January term is a great time to explore a career, and the Career Center is ready to help connect you with an internship experience

You can gain experience in your chosen field, or—if you're not sure what you want to do—you can test something out. You, your academic advisor, and the Career Center can work together to provide you the experience and the support you need to help you put your academic and professional goals together.

Past Internships


Kaitlin Thune

Kaitlin Thune's Internship StoryWhen: January, 2015
Tanager Place
Major: Psychology

Tanager Place is an inpatient clinic in Cedar Rapids for kids aged 5-17 who have behavioral disorders. As well as providing inpatient services, they have an outpatient clinic, school, program for research on autism, and an inpatient clinic for children with more severe developmental disabilities. Kaitlin spent all of her time in one of the cottages, helping with various activities and daily routines. Her main task was to get in the kids' living spaces and to learn what it might be like to live and work in an inpatient setting. The supervisors were impressed with Kaitlin’s work, commenting on how willing she was to help and listen to kids, especially if they were having a rough day. Before becoming an intern at Tanager Place, Kaitlin only knew she wanted to do some form of therapy. Now she is considering getting her masters in clinical social work and becoming a therapist for kids or a treatment counselor in an inpatient setting.

Ben Hermann

Learn about Ben Hermann and his internship with with O.R.A. Rock Valley Physical Therapy.When: January, 2015
Where: O.R.A. Rock Valley Physical Therapy
Major: Exercise Physiology/Athletic Training

Ben spent his internship this past January in Moline, Illinois working for a physical therapy company called O.R.A. Rock Valley Physical Therapy. There he shadowed Steve, the owner of the company, and other physical therapists as they helped patients through their different injuries. Ben's primary task was to observe Steve's interactions with patients and examine how he diagnosed and determined rehabilitation for the different injuries. In addition to shadowing, Ben was also given the opportunity to help some of the patients through their routines and exercises. He really enjoyed helping the patients in such a direct way because it gave him insight into what he will be doing later in life. One patient they saw had terrible sciatica pain and the doctors couldn't use surgery to repair it because of some other complications. Although Ben and the other physical therapists weren't able to help this man fully recover because of the severity of his sciatica, they were able to help reduce a lot of the pain. This showed Ben that he could really change a life by helping someone grapple with chronic pain and providing care in ways that other doctors couldn't. This experience only made Ben positive that this is what he wants to do for the rest of his life. Ben can't wait until he graduates from physical therapy school and can start helping people overcome their injuries.

Natalee Johnson

Natalee Johnson's internship with Fairview EbenezerWhen: January, 2014
Where: Fairview Ebenezer corporate offices and the Fountains of Hosanna
Major: Health

Fairview Ebenezer is a company linked with a hospital in Minneapolis that provides seniors with the proper living arrangements, whether that be assisted living, independent living, or memory care. While interning with Fairview Ebenezer, Natalee helped support their strong reputation of truly valuing their customers and providing appropriate care for their patients. Natalee's primary task involved working with the director of sales and outreach. Under the director, she was responsible for logging information, contacting potential clients, and talking with current clients to check on their interest and satisfaction levels with the facility. Natalee was also responsible for filing patient medical information, organizing paper work, and taking inventory of monitors in current residents' rooms. Along with these daily tasks, Natalee's major responsibility was to create a large spreadsheet that included all of the residents, type of care they were receiving, their room number, phone number, and type of room they were in. Working with Fairview Ebenezer made Natalee realize that it takes a lot of people to run a business efficiently and although she doesn't plan on working in a senior living facility in the future, this internship helped Natalee discover her passion for sales.

Laura Bosshard

Laura BosshardWhen: January, 2015
Where: OSI Physical Therapy, NovaCare Rehabilitation, HealthEast Home Care, and Woodwinds Hospital
Major: Athletic Training

During a recent J-Term, Laura interned with a variety of care facilities focusing on physical therapy. OSI Physical Therapy and NovaCare Rehabilitation, both outpatient physical therapy centers, work on long-term physical therapy plans for patients who have had surgery, as well as those with chronic pain. Laura also worked with HealthEast Home Care which sends a physical therapist (PT) directly to the home of patients. Often these patients were elderly or recovering from surgery and were not yet mobile enough to make it to an outpatient physical therapy clinic. At Woodwinds, the PT's worked with patients who were only one or two days out from surgery and had not left the hospital yet. During her internship Laura observed the work of the PT's and got to see the progression of various injury rehabilitation cases and methods. Her favorite part of this experience was getting to see the different stages that patients go through when recovering from an injury. It was always exciting and very rewarding to see the patients make progress from visit to visit. After graduating from Luther, Laura plans to attend graduate school in order to get her Doctorate of Physical Therapy. Because of this internship, Laura knows that this is the right career path for her.

