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Where Are They Now?

"I strongly believe that the liberal arts provide the best preparation for life and career, but I am impressed that Linfield also helps students find their calling through professional and practical opportunities," he said. "I share the college’s commitment to educating the whole person, both within and outside the classroom. Linfield offers something that young people crave but rarely find elsewhere in today’s America: a sense of genuine community and civil intellectual exchange." Tom Hellie, Linfield College President

Students who have earned a major or minor in German or German Studies have moved on to a wide variety of careers, often combining their German language and culture skills with other majors. Let's meet a few of them.

Daniel Clausen
After graduating from Linfield, Daniel Clausen taught English in Innsbruck, Austria for two years through the Austro-American Education commission, a partner of the Fulbright Commission. He then received his master’s degree in literature from Boise State University and is currently studying for a doctorate in American literature at the University of Nebraska. He was awarded the Goethe Institute's Gutekunst Prize for Young Translators in 2012 for his translation from Georg Klein's "Roman Unsere Kindheit" and hopes to continue work as a translator in conjunction with his scholarship.

Ryan Jones
Following his graduation from Linfield in 2007, Ryan spent a year in Innsbruck, Austria, on a Fulbright research grant and then stayed a second year working as a teaching assistant. He then moved to Washington, DC, to obtain a master’s degree in German and European Studies from Georgetown University's School of Foreign Service. During his time in Washington, Ryan interned at the White House, the U.S. Agency for International Development and the Department of State. Following graduate school, Ryan received the Presidential Management Fellowship and returned to the State Department, where he now focuses on public diplomacy in Europe.

Ashley Bennett
Ashley Bennett graduated from Linfield with a double major in economics and German studies. She has been fortunate enough to incorporate both into her post-Linfield life. Upon graduating in 2010, she spent a year as a Fulbright English Teaching Assistant at the Berufsbildende Schule 3 in Mainz, Germany. When she returned to the U.S., she started working on a master’s degree in applied economics at Colorado State University on a graduate assistantship. In the summer of 2012, she was an intern in project planning and development at ABO Wind AG, a wind farm developer in Wiesbaden, Germany. Since finishing her master’s degree last June, she has been working as an energy resource planning analyst for the city of Seattle.