Luther’s academic program stresses education beyond the classroom walls and encourages students to engage in real-world learning in order to test their career goals and gain valuable professional experience. Internships are a crucial component of this experiential learning, and Luther helps match communication majors with choice internships at businesses, newspapers, magazines, radio stations, educational organizations, and various nonprofit organizations. Recent communication majors have interned at United Way, Amundsen's Clothing, Inspire(d) Media, WAY-FM radio, the Wisconsin School Music Association, and the Humane Society of Northeast Iowa -- just to name a few.
According to the Career Center, the benefits of the internship experience are: 1) to confirm and clarify your career goals, 2) to gain practical work experience, and 3) to develop industry contacts with whom you can keep in touch in the future. An internship experience can give you "an edge" as you plan for life after Luther!
A student with at least 12 hours of COMS course credit can earn one credit hour for every 36 hours of work at an internship site.
All internships in the Communication Studies Department are credit/no credit. The course is COMS 380 and it can apply towards the COMS major or minor as an elective. Only one internship may apply towards the COMS major or minor.
Because the primary purpose of an internship is to connect classroom concepts to real-world situations, a journal must be kept during the internship experience. The journal should have substantial entries at least daily in which the intern describes what the tasks she or he has been doing on the job and identifying theories, methods, or other concepts from classes that directly relate to the internship experience and duties. The journal should be proof-read, typed and submitted to the faculty internship advisor either in hard copy or electronically within one week of the last day of the internship.
For more information about internship opportunities at Luther, visit Luther College Career Center’s internship program webpage.
Below are some recent internship highlights:
When: January, 2015
Where: Silver Tree Communications
Silver Tree is a marketing, advertising, and public relations agency located midway between Chicago and Milwaukee. Kalla was challenged to jump into her J-term internship with both feet. She performed marketing research for a top-50 university, wrote copy for retail advertising, and conducted website analysis for a healthcare client, all in just a few short weeks. This was a "hybrid" internship, in which Kalla spent some time in Silver Tree's offices in Kenosha, but also spent much of her internship working online from her family home in Mount Prospect, Illinois. She came back to campus with a new understanding of the wide variety of tasks involved in communication work and a greater appreciation for the way her Luther courses emphasize learning to write in a variety of styles.
"I think it is just very interesting that there are so many media that we can write for, and how the dynamic and way that we write for each is vastly different than another," she reflected. "This is what I think makes writing so much fun."
Silver Tree president, Kate Colbert wrote, "I was very impressed by Kalla's level of energy and enthusiasm. She was always willing to take a new project, and exhibited the ability to quickly shift gears and priorities when needed."
When: Spring, 2014
Where: GoodBlogs Inc.
Last spring, Aldon had the opportunity to work remotely from Luther for GoodBlogs: a patent pending, community blogging software that combines the innovation of crowd-sourced content with the power of content marketing. His primary role was client acquisition and business development, meaning he would discover prospective clients in a given industry to be targeted and contacted by the sales team. He also maintained a database recording all companies, executives, and lead statuses. Since GoodBlogs is still evolving, Aldon feels he most benefited from his internship by participating in a variety of sales and marketing calls because he got to witness the transformation of the company’s sales processes and marketing models.