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: Mari Ann Loucks
She is: A senior in the Public Relations program from Charlotte, Mich.
Internship: Loucks is completing her internship at Make-A-Wish Michigan, working as
a communications intern.
“I have gotten to witness a wish at its beginning stages, in the planning process, and in the final moments where it is being carried out. The anticipation alone can create a huge impact in a family’s lives,” Loucks said.
She believes that the impact of the wish given, and seeing the happiness in the families, is the most rewarding part of her internship.
What she is learning: Loucks is learning about talking to the media, writing wish stories, writing press releases and media advisories as well as planning events.
What she is involved in: She is the vice president of chapter development for Public Relations Student Society of America at Ferris, as well as the lead news reporter for the Ferris State Torch.
Her future plans: “I have loved my time at Make-A-Wish Michigan so much that I hope to work in nonprofit public relations after I graduate,” Loucks said.