Hamline News

June 18, 2014

Finding Passion In Work: Zachary Knudson

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Not all learning takes place in a classroom. At Hamline University, students learn vital lessons about their future careers from professors as well as employers.

While pursuing a degree in business administration, undergraduate student Zachary Knudson was also eager to test his skills in a real-world work environment. This goal led Knudson to an internship with Hamline’s Strategic Communications Office, where he became one of the faces of the monthly news series The Piper Report and generated articles and media content for the Hamline website. Through this internship, Knudson was offered the chance to participate in a pilot program in which students conducted research, brainstormed, created and executed marketing and social media tactics for a local Fortune 500 company.

“Some of life's most valuable lessons can't be taught in a classroom,” Knudson said. “That's why Hamline provides students experiential learning opportunities like this internship.”

Knudson found he was also able to apply the writing and communication skills he gained as a reporter for Hamline’s independent student newspaper, The Oracle. By integrating himself in corporate culture and applying his writing experience in a business setting, Knudson was able to boost his confidence for pursuing a business administration degree.

"I learned so much more in my internship about teamwork than I ever could in a classroom. Working on a real project for a public organization is a very different experience than working in a group for class. I feel I am getting more than a degree; I'm gaining experience about what it's actually like to work in business."