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 internships this summer. Meet:
He is: entering his senior year in the Ferris State University College of Business’ Information and Security Intelligence program, with a concentration in Penetration Testing. Paul is from Traverse City.
His Internship/What Paul is Learning/Making A Difference: Paul is interning with Munson Healthcare in Traverse City. “I am learning about the culture of a professional work environment, how to communicate more effectively, both verbally and non-verbally. I am putting the skills and knowledge I have obtained from the classroom into practice. I am making a difference by working on projects that have a real impact on the organization and the day-to-day business. I have automated tasks to make things more efficient, which saves the company time, resources, and money.”
How Ferris Supported His Pursuit of the Internship: “Ferris State provided me with the skills, knowledge and experience to obtain this internship. Additionally, my professors pushed and motivated me to secure my first internship this summer and were happy to help with the process any way they could. I obtained a letter of recommendation from one of my professors that I used to help land this job.”
Advice for Students Seeking Internships: “Don’t be afraid to put yourself out there. Job interviews can be scary, but if you prepare well, act confident, and be yourself, you will eventually find a position.”
Other Activities on Campus: “I will be the vice president of the Information Security and Intelligence Alliance, this year. Additionally, I am a member of the fraternity Sigma Alpha Epsilon.”
Ferris Core Value Paul Connects with: Opportunity. “I believe that is what college and the professional world is mostly about. Opportunities aren’t always going to be there, so sometimes it is up to you to create an opportunity by getting out of your comfort zone and shaking hands with some people. But once an opportunity arises, it is important you take advantage of it, before it’s too late.”