Ferris State University students gain valuable work experience through internships. Internships also can confirm or redirect career decision-making, provide marketability, develop people skills and enhance classroom learning. Many academic programs require one, but the experience is encouraged regardless to provide students with a better understanding of what will be expected of them in the workplace.
Many students are participating in myriad internships this summer. Meet: Natalie Bycraft
She is: A junior from Commerce Township, Mich., studying Public Relations.
Internship: Bycraft spent her summer as a marketing intern for ImageSoft, Inc., located in Southfield, Mich.
Bycraft is completing this 12-week paid internship over the summer. Once the fall semester begins, she will be working for ImageSoft, remotely.
What she enjoys: Bycraft enjoys the opportunity to improve her writing skills and appreciates the company's atmosphere.
“ImageSoft is a great place to work because of the fantastic people who work there and the company’s fun atmosphere,” Bycraft said.
What she is learning: Bycraft has spent her learning about different writing styles and had the opportunity to perfect.
“I got to write a few things that I haven’t tried before, such as an email campaign, a media alert and stories for the company’s intranet site,” Bycraft said. “The rest of the time, I worked on making a database of government officials like judges, clerks of court, sheriffs, district attorneys, etc.”
Core Value: Ferris’ core value that Bycraft’s internship emulates is “Ethical Community.”
“ImageSoft treats all of their employees with respect,” Bycraft said. “Everyone there is honest and fair and the whole work environment is friendly; all the employees help each other out.”
Her Future Plans: Bycraft said she will be enjoying her third year at Ferris with her friends.
“I will be working in News Services at Ferris and continuing to work for ImageSoft,” Bycraft said. “I am also looking forward to continuing as a member and social media manager for Ferris State PRSSA.”