Luther College junior Ozvaldo Suarez of Dos Palos, California, spent January Term 2019 working as a translator for Xpedition Archery in Decorah, Iowa.
Suarez, son of Yuren and Delia Suarez of Dos Palos, California, is a 2016 graduate of Dos Palos High School. He is currently majoring in Spanish and minoring in religion at Luther and plans to graduate in the spring of 2020.
During his internship at Xpedition Archery, Suarez worked on translating the company’s 2019 owner’s manual into Spanish. Through this project, he was able to improve his vocabulary, writing ability, reading ability and comprehension skills in Spanish. Suarez also contributed to the company’s success while they were participating in the Archery Trade Association.
Through his internship, Suarez has learned just how much work is put into being a translator and is now strongly considering a career in the translating profession after he graduates.
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.