Holly Williams

Internship Stories - Holly WilliamsWhen: January, 2015
Where: Crave Dance Studio
Major: Dance/Management

Crave Dance Studio in Decorah, Iowa is dedicated to providing quality instruction that focuses on technique while fostering creativity and love of movement. In the classroom, Holly was given the opportunity to instruct children (ages 5-12) in hip-hop and adults in tap. On the administrative side, Holly organized and marketed a free "Stretch/Leaps/Turns" class, created a mock dance studio with start-up costs and a budget, and compiled a timeline of mental and physical abilities in young dancers. Holly hopes to open her own dance studio in the suburbs of Minneapolis within the next two years and is currently working on the business plan. Because of her formative internship at Crave Dance Studio, Holly feels prepared for all aspects of owning a dance studio and is excited to make her dream a reality.

Paige Lobdell

Paige with one of her coworkers during her internship with KFAN.When: January, 2015
Where: iHeart Media
Major: Communication Studies

Last January, Paige worked for the iHeartMedia company in Minneapolis and specifically under the KFAN Sports Radio. This station covers Minnesota professional and collegiate athletics with four shows throughout the day, hosted by a variety of radio figures. At KFAN, Paige worked at the shows, such as the “Paul Allen Show,” and was in charge of greeting guests, answering fan call-ins, running prize giveaways, and setting up interviews. She also learned how to use editing software to cut audio clips and set each of them up for podcasting. In her spare time, Paige would sit in a recording studio and practice creating her own show. At the end of her internship, Paige was sent to the University of Minnesota to sit in on basketball or hockey press conferences and record the audio for future shows. Throughout her experience, Paige is most proud of her time on-air. She loved reading the vibes of the conversations and is proud to have both Paul Allen and Ben Leber compliment her voice and mention she has a bright future ahead. This internship gave her complete insight to the media world of radio, allowing her to compare it to other forms of media and decide which might be the right fit in the future.

Sheri Schwert

Sheri Schwert working at her internship with University of Illinois.When: January, 2015
Where: University of Illinois-Urbana/Champaign
Major: Environmental Studies/Chemistry

The Illinois Sustainable Technology Institute (ISTC) is a research laboratory affiliated with, and funded by, the University of Illinois. While research ranges from biofuels to river effects, Sheri was mostly involved with a project that studied the viability of using charred waste biomass (i.e. tree woodchips, mown grass, and manure waste from farms) to fertilize fields while reducing carbon emissions. At the beginning of the internship, Sheri primarily used various data analysis machines, prepared samples of mown grass, and weighed samples. However, as she became more familiar with the project, Sheri prepared groundwater and wastewater for analysis with a liquid chromatograph/mass spectrometer by filtering, suspending, nitrogen drying, and weighing the samples. Eventually, she was even trusted to edit one of the reports a doctor was about to publish. Although she worked on a variety of projects, Sheri was most involved with the biochar process. It was a very rewarding experience to learn its practical uses as fertilizer, feed supplement, water filtration, battery additions, and carbon sequestration, while minimizing the released carbon from decomposition after burning samples in specialized furnaces. Sheri’s internship has strengthened her belief that chemistry is a wonderful way of understanding the world, and plans to use her chemistry major to help the environment in the future. She may even add an environmental science major to her degree to continue her education in the field.

