The Duluth Internship Experience
By Luke Scharrer
A Bit About Me
I was born and raised on the East side of St. Paul, Minnesota, but it’s no accident that I ended up here in Duluth. Growing up, my family had a cabin in Sturgeon Lake and took frequent camping trips throughout Northern Minnesota. We canoed, fished, and hiked the Gunflint Trail and Boundary Waters and my Grandma looked for any reason to drive to Duluth during the fall.
I graduated in 2011 from Mahtomedi High School, where I enjoyed football, wrestling, and lacrosse. I chose to pursue an undergraduate degree at The College of St. Scholastica, where I also played football for four years and am set to graduate this spring with a degree in English Literature and a Communication minor.
My previous work experience has usually been in the world of athletics, either as an official or a coach. I also interned last summer with Enterprise Rent-a-Car here in Duluth and have been writing for Scholastica’s Student Life Blog for the past two years.
My Duluth Internship Experience
I was referred to The Duluth Experience by a friend who had recently gone on a brewery tour and suggested I talk to Dave about a spring internship because the company was run by good people doing positive things for the community. Dave and I got together, talked about his company’s mission and my goals for the internship and it turned out that the two were very well aligned.
Shortly thereafter, Dave and I worked with the Scholastica’s Career Services Department to set up an official internship. We created a position that would allow me to utilize my experience while learning other transferrable skills from the company. The Duluth Experience welcomed me in and listened to my ideas right away – making me feel like a valued member of the Team and I’ve already had the opportunity to apply some of what I have been studying in the classroom to real-world tasks. I have also met a bunch of our company’s affiliates and made some great local connections with others who care about this community. The networking opportunities seem nearly endless.
I am thankful for the opportunity to be working with such great people at a local, growing company and to show others that whether your interests relate to local history, our outdoor adventure scene, our the thriving craft beer industry; Duluth has an awesome Experience waiting for everyone!