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Rochester Minnesota Semester at Luther College, Decorah, IA

This blog contains direct quotes from websites as of today’s date. Programs and policies do change, at colleges, from time to time, so please check with the colleges directly to receive any updates. These are not, necessarily, the biggest, best, or most popular programs at the college, but they are the ones that just “caught my eye” as unique, special, interesting, or just plain awesome. They are randomly listed in the blog section of this website. Enjoy!


From the Luther College website, 2023: “The Rochester Semester is a study away program that will help you build career-ready skills and a professional network. You’ll live in Rochester, Minn, which is about an hour north of Decorah.



“As part of the program, you’ll work at a semester-long internship that fits your interests. You’ll spend 15-20 hours per week in your chosen career field gaining hands-on training in a real-world environment. You might work at: a medical research lab at the Mayo Clinic or other medical facility, the human resources department at a local business, or the front desk of an arts nonprofit.


“You’ll also take Luther College courses as part of your experience. In one of your classes, you will study the city of Rochester, including its current development and the impact of the city’s growth.


“Rochester is a dynamic city in southeastern Minnesota with great natural beauty. The city, which is the third-largest in Minnesota, is also a global medical destination. It is known as the birthplace of the Mayo Clinic, a world-renowned healthcare organization.


“More than 1,000 Luther alumni live and work in the city, leading to better internship and career opportunities for you. By living in Rochester, you’ll experience the opportunities and challenges associated with a city’s rapid change.


“The central feature of the Rochester Semester is the immersive internships. You’ll spend time every week working alongside professionals to build your skills. From the sciences to business and management to the humanities, you’ll find a place that will help you gain relevant experience.


“Our extensive alumni network in Rochester means you’ll have unique access to interesting and crucial job fields. Your internship can even extend into a full-time position during an adjacent J-Term and/or summer session. You may even return to Rochester after you graduate to pursue your career.” [note: segments of this quote were truncated due to space issues.]

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