Carter Johnson

Carter Johnson at Gundersen Health System in Lacrosse, WI.When: January, 2015
Where: Gundersen Health System
Major: Biology

Gundersen Health System is recognized as a national leader in medical care with a series of satellite clinics throughout Wisconsin, Iowa, and Minnesota. As a hospital, they have innovative policies relating to palliative care and a patient-centered approach to medicine. Over the month of January, Carter spent most of his days shadowing resident physicians as they rotated through their different services in the hospital and clinic at La Crosse, Wisconsin. He was also able to shadow physicians in any department he was interested in learning more about, such as pediatric hematology/oncology, pediatrics, palliative care, surgery, and many others. One of Carter’s favorite aspects of the internship was getting to teach sessions with his mentor, Dr. Kyla Lee, where he learned the basics of an EKG/ECG report, how to suture incisions, and an introduction to laparoscopic surgery techniques. Throughout his experience, Carter was amazed and inspired to witness every physician listen to and address the concerns of their patients and families, no matter the urgency of the situation. Leaving the internship with support from all of the physicians he collaborated with, Carter feels he has all the encouragement he needs to continue down the path of becoming a physician himself someday.

Lonn Iwashita

Lonn Iwashita headshot.When: January, 2015
Where: Kahala Nui
Major: Health

Kahala Nui is a vibrant retirement community in Honolulu, Hawaii that offers independent living, assisted living, and Life Care—a holistic approach to senior living that integrates a wellness-centered lifestyle with the peace of mind from an onsite continuum of career choices. The care center embraces an individualistic mindset, tailoring services to suit each resident’s needs. Lonn experienced all sides of the organization during his internship by helping manage the activities programs, filing papers for an upcoming survey and certification, collaborating with the nursing care staff to administer feeding assistance programs, and even took residents around the Kahala Nui grounds to get fresh air and hold conversations. Besides the relationships made with the staff and residents, Lonn felt the most rewarding part of his experience was the feeding assistance program because he got to witness the difference in each individual’s capacity to gain their required nutrients. As a health and fitness promotion major, Lonn believes his internship has provided him with an understanding of the industry, experience relevant to his future, and a look at what promoting health to the elderly in various ways can entail.


Deveny Miles

Denevy MilesWhen: January, 2015
Where: Dry Run Studio
Major: Biology/Dance

Deveny spent this past January as an intern with locally owned Dry Run Studio. She helped brainstorm, plan, and execute several artistic projects connected to Body of Water the interdisciplinary production performed at Luther College. The projects Deveny worked on varied from art installments around Decorah, to a participatory performance on campus and the planning of several educational workshops for different age groups, combining dance and biology. All of these projects were designed to raise awareness about local water issues and a general awareness of water usage. During her time with Dry Run Studios, Deveny was surprised how much thought, time, and work is put into the artistic process, from discussing many possibilities all the way through the execution of the final projects. She learned to collaborate with other artists, discussing and trying new ideas and concepts. She experienced the process of finding a venue for the finished projects, not only an available space, but the one that would showcase the project the best. Finally, the workshops that she helped develop showed her how the arts can inform and improve the understanding of other disciplines for people of all ages.

Sarah Hermeier

Sarah Hermeier in front of the mermaid statue in Copenhagen.When: January, 2015
Where: CataCap
Major: Russian Studies/Accounting

For the month of January, Sarah interned at a private equity firm in Copenhagen, Denmark called CataCap. This organization purchases small Danish companies with potential for growth, builds them up as much as possible, and resells their purchase after about five years. Sarah’s internship involved two main projects. The first project was an analysis of which companies might benefit from being purchased by a private equity firm. Although Sarah does not speak or read Danish, she was able to navigate the financial reports and included over one hundred companies in her analysis work. The second project required her to research licensing companies since CataCap was considering buying one. It was new, unknown territory and they were unaware of how difficult it might be to resell. After her month abroad, Sarah is comfortable in a small business setting and feels working internationally has removed the fear from living in an unfamiliar setting with a future job placement.

Audrey Bird

Audrey Bird Internship StoryWhen: January, 2015
Where: Gingrich Productions
Major: Political Science

For her third internship in Washington, D.C., Audrey spent last January working with Gingrich Productions. This organization is a multimedia production company based in Arlington, Virginia that works on an array of political projects. As an intern, her main task was to conduct research for speeches, podcast interviews, and essays. Most of her time was dedicated to investigating Boko Haram and terrorism in Nigeria. By the end of the month Speaker Gingrich and Audrey had co-written an op-ed piece about her research that is now published online.  While in D.C., Audrey also had the opportunity to sit it on a number of closed-door meetings at the office and on Capitol Hill with the former Speaker of the House. Following her internship, Audrey has decided to return to D.C. after graduation and pursue a career that incorporates both business and politics.

