ROCHESTER, Minn. (FOX47) -- Decorah's Luther College Rochester Semester Program started earlier this month, welcoming 15 students to the city.
Luther College is home to more than 1,900 undergraduates and is 65 miles away from Rochester.
The new program offers Luther College students the opportunity to have real-world experiences with professionals and organizations within their chosen career track.
The students currently enrolled are studying neuroscience, biomedical science, business and information technology. The students live under one roof in housing provided by the college.
Students learn in classrooms provided by Zumbro Lutheran Church. The other part of their learning is based in internships based within Rochester at locations like The Mayo Clinic, Destination Medical Center and City of Rochester Sustainability.
"Only five of us are working in a research capacity at Mayo. I am a research intern working with neuromodulation. I am learning a ton of new information" said student Shana Liu. "Four other people are working in research labs and are enjoying it very much."
Another goal of the program is that the students will help local organizations gain new perspectives and ideas as well.
"The most powerful outcome of these experiences is that students will be able to discover the types of work, contributions and interactions that energize them, and just as importantly, those that do not, while they are still in college," said Jodi Enos-Berlage, Rochester Semester director and associate dean for integrated academic and career development.
According to Luther College, the program is open to all majors and continued growth is planned.