speedway|
|2015||Alex Mortallaro||Public Relations Manager||KnecTech||Creative Copywriter at TriDigital Marketing|
|2015||Kirsten Berger||Copywriter||KnecTech||FOCUS – The Fellowship of Catholic University Students|
|2015||Nathan Matt||Art Director||KnecTech||Design and Marketing Intern - Proxibid|
|2015||Kristen Hollabaugh||Graphic Designer||KnecTech|
|2015||Katie Pattison||Media Manager||KnecTech||Associate Producer – Bearcat Productions|
|2015||Kevin Mott||Interactive Digital Manager||KnecTech||Technology Support Assistant|
|2015||Owen Rauckman||Project Manager||Fully Charged||User Experience Developer Intern – Garmin International|
|2015||Skylar Olberding||Strategic Planner||Fully Charged||JulFalls City Technology Director|
|2015||Jenni Kirk||Public Relations Manager||Fully Charged||Mobility Coordinator, Global Mobility at Cerner Corporation|
|2015||Lindy (Sharp) Kurtz||Copywriter||Fully Charged|
|2015||Bryce Arrington||Art Director||Fully Charged||Missourian Designer|
|2015||Summer Lowe||Graphic Designer||Fully Charged||Public Information Specialist with the Missouri Department of Insurance|
|2015||Wade Callow||Media Manager||Fully Charged||Digital Marketing Specialist at ER Marketing|
|2015||Bree (Skipper) Walter||Interactive Digital Manager||Fully Charged||Software Engineer/UX Team – Netsmart Technologies|
|2014||Carolyn Robinson||Project Manager||A-Plus||Front End Manager – Menards|
|2014||Amanda Lovell||Strategic Planner||A-Plus||Management Trainee – Enterprise|
|2014||Shelby Montgomery||Public Relations Manager||A-Plus||Promotions and Event Coordinator at Horseshoe Casino Council Bluffs|
|2014||Hollie (Smith) Kosorog||Copywriter||A-Plus|
|2014||Cassondra Haggard||Art Director||A-Plus||Hastings Entertainment|
|2014||Clint Utter||Graphic Designer||A-Plus||Graphic Artist - Gannett|
|2014||Chris Bowser||Media Manager||A-Plus||Consultant – Cerner Corporation|
|2014||David Nguyen||Interactive Digital Manager||A-Plus||Velocity Software Engineer Intern - Cerner|
|2014||Wyatt Price||Project Manager||Blackboard||System Engineer – Cerner|
|2014||Jessica Vervaecke||Strategic Planner||Blackboard||Human Resource Administrator – KBP Foods|
|2014||Rachel Sielaff||Public Relations Manager||Blackboard||Account Coordinator at SJC Marketing|
|2014||Taylor Hartong||Copywriter||Blackboard||Social Media and Public Relations Strategy Execution Specialist – SJC Marketing|
|2014||Laura White||Art Director||Blackboard||Graphic Designer – Sutherlands|
|2014||Chelsea Nebel||Graphic Designer||Blackboard||Human Resource Coordinator at Advance Services, Inc|
|2014||Taylor Neff||Media Manager||Blackboard||Affiliate Expansion Coordinator - AmeriCorps VISTA|
|2014||Nikki Justice||Interactive Digital Manager||Blackboard||Software Engineer - Cerner|
|2014||Emily Bowman||Project Manager||Gold Stars||Assistant Manager – Shopko|
|2014||Marissa Bell||Strategic Planner||Gold Stars||Consulting Analyst - Cerner|
|2014||Zach Gouldsmith||Public Relations Manager||Gold Stars||Media Relations – AAPC Publishing|
|2014||MacKenzie Magwire||Copywriter||Gold Stars||MBA program|
|2014||Wes Rockwood||Art Director||Gold Stars||Graphic Designer – Northwest Missouri State University|
|2014||Adam McNairy||Graphic Designer||Gold Stars||MBA Graduate Student - Northwest|
|2014||Carlton Wilcoxson||Media Manager||Gold Stars||Assistant Account Executive – McGarrah Jessee|
|2014||Erick Klix||Interactive Digital Manager||Gold Stars||Software Engineer – Garmin International|
|2014||Jacob Lueck||Project Manager||Pencil Productions||Coach Support Specialist at Hudl|
|2014||Kelli Stoner||Strategic Planner||Pencil Productions||Employment Specialist – Murphy-Hoffman Company|
|2014||Rachel Kakareka||Public Relations Manager||Pencil Productions||Assistant Food Service Manager – Aramark|