Kalla Galyon

Headshot of Kalla Galyon at her Silver Tree internship.When: January, 2015
Where: Silver Tree Communications
Major: Communication Studies

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."

Alyssa Wildenauer

Internship Story - Alyssa WildenauerWhen: January, 2015
Where: St. Croix Therapy
Major: Psychology

St. Croix Therapy in Hudson, Wisconsin is a clinic that offers therapeutic services to children and adults. As a non-profit whose mission is “reaching higher potential and creating new opportunities,” they incorporate therapeutic services with social and emotional interactions to improve the quality of life for children and adults. Since it was a volunteer based internship, Alyssa got to experience a wide variety of tasks such as shadowing staff, interacting with client sessions, and working on projects ranging from cleaning bathrooms to creating handouts for future interns. Her favorite part was interacting with clients and therapists, which helped build excitement for a possible future with occupational therapy. One key project Alyssa worked on during her internship was creating an example packet for future interns who wanted a letter of recommendation from St. Croix Therapy. By including a personal statement, resume, skills, and strengths, the organization can write a more direct and focused letter to benefit the intern. Overall, this experience helped Alyssa discover what it might be like to work in a clinical setting, making her feel more informed and prepared for the future.

Maria da Silva

Internship Story - Maria da SilvaWhen: January, 2015
Where: Timorese Ministry of Commerce, Industry, and Environment
Major: Economics/Environmental Studies

Last January, Maria worked at the Timorese Government institution in the Ministry of Commerce, Industry, and Environment in East Timor. The department’s work was divided into two parts based on the Environmental Awareness Treaty, focusing on East Timor’s carbon emission reduction goal and raising community awareness on the issues of climate change. As an environmental studies student, climate change was not a new subject for Maria. However, she was unfamiliar with the specific situation of East Timor so much of her internship was spent reading East Timor Environmental Law and comparing it with the Global Environmental Law set by the United Nations. During her internship, Maria put together a social service project on environmental concerns for children under 14 at an orphanage. It was challenging to simplify the information, but Maria was excited with the outcome because the children showed a greater understanding of the environment when it was finished. This internship gave Maria the opportunity to experience what it's like to work in her home country and confirmed her interest in environmental work as a possible future career.

Evan Sowder

Even Sowder with Rebecca Handler in New York for his photography internship.When: January, 2015
Where: Rebecca Handler Photography
Major: Art

Evan spent his January working with Rebecca Handler, a professional conceptual photographer based in New York City, by planning and carrying out photo shoots. His tasks included interacting with modeling agencies, assisting with light tests, and managing equipment. He also learned about the business functions of operating a photo studio and marketing to potential clients, and gained valuable experience in post-production techniques, including retouching images. Evan was excited to have the opportunity to learn from Rebecca and her staff and interact with other creatives (art directors, models, filmmakers, and make up artists) in New York City. This internship gave Evan a much clearer idea of what it takes to progress in this field, and strengthened his commitment to pursuing photography as a career. 

Lauren Welch

Lauren Welch holding a teddy bear from her internship at Children's Discovery Academy.When: December and January, 2015
Where: Children’s Discovery Academy of Early Learning
Major: Accounting/Management

Children’s Discovery Academy is a privately owned child care center in Minnesota. They believe in developing the whole child including social, emotional, cognitive, and physical elements. Lauren focused on the business side of Children’s Discovery Academy, allowing her to work alongside the director in the office and learn the financial aspects of an organization. During her internship, Lauren was responsible for answering questions from parents, recording and processing payments, revising classroom newsletters and calendars, scheduling events, and completing a daily check to make sure staffing was in order. She even found her Information Systems class at Luther was valuable when creating a new roster system because she could make the Excel document colorful, easy to ready, and build in equations to minimize inputs. Overall, Lauren found her experience incredibly rewarding and feels her business management and accounting major can impact almost any business. She hopes to experience in future jobs the same level of passion Children’s Discovery Academy employees have on a daily basis.

