Luther College senior Megan Oliver spent the summer interning with Hälsa International in Togo, "a non-governmental organization based in West Africa that provides free access to education and health care to underprivileged children."
Oliver, daughter of John and Jayne Oliver of Holmen, Wisconsin, is a 2015 graduate of Holmen High School. She plans to graduate in 2019 with majors in French and elementary education.
For four weeks of her summer, Oliver interned on a farm where she cared for chickens and helped with other tasks. In addition, she spent time at Hälsa International where she worked on the education team implementing curriculum for street children and organizing various activities for them.
"I learned how I thrive off challenges and being thrown into situations where I am forced to be uncomfortable," Oliver said. She pushed her limits of her body with strenuous work, especially when farming in Togo.
Spending her summer in a French-speaking country helped Oliver gain confidence in her ability to speak French and has inspired her to seek job opportunities in a Francophone country after college. "It also helped me realize how I prefer to work in challenging and unique education environments and how I will try to find opportunities that challenge me," Oliver said.
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 2,005, 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.