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: Ready to begin his senior year in the Facilities Management program. Evan is from Warrenville, Illinois.
His Internship: Is with Ferris’ Facilities Management operation, working with the supervisory crew for the Center for Athletics Performance. “My position is a project manager, so the big thing I’m learning is how to communicate effectively in this environment. I am also learning how to handle project budgets, managing time to get projects done efficiently and working to sharpen my skills on AutoCAD and Revit. I feel I am making a difference by bringing some fresh perspective to projects as well as my skills in AutoCAD and Revit allow me to update archive drawings to be more legible and workable for our staff.”
Was Ferris Involved in Presenting Opportunity for this Internship? “I originally started this position during the school year as just a job, not an internship. I heard about the job from Kara Pellerito, one of the Project Managers. They came to our class and taught us Facility Management material from her perspective working at the school. Finally, she told us about the job opportunity, and I decided to apply. I heard about the internship from our professors who mentioned that people had worked here in the past for their internship, then all I had to do was ask to stay this summer, and I was set.”
Future Plans: “I have a couple of routes in mind. One would be for this internship to lead to a job offer from Ferris to be a full-time project manager since I enjoy the projects an institutional role offers and the people. The other route would be to obtain a position at Steelcase, I have met their two Facility Managers, who are great guys. Their Grand Rapids office buildings are beautiful, and I would love to oversee maintaining the space and making people happy.”
Evan’s Advice for Students Seeking Internships: “Try asking your professors and the students who come back for their senior year and talk about their internship. In my case, the professors I talked with had lists of places students had worked at in the past.”
More About Evan: I am the community liaison for the Ferris Student Chapter of the International Facility Management Association (IFMA).” I am also president of the Bowling Club at Ferris and am headed into my last bowling season. I’m really looking forward to it, our team has grown a lot this last year, and I believe we will be very competitive this season.”
Ferris Core Value Evan Relates to: Opportunity. “I say that because I try my best to teach others if they want to learn. This can range from just about anything, but one instance involves a bowling league I joined this summer that pairs you with a new bowler aged 17 and under. Through the league, I have been teaching my teammate different things to improve his game since he is learning about bowling. This is another reason why I love bowling and try to promote it as much as possible because it also relates closely to opportunity. Someone can easily be accommodated if they would like so everyone has an equal opportunity to bowl and enjoy the sport.”