Student Opportunities

Current Opportunities

  • The Minnesota Literacy Council has announced openings for summer and yearlong teaching opportunities. Students can apply to be a VISTA tutor and help change a child’s life this summer with Summer Reads. VISTAs tutor children (K-3) from low income backgrounds in reading, writing and oral language skills. Summer tutoring opportunities are available in the Twin Cities and greater Minnesota area. Students may also apply to be an Outreach Specialist to support the tutors by providing training, peer support and resource-sharing and evaluation, in addition to serving at a tutoring site. A yearlong opportunity as a Literacy VISTA offers students the chance to serve full time for one year at a non-profit organization, school or library. Duties may include program development, evaluation, fundraising, community assessment, volunteer engagement, curriculum development, and more. All opportunities are generously compensated. For more information on the Summer Reads tutor program or the Literacy VISTA program, visit the respective website. 
  • The Institute of Reading Development is seeking applicants for their summer teaching program. Applicants must have an undergraduate degree. This is a paid position earning between $500 and $800 per week. Visit the website for more information and application materials.

Graduate Study Opportunities/Fellowships

  • Luther College nominates students for a variety of prestigious nationally competitive fellowships, scholarships, and grants. From a Fulbright to a Udall, all of the awards have unique qualities that will engage your intellect and curiosity about the world. Please attend if you have an interest in applying for these life-changing opportunities. Several of the campus deadlines are within the first few weeks of fall semester, so it is important to begin the advising and application process this spring for the 2017-18 academic year. For more information on applying for nationally competitive fellowships contact Ann Landstrom, fellowship advisor, at [email protected], or visit the Fellowships and Scholarships website.

On-Going Opportunities 

In addition to a large number of all-college events in which English majors participate, there are many activities growing specifically out of the English major.

  • The student newspaper, Chips, is typically advised by an English faculty member and includes a large number of English majors and minors.
  • The Oneota Review is an annual literary review published by students and advised by an English faculty member.
  • The Luther College chapter of the international English honor society, Sigma Tau Delta, hosts a wide range of academic and social events.
  • Hosting of visiting writers. View images of visiting writers and read about our Creative Writing courses.
  • Performances such as: local ArtHaus poetry slams, student open-mic nights, a recently completed Paradise Lost, and annual Shakespeare production by the students of the course "Shakespeare Performed."
  • Faculty and student organized out-of-town trips to readings, theatre performances, and lectures.
  • Social events such as fall or spring picnics, the annual Literary-themed Halloween party, a Baccalaureate party for graduates and their families, frequent dinners, and class meetings in faculty homes.
  • The Associated Colleges of the Midwest sponsors an annual short story contest for students at participating colleges, including Luther. View the ACM "Nick Adams" Short Story Contest Guidelines.