Sarah Carnes '08

Work-Study Provides Relevant Experience

“One person who had a big impact on my life at Luther was my work-study supervisor at the public information office,” Sarah says. “He taught me how to take criticism in a good way, always challenged me, made me realize what I was capable of, and let me know that I might do well with a career in public relations and communications. He’s still a mentor for me to this day.”

Building Her Career

“After graduation I got an internship at a public relations firm in the Twin Cities called Weber Shandwick,” Sarah says. “I interned with the farm and food advocacy group and they had just signed on a big agricultural client. So, I spent the summer directing farm shows for that customer. After the internship, Weber Shandwick gave me a full-time job and I worked there for over four years. After that I moved to Sioux Falls to work and become part owner of 9 Clouds.”

Luther Connections Help Establish Her Path

“I had an internship between my junior and senior year at Cargill and got the position from the spouse of a Luther grad,” Sarah says. “I got my first job at Weber Shandwick because of my work-study supervisor’s referral to a current Luther grad who was currently working there. And finally, I ended up in Sioux Falls at 9 Clouds because John Meyer and I went to college together and kept in touch.”

I visited Luther during Iowa Private College Week. My dad and I spent that time driving around visiting colleges in Iowa and Minnesota. I found that I really liked Luther since I knew I could still participate in sports and music.

—Sarah Carnes '08

At Luther I was able to be involved in a lot of different activities; I was in Varsity Band, played lots of intramural sports, and was on the SAC executive board my senior year. I was on the SAC board with John Meyer ’08, now one of my business partners.

—Sarah Carnes '08

Lessons Learned at Luther

I learned how to think critically, problem solve, and learn new things. All of these abilities still serve me well in my life and career.

—Sarah Carnes '08