Geoffrey Dyck, Luther College senior, learned how a federal elections bill from 1890 can still be relevant in today's governmental structure in his summer internship in Washington D.C. with the Secretary of the Senate, Julie E. Adams, Luther class of 1999.
The son of Tim and Sarah Dyck of Cedar Rapids, Iowa, Dyck graduated from John F. Kennedy High School in 2014.
As part of his internship, Dyck wrote biographies of past senators which will be featured on the United States Senate website. He also attended political seminars hosted by current congressmen and congresswomen.
As an intern for the Secretary of the Senate, Dyck says he learned primarily about research and communication. "I learned research and communication skills that will not only help me as I complete my senior year here at Luther, but will also help me as I transition to the 'real' world," said Dyck.
Approximately 10 percent of Luther students take an internship for academic credit each academic year. The Luther College Career Center assists students with their internship search through resume preparation, networking, online internship searches, career fairs, on-campus interviewing, and connecting the student to alumni through the college's Alumni Internship Program. Students also meet with a faculty adviser prior to the internship to create an internship learning plan that includes learning goals and assessment benchmarks. An internship work supervisor assists in the process by writing an evaluation of the student at the end of the internship. Students also complete a self-reflection form to help finalize the learning experience.
A national liberal arts college with an enrollment of 2,050, Luther offers an academic curriculum that leads to the Bachelor of Arts degree in more than 60 majors and pre-professional programs. For more information about Luther visit the college's website: http://www.luther.edu.