Kara Maloney

Kara Maloney standing outside the Lanesboro Arts Center.When: January, 2015
Where: Lanesboro Arts
Major: Management/Art

This past January, Kara spent her time as an intern for Lanesboro Arts in Lanesboro, Minnesota. The business acts as a creative outlet and benefits the public by providing galleries, performing arts space, artist residencies, and educational outreach. Kara kept plenty busy over the month by helping with general administrative duties, such as mailings and filings, taking pictures for and adding information to their new website, creating an advertising email, researching past and potential grants, advertising and hosting two events, and organizing art supplies for educational classes. One project she spent a lot of time on was comparing the potential revenue and actual revenue created from the rented art lofts. Kara found it would be more cost efficient to turn one loft into an office space since it had such low rental sales, and developed a new way to market the other loft to encourage additional rentals. After her internship, Kara found the variety of tasks, constant use of creativity, and the teamwork required to make progress increased her excitement to work in a non-profit someday, preferably one that makes positive impacts on the community and the economy through art.

Jonathan Williams

Jonathan Williams in Oregon with a number of tiny houses.When: January, 2015
Where: Portland Alternative Designs
Major: Environmental Studies

Based out of Portland, Oregon, Portland Alternative Designs is a tiny-house consulting company that partners with companies such as Shelterwise (tiny-house design and construction) and Iron Eagle Trailers (custom trailers for tiny-house needs) to provide advice, run workshops, and educate anyone interested in living tiny. Throughout January, Jonathan was involved with a tiny-house mixer to showcase current projects, a building workshop discussing specific concerns for tiny-houses, visited Caravan (a tiny-house hotel), and attended an Airbnb presentation and forum. He found the entire experience incredibly interesting and especially enjoyed seeing first-hand how much progress the tiny-house movement has made since its origination in 2002. After his internship, Jonathan has brought his interest in tiny-houses to Luther by working with Stratis Giannakouros and the Luther Sustainability Department. On April 25th, he plans to organize a presentation, featuring local speakers and providing time for questions and audience interaction.

Kajsa Jones

Kajsa Jones head shot.When: January, 2015
Where: Springboard for the Arts and Nautilus Music-Theater
Major: Management

Kajsa spent her January assisting Springboard for the Arts, an artist resources organization that connects artists with communities, and Nautilus Music-Theater, a small music-theater company in the Twin Cities that creates original music, theater, and opera pieces, as well as innovative productions of existing work. Her involvement with Nautilus included observing an artistic team and filling the role of production assistant for a local performing arts production of “Fugitive Songs,” where she was a part of the rehearsals and performance. Putting up a production in three weeks was complex and difficult, but Kajsa found it very rewarding to be a part of the process. At Springboard, Kajsa helped monitor the Artist Resource Center, attended a resource fair, and worked with the company’s online Artists Services Directory to build a more efficient process for the community. The staff at both organizations helped Kajsa understand what possibilities are available for her as a future artist and administrator. She admires the people she worked with and feels many of the connections she made will continue to be strengthened in the future.

Bethany Noltner

Bethany Noltner internship story.When: January, 2015
Where: Orgel Wealth Management
Major: Management/Economics

Orgel Wealth Management (OWM) is a wealth management company that invests with mutual funds, helps clients build diverse portfolios, and provides financial planning guidance. Bethany spent a lot of her time shadowing and working with the partners of company, but also was given a project to work on from start to finish. OWM had an inadequate system in place for the music listened to by clients while on hold, so Bethany got to search for a company to hire, allowing her to make a variety of business decisions and build professional communication skills. She even presented all of her suggestions in packets to the partners of OWM to finish off the project. Working at OWM helped Bethany realize she was less interested in becoming a Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) and felt that working as a Certified Financial Planner (CFP) was a better fit because she enjoyed helping people discover what assets they have and how to plan for their financial goals in life. Spending the month with OWM helped Bethany learn a lot about herself made her realize she is more people-oriented than she previously thought.

Taylor Kaare

Taylor working with the archives of the Vesterheim Norwegian-American Museum.When: January, 2015
Where: Vesterheim Norwegian-American Museum
Major: History

The Vesterheim Norwegian-American Museum is dedicated to the preservation of the immigrant story and is known as one of the most comprehensive museums in the United States dedicated to a single immigrant group. For her museum studies internship, Taylor spent the month of January in the museum's archives working with the personal papers and music transcripts belonging to the late Sigvart Hofland, composer and former professor at Luther College. Taylor surveyed, processed, sorted, arranged, and digitally cataloged Hofland's collections for the museum archive in order to make it available for research and use. This was a fascinating experience that only furthered Taylor's interest in pursuing a professional career in archives and special collections.