Internships and Hands-On Learning

At Augustana University, students have the opportunity to apply principles of business through practical experience in the Sioux Falls community or other locations across the country.

Internships provide students with the experience they need to begin a successful career in business and help them consider whether they prefer working in small or large businesses or even starting their own business.

Following are descriptions of recent student internships, including roles and duties, as well as tips on how to find the best internship.


100% of Summer 2019 internship supervisors reported student performance as outstanding or very good in areas such as:

  • enthusiasm and job positivity

  • understanding and following directions 

  • completing tasks promptly and accurately

  • learning systems and procedures quickly and accurately 

  • recognizing problems

  • showing initiative and seeking additional responsibilities 

  • following up and monitoring their own performance

  • effectively communicating orally and in writing 

Featured Internships

Helen Aynenew outside Sanford Health building

Sanford Health

I had the opportunity to intern at Sanford Health and join their HR-Enabling Technologies team for the summer. Sanford Health is one of the biggest Health care providers in the US; as they thrive to ameliorate the human condition at every moment of their lives by offering different type of outstanding care. During my internship, I had the chance to enhance and broaden my abilities in business software technologies and also gain new skills and knowledge. This internship had a huge impact on me as it helped me realize that I want to pursue a career in the IT section of business once I finish my studies. It also made me grow an interest in health care systems. I highly recommend interning at Sanford Health because you get the chance to be part of their vision and impact lives one way or another. — Helen Ayenew

Linzie Kreisel outside 605 Real Estate

605 Real Estate

This summer I was given the amazing opportunity of being the Social Media/Marketing Intern with 605 Real Estate here in Sioux Falls.  From day one my site advisor gave me creative independence where I was able to implement ideas of my own.  These projects ranged from photographing staged properties, creating slideshows and videos for their Facebook and Instagram pages, or designing marketing material for their community events.  These tasks allowed me to develop lasting relationships with other agents and gain real-world experience which helped me better understand what I want to do with my future career. — Linzie Kreisel

Trevor Daily

Amy Stockberger Real Estate

My summer internship with Amy Stockberger Real Estate was a very valuable experience. I was able to assist ASRE with a variety of projects ranging from listing work to project managing house flips. I not only became more knowledgeable in the realm of real estate, but also learning how to work and communicate with people effectively. The office life is very fast paced here which taught me great multitasking skills. A lot of my days were spent in homes whether it was meeting with contractors of doing my own photography work with Matterport. I would highly recommend interning with ASRE if you have any interest in real estate! — Trevor Daily

Brady Arzdorf

Pro Link Sports

This Summer I had the pleasure of working for Pro Links Sports who ran the 3M Open in Blaine, MN. During my time there, I was able to see the behind the scenes action of how PGA
tournaments are set up. My position title was tournament headquarters intern and I learned a lot about every position including volunteer coordination, ticketing, course operations, and sales. The highlight of my time there was being able to meet a lot of the world's best golfers and Fortune 500 executives. — Brady Arzdorf