Luther sophomore Conner Kujak of Chaska, Minnesota spent January Term 2019 shadowing five dentists at Dental Association and West Side Dental of Decorah.
Kujak, son of Adria and Mike Kujak of Chaska, graduated from Chaska high school in 2017. He plans to graduate from Luther in 2021 with majors in biology and pre-dentistry.
Kujak's internship included observing procedures, interacting with patients and documenting his learnings in daily journals. This experience also confirmed his interest in pre-dentistry. Kujak states, "Your teeth play a huge role in your appearance and I would love to help people achieve the goal of being able to show off and preserve their teeth."
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.