Establishing a Benchmark for Future Students
Internships allow many students to bring to life what they learned into the classroom into a “real-world” experience. This is exactly what is happening for senior Mitchell Bredberg, majoring both in Accountancy and Finance, at the company Bissell.
Bissell has assigned Bredberg to monitor via digitally the international location of Australia for the summer. For this location, he will be preparing month-end financial statements that include the balance sheets and income sheets. This will be an ongoing documentation preparation process that will hold him accountable to complete each month during his summer internship.
Additionally, Bredberg has been given the opportunity to to learn Hyperion, the system Bissell uses to compare actual and budgeted financial statements in order to make executive financial decisions.
Bredberg was able to secure his internship on his own by applying to various companies and maximizing his connections. However, Ferris State was instrumental in providing a plan to establish objectives and set a course for accomplishing those objectives within a 12-week time frame.
This is Bredberg’s second accounting internship with Bissell; he believes both occasions have helped shaped him into the working professional he is today. He values being able to get experience in his chosen field and understanding what he will be doing everyday if he receives a full-time position in accounting.
Although an internship is not required for the Accountancy and Finance program, Bredberg stresses that an internship taken seriously will allow a students to experience “real-world” scenarios and help them realize if this is what they truly like doing.
“I want to establish a benchmark for future Ferris State University students to follow,” said Bredberg.
Experience can not only come from internships but in Registered Student Organization (RSO) on campus here at Ferris. Bredberg is currently an active member in the Accounting Association, the Financial Management Association, and the National Society of Collegiate Scholars. Also for the past four years, he has been the kicker and punter for the Ferris State University football team, where he also tutors his teammates in Accounting and Finance.
Future plans for Bredberg include securing a permanent, full-time position in the accounting department at Bissell. In addition, he will seek the Certified Public Accountant (CPA) certification through study and testing.