Each year, hundreds of Ferris State University students gain valuable work experience through an internship. The experience of an internship also can confirm or redirect career decision-making, provide marketability, develop people skills, and enhance classroom learning. Many academic programs require an internship, but the experience is encouraged regardless to provide students with a better understanding of what will be expected of them in the workplace.
Students are participating in various internships in a variety of locations this summer. Meet Corbin Hammond:
Who: A senior from Waterford, Mich., dual majoring in the Accountancy/Finance program.
Internship: American Axle & Manufacturing in the Commercial Analysis department, located in Detroit.
What he’s learning: Different computer programs, such as Excel, HFM, SOX and ERP systems.
“I am learning a lot about how everything is handled on the corporate side,” said Hammond, who is being paid for his internship. “I am working with a small, close group, and they were quick to make me a part of the team.”
Hammond has month-to-month responsibilities, which consist of metal market data pull and landscape cost. He has also done SOX compliance work, and has worked within the budgeting process.
Goal for the future: Hammond plans to go into public accounting after he graduates. He plans to work to earn his CPA then pursue a master’s degree in Accounting.