At the iGo Global World Wide Headquarters located in Wylie which is in the Republic of Texas, we welcome summer interns each year to help us train and mobilize our teams. We call these interns Jimmy. Why? Well, it is a known fact that everyone wants a friend named Jimmy. It is also much easier to get one of them to do something if you call them all by the same name.
That being said, we want to introduce you to Jimmy 2013. They won’t arrive at HQ until May 13, but we wanted our fan base to begin to get to know them now. As with every group, this year’s crop is quite interesting on the surface. Time will tell how they come together, make memories, and develop inside jokes over the course of the summer months. But until then…Here’s Jimmy!
Bonnie Bailey - Mobilization Intern - Bonnie is one of our two Kansas Strong Jimmy participants this year. Bonnie’s first iGo trip was to Tokyo back in 2010 with the KS/NE Super Summer team. She is currently studying elementary education at Kansas State University (home of the Wildcats - purple and white, etc.). In her free time, Bonnie likes to kick things. She has earned a green belt in Taekwondo, which means she can kick you in an environmentally friendly way. All that kicking will definitely come in handy with her degree.
Allie Dysart - Mobilization Intern - Another Kansas Jimmy is Allie. Every year we have at least one Jimmy that hasn’t been overseas with iGo, and this year Allie joined that list. She is currently studying elementary education at Emporia State University, which we think is in Kansas near a chain-link fence or maybe a wheat field. Allie secretly wishes she was a fitness model on an instructional fitness video. Not the instructor, just one of the cheerful and fired up demonstrators alongside Richard Simmons. Speaking of fired up, we are no longer worried about her fitting in down here in Texas after we learned of her dominance in the Blazing Challenge at Buffalo Wild Wings.
Martyne Chanslor - Mobilization Intern - From the land known for being close to Texas and just below Kansas, Martyne joins the Jimmy crew this summer. Martyne is proud to study English at Northeastern State University, one of Oklahoma’s directionally accurate universities. She served overseas with iGo in Central Asia during the summer of 2011. While we don’t typically ask our applicants about their ethnic background, On a Jimmy questionnaire, Martyne let us know that she was an Irish dancer. At this point, we are simply taking her word on that one.
Greg Gaskey - Mobilization Intern - Greg is the first Jimmy on the list from The Republic, although he doesn’t eat gravy on his CFC. He hails from Wichita Falls. Greg served with iGo in 2011 in Europe and 2012 in the Middle East before choosing to apply as a Jimmy this summer. He is currently a student at Rice University in Houston where he is studying to be a chemical engineer. Greg plays the cello and is the youngest of five children. Word on the street is that he picked Rice University because their mascot is the Owls. 2011 was the Year of the Owl in iGosia.
Matthew King - Mobilization Intern - Matthew’s Jimmy acceptance brought a first to iGo. He and his sister (Brittney “Shorts” King) are the first siblings to serve as iGo Jimmy. Matthew is from Arlington, Texas but he now resides in the “prettiest town that I’ve ever seen” where he is studying business finance at Hardin Simmons University. Matthew served in Tokyo and again in Paris with iGo in 2010 and 2012. He played the violin for 5 years, but there is no evidence of him playing the fiddle.
Cameron Lohman - Mobilization Intern - From Oklahoma, Cameron grew up on a farm and learned at an early age to hate country music. He is currently studying health and exercise science with most of the football team at Oklahoma University. With iGo, Cameron served a while back for a week in Wales and then most of last summer in Paris as a JSI. Look for Cameron to possibly show off his saxophone skills this summer at a Base Camp near you. Cameron is also a member in good standing with the Harry Potter fan club. I think they are called Potterclaw or Ravenmore or something strange like that. Don’t ask me, ask Jami Lee.
Jeff Smith - Communications Intern - As our token Aggie, Jeff is another newbie to the world of iGo. But he is well-versed in the world of missions, having served overseas multiple times. Jeff’s field of study down in Aggieland is Environmental Design and he will be spending his summer working closely with iGo Director of Communications, Emily Martin doing everything he can to keep iGo looking good. Jeff’s hometown is VanAlstyne, Texas and he prefers his glitter either in the cage or on a leash. No loose glitter for him.
Mystery Jimmy - Media Intern - We would love to introduce you to this summer’s media Jimmy, but he/she hasn’t shown up yet. If you know someone who enjoys working with video production/sound production and things of that nature, please send them our way. They get to learn under one of the best in Rowdy Rodgers, and make some amazing iGo videos along the way. For more info or to apply, please visit this page on our website.
Be on the lookout for the iGo Jimmy this summer. Make sure you get their autograph.