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Impressive Internships

Hamline students consistently secure an impressive array of internships in fields from law and criminal justice, to biochemistry and business. One-hundred percent of Hamline students are required to complete one LEAP (Liberal Education as Practice) experience, which can take the form of collaborative research, apprentice teaching, an experiential-learning based course, or an internship. Scroll down to read more about just a few of the internships that Hamline students took part in during the summer of 2016. 

“The goal of the LEAP Program at Hamline is to enhance a student's experience by providing them with an opportunity to apply their education through some sort of practical project,” said Lauren Kavan, Hamline’s internship program director. “This allows them to not only build skills and experience that they can transfer into the world of work or further education, but to also enrich their understanding of the theoretical frameworks they have been and will continue to learn about in the classroom.”

Hamline’s Career Development Center (CDC) helps students develop and achieve their career goals by identify their interests and strengths, assisting with their career exploration and decision-making processes, educating them on professional presentation (such as through developing resume writing, interviewing, and networking skills) and ultimately, coaching them through their job or graduate school searches so they can make successful transitions to life after Hamline. 


Biochemistry major Sela Fadness interned at the highly regarded Hormel Institute, the eighth largest research university in the United States, where she contributed to groundbreaking discoveries in cancer detection. There, she said she used the techniques she’s learned in her Hamline science classes and labs in a more in-depth setting with some of the top technology, including the Hormel Institute’s new multi-million dollar Cryo-electron microscope (the only one in Minnesota). 

“Contributing to an article about cell biology in Nature as an undergrad has been very advantageous to my studies,” Fadness said. “The head of my lab is a former professor at Notre Dame and has great insight on how to expose me to the newest research methods and provide advice on where my future career path may lead.”   

Law and Philosophy

As a philosophy major and legal studies minor, Levi Stewart is taught to think critically, solve problems, research, and be inquisitive and precise. With these skills he hopes to go on to a career in the legal field. The skills were also very useful in his work as a summer intern at the Pine County Attorney's Office where he conducted legal research, reviewed evidence and investigation reports, and drafted probable cause statements for charging.

“I had several classes at Hamline that helped me with my internship at the Pine County Attorney's Office: Legal Systems with Professor Kelly Rodgers, Legal Research and Writing with Professor Melissa Houghtaling, and Logic with Professor Stephen Kellert,” Stewart said.

International Business and Spanish

Amanda Enstad is pursuing a double major in international business and Spanish. This summer, she was an events planning intern at Comunidades Latinas Unidas en Servicio (CLUES). Enstad organized an event called Fiesta Latina, a free community festival to celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month in September. The main attractions were food trucks and vendors serving foods from Latin America and performances by dancers and musicians from Central and South America. 

“Many of my business classes at Hamline helped me strengthen my skills in Microsoft Excel, which I need to use every day at my internship,” Enstad said. “Spanish classes have helped me gain confidence in having conversations with native Spanish-speakers. It's exciting to be able to use both skill sets, business and Spanish, in one internship.” 

Criminology and Criminal Justice

Criminology and criminal justice major Jordan Amber Danielson aspires to be an investigator in her law enforcement career. This summer, Danielson worked as an intern at in the Minneapolis Police Department’s Homicide Investigative Unit, specifically working with sergeants in the assault, burglary, and sex crimes units. 

“This internship relates to my Criminology and Criminal Justice majors because the process of investigating a case pulls in many parts of the criminal justice and legal system in order to collect evidence and submit that to the county attorney to charge the individual with the crime,” Danielson said.