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: completing his Criminal Justice graduation requirements with an internship in Ferris’ Department of Public Safety office. Donovan minors in Philosophy.
His Internship: “I am getting a number of opportunities to interact with the community as a future law enforcement officer. That includes “ride-alongs” with officers, which has shown me how officers uphold the law, while being respectful of the people we meet on campus, and in the community. There are varying opinions about law enforcement these days, so I think it’s important to learn how to best communicate with citizens while recognizing any complaints they have and being sure to avoid any confusion during those interactions.”
Making a Difference on His Internship: “Being a recent Ferris graduate, I am able to help give feedback to police officers and other departmental employees, of what students say about the Department of Public Safety. This feedback will help officers get a better idea of what the students want to see from them and the department. I believe I have made an impact on future interactions between the campus police and those who will follow me, as students of Ferris.”
Future Plans: “I grew up with my grandma and she had nine dogs in our home. Since then, I wanted to be a K-9 officer. Obviously, that will take some time, but I am willing to work to achieve that goal. Until then, I will be trying my best to get sponsored into a police academy and start my journey as a law enforcement officer.”
Involvement in Other Groups at Ferris: ”Along with a friend, I created a registered student organization on campus, and the Blue Line Fitness Club was a great experience. I played rugby at Ferris for two years and, during my four years at Ferris, I have been involved with and volunteered at Real Life, another RSO. I just finished my senior year as a member of Lambda Alpha Epsilon, which is a professional Criminal Justice fraternity, where I was able to meet some great people.”
The Ferris Core Value Donovan Relates To: Opportunity. “At Ferris, and as part of life in general, meeting and talking to people creates a web of friends who will have your back and help you in time of need. These people have created an opportunity for me to grow as a man and finish my college degree.”
PHOTO CAPTION: Donovan Moore is completing the requirements for his Ferris State University Criminal Justice degree with an internship in Ferris' Department of Public Safety.