Evan Lobdell, Luther College Junior, spent his summer interning at the Sterling Schools Foundation, in his hometown of Sterling, Illinois, where he wrote articles and conducted research for "The Blue and Gold," an alumni magazine for the school. There he worked with fellow interns to brainstorm and create articles as well as interview alumni and write some articles of his own.
Lobdell is the son of Lisa (Schrader), Luther class of 1988, and Brian Lobdell of Sterling. He graduated from Sterling High School in 2016 and at Luther is a communications and English major with a minor in journalism.
Lobdell learned many things while interning at the Sterling Schools Foundation, and believes that it had a great deal of impact on his writing skills. "I learned that writing is a hobby that I truly cherish, and enjoy being challenged in. I like the process of stringing together words to create an informative and enjoyable reading experience, and this internship helped me reach a new level of writing," he said. He also says that he was able to learn about the creative marketing side of business and publication.
The experience helped Lobdell confirm that he is on the right path for his future. "It helped me understand that writing is an ongoing, dynamic process, and that an article or idea can change in an instant. It taught me the importance of deadlines, and the importance of working with teammates/bosses to help create a successful end product," he said. Lobdell believes that the opportunity has helped to shape his career plan and allowed for him to feel more comfortable pursuing a career in journalism and marketing.
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.