Work Hard, Ask Questions, Never Say No: Wyatte Baker’s Human Resources Internship with Barfly Ventures
You don’t realize how valuable your internship is to both you and your company.
As a senior in the Human Resource Management program, Wyatte Baker understands the value of an intern to a company and the value of a company to an intern. While on his internship, he immersed himself in valuable experiences by working hard, asking questions, and never saying no.
“You don’t realize how valuable your internship is to both you and your company,” Baker said. “Giving yourself the opportunity to better yourself while taking on essential company duties is such a win-win situation.”
In June 2018, Baker began his human resources internship with Barfly Ventures, a multistate bar management company that is a parent to well-known establishments like HopCat and Stella’s Lounge. When Baker was offered an extension on the internship, what began as a summer gig became nearly five months of professional experience.
I recognized my career goal of becoming a lead manager in an HR department.
As an intern, Baker took the lead on many core HR responsibilities. His work included compliance, onboarding, recruitment, employee relations, and more. He also had the opportunity to be a team player and collaborate with other key people in the company. Working in these capacities helped him understand more about his goals for the future.
“I gained some amazing mentors and role models while working with Barfly that sculpted my true passion for HR leadership and management. I worked daily with the Vice President of Human Resources and through doing so I recognized my career goal of becoming a lead manager in an HR department. I hope to one day lead teams that form company culture and spirit,” he said.
Barfly was Baker’s second Human Resources internship. Now, he is on to his third at Stiles Machinery. According to Baker, each internship has taught him something new and added to his skillset.
When asked what advice he would give to future interns, Baker said “Take every single bit of knowledge you can get. Every experience, every conversation, every training because in doing so you become just a little bit more valuable as an employee and professional.”
Baker is the president of the Society for Human Resources Management (SHRM) at Ferris. In addition to SHRM, he makes a priority to be involved with on-campus projects and collaborate with other RSOs to strengthen his professional network.
The acceptance of all creates a peaceful and productive result that is so much more valuable because of the knowledge and experiences from others combined.
In all that he does—whether on internship, on campus, or on the road to his career—Baker exemplifies the Ferris Core Values of Diversity and Collaboration.
“Diversity and Collaboration is huge to me. We now more than ever need to understand that perspectives, cultures, and the acceptance of all creates a peaceful and productive result that is so much more valuable because of the knowledge and experiences from others combined.”
The College of Business at Ferris State University provides career-oriented education, responding for over 100 years to the changing needs of the business world. The curriculum prepares graduates to deal with real issues as members and leaders of tomorrow’s workforce. Students in their Human Resource Management program are trained to succeed in this field by studying employment law, compensation, negotiations, recruitment and selection, and employee benefits. Students also receive a well-rounded business background, learning accounting, computer information systems, finance, international business, management, and marketing.