Internships allow you to engage in real-world learning and prepare for life after college. Through an internship, you can apply classroom knowledge in a professional environment, test career goals, gain practical work experience, and develop industry contacts.
While you’re free to find an internship on your own, Luther provides lots of support for students who want to intern. We host a number of career fairs where you can network with companies offering internships, and each year Luther alumni recruit current Luther students for internships at their organizations, particularly during J-term.
You can often earn academic credit for participating in an internship, and several Luther and Luther-affiliated study-away programs, such as the Washington Semester and the ACM Chicago program, offer internships as part of the experience.
Read about Luther students' internship experiences. Visit the Career Center site for more internship stories.
When: January 2016
Where: Vine and Branches, Richfield, MN
Major: International Studies
During January, Rozlyn interned at a non-profit thrift store/clothing center where families and individuals can be referred to from social workers, chemical dependency programs, the court system, and other locations, for a one-time appointment. There, each family member receives three outfits - one of them an outfit for interviewing. Daily, Rozlyn would sort donations, price items, arrange the store, input data into the computer system, and work one-on-one with the families and individuals. While doing so, Rozlyn learned how to run a non-profit organization by shadowing Heidi Johnson, manager of the organization. Through this internship, Rozlyn was able to break through language barriers when working with families that were refugees from Nepal, all while solidifying her plan to work in an international non-profit organization. Rozlyn learned that her voice matters even in environments that are brand new.
When: January 2016
Where: Le Grand Théâtre de Tours, Tours, France
Majors: Music, French
Kyla spent the month of January at an opera house in France: the perfect setting for a music and French major. During this time, she was able to work with stage managers, technicians, and performers. Since she collaborated with so many people, Kyla found that communication skills were very important. She was surprised by how comfortable she became with French after hearing and speaking it all day. By the end of the internship, she felt confident in the language and was able to take the initiative necessary to be a successful employee. The most rewarding part of working at an opera house was opening night, when Kyla was given the best seat in the house and finally got to see her hard work and passions for French and music come to life.
When: January 2016
Where: Debbie School, Mailman Center for Child Development, Department of Pediatrics, University of Miami, FL
Tricia headed south for January term and volunteered at the Debbie School, an inclusive elementary school under the pediatric department at the University of Miami. Students at the Debbie school consist of those with physical and mental disabilities, who are deaf or hard of hearing, as well as children without disabilities. A number of therapists work in this school, including physical therapists. Tricia observed the therapy methods and realized how different they were from outpatient orthopedic physical therapy. She saw how individualized the plans were for each student. Many of the students had some form of autism, Down’s syndrome, or cerebral palsy, yet each required an individualized treatment plan. She found the internship informative, and it showed her a different side to physical therapy.