|2014||Christina Smith||Copywriter||Pencil Productions||Client Relations Specialist – DST Systems|
|2014||Justin Bruss||Art Director||Pencil Productions||Graphic Designer – Haberfeld Associates|
|2014||Colby Bredensteiner||Graphic Designer||Pencil Productions||Graphic Designer – JE Dunn Construction|
|2014||Julia Laimans||Media Manager||Pencil Productions|
|2014||Owen Rauckman||Interactive Digital Manager||Pencil Productions||User Experience Developer – Garmin International|
|2013||Ryan Taylor||Project Manager||AutoActive||Android Developer – Vertigo Media, Inc.|
|2013||Katie Walz||Research Manager||AutoActive||Asst. Manager – Enterprise|
|2013||Kathryn McAdams||Public Relations Manager||AutoActive||Professional Services Consultant – Cerner|
|2013||Christine Chinberg||Art Director||AutoActive||Freelance Graphic Designer|
|2013||Wes Rockwood||Graphic Designer||AutoActive||Graphic Designer – Northwest Missouri State University|
|2013||Alex Reid||Media Manager||AutoActive||Law Student – Drake University|
|2013||Daniel Vance||Interactive Digital Manager||AutoActive||Account Manager – Brand KC|
|2013||Steven Scheffe||Project Manager||Clutch||IT Associate Developer – Commerce Bank|
|2013||Lauren Hansen||Research Manager||Clutch||Account Executive – Yelp|
|2013||Montoya Lucas||Public Relations Manager||Clutch||Functional Specialist – Cerner|
|2013||James Snodgrass||Copywriter||Clutch||Law Student – DePaul University|
|2013||Kirstie Mulligan||Art Director||Clutch||Art and Creative Director – Northeast News|
|2013||Michelle Castillo||Graphic Designer||Clutch||Paraprofessional-ISS - North Kansas City Schools|
|2013||Tess Edwards||Media Manager||Clutch||Delivery Consultant – Cerner|
|2013||Ronald Brightwell-Kelley||Interactive Digital Manager||Clutch||Software Engineer - Cerner|
|2013||Mel Peitzmeier||Project Manager||Fusion||Ad Operations Specialist - Yahoo|
|2013||Neil Robinson||Research Manager||Fusion||Digital Media Strategist in Melbourne Australia - Keypath Education|
|2013||Phillip Gruenwald||Public Relations Manager||Fusion||Social Media Specialist – Lutheran Hour Ministries|
|2013||Kristin Berry||Art Director||Fusion||Marketing Specialist at The Richdale Group|
|2013||Katie Asher||Graphic Designer||Fusion|
|2013||Bryce Young||Media Manager||Fusion||Client Services – eShipping|
|2013||Christopher Parker||Interactive Digital Manager||Fusion|
|2013||Denise Dibben||Project Manager||#TeamVerge||Project Manager – Service Management Group|
|2013||Kelsey Knowlton||Research Manager||#TeamVerge||Consultant – Cerner Corporation|
|2013||Emma Clark||Public Relations Manager||#TeamVerge|
|2013||Dustin Powell||Art Director||#TeamVerge||Production Artist – Speedpro Imaging|
|2013||Kyle Lindenmeyer||Graphic Designer||#TeamVerge||Customer Service – O’Dell Publishing|
|2013||Chris Bowser||Media Manager||#TeamVerge||Consultant – Cerner Corporation|
|2013||Erick Klix||Interactive Digital Manager||#TeamVerge||Software Engineer – Garmin International|
|2012||Darcy Epstein||Project Manager||Next Gen||Systems Engineer – Cerner|
|2012||Jason Orndoff||Research Manager||Next Gen||Support Analyst – Cerner|
|2012||Kayla Schmerbach||Public Relations Manager||Next Gen||Auditor - KBMG|
|2012||Evette Massey||Copywriter||Next Gen||Residence Hall Director – University of St. Thomas|
|2012||Allie Richard||Art Director||Next Gen|
|2012||Dustin Powell||Graphic Designer||Next Gen||SpeedPro Imaging|
|2012||Alex Webster||Media Manager||Next Gen||Account Coordinator – Turn the Page Online Marketing|
|2012||Jasmine Black||Interactive Digital Manager||Next Gen||Database Administrator – Garmin International|
|2012||Paul Johnson||Project Manager||Alchemy|
|2012||Tasha (Sherman) Overmiller||Research Manager||Alchemy||Sales Manager for Battlefrog Portland|
