Life after St. Olaf

Are you interested in pursuing a German major or German Studies concentration, but are unsure how it can lead to a career after graduation?

Take a look at the video for some examples of how studying German can serve you in your profession. See the list below of all of different career paths St. Olaf German graduates have taken.

What have recent St. Olaf German graduates been doing?

Graduate School:

Kirsten Young ’11, Des Moines University Medical School
Valerie Aggerbeck
 ’02, Law School, U. of MN
Michelle Baker ’02, Political Science, Monterey Institute,
Amber Griffioen ’02, Philosophy, U. Iowa
Kristin Melby ’02, M.A., German and European Studies Program,
Gillian Born ’95, Art History, New York University in Buffalo
Jeremy Dickinson ’94, Medicine, U. Iowa
Eric Schmaltz ’94, History, U. Nebraska
Kenneth Hanshew ’92, German, U. Illinois
Mary Smith ’92, Library Science, U. Wisconsin, Madison, WI
Jennifer Redmann ’89, German, U. Wisconsin, Madison, WI

Industry and Trade:

Paul Cochran ’94, apprentice broker, Paine Webber
Reis Haase ’90, account manager, Lufthansa Airlines
Jan Bienhoff ’85, Senior IT Consultant with BT Americas and does web and e-mail environment support in Roseville, MN and in Europe
Stephen Frerichs ’85, agricultural economist with the USDA

Secondary School Teaching:

Kathryn Sederberg ’07, teaching English as a Fulbright Fellow in
Brenna (Gardner) Meunier ’03, German Teacher, Sauk Rapids-Rice High
Mariah Stember ’02, Cologne
Kristin Melby 
’02, Berlin
Peder Hanson
 ’02, Kai En English Training Center Shanghai,
Amber Griffioen ’02, Münster
Kristin Nordskog
’98, private language school in Kiel
Jon Bang ’96, Shattuck-St. Mary’s, Faribault, MN
Suzette Apling’94, Omaha North High
Crystal Wiemann ’93, Shattuck-St. Mary’s, Faribault,
Heidi Helmich ’92, German and Biology, Menasha High School, 
Barbara Swanson 
’87, Willmar Jr. High, Willmar, MN
Linnea Swenson ’85, German and English, Hastings High School,

Scholarships, Internships, Assistantships:

Heidi Helmich ’92, Fulbright teaching grant to Germany
John Olsen ’93, Fulbright teaching grant to German
Johann Benson ’95 Fulbright grant (mathematics) to Austria
Elizabeth Bodemer ’95, Fulbright teaching grant to German
Luke Gulstrand ’95, internship at the Landesturnschule, Trappenkamp,
Karrin Hanshew ’97, Fulbright grant to Germany
Crystal Jacobs ’93, Fulbright teaching assistantship in Muehlhausen,
Kristin Nordskog ’98, Fulbright grant to Germany
Claire Adamsick ’00, Fulbright grant to Germany
Catherine Brown ’01, Fulbright grant to Germany
Elizabeth Kracher ‘01, Fulbright teaching grant to Austria
Deborah Pagels ‘01, Fulbright grant to Germany
Amber Griffioen ’02, Fulbright teaching grant to Germany
Kristin Melby ‘02, internship with the U.S. Embassy (Berlin), one-year position with Atlantik-Brücke
Emily Ruggles ’02, DAAD Scholarship to Germany
Leah Smith ‘02, Fulbright research grant to Germany
Mariah Stember ‘02, Fulbright teaching grant to Germany, internship