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:
He is: a senior from Ada, Mich., with a dual major in Accounting and Finance.
His Internship: Mitchell spent a second year as an accounting internship with BISSELL Homecare, Inc. in Walker, Mich. He prepared month-end financial statements pertaining to the corporation’s business in Australia, including balance sheets and income statements. He also learned about BISSELL’s operating system to compare actual, and budgeted financial statements, to assist in executive decision making.
Advice for Students Seeking Internships: “I would suggest taking credits, and applying it to your degree, so that you are accountable, as with your regular class schedule. I would also suggest getting involved early in your sophomore year, so you become familiar with the application and approval processes, as well as the weekly reports and evaluations.”
Other Groups at Ferris: Mitchell is in the Accounting Association, the Financial Management Association and the National Society of Academic Scholars. He has tutored College of Business students and fellow athletes in Accounting and Finance, as Mitchell is a kicker and punter with Ferris’ football team.
Ferris Core Value Mitchell Relates to: Excellence. “I’m applying my knowledge to the structural processes of accounting, which are very specific, and require accuracy. I have also learned basic principles, which allowed me to expand on my classroom knowledge.”