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 Port Huron, studying Hospitality Management with a focus in Food & Beverage. His internship is with Vander Mill in Grand Rapids, a cider bar and restaurant.
How Jared is Making A Difference in his Internship: “I have learned a lot more about restaurant operations and the many different factors involved in success while making a difference, by helping revamp the inventory system, as well as be a part of the creation and release of an updated menu.”
How Ferris Helped Jared Find His Internship: “Various professors in the Hospitality Management program made me aware of many different internship sites and talked me through why a place such as Vander Mill could be best for me, over other positions. I plan to open my own restaurant in the near future. This internship helped me learn what it will take to succeed when that chance comes.”
Advice to Other Students Seeking Internship Opportunities: “Use the resources provided to you, but also do not be afraid to send “cold” emails to ask about positions. Many places are hiring, and they will be willing to let you intern; you just need to ask.”
Ferris Core Value Jared Most Relates to: Opportunity. “I believe that the education I gained from school and the experiences
can be stepping stones to bigger things, and then those as stepping stones. So there
is always an opportunity; you have to be ready and looking for it.”
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