|2012||Kyle Ryals||Public Relations Manager||Alchemy||Freightquote|
|2012||Brooke Berryhill||Copywriter||Alchemy||Wells Fargo Home Mortgage|
|2012||Amanda Herzberg||Art Director||Alchemy||Graphic Designer – Interpower Corporation|
|2012||Lauren (Green) Konrad||Graphic Designer||Alchemy||Graphic Designer – Meredith|
|2012||Chayse Barr||Media Manager||Alchemy||Project Manager – Red Fuse Communications|
|2012||Steven Scheffe||Interactive Digital Manager||Alchemy||Software Development Engineer – Commerce Bank|
|2012||Bryce Coffendaffer||Project Manager||Confido||Project Manager – Velociti Inc.|
|2012||Jenny Hoffman||Research Manager||Confido||Human Resource Consultant – Sandhills Publishing|
|2012||Keira Kesslar||Public Relations Manager||Confido||PlattForm|
|2012||Michael Nay||Copywriter||Confido||Quality Assurance Analyst – MMGY Global|
|2012||Anne Spencer||Art Director||Confido||Graphic Designer – Barkley|
|2012||Lauren (Shaver) Flanery||Graphic Designer||Confido||Graphic Designer – William Jewell College|
|2012||Michaela (Fernen) Koehler||Media Manager||Confido||Creative Design Specialist – Nebraska Furniture Mart|
|2012||Ian Stanek||Interactive Digital Manager||Confido||System Engineer - Cerner|
|2012||Sarah Morman||Project Manager||Spark||Designer – Mint Design Group|
|2012||Caroline Bowlin||Research Manager||Spark||Velocity Analyst – Cerner|
|2012||Andrew Maddux||Public Relations Manager||Spark||Communication Specialist – Air Methods|
|2012||Moira Cozad||Copywriter||Spark||Energy Development – Synergy Energy, LLC|
|2012||Rachel (Hicks) Dignan||Art Director||Spark||Graphic Designer for Holladay Distillery|
|2012||Aaron Shaffer||Graphic Designer||Spark||Freelance Designer|
|2012||Christine O’Brien||Media Manager||Spark||Assistant Broker – Burns & Wilcox|
|2012||Chad Whiting||Interactive Digital Manager||Spark||Web Developer – VML|
|2011||Lauren (Atkinson) St. John||Account Ex.||OnPoint||Project Manager at Meers Advertising|
|2011||Courtney Edwards||Art Director||OnPoint||Graphic Designer – Alpha Dog Marketing|
|2011||Keri Stoner||Copy||OnPoint||Sales Coordinator – Rhythm Engineering|
|2011||Brandi Kapfer||Graphic||OnPoint||UX Developer – Answers.com|
|2011||Ian Stanek||IDM||OnPoint||System Engineer – Cerner Corporation|
|2011||Elise (Jones) Lake||Media||OnPoint||Senior Software Analyst – Cerner|
|2011||Emily Wilkins||PR Director||OnPoint||Corporate Communications - THUMBTECHS|
|2011||Dylan Parlor||Researcher||OnPoint||Client Services Specialist – Sirius Computer Solutions|
|2011||Rob O'Doherty||Account Ex.||Synergy||Senior Paid Search Strategist at Centro in Dallas, TX|
|2011||Brandon Guffey||Art Director||Synergy||Graphic Designer – Burns & McDonnell|
|2011||Britny (Wisong) Wagener||Copy||Synergy||Communications Manager – Turn the Page Online Marketing|
|2011||Nathan Jessen||IDM||Synergy||Interactive Web Developer – VML|
|2011||Melissa Watson||Media||Synergy||Experience Planner – Bernstein-Rein Advertising|
|2011||Lindsey A. Steele||PR Director||Synergy||Technical Support Analyst - Cerner|
|2011||Anna (Montgomery) Kirk||Researcher||Synergy||HR Business Partner at Black & Veatch|
|2011||Dillon Martin||Account Ex.||Up & Up||Licensed Insurance Agent – Farmers Mutual|
|2011||Kyle Caswell||Art Director||Up & Up||Self-Employed Graphic Designer|
|2011||Natalie Nowiszewski||Copy||Up & Up||Marketing Assistant – Pendo Management Group|
|2011||Rebekah Poteet||Graphic||Up & Up|
|2011||Tyler Ramaekers||IDM||Up & Up||Solution Architect - Cerner Corporation|
|2011||Ashley (Lovely) Hazen||Media||Up & Up||Account Manager at Aureus Medical - Travel Nursing and Travel Allied Health Staffing|
|2011||Devin Aaron||PR Director||Up & Up||Public Relations Account Executive at R&R Partners in Las Vegas, NV|
|2011||Jonathan Cook||Researcher||Up & Up|