Luther College junior Morgan Kranz of Sauk Centre, Minnesota, spent January Term 2019 as an intern in human resources at Knox Company in Phoenix, Arizona.
Kranz, daughter of Mark and Gwen Kranz of Sauk Centre, graduated from Sauk Centre High School in 2017. She plans to graduate from Luther in 2020 with majors in management and psychology.
While helping with Knox's selection and hiring process, Kranz read through applications and resumes, ran background checks and ensured new employees experienced a smooth onboarding. Additionally, Kranz assisted in completing daily tasks for the human resources manager.
Through her internship, Kranz says, "I saw the connections between management and psychology majors in a real work experience." Overall, Kranz's internship helped her explore possible career paths after her education at Luther. Kranz notes, "I learned a lot about what I might like and what I might not like in a future career, and it was really helpful to get this work experience before jumping into a job that I didn’t know much about… after having the internship I realized [working in human resources is] something that I would enjoy doing after college."
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.